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Period: May 14, 2016 to May 21, 2016
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Old Spice Launches Mobile Website For Runners Who Draw Map Figures With Routes

Old Spice launched a mobile website designed for runners who like mapping their running routes. Created by the brand and agency Wieden + Kennedy, the website was built to promote Old Spice’s Hardest Working Collection of bodywash and deodorants for men. Users may upload the resulting shape of their mapped running routes, with lucky runners receiving gifts that somehow resemble the shape of the submitted routes.

"Old Spice Offers to Turn Your Run Maps Into (Questionably) Fabulous Prizes ", Adweek , May 12, 2016

Estee Lauder Launches Nutritious Vitality8 Collection Of Skincare Products For Asia Market

Estee Lauder launched the Nutritious Vitality8 Collection, a line of skincare products designed for the Asia market. Joining the decade-old Nutritious range, the Vitality8 products come with Pomegranate8 Complex as their key ingredient. According to the company, the product line comes with enhanced anti-oxidant benefits from pomegranate, which have been intensified by combining them with nutrient-dense pomegranate, mangosteen, super berry ferment, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Designed to detox the skin, the products — Radiant Energy Lotion Fresh Moist and Intense Moist, Radiant Energy Mist, and Pomegranate Glossy Lip Balm — add moisture, energy, and nutrients the company says will restore a natural look of healthy radiance.

"Estée Lauder announces extension to Nutritious range created for Asian skin", The Moodie Davitt Report, May 16, 2016

Walgreens Seeks To Expand Beauty Business By Emphasizing Drugstore Heritage

Walgreens plans to launch its improved beauty business at 2,000 of its retail locations across the US. According to Walgreens group VP for beauty and personal care Lauren Brindley, the company will leverage its pharmacy heritage to position its more than 26,000 beauty advisers as credible source for nonbiased beauty advice. Also, the company wants to expand the range of beauty products its stores are selling, based from Walgreens Boots Alliance’s experience in the UK.

"Walgreens on Journey to Transform the Drugstore Beauty Experience", Women’s Wear Daily, May 17, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Surgawi Investments Receives Patent For Fragrance Patch Technology

Surgawi Investments secured a U.S. patent for a fragrance and scent patch designed to provide consumers a non-liquid way of applying perfume. Published on December 29, 2015, the patent covers the use of a patch in putting on perfume that works even when the user is sweaty or had just come out of the shower. Equipped with structural and adhesive layers, the patch can be manufactured with structural and functional integrity.

"Patent Pick: Perfume Patch is the Path to Convenience", Perfumer & Flavorist, April 29, 2016

Apa Beauty Launches Line Of Oral Care Products

Apa Beauty launched its collection of oral care products that feature the latest innovation in oral care combined with high-quality ingredients and luxury design. Apa Clean White Sonic Toothbrush comes with three modes that clean, whiten, and massage teeth and gums, the company said. Apa also offers its own toothpaste that comes with a whitening formula, removes stains with proprietary polishing technology, and features hydroxyapatite, a mineral that helps rebuild the surface enamel of teeth.

"Apa Beauty's dental line bridges the gap between oral care and cosmetics", Wallpaper, April 29, 2016

Daily Mirror Presents List Of Recommended Fragrances For Summer 2016

Several fragrances, including Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche, Body Shop Polynesian, and Capri Vince Camuto, are included in The Daily Mirror newspaper's list of recommended perfumes for summer 2016. Also included in the list are Thierry Mugler Angel Muse, Giorgio Beverly Hills Blue, and ZarkoPerfume Pink Molecule. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is available at House of Fraser and priced at ₤55, while Body Shop Polynesian Island Tiare is priced at ₤18.

"Best new summer perfume trends to try this season - it's time to add a new scent to your collection", Mirror, May 08, 2016

Procter & Gamble Offers Some Of Industry's Best Paternity Benefits

Procter & Gamble is number 43 on the website Fatherly.com's list of the best places to work for for new fathers. Recently the company expanded its paternity leave benefit from one week to four weeks. Other father-friendly benefits and policies helped the company moved up from its 44th rank in 2015.

"43. Procter & Gamble: The Best Places To Work For New Dads In 2016", Fatherly , May 09, 2016

Poor Sanitation Costs Nigeria N500 Billion Each Year

Poor public sanitation is costing Nigeria N500 billion, or 1.3 percent of its gross domestic product, each year, according to Reckitt Benckiser West Africa marketing director Silivrili Oguzhan. Speaking at the grand finale of the Dettol Clean Nigeria Campaign in Lagos, the executive said 80 percent of preventable diseases, such as diarrhea, happens inside the home. Launched in March 2016, the Dettol Clean Nigeria Campaign aims to transform Nigeria into a germ-free country. According to Oguzhan, the campaign has reached more than 1 million people in five of the country’s cities.

