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Aldi Says It Will Not Sell Flushable Toilet Wipes In Australia

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Discount retailer Aldi has canceled plans to sell the Green Action line of bathroom cleaning wipes the company described as “flushable.” Aldi's action came following complaints by consumers and warnings by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regarding how “flushable” wipes harm the environment when disposed of in toilet. In December 2016, the ACCC sued Kimberly-Clark Australia and Pental for making misleading claims by describing their products as biodegradable.
Nic White, "Aldi withdraws 'flushable' toilet wipes from sale after customer backlash and water authorities warning they block drains", Daily Mail, July 20, 2017, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Unilever Posts Stronger Revenue Performance In 1H 2017

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said net profit rose to €3.11 billion, or $3.58 billion, for the six-month period ending June 30, 2017, compared with €2.51 billion in the previous year. According to the company, revenue grew to €27.72 billion from the previous year's €26.28 billion. Gross margin improved by 40bps to 43.1 percent, pushed by margin-accretive innovations and acquisitions, the company said.
"Unilever 2017 First Half Results", Unilever, July 20, 2017, © Unilever
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Asia Pacific Accounts For Over A Third Of Anti-Aging Beauty And Personal Care Products In 2016

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In 2016, 37 percent of new anti-aging beauty and personal care products were launched in the Asia Pacific region, up from 28 percent in 2014, according to Mintel. Data from the market research firm report, Mintel Global New Products Database, revealed the region is second only to Europe, which accounted for 40 percent of product launches. South Korea and Japan accounted for 23 percent each of total product launches in the APAC region, with China ranking third with 22 percent. Thailand and India, with 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, round up the top 5 markets in Asia for product launches.
"Over one third of the world’s anti-ageing beauty and personal care products were launched in Asia Pacific in 2016", Mintel, July 20, 2017, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Reckitt Benckiser Divests Food Business

July 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser Group plc announced it is selling its food business (RB Food) to McCormick & Company for $4.2 billion. The RB Food (Chester, N.J.) condiments and toppings line includes French's, Frank's RedHot and Cattlemen's brands. The nutrition bar Tiger’s Milk will be included in the cash-free, debt-free deal. Divestiture of its food business marks another step in RB’s transformation into a consumer health and hygiene company. It acquired infant formula firm Mead Johnson Nutrition in February for $16.7 billion.
"Sale of Food Business to McCormick", News release, Reckitt Benckiser, July 19, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Walgreens Adds UK Brand Sleek MakeUP To Beauty Lineup

July 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Walgreens said it will start selling Sleek MakeUP brand of cosmetics at more than 150 stores and on Walgreens.com. One of the fastest-growing mass-market beauty brands in the UK, Sleek MakeUP was acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2015. Created by a local beauty entrepreneur in East London, the brand seeks to cater to the needs of women of color who were faced with limited choices in the cosmetics market.
"Walgreens Continues to Differentiate its Beauty Offering with Sleek MakeUP", Walgreens.com, July 17, 2017, © Walgreens.com
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L’Oréal Uses Bioprinting To Create Live Skin Tissue For Cosmetics Testing

July 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The FDA may not require it, but L’Oréal says it has ended live-animal testing of new cosmetics and has turned to alternatives such as EpiSkin, a lab-grown human flesh-like tissue available in more than 100,000 samples representing numerous ethnicities. And lately the company has partnered with biotech Organovo to apply advanced 3-D bioprinting technology (left) to create skin tissue with hair follicles. The technology would allow mass production of skin tissue for lab testing. It is not unlikely that the 3-D printed tissue will become, like EpiSkin, a profit center for L’Oréal. [Image Credit: © L’Oréal  ]
Laura Goldman, "L’Oreal Grows Human Skin to Replace Animal Testing", Care2, July 08, 2017, © Care2.com, Inc.
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Vaseline Is World's Leading Brand Of Hand And Body Care Products, Nielsen Says

July 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Vaseline is the leading brand of hand and body care products in the world, according to Nielsen Retail Measurements. Data from the market research firm revealed the brand sold 470 million units in 2016, more than any other brand. Also, the brand's growth has been driven by several factors, including its Vaseline Healing Project initiative, and by strong sales in emerging markets, such as India, Indonesia, and Thailand.
"Vaseline named the world’s No.1 hand and body care brand", Unilever, July 03, 2017, © Unilever
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Hain Celestial On The Block?

