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Ulta Beauty Offers Growth Opportunities For Personal Care And Beauty Brands

March 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty is expanding, with sales and profits growing despite the slowdown in the overall brick-and-mortar retail market. In the last quarter of 2016, the company saw its profits grow 16.6 percent compared with the same period in the previous year, and double-digit same-store sales growth for eight consecutive years. Personal and beauty care brands can benefit from investing in the retailer, especially its omnichannel platform. Also, brands should collaborate with Ulta's editorial and social media operations.
Homa Zaryouni, "Why Brands Should Invest in Ulta", L2 Daily, March 16, 2017, © L2 Inc.
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Unilever Eyes Bigger Budget For Digital Shopper Marketing

March 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it plans to allocate more of the company's shopper marketing budget to digital display, after seeing the results of a research project implemented in partnership with Aimia, Sainsbury's, Nielsen, i2c, and the IAB. Focused on digital display advertising for five of Unilever's brands, including Persil, Magnum, and Maille, the study revealed an average ROI of ₤1.47 for every ₤1 spent. Although further rounds of the project are expected to be conducted, results of the first round are already prompting the company to change its shopper marketing strategy in 2017, Unilever Homecare shopper marketing manager Stuart Jeffrey said.
Sarah Vizard , "Unilever to increase spend on digital shopper marketing after proving display ROI", Marketing Week, March 16, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Unilever Continues Review Of Operations To Find Ways To Boost Shareholder Returns

March 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Responding to what CEO Paul Polman called the “near-death” experience of Kraft Heinz’s recent failed takeover bid, Unilever is thoroughly reviewing operations to see where it can boost shareholder returns. The company is requiring division heads in all of its businesses – from ice cream to shampoo and deodorants – to to conduct the reviews. It is unlikely the company will untangle its food, home, and personal care businesses, but it could make medium-sized acquisitions  One area of concern is actually a strength: its low debt balance. The small amount of debt gave Kraft Heinz a strategy for financing the acquisition. Unilever could cut costs more deeply in low-growth businesses to boost profit. And it may sell its Flora margarine unit to Kraft Heinz. [ Image credit: © DFID - UK Department for International Development  ]
Scheherazade Daneshkhu, "Pressure is on Unilever to meet investor expectations", The Financial Times, March 14, 2017, © The Financial Times Limited
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Maison Lancome Enlists Fashion Designer Le-Tan To Launch Limited Edition Make-Up Collection

March 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Maison Lancome said it has partnered with fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan to launch a limited edition line of make-up products. Marking the brand's latest partnership with a fashion designer, the limited edition range will highlight Le-Tan's vision for women. Described as retro but not nostalgic, Le-Tan's fashion design highlights a “free, sexy, and original femininity,” the company said.
"Olympia Le-Tan is Maison Lancôme's Guest of Honor", PR Newswire, March 13, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Soccer Star Griezman Is Named Latest Head & Shoulders Ambassador

March 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shampoo brand Head & Shoulders announced during the Paris Fashion Week that their newest ambassador is Atlético Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann. The brand has a track record of working with soccer talent in its promotions.  Griezman will help launch the new Head & Shoulders Men Ultra series, featuring six new variants with high performance boosting ‘Zinc Technology.’ Griezmann joins other soccer superstars Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich & Poland) as it continues to reach out to male consumers. [Image credit © Head & Shoulders, P&G]
"Head & Shoulders Names Antoine Griezmann as Newest Ambassador", Fashion Insider, March 09, 2017, © Fashion Insider
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MAC Cosmetics Says To Sell Products Via Ulta Beauty Stores

March 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand MAC Cosmetics plans to sell its products through retailer Ulta Beauty. Part of the brand’s efforts to revive slowing sales, MAC Cosmetics products will first be sold via the retailer’s online store starting in May 2017 then through 25 Ulta Beauty branches in June 2017. By the end of 2017, MAC Cosmetics products will be available in more than 100 Ulta stores, MAC global brand president Karen Buglisi Weiler said.
Pete Born, "MAC Cosmetics to Enter Ulta Beauty in Bid for New Audience", Women’s Wear Daily, March 09, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Ulta Reports Notable Sales, Profit In Fiscal 2016

