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Period: July 23, 2016 to July 30, 2016
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Procter & Gamble Says To Fight Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Katy Perry's CoverGirl Line

Procter & Gamble Co. said it intends to contest a lawsuit filed by rival cosmetics firm Hard Candy LLC alleging singer Katy Perry's line of CoverGirl makeup infringes on its trademark. Hard Candy's lawsuit claims the heart icon used on packaging for the singer's cosmetics line looks like the image used by the Florida company since 1995 when it was founded. Hard Candy is demanding all profits from sales of the Katy Perry line, and damages to be determined during trial, as well as lawyer fees.

"P&G faces court battle over Katy Perry makeup line", bizjournals.com, July 20, 2016

L'Oreal Works With Albea To Develop Tube Packs For Hair Color Product

L'Oreal partnered with Albea to create a tube packaging for the L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss hair color product. According to L'Oreal, the product's formulation tends to react to oxygen, with only aluminum tubes previously capable of containing it. Albea's O2 Wall Tube technology provides the product with integral bulk protection throughout the laminate tube, the company said.

"Albéa and L’Oréal launch hair colour tube packs", Packaging News, July 20, 2016

Fine Lines Top Beauty Concern For Young Mothers In China, Kantar Worldpanel Says

In China, 47.4 percent of young mothers between the ages 26 and 36 said “fine lines” was their top beauty-related concern, according to Kantar Worldpanel China. Data from the market research firm revealed only 28.5 percent of married women in the same age group but without children made the same choice. Concerning “wrinkles,” 31.4 percent of young mothers said this was a concern, while only 8.8 of their childless counterparts said so. Also, 15.5 percent of young mothers said they were worried about “chapped or cracked lips,” compared with only 10.8 percent of the non-mothers. “Dark circle under the eyes” and “puffy eyes” were also bigger concerns for young mothers than for those without children.

"Young Chinese mums rely on big brand", Kantar Worldpanel China, July 20, 2016

Louis Vuitton Plans To Sell Perfumes

Louis Vuitton, LVMH's high-end luggage and luxury clothing brand, will start selling perfumes in September 2016. Its second attempt at selling fragrances, the first was in the 1940s, involves developing the product lineup in-house. Factors that convinced the company to again offer perfumes include the slowdown in sales of luxury handbags and watches, the economic slowdown in China, and the economic impact of terror attacks around the world. With perfumes expected to add more than $500 million to annual sales, the company plans to sell a product that smells like a suitcase.

"Thanks to Louis Vuitton You Can Soon Smell Like Your Handbag", Bloomberg, July 21, 2016

Revlon Settles DNA Advantage False Advertising Lawsuit

Revlon settled a false advertising lawsuit related to its DNA Advantage line of skincare products. Filed by Anne Elkind and Sharon Rosen in 2014, the lawsuit accused the company of using the product line's name to make consumers believe that the products would change the genetic code of their skin cells. As part of the settlement terms, Revlon has agreed to pay $900,000 for a settlement fund that will finance notice and administrative costs.

"Revlon's "Age Defying" Product Line Defies Class Action With $900,000 Deal", Lexology, July 21, 2016

Tom Ford Beauty Names Guillaume Jesel Global Brand President

Estee Lauder Companies appointed Guillaume Jesel as global brand president for skincare and fragrances business, Tom Ford Beauty, effective July 1, 2016. Jesel will continue reporting to John Demsey, executive vice president of Estee Lauder. He will also serve as member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Jesel, an Estee Lauder Companies veteran for 16 years, has led Tom Ford Beauty as senior vice president global general manager.

"Guillaume Jesel Promoted to Global Brand President, TOM FORD BEAUTY", Business Wire, July 21, 2016

China's Beauty Retail Market Forecast To Grow To $50 Billion By 2020, Mintel Says

China's beauty retail market is forecast to grow to 338 billion yuan, or $50 billion, in value by 2020, according to Mintel. Data from the market research firm revealed demand for skincare products is driving growth in the market. Mintel said 65 percent of consumers spent more on facial skincare in 2015 than in 2014. Growth continued despite the slowdown in consumer purchases during the three-month period ending October 2015, Mintel said.

"Chinese beauty retail market predicted to reach $50bn", Inside Retail Asia, July 22, 2016

Procter & Gamble Launches Online Magazine For Women Of Certain Age

Procter & Gamble Co. launched London-based Victoria.co.uk, an online magazine for women 50 years or older. Part of the company's efforts to promote its brands in Europe, the online magazine offers discounts and samples of P&G products for women who register to subscribe. In addition to allowing subscribers to post comments about articles, review products, and buy online, the magazine features content produced by five leading women journalists. These include former London Telegraph Magazine fashion features director Tamsin Blanchard, former London Mail on Sunday relationship columnist Zelda West-Meads, and health and nutrition writer Patsy Westcott.