June 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Organic and natural foods company Hain Celestial may soon be on the auction block. After successfully steering through an accounting review that worried investors and depressed stock value, top execs disclosed to a Jefferies Group analyst that they are open to takeover offers or other strategic changes. Shortly thereafter, Engaged Capital said it had accumulated a nearly ten percent stake in Hain Celestial and was prepared to jettison most of the board members and push for a sale of the whole company, or of part of it. Though the accounting review ended without any substantial changes being made, the Securities and Exchange Commission is continuing its own probe. Hain stock is down about 30 percent since the SEC investigation began. [Image Credit: © Hain Celestial ]
Tara Lachapelle, "Organic Foodmaker Hain Looks Appetizing", Bloomberg Gadfly, June 30, 2017, © Bloomberg Finance L.P.
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Big Companies Ponder How To Evaluate Nonfinancial Assets

June 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The nonprofit Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism is leading an effort to establish a consistent framework for informing investors about nonfinancial activities that also give companies value. These may include such things as workforce training, environmental impact, and creation of intellectual property. Chief executives of more than 20 companies and investment funds, including PepsiCo and Nestlé, and asset managers Vanguard, Fidelity and Schroders, are involved in the project.  [Image Credit: © Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism]
Chloe Cornish, "Global groups join forces to prove value beyond financial results", The Financial Times, June 28, 2017, © The Financial Times Limited
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Procter & Gamble, Unilever Spend Less On Digital Advertising

June 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble and Unilever reduced their digital advertising spend by 41 percent and 59 percent year-over-year, respectively, according to MediaRadar. Data from the advertising intelligence company revealed P&G ran ads on 978 websites in January to May 2017, a 33-percent drop from the same period in the previous year. Unilever ran ads on 540 sites in 2017, an 11-percent decline from the same period in 2016. Although P&G ran ads on 712 of the same websites in 2016 and 2017, the company cut its spending on 560 sites by 79 percent overall. Unilever cut its spending by 57 percent on 155 of the 268 sites it ran ads on during the period.
Tanya Dua, "Two of the world’s biggest advertisers are cutting back on their digital ad spend", Business Insider, June 26, 2017, © Business Insider Inc
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Failure To Arouse Interest In The U.S. Drives L’Oréal To Pull Decléor Brand

June 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
French skincare brand Decléor, which L’Oréal acquired along with Carita from Shiseido three years ago, failed to make a dent within the professional channel in the U.S. After a year, the brand was carried at only 350 locations in the U.S., despite a brand refresh that included a new logo, new advertising and promotional materials, and a U.S. ambassador, celebrity facialist Mzia Shiman. L’Oréal pulled the plug on the aromatherapy-based face and body products in the U.S. market as of June 30. [Image Credit: © Decléor ]
Rachel Strugatz , "L’Oréal Benches Decléor Brand in the U.S.", Women’s Wear Daily, June 26, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Timely, Relevant – Very Short – Ads Are L’Oréal’s Social Media Holy Grail

June 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Market research suggests that consumers using smartphones are swiping quickly past – i.e., ignoring – ads adapted from traditional 30-second TV spots. Enter a new ad standard, pushed by social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat: the super short six-second spot. L’Oréal has partnered with Google on an initiative – dubbed “Media Bets” – that will analyze data on the fly on what content is currently engaging eyeballs on YouTube. L’Oréal will use the data to develop timely, relevant, responsive six-second ads to run just before videos. Company media chief Nadine McHugh says it’s all about “a value exchange with consumers” in a seriously “time-challenged environment.” [Image Credit: © L’Oréal / YouTube ]
Mike Shields, "L'Oreal is changing its ads because you have no attention span", Business Insider , June 26, 2017, © Business Insider Inc
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Still Not Sure How To Measure The ROI Of It All, L’Oréal Pushes On With Digital

