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Period: June 11, 2016 to June 18, 2016
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L'Oreal Opens Pop-Up Styling Station At Westfield London

L'Oreal Paris partnered with agency Rare Breed to create a pop-up styling station at Westfield London. Part of the brand's “Who do you want to be today?” campaign, the salon offered free styling sessions using Studio Pro products from April 4 to 10, 2016. Participants were invited to have their post-do photos taken in a branded photo booth and share them on social media. According to the brand, about 1,000 consumers availed of the free services, boosting sales at the Boots store in Westfield by 300 percent in the process.

"Eventographic: L'Oreal Paris' - Styling station", Event Magazine, June 08, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Procter & Gamble Readies For Expansion During Second Post-Lafley Period

With A.G. Lafley set to leave Procter & Gamble Co. for the second and final time, the consumer goods giant is set to expand and grow its business operations. On July 1, 2016, president and CEO David Taylor will assume the role as chairman of the company. During his first stint as leader of P&G in 2000 to 2009, Lafley more than doubled sales and expanded its lineup of billion-dollar brands from 10 to 23. Lafley was recalled to refresh his role as leader after the company's sales started declining by 2013, due to the Great Depression. Lafley's second stint, however, was not as smooth sailing as his first at the start. Despite the early headwinds, Lafley led a five-year $10-billion restructuring plan aimed at focusing on the company's core brands and cutting costs significantly. Among the brands disposed of by the company were Mars pet foods and Duracell batteries. In 2015, P&G sold 43 beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billion.

"P&G Plans For Growth as Lafley Exits Company (Again)", Brandchannel, June 08, 2016

Unilever CEO Supports UK Remaining An EU Member

Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the UK should stay in the European Union. During an interview with TV Channel 4, Polman said leaving the EU would harm the country's economy and put jobs at risk. Asked whether Unilever would relocate its headquarters if the UK left the EU, Polman said the company was dually listed; however, Unilever would seriously consider at its business structure. Also, Polman said leaving the EU could lead to higher food prices, citing ice cream as an example.

"Unilever's Paul Polman on the prospect of Brexit", Just-Food, June 08, 2016

HUL Receives Top FMCG Company Award In India

Hindustan Unilever Limited was recognized as the top FMCG company in India by Dun & Bradstreet. HUL was included on India's Top 500 Companies list and was honored at the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2016 event in Mumbai. HUL also received the award in 2014 and 2015.

"HUL recognised as top FMCG Company in India by Dun & Bradstreet", Unilever, June 10, 2016

Sephora Opens New Distribution Facility In Poland

Beauty retailer Sephora opened a new distribution center in Poland. Located at the Segro Logistics Park Warsaw, the facility is managed by the company's logistics operator Logwin. Also, Sephora introduced a SAP storage and distribution system, which uses automation on most of the process.

"Sephora launches latest logistics model", Eurobuild CEE , June 13, 2016

Pro-Democracy Singer's Cancelled Concert Forces Retirement Of L'Oreal Hong Kong Head

L'Oreal Hong Kong president and director general Stephen Mosely will retire at the end of June 2016. Mosely's departure is likely linked to the controversy caused by cosmetics brand Lancome's decision to cancel a planned concert featuring pro-democracy singer Denise Ho Wan-see. Chinese state-backed newspaper Global Times linked the singer with Hong Kong and Tibetan independence movements. L'Oreal Luxe Travel Retail Asia managing director Eva Yu will replace Mosely.

"L’Oréal Hong Kong chief may retire soon amid Denise Ho concert row", Hong Kong Free Press, June 13, 2016

Head & Shoulders Recruits Olympic Gold Medalist Diver As Brand Ambassador

Procter & Gamble's Head & Shoulders brand of haircare products has enlisted Olympic Gold Medalist diver David Boudia as brand ambassador. Boudia appears in the brand's latest advertisement, which highlights things that Olympic athletes carry on their shoulders on the journey to the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil. According to the brand, its shampoo will help ensure these athletes are free from dandruff.

