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SkinCeuticals Launches H.A. Intensifier Anti-Aging Skin Serum

February 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
SkinCeuticals announced the launch of H.A. Intensifier, a corrective hyaluronic acid serum designed to deal with signs of aging caused by the decline and degradation of natural hyaluronic acid in skin. H.A. Intensifier comes with 10 percent concentration of Proxylane, a proprietary ingredient, created to help support hyaluronic acid levels and improve skin firmness by maintaining the strength of the skin’s matrix. It also comes with 2.0 percent Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and 0.2 percent Purple Rice Extract, the company says help maintain the skin’s hyaluronic acid content.
"SkinCeuticals Announces the Launch of a New Corrective Serum", PR Newswire, February 15, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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China Bans More Beauty Products From South Korea

February 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
China has banned more beauty care products from South Korea. In January 2017, China blocked the import of 19 cosmetics products from South Korea, citing “sanitary issues and other concerns.” Market observers, however, believe China’s action was in retaliation for South Korea’s installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antiballistic missile system. Many of the products on the embargo list are made by smaller cosmetics brands, such as Iaso, Ottie, and Aekyung.
Crystal Tai, "China Increases Its Ban of South Korean Beauty Brands", Women’s Wear Daily, February 15, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Trian Reveals $3.5 Billion Stake In Procter & Gamble; Will Seek Stronger Revenue And Lower Costs

February 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Activist investor Trian Fund Management LP revealed its $3.5 billion stake in Procter & Gamble Co. Described as the investment fund’s largest ever stake in a company, Trian Fund’s position is expected to lead to a presence in the consumer goods company’s board of directors. Although P&G sold 41 of its brands to Coty Inc. for $12.5 billion, the company remains an industry giant valued at $225 billion. Trian Fund is likely to demand for improved revenues and lower operating costs to improve P&G’s shareholder value.
Michael Flaherty, "Trian Takes $3.5 Billion Stake in Procter & Gamble", Reuters, February 14, 2017, © Reuters
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P&G Malaysia Plans Adopting MRC Viewability Standards For Digital Advertising

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
P&G Malaysia is adopting the US-based Media Rating Council's viewability standards for digital media. Also, the company is reviewing agency contracts in view of parent company Procter & Gamble's call for improved transparency rules in digital advertising. According to Nadiah Syed Nahar, P&G Malaysia's communications and government relations manager, the company will adopt the standards despite mixed reactions from local marketers and agencies.
Daljit Dhesi, "P&G Malaysia Backs MRC Viewability Standards", The Star Online, February 13, 2017, © Star Media Group Berhad
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Just For Men Launches Control GX Anti-Gray Shampoo

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Men’s haircare brand Just For Men launched the Control GX shampoo for men. According to the company, the shampoo is designed to gradually reduce gray hair without the need for any “extra steps” in a man’s existing personal care routine. Men can use the product for two weeks to reduce the degree of gray, then use it several times a week in between using their usual shampoo. It features the Control GX formula developed by the company’s in-house team of researchers.
"Just For Men Launches Control GX; The First Shampoo That Gradually and Permanently Reduces Gray", PR Newswire, February 13, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Old Spice Extends Sponsorship Deal With Fishing League Worldwide

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand has renewed its sponsorship deal with the Fishing League Worldwide. As part of the agreement between the brand and the organizer of fishing tournaments, Old Spice will receive exposure at Costa FLW Series, FLW Tour, and Forrest Wood Cup championship events. Also, the brand will be featured on the organization’s website, FLWFishing.com.
"Old Spice Renews FLW Sponsorship", Marketwired , February 13, 2017, © Nasdaq, Inc.
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Dove Men+Care Launches Elements Line Of Skincare And Haircare Products For Men