June 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Despite a lack of evidence that its forays into the digital world are actually paying off, L’Oréal continues to do what it can to stay current with advanced technologies. In fact, it wants to do ”even better.” The latest of these technologies is voice search – think Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri – which the company believes will account for a fifth of all online searches within 18 months. The company wants to be at the forefront of that trend, a unique opportunity to tell consumers about brands and their stories. Lurking in the background of all this, however, is the ongoing “obsession” with the ROI of digital which, the company admits, it hasn’t quite figured out how to measure. [Image Credit: ©   L’Oréal]
Leonie Roderick, "L’Oreal prioritises voice search as AR struggles to ‘ramp up’", Marketing Week, June 23, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Hain Celestial Reports Healthy Financial Numbers

June 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Organic and natural products company Hain Celestial posted an adjusted profit of $192.9 million on net sales of $2.9 billion for fiscal 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2015, and 13 percent on a constant currency basis, compared to fiscal 2015 sales of $2.6 billion. Sales figures were buffeted by $69.2 million in foreign exchange fluctuations over the prior year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2017, the company reported flat net sales of $2.1 billion over the prior year, but a four percent increase on a constant currency basis. Sales were affected by $96.2 million from foreign exchange rate movements over the prior year. CEO Irwin Simon said the company accomplished “substantial cost-savings, enhancing customer-centric, go-to market initiatives and fueling innovation.” [Image Credit: © Hain Celestial]
"Hain Celestial Announces Financial Results and Expands Strategic Plan to Deliver Enhanced Shareholder Value", Earnings release, Hain Celestial, June 22, 2017, © Hain Celestial
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Unilever's Lifebuoy Brand Launches Campaign To Reduce Child Mortality In Kenya

June 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Lifebuoy bath soap brand launched a public information campaign aimed at reducing child mortality in Kenya. Part of the company's Lifebuoy Help a Child Reach 5 program, the 21-day campaign focuses on raising awareness and changing personal hygiene habits of 12 million people in the country by 2020. To achieve these goals, the campaign promotes handwashing with antibacterial soaps and supports a continent-wide campaign to encourage behavior change for more than 1 billion people across Africa.
"Lifebuoy targets 200,000 children in a campaign ", Standard Digital, June 22, 2017, © Standard Group Limited
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Langrock Named CFO At Hain Celestial

June 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Organic and natural products company Hain Celestial has named James M. Langrock as executive vice president and chief financial officer to succeed Pasquale Conte, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Langrock, who joined the company in November 2015 as senior vice president, finance and treasurer, has more than 25 years’ experience at companies like Monster Worldwide, Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Division, Symbol Technologies, and Citibank. [Image Credit: © Linked In ]
"Hain Celestial Appoints James M. Langrock Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer", News release, Hain Celestial, June 22, 2017, © Hain Celestial
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Unilever Continues To Realign Agency And Ad Tech Relationships

June 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever and British advertising/PR firm WPP announced they are investing in mobile creative management platform Celtra. The move furthers Unilever’s goal of boosting and applying creative technology innovation while reducing associations with ad agencies. As Unilever gets more involved in data and ad tech it has cut the costs and complexities of advertising across its 400+ brands. Celtra has been providing top brands with the ability to connect operational data, creative, advertising and analytics. The company has worked for several years with Unilever and with WPP’s Mindshare. [Image Credit: © Celtra ]
Alison Weissbrot , "Unilever And WPP Stake A $15 Million Claim In Celtra – A Clear Sign Of The Agency/Client Relationship In Flux", AdExchanger, June 21, 2017, © AdExchanger.com
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Shiseido Partners With Microsoft Japan To Develop Virtual Makeup App For Teleworking Women

June 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido worked with Microsoft Japan to develop TeleBeauty, an application designed to make a person appear on computer monitors as if he or she is wearing makeup. According to the cosmetics company, the app is aimed at women who telework and use computers to teleconference with their employers, clients, or coworkers. Offering users four basic patterns, natural, trend, cool, and feminine, the app can also correct skin tones and “de-focus other parts than face.”
Motokazu Matsui, "Shiseido aids working women with virtual cosmetics app", Nikkei, June 18, 2017, © Nikkei Inc
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Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Shakes And Rattles The Retail Industry