"David Boudia’s Shoulders Are Made for Greatness, Not Dandruff", Procter & Gamble, June 13, 2016

Unilever Partners With Government, Pharmacists, Other Stakeholders To Promote Oral Health In Nigeria

Unilever Nigeria PLC called on consumers to maintain good oral hygiene by developing the habit of brushing their teeth twice daily. Unilever's consultant and Nigerian Dental Association vice president M O Asiwaju presented the paper, “The Global Burden of Poor Oral Health and the Science of Pepsodent Toothpaste,” at the 2016 Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria in Enugu State. Pepsodent brand manager George Umoh said the company, as part of its sustainability efforts, has partnered with the pharmacists' group, the government, and other stakeholders to improve pharmacy practice in the community and promote oral health.

"Unilever Partners Government, Pharmacists To Promote Good Oral Health", Information Nigeria , June 14, 2016

Unilever Names New President Of Southeast Asia And Australasia Business

Unilever named Pier Luigi Sigismondi as head of its business operations in Southeast Asia and Australasia. Formerly the company's chief supply officer, Sigismondi succeeds Peter Ter Kulve, who is moving to a new post within the company. Sigismondi used to work for Unilever's rival Nestle.

"Unilever appoints new leadership for Southeast Asia and Australasia", mUmBRELLA, June 14, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Names Usitalo Chief Marketing Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced the appointment of Scott Usitalo as chief marketing officer. Usitalo joined the company in 2008 and has held several international and regional management jobs, with president for family care business in North America as the most recent. He will be reporting to Tony Palmer, the company's president of global brands and innovation.

"Kimberly-Clark Names Chief Marketing Officer", Kimberly-Clark, June 14, 2016

Unilever Indonesia Announces Bigger Capex Plans And Proposed New Headquarters

Unilever Indonesia raised its capital expenditure from the previously planned Rp 1.4 trillion to Rp 2 trillion, or $149 million, in 2016. According to the company, the bigger capex will cover the cost of the proposed Rp 600 billion new headquarters. Unilever Indonesia finance director Yudhistira Rusli said the company will fund most of the capital spending, with bank loans accounting for 15 to 20 percent of the needed money.

"Unilever Indonesia Builds New HQ, Set to Pay Rp3.23 Trillion in Dividends", Jakarta Globe, June 15, 2016

New Avon Names Direct-Selling Veteran As President Of Social Selling

New Avon LLC announced the appointment of Betty Palm as president of the company's Social Selling operations. Reporting directly to CEO Scott White, Palm's responsibilities include transforming the Representative experience. Palm is a veteran executive of the direct-selling industry and founder of the strategic consulting firm B. Palm Group, LLC.

"New Avon LLC names Betty Palm President, Social Selling", New Avon LLC, June 15, 2016

L'Oreal India Rebrands Ultra Doux Shampoo; Launches It As Ultra Blends

L'Oreal India Pvt. Ltd. reintroduced its Ultra Doux natural shampoo and rebranded it as Garnier Ultra Blends. Part of the global relaunch of the natural shampoo brand that was popular in the 1990s, the Indian reintroduction of the product is part of L'Oreal's efforts to meet local demand for natural and organic haircare products. Ultra Blends, the top haircare brand in France, was discontinued in India around 2001. L'Oreal developed the India range at its local R&D center during the past 18 months, with local requirements part of the product development process, the company said.

"Remember Ultra Doux shampoo? L’Oreal’s bringing it back as Ultra Blends", Livemint, June 15, 2016

HUL quietly builds force to master e-comm

The Hindu Business Line, June 06, 2016

Sustainability Review 2015

Beiersdorf, June 07, 2016

Top 10 Beauty Brands in Germany

L2 Daily, June 13, 2016

How to Go Big While Staying Local

L2 Daily, June 14, 2016


Beauty Brands Need To Show They Understand Male Consumers To Grow US Men's Grooming Market

Beauty and personal care brands need to position themselves as brands that understand the needs of men in order to grow the market for male grooming products in the US. This need is more urgent for brands previously known only for their female beauty and personal care products. In order to more effectively position themselves, these brands need to employ clear messaging and concise, skillfully designed packaging that is easy for men to understand. Also, growth potential is enhanced by the aging of generation X men, who witnessed the metro-sexual movement, and generation Y men, who prefer the authentic, personalized feeling offered by “craft” beauty products.