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever’s brand of men’s grooming products Dove Men+Care launched the Elements range of skin and hair care products. Featuring ingredient combinations, such as Minerals and Sage, Charcoal and Clay, and Mineral Powder and Sandalwood, the range continues the brand’s history in “cleansing, moisturizing, and care” of the skin, the company said. As part of the brand’s promotion of the product range, Dove Men+Care is building the Dove Men+Care Elements Treehouse in Tennessee.
"Dove Men+Care Introduces New Elements Range to Bring a Boost of Freshness to Men’s Grooming Routines", Unilever, February 13, 2017, © Unilever
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Reckitt Benckiser Plans To Buy Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC said it plans to buy Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. Total value of the proposed acquisition deal is $17.9 billion, or $90 per share in cash, valuing Mead Johnson’s equity at $16.6 billion. Including Mead Johnson’s net debt, the deal is expected to help RB become a global leader in the consumer health market.
"Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc to Acquire Mead Johnson Nutrition Company", Reckitt Benckiser, February 10, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Smartphones Will Be The Pillar Of U.K. E-Commerce By 2020

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Smartphones are rapidly becoming the technological engine powering e-commerce in the U.K., according to a report from OC&C Strategy Consultants, Google and PayPal. Within three years, mobile purchases will account for two-thirds of e-commerce sales – £43 billion – up from £13.5 billion in 2016. Another £14 billion of online retail will involve a smartphone in product research and price comparison, meaning that 80 percent of all U.K. e-commerce by 2020 will be handled over a smartphone. But despite these forecasts, U.K. retailers lag behind U.S. and Asian competitors in terms of mobile readiness, the report notes.  [ Image credit: © Jason Howie  ]
Paul Skeldon, "Smartphone Shopping to Account for Two Thirds of UK E-Commerce by 2020, says Google, PayPal Study", Internet Retailing, February 10, 2017, © SJP Business Media
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Target Adds More Brands To Collection Of Natural Beauty Products

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Target is expanding its natural beauty care collections by adding more natural beauty brands, including Alaffia, Little Seed Farm, and Nubian Heritage, to the lineup. With millennial consumers showing preference for healthy and natural beauty options, the retailer seeks to position itself as their first choice for affordable natural beauty products. As part of this initiative, Target aims to achieve full ingredient transparency for beauty, personal care, baby care, and household care products by 2020. Target is requiring suppliers to remove toxic and dangerous ingredients, such as phthalates, propylparaben, and butylparaben, from their products.
Rachel Brown, "Target Boosts Selection of Natural Beauty Products", Women’s Wear Daily, February 10, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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RB Posts Strong Revenue Growth In 2016

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser reported like-for-like net revenue grew 3 percent in 2016, compared with the previous year. Total net revenue grew 11 percent, the company said. Adjusted operating margin also rose by 130bps to 28.1 percent, while adjusted net income grew 15 percent. According to the company, ₤367 million were charged in the year for the air freshener issue in South Korea. Reported net income rose 5 percent, while creating free cash flow of ₤2.036 billion, the company said.
"RB Full Year Results 2016 - Solid Growth, Excellent Margin Expansion", Reckitt Benckiser, February 10, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Whitening Toothpastes Do Not Work, Study By Consumer Group Reveals

February 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Whitening toothpastes do not work, according to the consumer organization OCU in Spain. Results of tests conducted by the group on 13 whitening toothpastes revealed five brands whitened teeth by one or two tones, which was not noticeable at all. According to the organization, it is not worth spending money on those toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth. Also, test results showed the brands that whitened teeth slightly are Binaca Blanqueante, Auchan Blancura, and Fluocaril Blanqueador.
"OCU Tests 13 Whitening Toothpastes and Says None of them Work", thinkSPAIN, February 09, 2017, © Think Web Content, S.L.
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Estée Lauder, Victoria Beckham Expand Partnership With Reprise Of Cosmetics Collection

