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Period: July 2, 2016 to July 9, 2016
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Shiseido Launches Digital Campaign For Rouge Rouge Lipstick Line

Shiseido launched the Rouge Rouge Kiss Me digital marketing campaign to promote its new 16-color Rouge Rouge line of lipsticks. According to Shiseido global creative director Ruba Abu-Nimah, the campaign urges two people to kiss their smartphone screens at the same time in order to create a virtual kiss. Created by Tokyo-based TeamLab, the campaign lets anybody who wants to virtually kiss someone to access the website rougerougekissme-shiseido.com and create a personalized link they can send to that person they want to kiss. There are similarities with the campaign created by Burberry Kisses and Google that also lets people send virtual kisses; however, Shiseido’s campaign takes the concept of “virtual kiss” a step further. Kiss Me goes live in Japanese, Chinese, English, and French versions.

"Shiseido Ups Digital Game With ‘Rouge Rouge Kiss Me’", Women’s Wear Daily, June 28, 2016

Common Chemical Found In Cosmetics May Inhibit The Will To Exercise

A U.S. study in mice suggests the possibility that exposure to a common chemical family used to make cosmetics and personal care products significantly reduces the urge to exercise. The findings may help to explain why people who know they should be physically active nevertheless avoid exercising. The researchers looked at the impact of a class of chemicals called phthalates that are found in many everyday products, including food containers, shampoos and perfumes. For the study, some mice fetuses were exposed to benzyl butyl phthalate (BPP) and monitored as pups and beyond. By young adulthood, the exposed animals were not moving much. In fact, the male mice that had been exposed to BPP in utero ran about 20 percent less during adulthood.

"Could Environmental Chemicals Shape Our Exercise Habits?", The New York Times, June 29, 2016

Procter & Gamble Biggest Advertiser In US In 2015, Advertising Age Says

Procter & Gamble Co. remains the biggest advertiser in the US in 2015 although the consumer goods giant cut its ad spending. According to analysis by Advertising Age, the company spent almost $4.3 billion in advertising in the country in 2015, almost 4 percent lower than $4.4 billion it spent in 2014. Worldwide, the company spent $8.2 billion on advertising, lower by 7.7 percent compared with $8.9 billion in 2014. Another Cincinnati-based company, retailer Macy’s Inc., is also on the list’s top 25 advertisers despite cutting its ad spending.

"Three Cincinnati companies among largest advertisers in U.S.", Cincinnati Business Courier, June 30, 2016

L'Oreal Agrees To Buy Atelier Cologne

L'Oreal said it has agreed to acquire Atelier Cologne. Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel launched Atelier Cologne in 2009 and now will see their company join L'Oreal's lineup of brands. Available in more than 800 retail locations, including the most prestigious stores and perfumeries in 40 countries, and online, the brand has six stand-alone stores, with three in France, two in the US, and one in Hong Kong. Atelier Cologne develops and manufactures Colognes Absolues, which are genuine pure perfumes blending citrus notes with the finest natural raw materials, the company said.

"L'Oréal signs an agreement to acquire Atelier Cologne", L'Oréal, June 30, 2016

Mary Kay Grabs 11th Spot On Happy Magazine's Top 50 Household And Personal Products Companies List

Beauty brand Mary Kay was ranked number 11 in the 2016 edition of “Happi” magazine's The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies list. Although the company reported flat sales in 2015, the company received more than 130 patents. This enabled the company to reach more than 1,200 patents for products, technologies, and packaging designs. Among the more significant patents the company received during the year were those for Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Lifting Serum, Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion, and Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream.

"Mary Kay ranked 11th at The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies List", Happi, July 01, 2016

SC Johnson Agrees To Buy Babyganics

SC Johnson said it has agreed to acquire Babyganics, a company that manufactures baby-friendly household care and personal care products. Babyganics' product lines include skincare, bath care, oral care, and sun care. SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said his company admires Babyganics, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the market segment.