March 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. beauty retailer Ulta reported earnings per share of $2.24 (up 32,5 percent) on $4.85 billion in fiscal 2016 sales, an increase of $854.7 million (24.6 percent). Net sales in the fourth quarter increased 24.6 percent to $1.58 billion from $1.27 billion last year. Same-store sales (including e-commerce sales) for the fiscal year were up 15.8 percent compared to 11.8 percent in fiscal 2015. Net income for the year increased 28 percent to $409.8 million compared to $320 million in fiscal 2015; and income per diluted share rose increased 30.9 percent to $6.52 compared to $4.98 in fiscal 2015. For fiscal 2017, the company expects to grow sales by eight to 10 percent (including e-commerce) and open 100 new stores.  [ Image credit: © M.O. Stevens  ]
"Ulta Beauty Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Results", Earnings release, Ulta Beauty, March 09, 2017, © Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance
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Henkel Says Acquisition Strengthens Position In Hair Professional Business

March 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Furthering its strategy of strengthening its presence in “attractive markets and categories,” especially its core hair professional business, Henkel announced it is acquiring Mexican hair care company Nattura Laboratorios, S.A. de C.V. Headquartered in Guadalajara, the company is associated with companies in the U.S., Colombia and Spain. The transaction includes a portfolio of leading brands including Pravana and Tec Italy. Henkel said the acquisition will complete its hair professional colorants category and reinforce its No. 3 position in the sector business. It will also provide a platform for further growth in the Latin American market. Nattura Laboratorios generated sales of more than $107 million in fiscal 2016. [ Image credit: © Nattura Labs ]
"Henkel to acquire Hair Professional business in Mexico and the USA", News release, Henkel, March 09, 2017, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Taiwan Shiseido Celebrates 60th Anniversary In 2017

March 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Company, Limited, is celebrating 60 years of selling its personal care and beauty products in Taiwan in 2017. Established by the Japanese beauty brand as the first step to transforming itself into a global company, Taiwan Shiseido Co., Ltd., has become one of the company's most important business locations. First established as a locally capitalized distributor in 1957, Taiwan Shiseido became a joint venture with Shiseido Company in 1983.
"Shiseido Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Sales Launch in Taiwan", Shiseido Group, March 08, 2017, © Shiseido Company, Limited
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Vi-Jon Launches New Line Of Men's Dandruff Shampoos With Masculine Packaging Design

March 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Vi-Jon launched Victory, a line of anti-dandruff shampoos for men, in March 2016. Aimed at millennial male consumers, the shampoos come in rectangular bottles featuring a masculine design. Developed by Blue Cover Studios, the extrusion blow-molded high-density polyethylene bottles present a “strong brand message and visual identity” that make the product stand apart from those offered by rival brands.
Natalie Craig, "Masculine Dandruff Shampoo Bottle Targets Millennial Men", Packaging World, March 06, 2017, © PMMI Media Group
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Key Execs At Hain Celestial Given New Strategic Responsibilities

March 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Organic and natural products company Hain Celestial has moved several key executives into new positions that report directly to CEO Irwin D. Simon. Hain Celestial North America CEO John Carroll is the new EVP-Global Brands and New Business Ventures. He will oversee global branding, new ventures, M&A, and the Project Terra cost savings and divestiture program. Gary W. Tickle has been named CEO of Hain Celestial North America.  And Beena Goldenberg, CEO of the company’s Canadian unit, will head up the Cultivate Ventures platform dedicated to investing in lifestyle brands, smaller portfolio brands and concepts, and incubator opportunities. [ Image credit: © Hain Celestial ]
"Hain Celestial Announces Executive Appointments", News release, Hain Celestial, March 06, 2017, © Hain Celestial
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AXE Hair Enlists 30 Male Influencers to Encourage Men To Style Every Day