February 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Following their successful collaboration in September that saw the complete limited edition make-up collection sell out rapidly, beauty giant Estée Lauder and Victoria Beckham are to create another cosmetics capsule but with more stockkeeping units and wider distribution. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president at Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., said the second capsule contains 30 SKUs, or double the SKUs originally released. Also, production will triple with distribution rising to 1,200 doors, from 450 doors last year. The products will be on sale in-store and online at Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Brown Thomas, the Victoria Beckham store on Dover Street, Fenwick Newcastle (in-store only), esteelauder.co.uk and Net-a-porter’s U.K. site. Prices for the collection range from $30 for a nude-matte lip pencil, $45 for the eyeshadows and $95 for Morning Aura Illuminating Crème. Hudis said Lauder is going “much deeper and more powerful” in its partnership with Beckham. [Image credit © Estée Lauder]
Rachel Strugatz, "Victoria Beckham, Estée Lauder Expand Partnership", Women’s Wear Daily, February 09, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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How Reckitt Benckeiser’s Startling Bid For Mead Johnson Could Pay Off

February 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Health and hygiene products marketer Reckitt Benckeiser’s bid for baby formula company Mead Johnson may be surprising, but it could also be a clever and potentially lucrative acquisition. RB already has a foot in the door of the nutrition business: in 2012 it purchased Schiff Nutrition (marketer of vitamin brands like MegaRed). And, according to U.K.-based investment firm Dividend Drive, there just aren’t any juicy acquisitions to be made in over-the-counter consumer healthcare. But the primary attraction of Mead Johnson is the fact that both companies have a strong presence in developing markets, particularly Asia and Latin America. Mead Johnson’s specialty – baby formula – is positioned for strong growth in Asia.
Dividend Drive, "Mead Johnson And Reckitt Benckiser: A Surprising Yet Inspired Bid From The British Consumer Giant?", Seeking Alpha, February 06, 2017, © Seeking Alpha
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P&G Plans R&D Center For Gillette Brand In England

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it plans to build a research and development center for its Gillette brand of shaving products. Part of the company’s expansion of the Reading Gillette Innovation Centre in Reading, England, the proposed facility is set for approval by the Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee on February 8, 2017. [ Image credit: © Gillette Co. ]
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G to build research & development center", bizjournals.com, February 03, 2017, © American City Business Journals
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Unilever Adds Leadership And Business Skills Duties To Global Learning Director's Role

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has expanded the role of the company’s Singapore-based global learning director, Betty Lau. Effective January 2017, Lau’s responsibilities will include overseeing Unilever’s leadership and business skills programs. At present, she manages training, coaching, and mentoring programs at the company’s Four Acres Singapore facility.
Laura Fransen, "Up the ranks: Betty Lau is Unilever’s global learning director, leadership & business skills", humanresourcesonline.net, February 03, 2017, © humanresourcesonline.net
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Clorox Posts Strong Sales Growth In 2Q Of FY 2017

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Clorox Co. sales grew five percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016.. Sales volume grew eight percent during the period, while diluted EPS were $1.14, the company said. Foreign currency exchange rates lowered earnings by two points. Excluding currency effects, sales grew six percent during the quarter.
"Clorox Reports Q2 Fiscal Year 2017 Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook Behind Strong Sales Growth", Clorox, February 03, 2017, © The Clorox Company
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L'Oreal Eyes Bigger Spending On Digital Marketing

February 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand L’Oreal plans to increase its spending on digital marketing, according to the company’s chief digital officer, Lubomira Rochet. Digital spending accounted for 30 percent of the company’s total media spending in the first half of 2016 and is forecast to rise in 2017, Rochet said. Rochet also said that the company is adopting a marketing strategy based on the idea that consumers are influenced by a range of ways.
Simon Gwynn, "L'Oréal Commits to More Digital Marketing Spend", Campaign, February 02, 2017, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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Sephora Launches Email Campaign Designed To Gather Consumer Data And Offer Product Recommendations

February 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sephora launched an email marketing campaign that suggests skincare products based on the results of a designed-for-mobile quiz. Created to help the beauty retailer gather consumer data, the email campaign encourages consumers to answer questions about their skin. Using a mobile device or desktop computer, users who have received an email message from the company can access the quiz to look at products recommended by experts.
Brielle Jaekel, "Sephora Clears Up Skincare-Product Choices with New Method of Recommendations", Mobile Marketer, February 02, 2017, © Napean LLC
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For Consumers, Premium Signifies More Than Just A Higher Price