"Male Grooming in the United States: What Brands Need To Tell Men", Beauty Packaging, June 09, 2016

L'Oreal Commits To Promoting Equal Pay And Gender Equality

L'Oreal USA said it has taken the White House Equal Pay Pledge as part of the United State of Women Summit held in Washington, D.C. By joining the campaign, L'Oreal USA promises to conduct an annual companywide gender pay analysis, reviewing employee promotion processes and hiring to reduce bias. Also, the company has pledged to integrate equal pay efforts into wider equity initiatives. L'Oreal joins other large companies, including Amazon, American Airlines, and PepsiCo, that have made the pledge.

"L'Oréal USA Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge At United State Of Women Summit, Continues Commitment To Advancing Equality In The Workplace", L'Oréal, June 14, 2016

Hipster Culture Depresses Sales Of Men's Grooming Products In Australia

Sales of men's grooming products declined in 2015 in Australia, according to Euromonitor International. Data from the market research firm revealed slower sales were caused by the rise of the hipster sub-culture and the increase in popularity of facial hair. Sales of men's shaving products declined 1 percent in current value terms. Despite this trend, the global market for male grooming products is forecast to grow faster from its $35.4 billion value in 2013.

"Male grooming takes a hit from hipsters in Australia", Cosmetics Design , June 15, 2016

Beauty Beyond: The Thumb Is In Charge

Facebook Insights, June 06, 2016

Shoppers Want More for Their Money

Household And Personal Products Industry, June 09, 2016

Creating shopper moments that matter

Drug Store News, June 14, 2016

Innovation & New Ideas  

Procter & Gamble Invents Device For Cleaning Oral Care Products And Tools

Procter & Gamble Co. received a patent for an electrical device designed to clean oral care devices, including mouth guards, artificial teeth and removable braces, retainers, and anti-snoring mouthpieces. Invented by company scientists Mario Elmen Tremblay, Alan David Willey, Luisa Navarro Cerda, and Alexander Doll, the device is likely to be marketed by P&G's Oral-B division. Powered by a wall outlet or ordinary batteries, the device includes an electrical current supply and an electrolytic cell to generate chlorine dioxide gas. According to P&G, there is a need for the device because of the problem of residue buildup on dental appliances, such as dentures, orthodontic bridges, and retainers.

"P&G invents electrical device to clean everything from false teeth to anti-snoring mouthpieces", bizjournals.com , June 08, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Joins List Of Advertisers On IBM's Watson Ads High-Tech Advertising Platform

GlaxoSmithKline's consumer health business agreed to use IBM's Watson supercomputer in advertising. As part of the program, GSK joins Campbell Soup Company and Unilever in using the Watson Ads platform, which allows consumers to interact with the supercomputer. IBM's The Weather Company unit has applied cognition technology to advertising through the Watson Ads platform. According to the company, consumers will be able to ask Watson questions via voice or text and gain access to relevant information about a product or service. Information provided by Watson will help consumers make empowered decisions about their healthcare in real time, the company said.

"GSK signs up for the 'dawn of cognitive advertising'", PM Live, June 10, 2016

Asian Data Dominance!

Trendwatching.com, June 01, 2016

Long Live Dead Hair

Cosmetics & Toiletries, June 10, 2016

Market News  

Growth Slows For India's Beauty And Personal Care Market In 2015

India's beauty and personal care products market grew 13.6 percent to $11 billion in 2015, the lowest growth rate in five years, according to Euromonitor. Data from the market research firm revealed sales fell due to a slowdown in consumer spending on personal care products. Weak growth in this segment, which accounts for about 22 percent of the country's total FMCG market, according to consulting firm KPMG and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, was blamed on low monsoon for two consecutive years.

"Strapped for cash, Indians are buying fewer beauty products", Quartz India , June 14, 2016

Unilever Will Expand Marketing Efforts In Indonesia During Ramadan, Company President Says

Unilever Indonesia plans to increase its marketing efforts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the country. According to company president Hermant Bakshi, consumer sentiment has improved after a slump in 2015. Unilever's net profit dropped 1 percent in 2015, its first drop in 10 years. Indonesia's economic slowdown adversely affected consumer spending during the year.