"Nigeria loses N500bn on poor sanitation yearly – Reckitt Benckiser", Today, May 12, 2016

Estee Lauder Appoints Patrice Beliard SVP Of Fragrances Division

Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. named Patrice Beliard as senior vice president and general manager of global market development of the company’s Aramis and Designer Fragrances Division. Previously president of Beaute Prestige International USA at Shiseido, Beliard will manage the global development of the division’s eight designer fragrance brands. She will report to Daniel Annese, global brand president.

"Estée Lauder’s Fragrance Division Taps Patrice Béliard and Cédric Murac", Women’s Wear Daily, May 16, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Sees Singapore Innovation Center As Access Point To Region's Best Innovators

Kimberly-Clark plans to use its Digital Innovation Lab in Singapore to promote innovation and advances in areas, such as product customization and database marketing. Aimed at bringing together investors, business startups, government agencies, and the academic community, the innovation center will help Kimberly-Clark tap startups across Asia to create business solutions. According to senior director of marketing and innovation for the baby and childcare sector Rahul Asthana, Kimberly-Clark aims to reach out to smart people outside the company.

"Kimberly-Clark lab to spark innovation", The Straits Times, May 17, 2016

Brynwood Partners Sells High Ridge Brands To Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Brynwood Partners VI L.P. said it has agreed to sell High Ridge Brands Co. to investment funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Formed by Brynwood Partners in December 2010, High Ridge Brands was used to purchase the Zest personal care brand from Procter & Gamble. Also, the company was envisioned to be used as a platform for acquiring other companies in the personal care market. Expected to close in the second quarter of 2016, the acquisition deal is subject to regulatory approval and is valued at $415 million.

"Brynwood Partners VI L.P. to Divest High Ridge Brands Co.", PR Newswire, May 17, 2016

Kanebo Launches High-End Beauty And Skincare Brand

Japanese beauty company Kanebo is launching a prestige cosmetics and skincare brand named after itself. Kanebo, which has named fashion model Arizona Muse as its brand ambassador, plans to roll out the brand in 2016 and 2017, with China scheduled for 2020. According to the company, a unit of Kao Corp., it forecasts sales of the new brand to reach ¥5 billion, or $45.8 million, during its first year. Revenue target for the first four to five years is ¥30 billion, or $274.82 million, the company said.

"Kanebo Launches Prestige Brand", Women's Wear Daily, May 18, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Partners With Al Naghi To Launch Joint Venture In Saudi Arabia

Johnson & Johnson Middle East FZ-LLC entered into a joint venture with Ahmed Mohammed Abdel Wahab Naghi & Sons to establish Johnson & Johnson Consumer Saudi Arabia Limited. Since 1990, Al Naghi has been the exclusive distributor for Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Saudi Arabia. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Saudi Arabia supports the training and development of Saudi national talent in line with the country’s Vision 2030.

"Johnson & Johnson forms joint venture with Al Naghi", Saudi Gazette, May 18, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Plans To Highlight Innovation And Technology Strategies For Growing Business

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies will present to investors strategies and growth opportunities in the consumer and medical device segments. According to the company, hospital medical device businesses are forecast to deliver growth that is above the rest of the market, driven by its existing pipeline of products, with sales potential of more than $6 billion. Also, the company said its consumer medical device businesses are creating new product categories with innovations, as well as new products scheduled for release, with sales likely to reach beyond $2 billion. With more than 100 new products expected to be launched in 2016, the company believes the consumer segment will accelerate growth, driven by its expansion worldwide and innovations.

"Johnson & Johnson Showcasing its Broad Innovation and Technology Strategies in Consumer and Medical Device Businesses", Johnson & Johnson, May 18, 2016

Deals, M&A, JVs, Licensing  

L'Oreal Agrees To Become Strategic Investor And Partner Of Founders Factory

L'Oreal said it has agreed to invest in Founders Factory, a global high-tech business incubator based in London. As part of the agreement, L'Oreal becomes Founders Factory's exclusive global partner for investments in beauty-related technology startups. Under this deal, L'Oreal will be able to connect to a global ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs working in the beauty market. Also, the deal calls for L'Oreal and Founders Factory to invest and scale up five early-stage startups and jointly create two new companies every year.

"L'Oreal Invests in tech Startup incubator Founders Factory", L'Oreal, May 12, 2016

Revlon Expands Distribution Deal With Scorpio Worldwide To Cover Asia And Middle East Inflight Channels

Scorpio Worldwide and Revlon expanded their distribution partnership deal to include all of Asia and Middle East regions for the inflight channel. According to the companies' previous deal, Scorpio Worldwide handled the distribution of Revlon products to inflight channels in Europe and Africa only, with Scorpio also acting as the beauty brand's agent for travel retail ground stores and inflight in the Middle East. Under the new deal, Scorpio Worldwide retains its role as Revlon's regional agent for Middle East travel retail ground shops.