February 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A Nielsen survey finds that consumers globally are willing to spend as much as 20 percent more for the quality and performance of premium items in any CPG category. The result of this trend is that premium FMCG products in many countries often outsell less expensive products. For example, between 2012 and 2014, the premium segment grew 21 percent in Southeast Asia, which is more than double the rate of the mainstream and value tiers. Survey respondents indicated that premium doesn’t just mean higher price: only 31 percent said price defined premium. Instead, they said premium signifies exceptional quality and performance. [ Image credit: © Wikimedia ]
Rose Anthony, "Sales of Premium CPG Products Increase around the World", CPG Matters, February 01, 2017, © CPG Matters
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Gillette Signs Up As Sponsor Of League Of Legends Event In Poland

January 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Men's grooming brand Gillette said it has agreed to sponsor the League Of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, an eSports event, in Katowice, Poland. Also, the company recruited electronic sports player xPeke as its latest global brand ambassador. During the event, Gillette will offer players and fans the chance to customize their Gillette razor handles, using 3D printing at its RZR MKR Design Studio.
"Gillette Enters eSports Through Global Partnership with ESL as Sponsor of the League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice 2017", Procter & Gamble, January 31, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Middle-Class Consumers Driving Growth In China's Beauty Market, Report Shows

January 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
China's middle class, composed of more than 100 million families, is driving growth in the country's beauty care market, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Data from the market research firm revealed middle-class consumers have more confidence about the future and, hence, are more likely to buy more and purchase big brands. They use the internet to find product information and are more ready to try new products and adopt new trends. Also, middle-class consumers accounted for more than half of the incremental sales in various categories of the beauty market.
Jason Yu, "Middle class pivotal to China’s beauty market", Kantar Worldpanel, January 31, 2017, © Kantar Worldpanel
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E-Retailers And CPG Manufacturers Need To Prepare For Strong Growth Now

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
E-commerce today accounts for only a small portion of consumer packaged goods (CPG) sales, with the food and beverage sector lagging somewhat behind non-food. But both sectors are set for strong growth, according to IRI. Over the next five years, CPG e-commerce will average 10 percent of industrywide sales. Digital is expected to play a major role in influencing that sales growth, and will drive as much as 77 percent of all retail sales generally, representing about $2 trillion. E-retailers are rapidly laying the groundwork for growth, with Amazon leading the way. Meanwhile, CPG manufacturers could grow online sales by up to 150 percent by building a strong online presence and earning shopper awareness.
"Build, Drive and Earn E-commerce Growth for Retail Success", Report, IRI Worldwide, January 24, 2017, © IRI Worldwide
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Dove Hair Introduces DermaCare Scalp Series Line Of Haircare Products

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Dove Hair brand introduced the Dove DermaCare Scalp Series line of haircare products for women. Featuring the Pure Daily Care 2in1 and Shampoo, Invigorating Mint 2in1 and Shampoo and Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo and Conditioner, the collection is designed to help achieve dandruff-free, nourished, smooth, and manageable hair strands, the company said. Beginning in January 2017, the haircare product will be available at mass, food, and drug retailers across the country.
"Dove Introduces DermaCare Scalp Series for 100% Flake Free* and Nourished Hair", PR Newswire, January 24, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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PZ Cussons Posts Lower Profit In November 2016 Half

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PZ Cussons PLC reported profit before tax and exceptionals dropped slightly to ₤40.2 million for the six-month period ending November 30, 2016, compared with ₤42.1 million in the previous period. Despite a difficult macro-economic environment in Nigeria, the company's largest market, brand shares maintained or grew in all major markets and categories, the company said. Also, the company announced interim dividend rose 2.3 percent at 2.67p per share.
"PZ Cussons Interim Announcement of Results for the Half Year to 30 November 2016", PZ Cussons, January 24, 2017, © PZ Cussons
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RB Malaysia Awards Media Account To Local Optimedia Unit

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia awarded its media account to Optimedia Malaysia for the year 2017. RB Malaysia marketing director Tiffany Tang said the company chose Optimedia for its strong emphasis on ROI with regards to media planning and optimization. IPG used to handle the media account.
Vivienne Tay, "Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia shifts account from IPG", Marketing-Interactive.com, January 24, 2017, © Marketing-Interactive.com
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Procter & Gamble Reports Net Sales Unchanged In FY 1Q 2017