June 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Drug Store News outlined several key points to keep in mind now that Amazon plans to acquire Whole Foods Market. The $13.7 billion acquisition, awaiting approval by regulators and shareholders, will have major repercussions for retailers that sell groceries, beauty products and health products. A few of the key takeaways: both companies benefit from a merger. Amazon extends its beachhead into grocery sales, while Whole Foods gets a rich uncle. The entire retail industry knows now that it’s no longer business as usual: witness the stock slides of Target, Walmart, Kroger, Costco, and Supervalu. The acquisition furthers Amazon’s metamorphosis into a true omnichannel business, thanks to the addition of 460 brick-and-mortar stores. [Image Credit: ©   Amazon.com]
David Orgel, "Amazon and Whole Foods: 5 things to know about the blockbuster deal", Drug Store News, June 16, 2017, © Drug Store News
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L’Oréal Takes An Expensive Flier On Virtual Reality Technology

June 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oréal’s Beauty Lab (left), located at the company’s year-old west-side Manhattan headquarters, serves as an experimental virtual reality center to explore a technology some industry observers call “the next frontier of fashion and beauty.” Though virtual reality has taken baby steps in fashion and cosmetics, it has yet to make significant inroads, and has had almost no impact on sales. Skeptics note that researchers aren’t even sure what to do with test data that are collected. L’Oréal, however, has invested a lot of money in its VR glasses, floor-to-ceiling VR screen, and additional 3-D modeling screens. Not so much to wow consumers, but to advance and enhance internal research. [Image Credit: © L’Oréal ]
Hilary Milnes , "How L’Oreal uses virtual reality to make internal decisions at its New York HQ", Digiday, June 16, 2017, © Digiday Media
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Unilever To Expand Indonesian Production Capacity

June 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia will spend half a billion dollars over the next five years to improve its production capacity in nine factories in the country. The money will be spent to improve production capacity for products in its two main businesses: home and personal care, and food and refreshment. The company posted first quarter sales of $812 million, representing a year-on-year growth 8.9 percent.  [Image Credit: © Unilever Indonesia ]
"Unilever Indonesia to Invest $500 Million in Production Expansion", Indonesia Investments, June 07, 2017, © Van der Schaar Investments
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Beauty Industry Leaders Keep Supporting Paris Agreement Despite US Departure

June 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal, The Estee Lauder Companies, Unilever, and other leading cosmetics and personal care companies still support the Paris Agreement, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to remove the country from the climate change deal. Prior to Trump's announcement, beauty and personal care companies were calling on the president to remain committed to the deal, which strengthens the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Deanna Utroske, "Beauty industry stands up for Paris Climate Agreement, despite US plans to back out", Cosmetics Design, June 06, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Fosun Should Find Better Takeover Target Than The Body Shop, Analyst Says

June 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Chinese conglomerate Fosun International should discontinue its efforts to secure the rights to buy The Body Shop, the beauty retailer owned by L'Oreal SA. There are several reasons why Fosun would be better off looking for another company to acquire. These include the lack of positive forecasts for the retail sector, including the beauty retail segment. Also, The Body Shop's emphasis on all-natural beauty products no longer differentiates it from rival retailers, as reflected by the 4.8 percent drop in revenue in 2016. With a price tag of $900 million, which is expected to significantly jump once a likely bidding war starts, The Body Shop is quite expensive.
Shelly Banjo, "Fosun's Fruitless Beauty Search", Bloomberg, June 06, 2017, © Bloomberg LP
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U.S. Haircare Market Expanded In 2016, Report Says

June 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In 2016, the value of the hair care market in the United States rose 0.6 percent to approximately $13 billion, compared with 2015, according to Kline Group. Data from the market research firm Kline Group's Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report revealed leading brands have expanded their product lineups to include products designed for consumers of all races and ethnic groups. Also, the shampoo segment expanded in 2016, with growth driven by rising demand for shampoos developed to deal with particular haircare needs.
"U.S. Hair Care: New Growth, New Benefits", Global Cosmetic Industry, June 01, 2017, © Allured Business Media
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Health And Personal Care Sales Booming Online, Led By Amazon