"SC Johnson Signs Agreement to Acquire Babyganics", SC Johnson, July 01, 2016

L Brands Is Ranked 8th By Happi Magazine's List Of Top 50 Household And Personal Products Companies

L Brands grabbed the 8th spot on Happi magazine's 2016 list The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies. With sales of $4.4 billion from its personal care and cosmetics business, as well as $12.1 billion in corporate sales for the year ending January 30, 2016, the company plans to expand its Victoria's Secret Beauty business. In 2015, the company reported corporate sales grew 6 percent, while sales at its Bath & Body Works unit jumped 7 percent, with comparable store sales rising 5 percent.

"L Brands ranked 8th at The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies List", Happi, July 01, 2016

Sales Of Deodorants And Antiperspirants In Europe Grow Slightly In 2015

Sales of deodorants and antiperspirants in Europe grew slightly at 0.7 percent to $4.5 billion in 2015, compared with the previous year, according to Euromonitor International. Data from market research firm Canadean revealed only 16 percent of European consumers say they like to try new deodorants and antiperspirants, with 37 percent saying they buy something different occasionally and almost 50 percent choose the same product each time. Kantar Worldpanel said Nivea is the leading brand in the region, including in Germany, France, Russia, and Poland. Dove is the top brand in Italy, while Sure is most liked by UK consumers and Sanex is most popular in Spain. High penetration is one of the biggest hurdles faced by deodorant brands, with practically little chance of attracting new users. Data from Kantar Worldpanel showed 79 percent of Europeans use deodorants, with 86 percent in the UK and 84 percent in Spain and Poland.

"New Deodorant Launches Tackle Modern Lifestyles", Household And Personal Products Industry, July 01, 2016

Amway Is 6th-Largest Household And Personal Products Company, Happi Says

Amway is ranked number 6 in the 2016 edition of Happi magazine's list of The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies. In 2015, the company reported sales dropped 12 percent to $9.5 billion, the second straight year of falling revenues. Beauty products accounted for 25 percent, or $4.5 billion, of total sales, while home care contributed another 23 percent. Factors that hurt the company's revenue performance included soft sales in China and negative effects of currency exchange rates.

"Amway ranked 6th at The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies List", Happi, July 01, 2016

L'Oreal Launches Ultra Doux Shampoo Brand In China

L'Oreal launched the Ultra Doux shampoo brand in China. Aimed at the Chinese consumer, the Ultra Doux brand consists of 43 products within five series. L'Oreal has positioned the brand for the medium-end market and priced the products from CNY20 to CNY80. Ultra Doux products are sold in markets, including France, UK, and Russia, and is owned by Garnier, which was acquired by L'Oreal in 1985.

"L'Oreal Launches New Shampoo Brand In China", ChinaRetailNews.com, July 04, 2016

Estee Lauder Launches Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

Estee Lauder launched the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules skincare product. Part of the company's Night Repair range, the comes with the dual-action ChronoluxAl Technology that helps the recovery of irritated skin, as well as enable the skin's nighttime renewal process. According to Estee Lauder, the ampoules contain the recovery concentrate with 100-percent active formula at precise dosage.

"Estée Lauder adds Intensive Recovery to Advanced Night Repair range", The Moodie Davitt Report , July 04, 2016

Oxfam Says Unilever’s Labor Relations In Vietnam Have Improved, Somewhat

Since it first issued a negative report in 2013 on Unilever’s relationship with workers in its Vietnam plants, the Oxfam organization has found improvements. The company has increased dialog with trade unions, implemented better sourcing policies, and improved trust between workers and management. The company is also committed to more direct employment in its factories, leading to greater job security and employment benefits. However, Oxfam said Unilever needs to increase efforts to ensure gender equality and do more to influence suppliers in their labor relations. The proportion of women is down to 13 percent in 2015 from 19 percent in 2011, for example. Suppliers, meanwhile, are more aware of Unilever’s labor standards expectations, but don’t know how to fulfill them without financial consequences.