"Unilever Indonesia sees 'stabilized' sentiment", Nikkei Asian Review, June 15, 2016

Pantene Pro-V Air Spray Factsheet

Procter & Gamble, May 19, 2016

Meet the new Brazilian consumer

McKinsey.com, June 01, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

Kolibree Joins Ubisoft To Launch Rabbids Smart Brush Line Of Toothbrushes For Kids

Kolibree partnered with game developer Ubisoft to launch the Rabbids Smart Brush line of toothbrushes for children. Featuring characters from Ubisoft's Rabbids game and television series “Rabbids Invasion,” the toothbrush line will help children improve their tooth brushing habits and prevent cavities. Kolibree's 3D motion sensors in the electric toothbrush handle let the toothbrush function as a game controller. Also, the partnership features an interactive obstacle race game designed to make tooth brushing an enjoyable experience for children.

"Kolibree and Ubisoft® Team Up to Help Kids Prevent Cavities", Business Wire, June 06, 2016

Procter & Gamble's Northern Europe Brand Director Leaves Company

Procter & Gamble's Northern Europe brand director Roisin Donnelly is leaving the company at the end of June 2016. Donnelly joined the company 31 years ago as a graduate trainee from Glasgow University and rose through the ranks to become corporate marketing director and UK head of marketing. She has managed local launches of P&G campaigns, including Always “Like a Girl” and “Thank you, mum.”

"P&G’s Roisin Donnelly to leave after 31 years", Marketing Week, June 10, 2016

Lush Cosmetics Offers Free Beauty Care And Fitness Sessions

Lush Cosmetics said it plans to host beauty care and fitness sessions in its Oxford Street store. According to the beauty brand, it has partnered with HulaFit and Psycle to offer various fun workouts on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in June 2016. Free to participate, the sessions will include hula-hooping and a HIIT workout class.

"Lush Cosmetics unveils beauty care and fitness sessions", Event Magazine , June 10, 2016

L'Oreal Professionnel Launches 2016 La Nuit De La Coiffure Event In Paris

L'Oreal Professionnel launched the 2016 edition of its La Nuit de la Coiffure event in Paris by creating what the company claims to be the largest hair salon in France. Featuring 100 hairdressers, the event offered free, 20-minute styling sessions to more than 1,000 women who signed up online. Participants could use the L'Oreal Professionnel application Style My Hair to have a virtual preview of what their best hairstyle could be.

"L’Oréal Holds Third Edition of La Nuit de la Coiffure", Women's Wear Daily, June 11, 2016

Dove Joins Forces With Conde Nast And Grace Coddington For #LoveYourHair Campaign

Dove partnered with publishing company Conde Nast and Grace Coddington to continue its #LoveYourHair campaign. As part of the campaign, editorial content about the brand and its efforts to promote natural hair will be published in the July 2016 issues of Allure, Vogue, and Glamour magazines. According to the brand, the campaign is supported by a Dove Hair study showing 86 percent of women in the US believe that media and society place presure on women to have hair that looks a certain way.

"Dove Partners With Condé Nast on #LoveYourHair Campaign", Women's Wear Daily, June 14, 2016

Procter & Gamble Joins Snapchat's Advertising Platform

Procter & Gamble is one of the first US brands to use online photo-sharing site Snapchat's new advertising platform. Designed to make it easier for brands to launch campaigns on its service, the ad platform allows advertisements to appear between Snapchat users' Stories. According to the social media site, it is not dumping ads on its users.

"P&G and Warner Bros first to use Snapchat Stories ad slots", Campaign Live, June 14, 2016

Natural Beauty 2.0: Credo Comes to Town

The New York Times, May 18, 2016

Passport to Beauty: Made in France

Beauty Packaging, June 01, 2016

Press Release  

New Avon Announces First Ever Chief Innovation Officer

New Avon LLC said it has appointed Helene F. Rutledge as its first chief innovation officer effective June 8, 2016. Reporting directly to CEO Scott White, Rutledge will handle designing the company's innovation strategy and product development processes, which involve internal and external resources. Also, Rutledge will collaborate and work in partnership with the company's Marketing, Product Development, Manufacturing and Sourcing teams, and Avon Products, Inc. Research and Development, as well as external partners to improve and expand new product portfolio.