"Scorpio Worldwide and Revlon extended distribution relationship", Frontier Magazine, May 16, 2016

Earnings Release  

Shiseido Reports Strong Sales And Profit Gains In First Quarter Of Fiscal 2016

Shiseido reported consolidated net sales rose 4.6 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, compared with the same period in the previous year. Despite foreign exchange rate fluctuations, consolidated net sales rose 1.4 percent to 213.3 billion yen, compared with the same quarter in 2015. Operating income jumped 75.9 percent year on year to ¥22.1 billion, while net income added ¥24.8 billion to reach ¥27.3 billion. In Japan, Shiseido reported sales grew 4.5 percent to ¥104.6 billion, with operating income rising 44.2 percent to ¥18.8 billion. Sales grew 14.1 percent in China; however, after converting to Japanese yen, sales for this market grew 6.2 percent year on year to ¥31.4 billion. Operating income added ¥3.5 billion to reach ¥3.7 billion.

"Consolidated Settlement of Accounts for the First Quarter of the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2016 ", Shiseido, May 13, 2016

Unilever Ghana Reports 26-Percent Revenue Gain In 2015

Unilever Ghana Limited reported revenue grew 26 percent to GH¢518,731,000 in 2015, compared with the previous year. Operating profit margin also rose by 1 percentage point to 9.7 percent. Profit before tax increased from GH¢634,000 in 2014 to GH¢47,643 in 2015, the company said. According to the company, revenue growth was driven by an improved portfolio mix, cost savings, and improved efficiencies.

"Unilever Ghana records 26 percent growth in 2015 profits", citifmonline.com, May 17, 2016

Market News  

Website Presents 15 Best Smelling Colognes for Men In 2016

Artisan from John Varvatos is the number 1 cologne for men, according to the list of the 15 best smelling colognes for men in 2016 from The TrendSpotter website. Also on the list are 1 Million from Paco Rabanne at number 2; Bleu de Chanel at number 3; Armani Code from Giorgio Armani on the fourth spot; and Polo Red Intense from Ralph Lauren at number 5. Other men's colones on the list are Essenza from Acqua de Parma at number 6; Sauvage from Dior at number 7; and at number 8, La Nuit de l'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent.

"15 Best Smelling and Irresistible Cologne for Men", The Trend Spotter, May 09, 2016

Demand Grows For Anti-Pollution Haircare Products In China

Haircare brands are launching products with claims of anti-pollution features in China. Growing consumer demand for anti-pollution haircare products is a global trend, with data from Mintel GNPD showing an increase of 6 percent in new haircare products that include an anti-pollution claim from 2012 to first quarter of 2016. Schwarzkopf, for example, launched its Purify & Protect range of haircare products aimed at Chinese consumers concerned with air pollution’s impact on their hair. To promote the product range, Schwarzkopf partnered with MOJI, China’s most popular weather forecast app.

"Haircare brands tackle pollution in China", Mintel, May 17, 2016

South Korea's Elderly Among Biggest Cosmetics Consumers, Study Reveals

In South Korea, people who are in their 60s and older are becoming one of the cosmetics market's biggest consumers. Data from market research firm KB Kookmin Card revealed cosmetics sales to men aged 60 years and older grew 72.8 percent between 2011 and 2015, while among women from the same age group, sales jumped 100.3 percent. Data also revealed, on average, older men spent 223,000 won on cosmetics and related products in a year, while women spent 275,000 won.

"Who splashes out on cosmetics? The elderly", Korea Joongang Daily, May 17, 2016

IFF and Vapor Communications launch digital scent platform

CosmeticsDesign.com | USA, April 28, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

Amazon Plans To Sell More Private-Label Products

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. plans to sell more private-label brands, including those of perishable foods, such as nuts, spices, tea, and coffee. After working for several years to develop private-label lines, the online retailer will start selling them as early as end of May or start of June 2016. Sales of store brands in the US reached $118.4 billion in 2015, up by about $2.2 billion from the previous year, data from the Private Label Manufacturers Association revealed.

"Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers", The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2016

Shiseido's YouTube Video Wins Gold Pencil Award At The One Show

Shiseido's online video advertisement, "High School Girl?," won a Gold Pencil award in the Branded Entertainment category at the 2016 The One Show. Launched by The One Club, a nonprofit organization established in 1975, The One Show is considered one of the three most important awards events in the advertising industry, along with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the CLIO Awards. According to Shiseido, the video, which was released exclusively on YouTube on October 16, 2015, aimed to highlight the fun of makeup to young people.