"Here's why P&G just launched online magazine for women over 50", bizjournals.com, July 22, 2016

L'Oreal Signs Definitive Agreement To Buy IT Cosmetics

L'Oreal said it has agreed to acquire IT Cosmetics for a cash-purchase price of $1.2 billion. Established in 2008 by Jamie Kern Lima and Paulo Lima, with TSG Consumer Partners as co-owner, IT Cosmetics was developed in partnership with leading plastic surgeons to offer women with “innovative, problem-solving” skincare and cosmetics products. IT Cosmetics brands and product lines feature more than 300 “high-performance” beauty products focused on color cosmetics, skincare, brushes, and tools.

"L'Oréal signs agreement to acquire IT Cosmetics", L'Oréal, July 22, 2016

Beauty Boost Announces Fragrance-Locking Product

Beauty Boost Inc. announced FragranceLock, a fragrance finishing spray designed to make fragrances last longer by slowing down their natural evaporation cycle. Results of tests conducted by the company revealed FragranceLock makes perfumes last for up to 12 hours longer. Unlike the usual process of layering fragrance with products with same scents, FragranceLock can be used with all fragrances. Daughter-and-mother entrepreneurs Josephine Sullivan and Francine Gingras developed the product because they believe perfumes should last longer than they usually do. FragranceLock will launch exclusively on HSN on July 27, 2016.

"A New Beauty Category Emerges With The Launch of FragranceLock™", PR Newswire, July 25, 2016

Ranir Acquires Rembrandt Teeth-Whitening Brand From Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Ranir, LLC, said it has acquired the Rembrandt brand of teeth-whitening products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Terms of the deal were not revealed; however, it covers all intellectual property and rights to the brand. After developing the original whitening toothpaste, Rembrandt expanded its product lineup aimed at the dental whitening segment. By acquiring the Rembrandt brand, Ranir adds to its portfolio of oral care brands, including the Plackers brand.

"Ranir Announces Addition of REMBRANDT® Brand to Company’s Portfolio of Oral Care Products", Ranir, July 25, 2016

Sephora Relocates, Reopens Singapore Flagship Store

Beauty retailer Sephora reopened its Singapore flagship store in ION Orchard’s Basement 2 after relocating from the ground floor. Among the company’s top 10 stores worldwide in terms of revenue, the flagship store highlights Sephora’s commitment to the retail market in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Sephora operates both brick-and-mortar and online stores in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Thailand, Malaysia, and India. Its online store, Luxola, which the company rebranded Sephora, allows the company to operate in markets where it does not have a physical store, such as Hong Kong, the Philippines, and New Zealand.

"Sephora remains upbeat about Singapore retail sector", Asiaone, July 25, 2016

Lynx Launches Grooming Products Designed For Adult Men

Unilever UK launched a more premium lineup of male grooming products, including body sprays and shower gels. Designed in collaboration with Anne Gottlieb, the range includes Urban, Adrenaline, and Signature. Recently added to the range are the Daily Fragrances, aftershaves that also moonlight as body sprays. Simultaneous with the changes in the product line is the launch of a new way the brand is pushing the products. Instead of ads featuring bikini-clad women, the fragrance line is now represented by American albino model Shaun Ross.

"Lynx is back to dominate your grown-up grooming regime", GQ Magazine, July 25, 2016

VMG Partners Sells Babyganics To SC Johnson

Private equity firm VMG Partners said it has sold the Babyganics brand of personal care and household care products for families with children to SC Johnson. Established in 2004, Babyganics offers family-friendly products, including skincare, bath care, sun care, oral care, and laundry care.

"VMG Partners Completes Sale of Babyganics to SC Johnson", PR Newswire, July 26, 2016

Procter & Gamble Sells Tag Body Spray Brand To My Imports USA

Procter & Gamble said it has sold the Tag brand of body sprays for men to My Imports USA. Gillette Co.'s Tag Fragrance division launched the brand in 2005, with the brand joining P&G after the consumer goods giant acquired Gillette in the same year through a $53 billion deal. My Imports USA said it plans to expand the brand by adding deodorants, antiperspirants, body washes, hair washes, and other men's grooming products.