"Unilever makes Vietnam labor improvements but has work to do, Oxfam reports", The Grocer, July 04, 2016

L’Oréal Acquires Fast-Growing Fragrance Firm Atelier Cologne

L’Oréal Group’s Luxury Division has acquired the seven-year-old fragrance company Atelier Cologne. Founders Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel will remain to manage brand development and marketing. The strategy focuses on wholly-owned stores, shop-in-shops, Sephora, and e-commerce. The company has locations in 40 countries, and expects to open more stores in large cities, including in Brazil by the end of the year. According to the founders, the company’s sales have doubled each year since it was founded.

"“L’Oréal knows how to welcome a brand with a strong DNA”, Christophe Cervasel, Atelier Cologne", Premium Beauty News, July 04, 2016

Purchase Data Help CPG Marketers Find Their Quarry

An increasing number of consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers are relying on purchase-based advertising, as well as location tracking and other technologies, to more sharply target potential buyers. Purchase-based advertising is based on data derived from retail websites as well as from retail stores. As evidence of the pervasiveness of the technology, mobile ad firm 4Info reports that 99 percent of the campaigns it has managed for CPG clients use purchase information. 4Info gets the data – stripped of identifiable personal information – from Nielsen Catalina Solutions, which collects UPC-level information streams directly from participating grocery and drug stores every day. The data reflect purchase information from 90 million households. The information is sophisticated enough to allow advertisers to hone their message as well.

"Grocery Brands Flock to Ads Informed by Your Real-World Shopping", Advertising Age, July 05, 2016

Procter & Gamble's Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes Come With Toxic Chemicals, Ohio PIRG Says

Procter & Gamble's Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes contain chemicals that may cause adverse health effects, according to the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. Ohio PIRG said labels on the product listed several such chemicals, including phenoxyethanol, fragrance, and PEG compounds. Potential health effects of those chemicals include nervous system problems in infants, cancer, eczema, and allergic reactions. Procter & Gamble said it changed the formula for the product more than three months ago.

"P&G’s Pampers baby wipes include chemicals that raise concerns, consumer group claims", bizjournals.com, July 05, 2016

Clinique Launches Global Social Media Campaign Featuring Six Women Who Make A Difference

Beauty brand Clinique launched The Difference Makers, a global social media campaign aimed at highlighting women who make a difference while promoting brand values. Also, the campaign seeks to promote the brand's 3-Step system of cleanser, exfoliator, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. According to the company, the Difference Maker campaign is based on the brand's principle that a “twice-a-day 3-Step routine” is easy to perform yet “gives remarkable results.” To highlight the campaign's socioeconomic elements, Clinique enlisted six influential women from around the world, including actresses and activists, who have broken through barriers and are now working to improve conditions in their respective communities.

"Clinique Aims to Make a Difference With 3-Step on Social Media", Women's Wear Daily, July 05, 2016

Hegarty Calls Nivea's Robotic Seagull Campaign Stupid

Advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty's co-founder John Hegarty ridiculed the “Care From the Air” campaign created by Jung von Matt/Elbe for skincare brand Nivea. During the press conference to announce the winners of the Titanium and Integrated Lions advertising awards at the 2016 Cannes, Hegarty used sarcasm to describe the campaign. Nivea's campaign features a robotic seagull dropping suntan cream on children on beaches.

"See the Nivea Campaign That John Hegarty Called the Stupidest Thing He's Ever Seen ", Adweek, July 05, 2016

Sephora Updates Mobile App With Virtual Lash Try-On Feature And Augmented Reality Tutorials

Beauty retailer Sephora said it has added new features to its Sephora Virtual Artist application. Available for download on the Sephora App, the features are a new false lash virtual try on, which is added to the lip function, and step-by-step cosmetics tutorials using augmented reality technology. According to the company, Sephora Virtual Artist uses a smartphone's camera to map the location and shape of a user's facial features. Sephora's partner, ModiFace, developed the facial visualization and skin analysis technology.