May 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. sales of health and personal care (HPC) products slowed in the first quarter by one percent year-over-year, mainly in brick-and-mortar stores. Online sales were up in the quarter, led by Amazon.com. As of the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. HPC market was valued at $80.6 billion, while Amazon sales represented $1.3 billion. Year over year growth of HPC sales on Amazon in the first quarter was 30 percent. According to One Click Retail, consumers are abandoning in-store shopping for HPC products in favor of online shopping. Within Amazon, the rate of growth for HPC is highest in Prime Pantry, with top categories multiplying revenue by as much as five times.
Nathan Rigby, "Amazon Pantry Drives Health & Personal Care Sales: The Amazon Effect", One Click Retail, May 31, 2017, © One Click Retail
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Unilever Claims Politics Keeps It From Employing Refugees In UK

May 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Politics has prevented Unilever from hiring refugees in the UK, according to the company's CEO, Paul Polman. He said that employing refugees could provide Europe an “economic boost” similar to what helped rebuild the continent after the second World War. Polman called on European governments to encourage companies to hire people seeking asylum.
"Unilever chief says bid to employ refugees in UK hit brick wall", Belfast Telegraph , May 28, 2017, © Belfast Telegraph
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Reckitt Benckiser Names Dec PR Its Public Relations Agency In Australia

May 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Australia has named Dec PR its public relations agency in the country. Dec PR's appointment follows the public relations problems encountered by RB Australia after its Nurofen brand of pain relievers was fined $6 million by the country's Federal Court. Claiming RB made misleading claims with its marketing for Nurofen, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission appealed the initial fine of $1.7 million imposed by the Federal Court on RB. Australia's High Court upheld the lower court's ruling.
Abigail Dawson and Vivienne Kelly , "Reckitt Benckiser appoints new PR firm, Dec PR, following biggest fine in Australian consumer law history", Mumbrella, May 26, 2017, © Focal Attractions Pty Ltd.
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Ulta Beauty Posts Strong Sales Gains In 1Q Of 2017

May 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Ulta Beauty said net sales jumped 22.5 percent to $1.315 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the same period in the previous year. Comparable sales rose 14.3 percent during the period, compared with the 15.2-percent growth in the same quarter of fiscal 2016. According to the company, retail comparable sales grew 10.9 percent, including salon comparable sales growth of 9.9 percent. Salon sales grew 16.7 percent to $68.7 million, compared with the same period in the previous year.
"Ulta Beauty Announces First Quarter 2017 Results", Ulta, May 25, 2017, © Ulta
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Unilever Is Best In Supply Chain Management In 2017, Gartner's List Says

May 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever was number 1 on the Supply Chain Top 25 list of companies with the best supply chain operations for 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Other companies on the list include McDonald's, Inditex, Cisco, and H&M. Online retailer Amazon qualified for the Masters category, joining Apple and Procter & Gamble. P&G showed innovation by using digital automation of workflows and algorithm-driven tools to cut exceptions and enable end-to-end planning. Gartner said three trends helped determine supply chain directions in 2017: digitalization of supply chain, adaptive organization and capabilities, and developing and fostering healthy ecosystems.
"Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2017 Supply Chain Top 25", Gartner , May 25, 2017, © Gartner, Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Launches Line Of Haircare Products For African-American Women

May 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble launched the Pantene Gold Series, a line of haircare products developed by African-American researchers for African-American women. Taking 10 years of product research and development, the line includes eight new products the company hope will help it compete in the $2 billion black haircare market. According to the company, about 400 people contributed to the launch of the product line.
Lisa Smith, "Procter and Gamble launches black hair care line designed by African-American researchers", WCPO, May 24, 2017, © The E.W. Scripps Co
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Procter & Gamble Asks Court To Rule Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Lawsuit Without Merit