March 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
According to AXE, men are more interested than ever in hair but 65 percent never style or do so only on special occasions. While men say they feel more confident when they do style, men perceive styling as too complicated and don’t want to be judged for “trying too hard.”  Seeing an opportunity, the brand enlisted 30 top male influencers from a range of fields – sports, music, epicurean, gaming, technology, and comedy – to talk about why and how they style.  The contributors also emphasize why styling is important to their success. The ‘Instagroom’ videos will support a digital content hub featuring product recommendations, styling tips, video content and personalized styling.  [Image credit © Unilever]
"AXE® Hair Enlists 30 Top Influencers to Get Guys Styling Every Day", PRNewswire , March 02, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Consumer Goods Forum Draws Closer To Meeting Goals In Latest Health And Wellness Report

March 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global network of business stakeholders from 70 countries with a mission to help accomplish health and wellness-related Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations by implementing Health and Wellness Resolutions, released its the fourth edition of its Annual Health and Wellness Progress Report. CGF noted progress in the Commitments signed by its members: the first commitment is for greater transparency in nutritional policies and product formulation and the second commitment is to implement better employee health and wellness programs. Of the companies that participated in the CGF survey over the last two years, 38% has met the first commitment and 66% achieved the second the commitment. The CGF notes that larger companies worldwide are demonstrating leadership in meeting their health and wellness goals and are inspiring other members to move forward. The report provides comprehensive information on the progress of health and wellness programs across the world. It reveals that some 2.3 billion people and 30,000 communities have been reached by H&W programs, with 1.3 million employees, 1.4 million H&W professionals and 386,000 schools participating in its implementation. Interestingly, some 180,000 products have been redesigned to align with the H&W resolutions of member companies. [Image credit © The Consumer Goods Forum]
"Health & Wellness Progress Report", The Consumer Goods Forum, March 01, 2017, © Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
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Future Group Eyes Expansion Into Personal Care

February 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani said the Indian retailer will focus next on the personal care market, following its signing of a joint venture deal with organic products company Hain Celestial. To better focus on its core fashion and food businesses, and to ensure the success of the Hain venture, the company plans to sell its home furnishings unit HomeTown and close sportswear retail unit Planet Sports. [ Image credit: © Future Group ]
Priya Sheth, "Future Group will Target Personal Care Next: Kishore Biyani", Money Control, February 28, 2017, © e-Eighteen.com Ltd.
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Olay Releases New Version Of Skincare App To Help Consumers Navigate Options

February 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s Olay is rolling out a new version of its mobile app that features expanded artificial intelligence capability. The previous Olay Skin Advisor app relied on a selfie, “smart skin analysis” and personalized product recommendations. The latest release uses “pixel-tagging capabilities” that compares the selfie with a databank of hundreds of thousands of photographs of women to help women diagnose their “most troublesome skin problems.” Olay were motivated by research that showed up to 33 percent of women are “overwhelmed” by the choice of available products. Since the app was launched last year it has had 1 million “visits.” Other brands, such as Benefit, with its Brow Genie, and Cover Girl, are using AI in their apps to engage consumers digitally, while others push into physical stores – Make Up For Ever, for example, opened in February a global flagship store in New York that offers Go Pro Makeup small tutorials led by professionals, covering makeup application techniques.  [Image credit © P&G]
Sarah Mahoney, "As Beauty Gets More Digital, Olay Expands AI", MediaPost, February 28, 2017, © MediaPost
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Unilever Ghana Names Two New Directors

February 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Ghana Limited said it has appointed Angela Peasah and Gladys Amoah as directors of the company. Peasah, a chartered accountant by profession, was named a non-executive director effective February 9, 2017. Amoah was named a director in charge of customer development in the country effective November 1, 2016.
"Unilever Ghana Appoints New Directors", Ghana News Agency, February 28, 2017, © Ghana News Agency
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Unilever Eyes Changes To Executive Pay System To Encourage Loyalty, Entrepreneurship