"Sephora Virtual Artist Expands With New Features For Virtual Lash Try On And Live Tutorials", MultiVu, July 06, 2016

SoCozy Launches Haircare Products Via Retailers Old Navy And Walgreens

Retailers Old Navy and Walgreens have agreed to sell SoCozy child-friendly haircare products. To expand its lineup of beauty care products aimed at leveraging store traffic, Old Navy will sell 6-oz. packs of SoCozy shamposs, conditioners, and detanglers, as well as 3-oz. styling products. Retailing for $8.99 each, these products are to be sold near retail stores’ checkout sections. SoCozy also plans to sell its products, including Cinch 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Wash, Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner, and Boo! Lice Scaring Spray, in the baby care department of Walgreens’ top 700 stores.

"Old Navy and Walgreens Latest to Add SoCozy Hair Care", Women's Wear Daily , July 06, 2016

L'Oreal Australia Partners With TerraCycle To Launch Recycling Program For Used Personal Care And Beauty Packaging

L'Oreal Australia said it has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle used personal care and beauty packaging through the FREE Beauty Products Recycling Program. Involving the company's Garnier, L'Oreal Paris, and Maybelline brands, the program will allow Australian consumers to recycle their personal care and beauty packaging by signing up for free. L'Oreal said the program is part of its Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative.

"TerraCycle Partnership", L’Oréal, July 06, 2016

Sun Care Sales Drop, While Personal And Oral Care Expand, Report Reveals

Overall sales of sun care products dropped 1.3 percent to $1.1 billion for the year ending May 15, 2016, according to IRI. Data also revealed unit sales declined 1.6 percent to 138 million. Sales of suntan lotions and suntan oils in terms of value and volume also dropped 1.3 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively. Sales of sunscreens and insect repellants grew 3.4 percent, driven by consumer fear of insect-borne diseases. Innovation is driving growth in the personal care segment, with makers offering new options with their feminine hygiene, deodorant, and shaving products. Sales of sanitary pads, tampons, and related products grew 2.1 percent during the period, IRI data revealed. Growth was also observed in the oral care market's mass segment, with sales of portable oral care products expanding 17.6 percent; however, whiteners dropped 5 percent, due to too much products in the category, including more affordable choices that drove down sales in terms of value.

"Special Report: ECRM Personal, Oral and Sun Care Report", Drug Store News, July 06, 2016

Revlon Names Pamela Gill Alabaster Head Of Global Communications And CSR

Revlon, Inc. said it has appointed Pamela Gill Alabaster to manage the company’s Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility department. Alabaster’s responsibilities will include managing the beauty brand’s global internal and external communications, public affairs, and CSR programs and initiatives. She will report to Revlon president and CEO Fabian Garcia.

"Revlon, Inc. Appoints Pamela Gill Alabaster to Lead Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility", Revlon, July 07, 2016

Lano Rolls Out Lanolin-Based Skincare Products Through Ulta Beauty Stores

Australia-based Lano is launching its lanolin-based skincare products, 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, Rose Hand Cream Intense, and 101 Ointment Strawberry Multipurpose Superbalm, via Ulta Beauty’s store locations across the US. Lano’s August 1, 2016, rollout follows previous introduction of the product range at Shen Beauty and Net-a-Porter retail stores. Founded in 2009, Lano has expanded its operations to cover the UK, Hong Kong, and now the US.

"Lano Spreads the Message of Lanolin at Ulta Beauty", Women’s Wear Daily, July 07, 2016

Italy Investigates Procter & Gamble For Alleged Tax Evasion

Procter & Gamble Co. is the subject of a probe by Italian authorities seeking to determine whether the company used its business units in Switzerland and other countries to avoid paying taxes in Italy. P&G joins a list of American companies, including Apple Inc., Google Inc., and Amazon.com Inc., that have been investigated by European Union or EU member countries’ tax authorities concerning how they transmit revenues through the continent. According to unnamed sources, Italy’s finance police began searching P&G offices in Rome in April 2016.