May 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble seeks the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the company made misleading claims on its website for the Herbal Essence Wild Naturals line of haircare products. Plaintiffs Tom Takano and Tracy McCarthy filed a lawsuit claiming the products contained ingredients that are not natural. They seek to represent anyone who has purchase Wild Naturals products within the last four years.
Shanice Harris , "Procter & Gamble seeks dismissal of Herbal Essences Wild Naturals products suit", Legal Newsline, May 24, 2017, © Legal Newsline
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More Women In Australia Buy Cosmetics At Pharmacies, Roy Morgan Research Says

May 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In 2016, 19.1 percent of Australian women bought cosmetics from pharmacies, compared with 15.1 percent in 2006, according to Roy Morgan Research. Data from the market research firm revealed that in 2006-2016, the percentage of women who buy cosmetics in an average six months remained stable, from 51.5 percent to 50.5 percent. Cosmetics retailers, such as Sephora and MECCA, saw their share of the market fall from 9.6 percent to 7.7 percent during the period. Also, about 840,000 women purchased their make-up at a Priceline store, making the company the most popular pharmacy chain for cosmetics.
"More Australian women buying cosmetics at pharmacies", Roy Morgan Research, May 24, 2017, © Roy Morgan Research
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Schick Launches Razor Blades Compatible With Gillette's Handles

May 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Edgewell Personal Care Co., owner of the Schick brand of razors, launched SchickHydro.com, an online subscription service that sells blades designed to fit on a Gillette handle. Schick's Hydro Connect refill blades cost from $1.78 to $3.33 per cartridge and are compatible with Gillette's Mach 3 and Fusion handles. Procter & Gamble is struggling to protect its share of the razor market. Data from Euromonitor showed Gillette's share of the market dropped from 70 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2016.
Sharon Terlep, "Gillette Faces New Attack From an Old Razor Rival", Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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P&G Supports Campaign For Sustainable Forest Management In Carolinas

May 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company joined the American Forest Foundation, International Paper, and 3M Company to establish the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative. Focusing on the Coastal Carolinas Plain, the campaign seeks to educate and work with family woodland owners to promote sustainable forestry, forest certification, improvement of habitats for endangered species, and conservation of bottomland hardwood forests in the region. As part of the initiative, the corporate partners will provide $285,000 to AFF to support the organization's forest sustainability efforts in North and South Carolina.
"3M, International Paper, P&G Team Up in the Name of Sustainable Forestry", Sustainable Brands, May 23, 2017, © Sustainable Life Media Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Assigns Publicis Media To Manage Consolidated UK Media Account

May 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble awarded its consolidated media planning, scheduling, and buying account in the UK and Ireland to Publicis Media. Valued at more than ₤200 million, the account used to be managed by Starcom Mediavest and later divided between Starcom and Mediavest Spark following Publicis' reorganization in 2016. P&G's reorganization of its advertising and marketing strategies is part of the consumer goods giant's efforts to reduce agency spending by $2 billion during the next five years.
Jennifer Faull, "P&G unites UK media business under Publicis", The Drum, May 23, 2017, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Unilever Names New VP Of Sustainable Business Development

May 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has appointed Weber Shandwick's Benelux CEO Annick Boyen as vice president of sustainable business development and communications for Europe. Boyen, who has had a 22-year career with Weber Shandwick, will also manage Unilever's external affairs operation in Brussels. She will report to Sue Garrard, Unilever's global SVP of sustainable business development in the UK, and Europe president Jan Zijderveld.
Arun Sudhaman, "Annick Boyen Departs Weber Shandwick For Senior Unilever Role", The Holmes Report, May 18, 2017, © The Holmes Report
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Shiseido Plans R&D Center For Asia-Pacific Region In Singapore

May 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido plans to establish a research and development center in Singapore, barely more than a year after putting up a regional headquarters in the island state. Also, the Japanese cosmetics company is preparing a collection of beauty brands from among its leading global brands from the US and Japan. These brands will be offered to consumers in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Shiseido Asia Pacific president Jean-Philippe Charrier. According to the company, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines are among its high-growth areas in the region.
Rumi Hardasmalani, "Shiseido picks Singapore as R&D centre to drive regional growth", Today Online, May 18, 2017, © Mediacorp Press Ltd.
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Unilever Indonesia Joins Local Online Shopping Platform Blibli.com