January 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company reported net sales remained unchanged at $16.9 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Organic sales rose 2 percent, with organic sales and organic volume rising in all of the company's five business segments. Diluted net earnings per share rose 157 percent to $2.88, compared with the previous year, including a $1.95 per share gain from the sale of beauty brands to Coty. Operating cash flow for the quarter was $3 billion, with adjusted free cash flow productivity at 82 percent.
"P&G Announces Second Quarter Earnings", Procter & Gamble, January 20, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Head & Shoulders Introduces Shampoo Bottle Made From Recycled Plastic

January 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said its Head & Shoulders haircare brand will start using a recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic. Developed in partnership with recycling firms TerraCycle and SUEZ, the shampoo bottle will be launched in France in summer 2017 as a limited-edition Head & Shoulders packaging exclusive to Carrefour customers. Also, P&G said that by end of 2018, in Europe, more than 500 million bottles per year will include as much as 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
"P&G’s Head & Shoulders Creates World’s First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic", Procter & Gamble, January 19, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Dove Hair China Launches Online Campaign Calling On Women To Be Proud Of Hairstyle

January 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Dove Hair China brand launched its “My hair: It has to be my way” online campaign in the country. Featuring various women of different ages and highlighting the brand's “Real beauty by real women” brand slogan, the campaign seeks to empower women to remain true to themselves by coming out with their individual choice of hairstyle. Developed by Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai, the campaign includes an online movie, social media content, and follow-up videos featuring Chinese women sharing their hairstyle stories.
Inti Tam, "Dove Encourages Women to Wear Their Hair with Pride", Marketing-Interactive, January 18, 2017, © marketing-interactive.com by Lighthouse Independent Media
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Kao Likely To See 10-Percent Profit Boost In 2016, Analysts Say

January 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kao is expected to have raised its group operating profit 10 percent to approximately 190 billion yen, or $1.66 billion, in 2016. Earlier, the company has projected operating profit to reach 184 billion yen for the year, with sales expected to have reached about 1.55 trillion yen. Sales were driven by the growing number of households in the country.
"Kao seen boosting profit 10% for 2016", Nikkei, January 17, 2017, © Nikkei Inc.
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Alpecin Launches Retail And Online Channels In China

January 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Dr. Wolff is now selling its Alpecin line of shampoos in China. According to the company, it entered the China market in April 2016 to help ease Alpecin shortages in Germany and provide Chinese consumers with convenient and safe channel for buying the anti-hairloss shampoos. Alpecin products are available in more than 2,000 Watsons stores across the country, as well as on e-commerce site Tmall.
"Alpecin Opens Official Retail Channel in China Helping to Cool Down Massive Product Demand from Chinese Cross-Border Shoppers in Germany", PR Newswire, January 17, 2017, © PR Newswire
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Aquafresh Marketing Claims Misleading, Advertising Standards Authority Says

January 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Aquafresh has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to stop claiming that its Aquafresh Complete Care protects teeth better than other brands do. Colgate-Palmolive filed the complaint against the marketing claims made by Aquafresh in an advertising campaign and on packaging, which claimed the product offered “24-hour sugar acid protection. Aquafresh admitted its product had no “unique ingredients” but claimed its advertisements made no “unsubstantiated claims.”
Roxanne Henderson , "Aquafresh and Colgate go head to head in ad war", HeraldLIVE, January 16, 2017, © HeraldLIVE
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More South Korean Men Wear Make-Up, Boosting Male Beauty Market

January 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sales of men’s skincare products in South Korea rose more than 80 percent in the past five years. Driven by the country’s weakening economy and competitive job market, the men’s cosmetics segment now accounts for 10 percent of South Korea’s $10 billion beauty market. Toners, lotions, and BB creams are some of the favorite skincare products of male consumers, who are increasingly convinced that putting on makeup helps improve their self-confidence and, consequently, their chances of landing a job or finding a new partner.
Miranda Larbi , "Men in South Korea are wearing make-up to boost their self-confidence", Metro.co.uk, January 16, 2017, © Associated Newspapers Limited
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Unilever To Use 100% Recyclable Plastic Packaging By 2025