February 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever announced plans to revise its pay structure for the company's executives and directors that would encourage them to see themselves as owners of the business. Once approved by the shareholders at the company's annual general meetings in April 2017, the proposed revisions would be effective for three years. According to the company, the changes would focus more on “long-term employee share ownership and personal commitment.”
Martinne Geller, "Unilever Seeks Changes to Pay to Give Managers Owner's Mindset", Reuters, February 28, 2017, © Reuters
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Natura Cosmeticos Posts Weaker Revenue In 4Q 2016

February 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Natura Cosmeticos SA reported net revenue declined 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. According to the company, revenue performance was adversely affected by a higher effective tax rate in Brazil and smaller sales volume. Also, affecting the company’s earnings was the depreciation of the Brazilian real against currencies used in international operations. During the quarter, the consolidated EBITDA rose from 19.4 percent in 2015 to 20.1 percent in 2016.
"Natura Cosmeticos' (NUACF) CEO Joao Paulo Ferreira on Q4 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript", Seeking Alpha, February 25, 2017, © Seeking Alpha
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The Body Shop Launches Almond Milk & Honey Line Of Body Care Products In Malaysia

February 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer The Body Shop launched the Almond Milk & Honey range of body-care products in Malaysia. Featuring Community Trade-certified almond oil from Spain's Alicante region and honey from Ethiopia's Sheka rainforest, the products include Soothing & Caring Shower Cream, Cleansing Bar, and Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub. TBS highlights simple body care steps: shower, scrub, and moisturize.
Andrea Tim , "The Body Shop introduces new Almond Milk & Honey body care range", Elle, February 24, 2017, © MONGOOSE PUBLISHING
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Watsons Kiosk In Shanghai Features YouCam Makeup App, Allows Customers To Virtually Try On Cosmetics

February 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Watsons' flagship store in Shanghai features a kiosk that comes with augmented-reality-powered facial detection technology. Developed by Perfect Corporation, the YouCam makeup app allows customers to try on more than 30 products from leading makeup brands, such as MaxFactor, Maybelline, and Kate Cosmetics.
"YouCam Makeup App Becomes an Interactive Makeup Consultant in Watsons Shanghai", Business Wire, February 24, 2017, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Amazon Is Top Online Beauty Seller In 2016, Report Says

February 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Amazon.com Inc. accounted for 21.1 percent of online beauty sales in 2016, according to 1010data. Online sales excluding those sold by its marketplace sellers reached 14.4 percent of total online beauty sales. Macy's Inc. and Sephora USA Inc. grabbed 17.4 percent and 15.0 percent, respectively. Data from the market research firm showed the online beauty segment expanded 14 percent in 2016, compared with 2015.
April Berthene , "Amazon nabs the top spot for online cosmetics sales", Internet Retailer, February 23, 2017, © Vertical Web Media
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Report Provides Data For Marketers Targeting Baby Boomers

February 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A market research firm that analyzed the Baby Boomer generation (“boomers,” age 50 and older) and their financial profiles found that age alone doesn’t determine their preferences and behaviors, because age is mostly an attitude. Marketers need to know that what’s most important is an understanding of financial situation, including income and net worth. “A one-size-fits-all approach to marketing doesn’t work,” according to the report, which identifies distinct financial segments. For example: high income/high net worth boomers are more likely to spend in the retail and online channels; boomers are more likely to buy from direct mail and catalogs; they use Facebook as much as other generations; they use their own computers; and they use email, e-readers, tablets, smartphones and even smart TVs as well as cable and satellite. [ Image credit: © Pixabay / jcfrog-166820/ ]
"Age is an attitude: marketing to the boomers+ population ", Report, Epsilon , February 23, 2017, © Epsilon Data Management, LLC
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Herbal Toothpastes Grab Bigger Share Of India's Oral Care Market