"New Avon LLC Hires Helene F. Rutledge As Chief Innovation Officer", PR Newswire, June 08, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands Recycling Program Coverage To Industrial And Manufacturing Segments

Kimberly-Clark Professional said it has expanded its RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional recycling program to accept participants from the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Launched in 2011, the recycling program allows participants to recycle non-hazardous waste, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, instead of sending them to landfills. Having diverted more than 300 tones of waste from landfills, the program sends recyclables to recyclers in the US, turning them into nitrile powder and pellets used to create ecology-friendly consumer products and durable goods.

"Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands RightCycle, the First Large-Scale Recycling Program for Non-Hazardous Lab and Cleanroom Waste, to Industrial Environments", Kimberly-Clark, June 09, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Appoints OpenTable CEO As Director

Kimberly-Clark said it has elected OpenTable CEO Christa S. Quarles to the company's board of directors. Quarles is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. Part of The Pipeline Group, OpenTable is a leading provider of online restaurant reservations.

"Kimberly-Clark Elects Christa Quarles to its Board of Directors", Kimberly-Clark, June 15, 2016

Revlon Buys Elizabeth Arden For $870 Million

Revlon, Inc. agreed to acquire Elizabeth Arden, Inc. in a deal valued at about $870 million. Under the terms of the purchase deal, Revlon will buy all outstanding shares of Elizabeth Arden for $14 per share in cash. According to the companies, the merger would bring about several strategic benefits, including expanded category mix, channel diversification, and broader geographic footprint.

"Revlon to Acquire Elizabeth Arden for $14.00 Per Share in All-Cash Transaction", Revlon, June 16, 2016

Products & Brands  

Oral Essentials Launches Toothpaste Line

Celebrity dentist Kourosh Maddahi's oral care brand Oral Essentials launched its Oral Essentials Toothpaste line of toothpastes. Available in original and whitening formulas, the products use only natural ingredients, such as French essential oils, Xylitol, and Dead Sea salt. According to the brand, the toothpastes “safely and effectively freshen breath, without the use of harsh chemicals, preservatives, or dyes.”

"Dr. Kourosh Maddahi Launches New Oral Essentials™ Toothpaste in Original and Whitening Formulas", GlobeNewswire, June 06, 2016

L'Oreal Is Most Valuable Personal Care Brand, 2016 BrandZ List Shows

L'Oreal has retained the distinction of being the most valuable personal care brand, according to the 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list from WPP and Millward Brown. According to the list, the brand gained a 1 percent increase in value to $23.5 billion, compared with the previous year. Colgate gained 2 percent in valuation to $18.3 billion, which helped it climb to the number 2 position. Data revealed, however, that the Top 15 brands remained static in 2016, compared with the previous year.

"L'Oréal Paris maintains top position as the world's most valuable personal care brand, worth $23.5bn", Bizcommunity.com, June 09, 2016

India Orders Laboratory Tests On Johnson & Johnson's Talc-Based Products

India's National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the states of Gujarat, Jharkhand, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh to conduct laboratory tests on talc-based products from Johnson & Johnson. Court rulings against the company in consumer safety cases prompted the agency to take the action. According to news reports, Johnson & Johnson's talc-based products may contain carcinogenic substances, such as asbestos and formaldehyde.

"Child Rights Body Orders Lab Test Of Two Johnson & Johnson Baby Products", NDTV, June 10, 2016

Olay Selects Jesinta Campbell As New Face Of Total Effects Line Of Skincare Products

Olay signed Australian fashion model Jesinta Campbell as brand ambassador for its Total Effects line of skincare products. Olay will launch a campaign featuring Campbell in July 2016. Campbell, a former Miss Universe Australia title holder, has undergone a style and image change in recent years.

"Jesinta Campbell is the new face of Olay", Sunday World, June 16, 2016

Honest Talk from Honest Co.’s Chris Thorne

Women’s Wear Daily, June 03, 2016

Heritage Beauty and the Need to Go Social

Euromonitor International, June 05, 2016

7 Things You May Not Know About Perfumery And Scent Design

International Flavors & Fragrances, June 07, 2016

Riding the K-beauty wave

The Business Times/Asia One, June 13, 2016

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