January 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said all of its plastic packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. In the next three years, Unilever will be reducing the weight of its plastic packaging by 30%, a commitment given under its Sustainable Living Plan.  The company also announced it has renewed its membership to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and will continue supporting the New Plastics Economy Initiative as part of its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal 12 that focus on sustainable consumption and production. Unilever CEO Paul Polman called on the consumer goods industry to move towards a circular economy. Polman said the industry needs to do much more to help make sure plastic is managed responsibly and efficiently post-consumer use. According to EMF, only 14% of plastic packaging used globally is recycled, while 40% ends up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems. [Image credit © Nick White]
"Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025", Unilever, January 14, 2017, © Unilever
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Unilever Indonesia Unveils Smaller Capex For 2017

January 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia announced its plan to spend €115 million, or $120 million, to expand its factories in 2017. In 2016, the company spent Rp 2 trillion, or $150 million, an amount 20 percent higher than the 2017 figure, because the company needed to relocate to a larger headquarters. Unilever Indonesia operates nine factories across the country.
"Unilever Indonesia Cuts Capex for 2017", Jakarta Globe, January 12, 2017, © Jakarta Globe
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World Skincare Market To Reach $179 Billion In Value By 2022, Study Predicts

January 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
From 2016 to 2022, the world market for skincare products is forecast to expand with a CAGR of 4.7 percent to reach $179 billion in value by the end of that period, according to Allied Market Research. Data from the report “Skin Care Products Market by Type and Geography: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014‒2022” revealed the Asia-Pacific region was the top market, accounting for more than 40 percent of the overall market revenue. Also, the face cream segment, including anti-aging creams and skin-brightening creams, contributed almost 75 percent of the market revenue, while the body care lotion segment accounted for 41 percent of the market.
"A Growth Trend for Skin Care Products", Beauty Packaging, January 12, 2017, © Rodman Media
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Target Launches Haircare Product Range Developed By Celebrity Stylist Kristin Ess

January 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Target will launch Kristin Ess Hair, a line of haircare products developed by celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess on January 5, 2017. Featuring 15 products, the range includes styling powder and a reconstructive mask, with prices ranging from $10 to $14. As part of the company's efforts to promote the product launch, Target will launch a related social media campaign.
Faye Brookman, "Target Taps Social Star for Hair-Care Collection", Women’s Wear Daily, January 11, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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L’Oreal’s Smart Brush Demonstrates Internet Of Things Application For The Beauty Industry

January 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal’s smart brush, unveiled at CES 2017, is just one of a number of products responding to opportunities provided by the Internet of Things within the consumer products industry, including Beauty. Smart devices are allowing brands to brands to become more involved in consumers’ daily routines. The smart brush is being sold at around $200, and only time will tell if consumers regard that as a price worth paying for the benefits it provides – better and more personalized information, performance monitoring and suggestions for improvements, as well as tips and recommendations. These aren’t necessary attributes for a hairbrush or toothbrush, but they will make life a bit easier for consumers, and brands can become better connected to consumers’ lifestyles and preferences, allowing valuable insights for future innovation and marketing efforts.  
Nikki Gilliland, "How the beauty industry is embracing the Internet of Things", Econsultancy, January 11, 2017, © Econsultancy.com Limited
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Amorepacific Joins Alshaya Group To Expand Middle East Operations

January 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
South Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific Group partnered with local retailer Alshaya Group to expand its business operations in the Middle East. With the Middle Eastern cosmetics market forecast to expand at a CAGR of 15 percent from $18 billion in 2015 to $36 billion in 2020, Amorepacific plans to open its first Etude House store in Dubai in the second half of 2017. Amorepacific has invested years in developing “regional expertise” in the Middle East by appointing regional experts, called Hyecho, to major urban areas in the region, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Teheran.
"Amorepacific Group Expands to Middle East Market", Amorepacific, January 11, 2017, © Amorepacific
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L'Oreal Buys Skincare Brands From Valeant