"P&G Is Under Investigation in Italian Tax Probe", Bloomberg , July 07, 2016

The Body Shop Launches Monkey-Themed Campaign On Tinder

Beauty retailer The Body Shop launched a marketing campaign on dating app Tinder to promote the company's Bio-Bridges program to protect endangered species. Reggie, a Red Shanked Douc monkey from Vietnam, serves as the brand's representative. Reggie's Tinder profile provides details about the Bio-Bridges program, which aims to restore wildlife corridors in damaged habitats and help endangered species reconnect, breed, and thrive.

"The Body Shop Trials 'Gorilla' Marketing with Monkey Tinder Takeover", CNW, July 07, 2016

Gillette's Go Ask Dad Commercial Top Breakthrough Ad, Ace Metrix Says

Procter & Gamble Co.'s “Go Ask Dad” commercial for Gillette razors was recognized as the most effective recent advertising campaign in the US, according to a survey by Ace Metrix. Created by Grey Advertising, the Father's Day-related commercial focuses on fathers teaching their sons skills, such as shaving and tying a tie. P&G's “Thank You, Mom” commercial was ranked number 2 on Ace Metrix's “Top 10 Breakthrough Ads” list. Ace Metrix formed a panel of at least 500 consumers with demographics matching the U.S. Census data and used a scoring system designed to measure an advertisement's ability to be noticed and connect with consumers.

"P&G’s dad-centric commercial tops mom campaign as best new ad in nation", bizjournals.com, July 07, 2016

L'Oreal USA Launches Emoji Keyboard App For Android And IOS Mobile Devices

L’Oreal USA launched the Beaumoji keyboard app for mobile devices running the Android and iOS operating systems. Available for download, the virtual keyboard includes 130 beauty-focused emojis that consumers can use to add flair to their mobile messages. Emojis are grouped under several categories, including “It Girl” and “Pampered Life.”

"L'Oréal USA Launches Beaumoji, the Ultimate Emoji Keyboard for Beauty Lovers", L'Oréal, July 07, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Beauty Counter Acquires NUDE Skincare And NUDE Brands

Counter Brands, LLC, said it has acquired the global assets of NUDE Skincare, Inc. and NUDE Brands Ltd. Established by Ali Hewson, NUDE and its line of natural beauty products used to be part of LVMH. Under the terms of the purchase deal, Hewson will join Counter Brands' board of directors and she and her husband, musician and social activist Bono, will own a stake in the company. Also joining Counter Brands as investors are NUDE co-founder Bryan Meehan and investor Paddy McKillen.

"Beautycounter® Acquires NUDE Brand to Advance Safer Beauty Product Portfolio and International Expansion", PR Newswire, June 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble Changes Bonus System For Managers

Procter & Gamble Co. is changing its incentive system for managers, as part of CEO David Taylor's efforts to overhaul the company's bureaucratic culture and boost sales growth. According to the company, annual bonuses for its senior managers will be determined in greater part by the performance of each executive's particular business unit instead of being tied to the company's regional operations. Procter & Gamble's old bonus system rewarded managers annual bonuses depending on the company's overall performance in their region.

"P&G Overhauls Bonus System for Managers", Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2016

SC Johnson Is 4th-Largest Household And Personal Products Company, Happi Magazine Says

SC Johnson, with its total sales of $10 billion in 2015, ranked number 4 in the 2016 edition of Happi magazine’s list of The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies. Unlike many of its multinational rivals, SC Johnson reported sales grew 4 percent in fiscal year 2015. In February 2016, the company pledged $15 million to the global fight against the Zika virus. In the US, the company is investing $50 million to $80 million to upgrade its corporate headquarters in Racine, WI.