February 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Herbal toothpastes account for more than 20 percent of India's oral care market, making it the fastest segment, according to Nielsen. Data from the market research firm showed herbal brands from Dabur, Colgate, and Patanjali grabbed almost 350 basis points in share of the Rs 7,000 crore oral care market. Market share of herbal toothpastes is expected to expand further as rivals Colgate and Hindustan Unilever have introduced herbal toothpastes to deal with competition from Patanjali.
Sagar Malviya , "Herbal toothpastes make up more than a fifth of India's oral care market: Nielsen", Brand Equity, February 23, 2017, © ETBrandEquity.com
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Tom's Of Maine Expands Lineup Of Natural Body Care Products

February 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Tom’s of Maine launched new natural body care products, including body washes and beauty bars. Milled three times to create a smooth and long-lasting soap, the Natural Beauty Bars are available in Creamy Coconut, Lavender Tea Tree, Orange Blossom, and Morning Mint variants. Tom’s of Maine Natural Moisturizing Body Wash are available in Creamy Coconut, Lavender Tea Tree, and Orange Blossom.
"Tom's of Maine Launches New Body Care Line Featuring Organic Botanicals", PR Newswire, February 22, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Elizabeth Arden Plans To Launch Skincare Products For Travel Retail Market

February 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Elizabeth Arden plans to launch the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Replenish & Restore for Face skincare product at the coming IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas. Featuring the company’s upgraded Ceramide Youth Restoring Face Serum, the product will be an exclusive for the travel retail market. Also, the brand plans to launch in autumn 2017 the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Replenish & Restore for Eyes Trio and Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Face Serum/Eye Serum combo pack.
Helen Pawson, "Elizabeth Arden underlines commitment to travel retail with exclusive products", The Moodie Davitt Report , February 22, 2017, © The Moodie Davitt Report
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Unilever Launches Strategic Review After Kraft Heinz Drops Takeover Bid

February 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
After Kraft Heinz withdrew its two-day-old unsolicited takeover bid for Unilever, CEO Paul Polman launched a strategic review of the company to determine how it can increase its value, deter unwanted buyers, and keep investors loyal. Some observers said the review could lead to a breakup – involving perhaps jettisoning the troubled spreads unit. Or it may lead the company toward more aggressive cost-saving measures. Unilever’s share price leapt 5.7 percent when Kraft Heinz dropped its $143 billion takeover proposal. The strategic review is expected to be completed by early April. [ Flora spread image credit: © Flora.com ]
Thomas Buckley and Ruth David, "Unilever Reviewing Options for Change After Kraft Bid Fails", Bloomberg, February 22, 2017, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Unilever Eyes Steps To Boost Shareholder Value After Saying No To Kraft's $143-Billion Bid

February 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it plans to conduct a strategic review aimed at improving shareholder value, after the consumer-goods giant rejected a proposed takeover by Kraft Heinz Co. Unilever shares gained 5.7 percent in London, back to the levels immediately following Kraft's announcement of its $143 billion bid. According to market observers, Unilever's strategic review could bring about a breakup of the company or an increase in its merger-and-acquisition activity.
Thomas Buckley and Ruth David, "Unilever Reviewing Options for Change After Kraft Bid Fails", Bloomberg, February 22, 2017, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Baby Care Market In China Gets More Sophisticated With Safe And Premium Products On Trend

February 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
China’s baby care market continues to grow strongly, often driven by parental attention on product safety and items with a premium-feel. Mintel says consumers are increasingly focused on specific safety claims and now seek out products that are hypoallergenic, dermatologically-tested and paraben-free. They are also more concerned about ethical/environmentally friendly claims. Mothers remain critical for marketers but there is growing recognition that fathers matter too. Mintel data shows that younger fathers are much more likely to be involved in childcare than older fathers. Some brands are play to this – Unilever’s Dove campaign, ‘See all the ways dads care’, is one example, as is Skinfood’s Goodfather range. [Image source © Blend]
 
Lucy Whitehouse , "Baby care in the spotlight: Mintel reveals latest China trends", Cosmetics Design , February 22, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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South Korean Beauty Brands Eye Faster Expansion In Middle East Markets