May 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PT Unilever Indonesia has opened a Unilever Anchor Store on local online shopping website, Blibli.com. According to Unilever Indonesia e-commerce manager Hira Triadi, all of the company's products are featured on the online store. Through the online store, Unilever Indonesia hopes to widen its reach to include millennials and consumers who like using social media.
"Unilever anchor store added to Blibli.com", The Jakarta Post, May 18, 2017, © PT. Niskala Media Tenggara
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Sustainable Living Brands Initiative Has Positive Impact At Unilever

May 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Products that Unilever six years ago designated as “sustainable living brands” – they offer a strong social or environmental purpose – have proven to be generally more successful than the rest of its product lineup, the company says. They have grown 50 percent faster and delivered more than 60 percent of the growth in 2016. Eighteen ended up in Unilever’s top 40 brands. Most successful sustainable living products include Lifebuoy, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove and Hellmann’s, with high single- and double-digit sales over the past six years. CEO Paul Polman said the results show that “sustainability is good for business” because consumers want sustainable products. A Unilever-commissioned survey found that more than half of all consumers already buy or want to buy sustainably. [Image Credit: © Ben & Jerry's ]
"Unilever’s Sustainable Living brands continue to drive higher rates of growth", News release, Unilever, May 18, 2017, © Unilever
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Kevin Murphy Enters India's Haircare Market

May 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kevin Murphy, a haircare brand from Australia, has expanded into the haircare market in India. In partnership with local franchise partner, Headstart, Kevin Murphy is bringing haircare experts Nathan Gorman and Wade Blackford to provide local consumers with “expert styling techniques.” Also, Gorman and Blackford will highlight the products' benefits during the four-day launch.
"Australian Hair Care Brand Enters Indian Market", Ians Live, May 17, 2017, © IANS India Private Limited
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Trusted Brands In 40+ Product Categories Listed By Reader’s Digest

May 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
An online survey of 5,500 American consumers found that 49 percent are less trusting of brands these days. The survey, conducted by Reader’s Digest, sought to find the most trusted brands in 40 product categories, including food and beverage, beauty and healthcare, retail, etc. According to the company, which awards a “Trusted Brand seal of approval” to products, the survey found that trust outweighs product pricing and trust ensures customer retention and brand loyalty. (It doesn’t, however, equate with top sales: Ford is ranked as most trusted car company, but GM is the top seller.) More than half of participants said the Reader’s Digest seal of approval would increase their likelihood of trusting a brand.  [Image Credit: © Reader's Digest ]
"Reader’s Digest Annual Survey Determines the Most Trusted Brands in America", News release, Reader's Digest, May 16, 2017, © Reader's Digest
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Unilever To Buy Quala's Personal Care, Household Care Brands

May 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever will acquire the personal care and home care brands of Latin American consumer goods company, Quala. Established in 1980, Quala operates in 10 Latin American countries, including Colombia, Equador, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Brands owned by the company include Savital/Savile haircare and skincare products, eGo male haircare and styling products, and Bio-Expert haircare products.
"Unilever to acquire Quala’s personal care and home care brands", Unilever, May 15, 2017, © Unilever
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Unilever Updates Formula For Dove Deodorants In UK

May 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever UK's antiperspirant brand Dove has revised the formula of its range of deodorants for men and women. Claiming the products are the brand's most skin-friendly deodorants ever, Dove said the antiperspirants come with 25 percent moisturizing cream and provide up to 48 hours of protection from sweat and body odor. To help promote the reformulated products, the deodorants will come in new packaging, as well as a ₤4 million marketing campaign.
"New formula and brand refresh for Dove", Talking Retail, May 15, 2017, © TalkingRetail.com
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L'Oreal Paris Adds Elle Fanning To Lineup Of International Ambassadors