"SC Johnson ranked 4th at The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies List", Happi, July 01, 2016

Unilever Appoints Florin Trandafirescu As Head Of South Central Europe Business

Unilever named Florin Trandafirescu as managing director of its South Central Europe operations. Effective July 1, 2016, the appointment means Trandafirescu will manage operations in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and other countries making up the region. With more than 19 years of experience in Unilever, he used to manage Unilever operations in Czech Republic and Slovakia in the last four years.

"Key move. Florin Trandafirescu is the new managing director of Unilever South Central Europe", Business Review, July 01, 2016

L'Oreal Opens Upgraded Manufacturing Plant With Sustainable Features In Italy

L'Oreal Italy introduced its renovated manufacturing plant outside the city of Turin. Featuring a fully robotized production process, the factory is carbon neutral. According to the company, the renovation enabled the factory to eliminate 9,000 tons of potential carbon emission per year. By combining different renewable sources, including 14,000 solar panels and the use of biogas for the production process, the company has greatly improved the factory's sustainability features.

"L’Oréal Italy Unveils Renovated, Sustainable Plant", Women's Wear Daily, July 05, 2016

Spotlight On Myanmar: The Leapfrog nation

Millward Brown/Brand Z, July 01, 2016

TerraCycle Partnership

L’Oréal, July 06, 2016

Lano Spreads the Message of Lanolin at Ulta Beauty

Women’s Wear Daily, July 07, 2016

Market News  

Unilever Plans To Build New Factory In Ukraine

Unilever plans to build a factory in in Hostomel in Ukraine. According to the office of Ukrainian President Peetro Poroshenko, the company's decision to invest in the country is a confirmation of reforms efforts of his government. Unilever CEO Paul Polman said now is the right time to invest in the country.

"Unilever Group's arrival in Ukraine confirms success of reforms", Interfax Ukraine, July 01, 2016

Brexit Likely To Have Significant Impact On Beauty Market, Euromonitor Says

Sales of beauty products during the period 2015‒2020 are forecast to be $205 million lower due to the UK's departure from the European Union, according to Euromonitor International. High-end fragrances saw market growth in 2010‒2015; however, this growth could be negated if consumers cut back on premium spending. Brexit's impact on price-inelastic consumers is likely to be absorbed, sparing niche and luxury segments from a slowdown. Business operations of leading beauty brands with global operations, such as Coty and Estee Lauder, are not likely to be adversely affected by Brexit.

"How Will Brexit Impact the Beauty Industry?", Euromonitor International, July 05, 2016

L'Oreal's Skincare Revenue Expected To Grow 49 Percent In Next Five Years, Analysts Say

L’Oreal’s revenue from its skincare business, which accounts for about 28 percent of its total earnings, is forecast to rise by approximately 49 percent over the next five years. At present, L’Oreal controls around 12 percent of the world’s skincare market, making it the leader in the segment. Factors that are expected to drive growth in the company’s skincare business include a leading market share compared with other brands; its presence across large distribution channels; and the growth forecast for the anti-aging market.

"How Is L’Oreal’s Skincare Business Expected To Trend?", Trefis, July 05, 2016

Unilever Thailand, Local Marketers Receive Call From Government For Support For Start-Ups And Sustainable Growth

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak called on Unilever Thailand and the Marketing Association of Thailand to support the government's Pracha Rath project to help local business start-ups. Speaking at the business forum “Mobilizing Collective Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of a Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty World,” the government executive said Pracha Rath promotes close collaboration between the government and private sectors, as well as the people, to promote sustainable development and economic growth.

"Unilever, marketing groups urged to support start-ups", THE NATION , July 05, 2016

Revlon's Purchase Of Elizabeth Arden Likely To Raise Company's Debt Level And Hurt Rating, Analysts Say

Revlon's $419-million acquisition of beauty company Elizabeth Arden Inc. would take as many as five years before generating enough cost savings to keep the company's debt levels low enough to avoid a junk rating, according to analysts at Bloomberg Intelligence and Gimme Credit. Also, credit investors funding the purchase deal are likely to demand higher returns for their exposure to compensate for the risk that proposed cost-cutting moves will not run smoothly. Revlon said its business plan for the acquisition will cut debt on its balance sheet, and that it aims to ensure a seamless integration of the two companies and “full realization” of the projected savings from such a combination.