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal SA has agreed to acquire the skincare brands CeraVe, AcneFree, and Ambi from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Worth more than $1.3 billion in cash, the deal covers the brands, which account for $168 million in combined annual revenue. Aside from supporting L'Oreal's fastest-growing businesses, the acquisition of Valeant's skincare brands is also expected to help the company expand its US operations.
Andrea Felsted, "L'Oreal's Pricey Problem Solvers", Bloomberg Gadfly, January 10, 2017, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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New Versions Of Consumer Goods Sound The Death Knell For Older Products

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
New versions of consumer staples – alkaline batteries, bar soup, ground coffee, etc. – have led to the gradual decline in sales of the older versions. As consumer habits evolve, devotees of the older versions of staples – which may start to disappear from store shelves – may have to start stockpiling. IRI tracks sales on the older iterations of products, and here are some examples of the trend since 2011: margarine sales have fallen 24 percent as consumers turn to full-fat dairy products like butter; bar soap sales have dropped seven percent, as body wash sales surged; powder laundry detergent is down 47 percent, surpassed by pods, pacs, and liquids; single-serve coffee pods have pushed ground coffee sales down by eight percent; and frozen juice concentrate sales are down 37 percent as shoppers buy refrigerated brands or skip juice altogether.
Ellen Byron , "Last on the Shelf: How Products Dwindle Out of Favor", The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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Chinese Consumers Are Adapting Priorities As China Changes

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In an interview, Delon Wang, Manager of Asia Pacific Trends at Mintel, warned that the rapid growth seen in China’s consumer goods industry might slow as economic growth decelerates and the population adapts priorities to the new China, focusing for example on buzzwords like ‘ancient’ and ‘old’. Mintel’s Global New Products Database indicates that product claims including the word "ancient” on packaging grew 56% in the first half of 2016 within China’s beauty and personal care and food and drink and categories. Wang said that consumers are demanding authenticity, and they are increasingly concerned about health and the environment. Value remains another key attribute for consumers. More consumers are also looking at opportunities to be entrepreneurs themselves in a bid to improve financial security during turbulent economic times, and many are choosing subscription purchasing for their fitness and beauty items. Brand loyalty is highest among the middle-class consumers (68% versus 50% for consumers overall). Other factors at work within China include technological advance – such as the Internet of Everything and smart devices – and retail innovation and evolution, such as pop-up stores.
Natasha Spencer, "China’s cosmetics and consumer trends in 2017 part I: A change of pace", Cosmetics Design, January 10, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Coty Partners With Online Social Selling Platform Younique

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Inc. said it has partnered with Younique, an online peer-to-peer social selling platform focused on the beauty market. As part of the agreement between the companies, Coty plans to purchase a 60-percent stake in Younique, with the online company's founders holding on to the remaining 40 percent. Also, Younique founder and CEO Derek Maxfield and chief visionary officer Melanie Huscroft will stay on in their leadership roles.
"Coty to Enter Into Partnership With Younique, a Leading Online Peer-to-Peer Social Selling Platform in Beauty", Coty, January 10, 2017, © Coty Inc.
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New Skin Nourishment Range From Burt's Bees With Royal Jelly

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Burt’s Bees natural skincare brand is introducing a new Skin Nourishment range for the face, containing vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. The range also contains royal jelly, which is produced by honeybees to feed the queen, and cleanses, hydrates and softens the skin. The products will be available in the natural grocery, drug, gift and specialty store channels as well as select mass retailers, including Target and Walmart. [ Image credit: © Cadalpe ]
"Burt’s Bees Debuts Royal Jelly Skin Care", Happi, January 10, 2017, © Rodman Media
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Shiseido Americas Names Papazian GM Of Laura Mercier Business