May 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal Paris has named actress Elle Fanning as the beauty brand's latest international ambassador. As part of her duties, Fanning will walk the red carpet for L'Oreal Paris at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. For the past 20 years, L'Oreal Paris has been the film festival's official cosmetics partner.
Jennifer Weil, "EXCLUSIVE: Elle Fanning Named International Spokesperson of L’Oreal Paris", Women’s Wear Daily, May 15, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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L'Oreal Partners With Suez To Improve Sustainability And Resource Management

May 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal said it plans to improve water usage at some facilities and expand reuse and recycling of waste by improving materials recovery at all company sites. To help achieve this goal, L'Oreal will be working with sustainable resources management company Suez to develop processes that will enhance resource management at all industrial, administrative, and research centers in France and overseas. According to L'Oreal, its partnership with Suez will help the beauty brand achieve its objective of becoming a “circular economy,” integrating biodiversity, ecodesign, digitalization, and material reuse to its business operations.
Jennifer Hermes, "Like Other Cosmetic Giants, L’Oreal Chases ‘Circular Economy,’ Improved Water/Carbon Footprint", Environmental Leader, May 12, 2017, © Environmental Leader ® is a registered trademark of Business Sector Media LLC
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India's Deodorant Market Explodes, Euromonitor Reports

May 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sales of deodorants in India grew 177 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to Euromonitor International. Data from a report by the market research firm revealed deodorant sales reached Rs 1,130 crore in 2011, which grew threefold to Rs 3,130 crore in 2016. For years, Indian consumers have relied on fragrant talcum powders to help control body odor. At present, younger consumers with stronger purchasing power have increasingly relied on deodorants for protection from body odor.
Suneera Tandon, "Deodorant sales are skyrocketing in India", Quartz India, May 12, 2017, © Quartz
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PZ Cussons Beauty Readies Launch Of Product Range Aimed At Generation Z Consumers

May 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PZ Cussons Beauty said it plans to launch the Being by Sanctuary Spa, a range of personal care products aimed at Generation Z consumers, in the UK on June 5, 2017. Featuring five fragrances, the range includes products with names, such as Salted Caramel & Macadamia, Chili Mango & Tonka Bean, and Water Lotus. With prices ranging from ₤4 to ₤12, the collection includes bubble bath, body wash, lotion, scrub, and butter.
Lorelei Marfil, "PZ Cussons Beauty Launches Range Targeted at Generation Z", Women’s Wear Daily, May 11, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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L'Oreal Haircare Brand Partners With TerraCycle For Chinese Recycling Program

May 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Ultra Doux, L'Oreal's natural hair care brand in China, signed a partnership deal with recycling company TerraCycle. Started in the US in 2011, the recycling partnership makes Ultra Doux China's first brand to offer consumers a complete recycling solution for haircare packaging waste. Consumers or communities, by signing up for the program, can collect and send haircare packaging to TerraCycle for free.
"L’Oreal’s Ultra Doux Goes Green with TerraCycle", Marketing-Interactive, May 11, 2017, © Marketing magazine Online
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Schmidt's Naturals Expands Sensitive Skin Collection Of Deodorants

May 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Schmidt's Naturals has added the Coconut Pineapple, Jasmine Tea, and Lavender Tips scents to its Sensitive Skin collection of deodorants for people with sensitive underarm skin. Designed to provide consumers with a “smooth, creamy formula” for sensitive skin, the products are made without toxic ingredients, such as aluminum and propylene glycol. First launch in 2010, the brand is famous for its efforts to listen to what customers want and need.
"Underarms Rejoice! Schmidt's Naturals Expands Its Sensitive Skin Deodorant Line With New Scent Innovations", PR Newswire, May 10, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Givaudan Lays Foundation For New Fragrance Encapsulation Facility In Singapore

May 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Givaudan Fragrances has started building a fragrance encapsulation facility in Singapore. According to the company, the planned facility is expected to improve the company's leadership position in encapsulation technology, as well as expand its production capabilities. Company CEO Gilles Andrier said, the investment will help the company achieve its 2020 strategy objectives. Expected to have 500 sq. meters with four levels, the planned facility will include a development laboratory, manufacturing technology, offices, and a warehouse.
"Givaudan Continues Investments in Asia Pacific", Givaudan, May 09, 2017, © Givaudan
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