"P&G sells a former top-selling brand", bizjournals.com, July 26, 2016

Henkel Receives Award Recognizing Efforts To Promote Supplier Diversity

Henkel received the Diversity Supplier Development (Production) award from FCA US LLC, in recognition of the company's commitment to promoting diversity among its suppliers. Part of Henkel's diversity supplier efforts include its support for minority business enterprise mentoring. Henkel provides guiding, coaching, and encouragement to suppliers. Also, Henkel makes sure that minority- or women-owned businesses are included in requests for quotation whenever possible. Henkel's diversity strategy also includes recruitment and partnerships with all communities for the best talent to recruit and support.

"Henkel receives Diversity Supplier Development Award", Business Wire, July 26, 2016

Unilever Indonesia Posts Strong Revenue Gains In 1H 2016

Unilever Indonesia reported net income jumped 12.5 percent to Rp 3.3 trillion in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Growth was driven by strong sales in the household care, personal care, and food and refreshment segments, according to the company. Net sales expanded by Rp 20.7 trillion from the previous year’s Rp 18.8 trillion.

"Unilever's Net Income Up 12.5% in H1 2016", Jakarta Globe, July 27, 2016

Economic Slowdown Fails To Dampen Demand For Beauty Products In China

In China, 65 percent of consumers say they increased their spending on facial skincare products in 2015 than they did in 2014, according to Mintel. Data from the market research firm's report “Beauty Retailing China 2016” revealed 52 percent of consumers say they are buying more beauty supplements, while 46 percent said they buy more color cosmetics. During the years 2014 and 2015, total retail sales of cosmetics in the country grew 12.3 percent to RMB 204.9 billion. Mintel predicts the market will maintain its strong growth to reach RMB 338 billion by 2020, driven by the high demand for skincare products.

"Spending on beauty up in China, despite cooling economy", Cosmetics Design , July 27, 2016

P&G's Marketing Claims About Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Supported By Science, NAD Says

Procter & Gamble’s assertion that its Oral-B Pro 5000 and 70000 electric toothbrushes provide superior clean has scientific basis, according to the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Several claims, including Oral-B’s capability to clean 22 percent more plaque than the Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush made by Philips Oral Healthcare, were reviewed by the NAD. Philips Oral Healthcare’s complaint against the claims prompted the NAD to conduct the review.

"Advertising body backs Oral-B toothbrush claims", DrBicuspid , July 27, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Reports Strong Operating Profit Despite Posting Huge Operating Loss In 2Q 2016

GlaxoSmithKline reported a $222 million operating loss for the second quarter of 2016. Core results, however, showed the company posting an operating profit of $2.4 billion, with global revenue at $9.2 billion. Favorable changes in currency exchange rates between the UK pound and the U.S. dollar helped improved sales by 7 percent and added 26 percent in value to the company's core earnings, GSK said. Group sales were 6.5 billion pounds, with growth recorded across the company's three main businesses: pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare.

"GlaxoSmithKline Second quarter 2016", GlaxoSmithKline , July 27, 2016

Advertisers Ignoring 50 And Older Consumers In Australia, International Advertising Association Event Speakers Say

Consumers 50 years and older are being ignored by advertisers, according to the Forgotten After Fifty event hosted by the International Advertising Association in Sydney. Ipsos research director Laura Demasi marketers, who have adopted to the multicultural characteristics of the Australian population, need to address ageism in advertising. According to Demasi, 94 percent of agency staff are younger than 50 years, creating a significant gap between advertisers and the growing seniors market. Macquarie Media Network executive chairman Russell Tate said, the average Australian marketer is 27 years old and is male, according to a PwC report released in early 2016.

"Age is the new diversity problem in advertising", AdNews, July 27, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Procter & Gamble Sells P&G London Innovation Centre; Agrees To Lease For Next 3-5 Years

Procter & Gamble sold the Rusham Park Technical Centres research and development complex near London to Royal Holloway, University of London. As part of the purchase deal, P&G will lease the R&D center, called the P&G London Innovation Centre by the company, for the next 3‒5 years. With a total floor area of 203,000 square feet, the complex features research laboratories and offices on a 14.5-acre campus.

"P&G sells massive product innovation center", bizjournals.com, July 22, 2016

Procter & Gamble Names New Manager For Romania Operations

Procter & Gamble appointed Elena Kudryashova as country manager for its business operations in Romania effective July 1, 2016. Born in Russia and previously country manager for P&G Israel, Kudryashova succeeds Hans Dewaele, who occupied the post while simultaneously coordinating the company's operations in the Balkans.

"P&G appoints new country manager in Romania", Romania Insider, July 27, 2016

Unilever's Net Income Up 12.5% in H1 2016

Jakarta Globe, July 27, 2016

Unilever’s Big Strategic Bet on the Dollar Shave Club

Harvard Business Review, July 28, 2016

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