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Americas Corporation said it has named Alexandra Papazian as general manager of it Laura Mercier business. Effective March 1, 2017, Papazian will be based in New York and will be responsible for creating and implementing the overall strategy for the business in the US and overseas markets. She will also manage the brand's expanded marketing efforts, product development, digital marketing, and overseas expansion.
Jadzia Zielinski Tirsch, "Adding Multimedia Shiseido Americas Announces Appointment of Alexandra Papazian as General Manager of Laura Mercier", Business Wire, January 10, 2017, © Business Wire, Inc.
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L'Oréal To Buy Three Skincare Brands From Valeant

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal is continuing its run of acquisitions into 2017, signing an agreement to acquire three US-based skincare brands from Valeant for US$1.3 billion. Founded in 20015, CeraVe is a fast-growing skincare brand that offers skin cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and baby products through drug stores, mass and beauty retailers, as well as online. AcneFree offers over-the-counter treatments for acne. Ambi’s skincare products treat dark spots and brighten skin. Combined sales are some US$170 million. L'Oréal USA says that the three brands are founded on relationships with health professionals and will nearly double sales for the Active Cosmetics Division.
"L'Oreal signs agreement with Valeant to acquire CeraVe and two other brands", L'Oréal, January 10, 2017, © L'Oréal
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Amazon Making Progress With Prestige Skin Care, Provides Rich Content To Engage Consumers

January 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Amazon continues to build out its offering across new categories and its Amazon Luxury Beauty store shows it will be a contender in premium segments. The company recently added a page targeted at prestige shoppers - Amazon Professional Skin Care -that provides a range of ‘tools and kits to help you develop a complete daily care regimen.’ Amazon offers simple to use filters (shop by concern, expert advice…) along with videos and educational features that engage consumers. Color cosmetic players have for a while offered rich and engaging content but skin care brands have lagged and Amazon is moving to plug the gap - content on the Amazon page exceeds what is available at retailer websites and many beauty blogs.  It also looks to be winning over large brands that were previously dismissive. Elizabeth Arden recently became an official distributor on Amazon’s Luxury Beauty store, a move that will give the online retailer credibility. [Image credit © Innocentj]
Homa Zaryouni, "Amazon Makes Strides in Skin Care", L2 Daily, January 09, 2017, © L2 Inc.
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Beauty Brands Find Risk and Reward In Selling At Sephora

January 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sephora now has more than 2,300 stores worldwide and some beauty brands are increasingly finding the store challenging to deal with. The store, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, seems to favor LVMH brands, and also has a growing line of private label products that can give it an advantage. An assessment by The Wall Street Journal found that in the makeup area of a Sephora store, LVMH’s beauty brands can occupy nearly half of the shelf space, even though they have only 15 beauty brands compared with over 200 the retailer typically carries. Beauty brands are responding by trying to secure alternate outlets. Estée Lauder has promoted its own website as well as its MAC Cosmetics stores, while L’Oréal has opened stores for its Urban Decay brand. Some brands are also selling in lower market stores such as Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc., a risky practice that can remove allure from a brand.  Brands selling at Sephora are also vulnerable to its own label Sephora Collection line. Sephpora can use its sales data to spot fast rising niches and then develop price competitive alternatives.  [Image credit © Caia Image]
Khadeeja Safdar and Sharon Terlep, "As Sephora Adds Products, Rivalry Heats Up at Its Stores", Wall Street Journal, January 08, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Shiseido Eyes Women Occupying 40 Percent Of Management Positions By 2020

January 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido said it aims to have 40 percent of its management positions filled by women by 2020. In January 2017, the company has achieved its 30-percent objective. In Japan, the government wants 30 percent of leadership positions to be filled by women by 2020. [ Image credit: © Shiseido ]
"Japan's Shiseido aims for 40% female management by 2020", Nikkei, January 06, 2017, © Nikkei Inc.
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Rexona Launches Ad Featuring Cricketer Khawaja

January 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Deodorant brand Rexona launched a video commercial featuring cricket player Usman Khawaja. Part of the brand's “Moments of Pressure” marketing campaign, the ad was produced by Milkmoney and highlights Rexona as the deodorant brand “for moments of pressure.”
Abigail Dawson , "Rexona uses Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja in new campaign", Mumbrella, January 06, 2017, © Mumbrella
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