"Revlon’s Arden Deal Seen Boosting Debt Now, Cutting Costs Later", Bloomberg , July 06, 2016

Spotlight Philippines: Q1 2016

Kantar World Panel, June 29, 2016

Press Release  

Dolce&Gabbana And Shiseido Sign Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement

Dolce&Gabbana and Shiseido Group signed an exclusive worldwide licensing deal. Supporting Shiseido Group's strategic vision for 2020, the agreement covers product development, manufacturing, and distribution of Dolce&Gabban's fragrance, makeup, and skincare product lines. Subject to approval by antitrust authorities, the licensing agreement becomes effective on October 1, 2016.

"Dolce&Gabbana and Shiseido Group Sign a New License Agreement", Shiseido, July 01, 2016

Helen Of Troy Says Net Sales Grew Slightly In 1Q Of FY 2017

Helen of Troy Limited said net sales grew 0.8 percent, including a 1.1 percent decline from Venezuela and 0.5 percent decline from foreign currency, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Hydro Flask net sales reached $14.4 million, beating expectations, while gross profit margin rose by 2.3 percentage points. According to the company, operating income reached $22.9 million, compared with $26.5 million in the previous year. Cash flow from operations rose to $41.7 million from the previous year's $37.8 million.

"Helen of Troy Limited Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results", Helen of Troy, July 07, 2016

Products & Brands  

Julep Adopts Omnichannel Marketing; Partners With Ulta Beauty To Sell Products

Seattle-based online cosmetics company Julep said it will start selling its bestselling products at 250 stores of beauty retailer Ulta Beauty in August 2016. By the end of the year, the number of stores will rise to 300 of the retailer’s 886 stores, with more stores to be added in 2017. Although some of its products have also been sold at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Beauty Brands, and TV shopping network QVC, the Ulta Beauty deal means a significantly expanded channel for the brand. Julep has been using social media and other digital platforms to solicit customer feedback, which the company applies to product development.

"Online cosmetics company Julep puts on fresh brick-and-mortar face", The Seattle, July 02, 2016

Unilever Japan Launches Campaign For Clear Shampoo Brand

Unilever Japan K.K. launched “Clear Headgear-Cover Plan. A Salute to Headgear Warriors,” a marketing campaign to promote its Clear shampoo brand. As part of the campaign, Unilever Japan also released an advertising video with the same title. According to Unilever Japan, the video looks at the “pride and functionality” that come with wearing headgear, as well as the need to protect the health of the scalp from harsh effects of wearing a headgear.

"Unilever Japan K.K. Launched New Campaign to Support Who Wear Headgear for Work", PR Newswire, July 05, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Reveals Achievements In Removing Harmful Chemicals From Personal Care Products

Johnson & Johnson said it has met its pledge to reduce or remove certain chemicals from its baby and adult care products, according to the company’s 2015 sustainability report. Among the company’s achievements are the removal of formaldehyde releasers from baby products. Also, the company said new adult care products will include the chemicals only by exception. Johnson & Johnson also said it has reduced to 4 parts per million traces of 1,4-dioxane or fewer in baby products and under 10ppm in adult care products. According to the report, triclosan was removed in all adult care products, while parabens were also eliminated from all baby products.

"Johnson & Johnson meets ingredient commitments", Chemical Watch, July 07, 2016

FMCG Monitor: Q1 2016

Kantar Worldpanel, July 04, 2016

L'Oreal Launches New Shampoo Brand In China

ChinaRetailNews.com, July 04, 2016

Retailers Expect Strong Fragrance Season

Women's Wear Daily, July 07, 2016

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