"Shiseido’s Online Video Ad “High School Girl?” Wins Gold Pencil at “THE ONE SHOW”", Shiseido, May 16, 2016

Amazon Beauty GM Reveals Secret To Amazon.com's Growth As Online Beauty Retailer

Online retail preserves the brand equity, it applies to beauty products, and the beauty customer is online and buying beauty products online, according to Amazon Beauty general manager Muge Erdirik Dogan. Dogan said customer behavior is significantly changing, with 75 percent of consumers starting their shopping process online. Amazon’s beauty business is growing strongly, due to independent beauty brands, rich content, and an automatic replenishment option. Also, helping grow niche brands, which have little to no distribution outside of the online retailer, has been part of Amazon Beauty’s expansion strategy, Dogan said.

"Muge Erdirik Dogan Charts Amazon’s Customer Journey", Women’s Wear Daily, May 17, 2016

Wal-Mart Gets Set To Expand, Boost Beauty Business

Wal-Mart plans to expand its beauty department, according to VP of merchandising for beauty Jody Pinson. According to the retailer, Wal-Mart sells 1.6 mascaras every second, or 49 million mascaras a year, and offers 1,750 types of lip product. Wal-Mart is installing new fixtures, improved lighting, and innovative products; and offering new services, such as Pick Up Today, to strengthen its beauty department. Pinson said, in order to expand its beauty business, Wal-Mart will focus on new products. Also, Pinson said the growing Hispanic population presents growth opportunities for Wal-Mart's beauty segment.

"Wal-Mart Seeks to Build Credibility in Beauty", Women's Wear Daily, May 17, 2016

Kanebo Reveals New Corporate Image; Updates Marketing Strategy

Japan-based skincare and cosmetics brand Kanebo plans to launch a marketing campaign, as well as remake its image, in time for its celebration of its 80 years in business in September 2016. Also, the relaunch is part of the company's efforts to move away from the PR disaster caused by harmful effects of its skin-whitening products, which caused white patches to appear on users' facial skin. Kanebo is taking a three-pronged approach to marketing by, first, encouraging women to accept their unique beauty; second, providing through beauty consultants personalized counseling based on a woman's daily, weekly, monthly, and yearlong needs; and, third, providing women with a total sensory experience with products that smell good and are easy to put on.

"Kanebo unveils new look, formulations", Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 18, 2016

It Cosmetics Crosses the Great Divide Into Sephora

Women’s Wear Daily, May 05, 2016

‘Body Shop looking for greener pastures’

The Hindu Business Line, May 16, 2016

Press Release  

Coty Names Executives Who Will Lead UK & Ireland Business

Coty Inc. named the top executives who will manage the company's business in the UK & Ireland, effective upon the completion of the merger with P&G Specialty Beauty in October 2016. Daniel Minney has been appointed as general manager of Coty Consumer Beauty, UK & Ireland, while Alexis Vaganay was named general manager of Coty Luxury, UK & Ireland. Andew Kelsall was named general manager of Coty Professional Beauty, UK & Ireland.

"Coty Announces Appointment of Future Leadership for the UK & Ireland", Coty , May 16, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Names Ex-Walmar Executive As Chief Information Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation named Suja Chandrasekaran as the company's new chief information officer. Reporting to SVP and chief financial officer Maria Henry, Chandrasekaran has more than 25 years of experience in technology and management roles in consumer packaged goods and retail industries. She was most recently senior vice president, global chief technology officer, and chief data officer at Walmart Stores, Inc.

"Kimberly-Clark Names Chief Information Officer", Kimberly-Clark, May 16, 2016

Products & Brands  

Rexona Launches Interactive Marketing Campaign; Joins Electric Run 2016 In Malaysia

Unilever’s Rexona deodorant brand partnered with Mindshare LIFE+ to launch an interactive marketing campaign during the Electric Run 2016 event in Malaysia. With Rexona as the event’s official Freshmoves partner, the event saw participants wearing wearable devices and ambient motion sensors. Every Freshmove made by the participants helped raise RM 100,000 for disability charities in the country.

"Rexona uses wearables in latest campaign", Marketing-Interactive, May 17, 2016

Prestige Beauty Recorded Strong Sales Gains In 1Q 2016, Report Says

In the US, sales of prestige beauty products rose 4 percent to $3.7 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter of 2015, according to NPD Group. Data from the market research firm's Q1 Industry Pulse report revealed online sales accounted for 14 percent of total sales, an increase of 2 percent from Q1 2015. Makeup accounted for $1.7 billion of total sales in the quarter, an increase of 9 percent; skincare sales increased 1 percent to $1.3 billion; and fragrance sales rose 1 percent to $686.9 million.

"Makeup, Online Drives Q1 Beauty Sales", Happi, May 17, 2016

Online’s New Cult Beauty Products

Women’s Wear Daily, May 10, 2016

Expert's Opinion: Blending Reality

Beauty Packaging, May 12, 2016

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