February 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
South Korean cosmetics brands are speeding up their expansion efforts in Middle Eastern markets. LG Household & Health Care Ltd.’s The Face Shop brand said it will launch its business operations in Qatar and Kuwait in 2017. AmorePacific Corp. partnered with Kuwait-based retailer Alshaya Group to launch its first Etude House store in Dubai by the second half of 2017. China’s adoption of hostile measures against Korean beauty brands, following South Korea’s deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in the country, is one of factors driving companies to seek other markets.
Jeon Ji-hyun, "Korean cosmetics companies gear up to win fast-growing Middle Eastern market", Pulse News, February 21, 2017, © Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea.
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Reckitt Benckiser Eyes Capacity Expansion In Pakistan

February 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan said it plans to expand its production capacity in 2017. According to RB Pakistan CEO Shahzeb Mahmood, the planned investment will include expansion of existing brands at the company’s Mauripor factory. Also, the company plans to invest in product development for existing brands, as well as launch new brands in the country.
Aamir Shafaat Khan, "Reckitt Benckiser plans expansion", Dawn, February 18, 2017, © Dawn
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Fragrance Brands Are Recruiting Influencers For Digital Ad Campaigns

February 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Some fragrance brands are expanding their partnerships with social media influencers, including YouTube vloggers. For example, Coty invited influencers to the launch event of Marc Jacobs' Divine Decadent scent. Brands are moving away from their previous business model of launching campaigns featuring celebrities. [ Divine Decadent perfume; image credit: © Sephora ]
Homa Zaryouni, "Fragrance Brands Discover Influencers", L2 Daily, February 17, 2017, © L2 Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Plans To Open R&D Center In Brazil

February 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble plans to open a research and development facility in Brazil in March 2017. According to the company, the planned consumer technology innovation center will focus on creating and adding ideas and sustainability to products, packaging, and manufacturing processes. P&G said the facility will be based at the company’s former administrative building in the town of Louveira, in Sao Paulo state.
Angelica Mari, "P&G launches tech innovation center in Brazil", zdnet , February 17, 2017, © CBS Interactive
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Coty Names Droga5 Lead Creative Agency For COVERGIRL Brand

February 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Inc. said it has awarded the lead creative account for the COVERGIRL brand to Droga5. According to brand SVP Ukonwa Ojo, Droga5 will bring a “new perspective to beauty” for COVERGIRL.
"Coty Announces Droga5 As Lead Creative Agency for COVERGIRL", Coty, February 17, 2017, © COTY INC.
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The Body Shop Cuts Ties With The Daily Mail Over Editorial Stance

February 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Citing concerns on The Daily Mail's comments on human rights, L’Oréal-owned beauty retailer, The Body Shop, announced it does not have any partnership with the tabloid and has no plans to advertise with it.  The firm noted that The Daily Mail's editorial stance is going against The Body Shop's "Enrich Not Exploit Commitment" but declined to comment on whether its decision affects other publications, including The Sun and Daily Express, or specifically which editorial stance it was concerned about. The Body Shop had been running voucher promotions on the front page of the Mail and Mail on Sunday. The move comes in the midst of a campaign for ethical advertising by the group Stop Funding Hate which criticized tabloid newspapers over their coverage of Europe's refugee crisis and other social issues. In November, Lego Group also announced it had ended its relationship with the Mail. [Image credit © Stop Funding Hate]
George Bowden , "The Body Shop Becomes Latest Company To Cut Ties With The Daily Mail Over ‘Human Rights’ Concerns", The Huffington Post UK, February 16, 2017, © AOL (UK) Limited
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Strong Performance For Unilever Indonesia In 2016

February 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia achieved a 9.8 percent in net revenue growth in 2016 along with a 9.2 percent in net income. Revenue increased from Rp 36.5 trillion in 2015 to Rp 40 trillion last year, with its home and personal care business segment accounting for 69 percent of total sales. Unilever Indonesia chief financial officer Tevilyan Yudhistira Rusli said the company's overall business performance had been “quite outstanding” and is supported by their product innovation, including last year's launch of Molto and Sunsilk brands. Unilever Indonesia has set aside €115 million for factory expansion, mostly for production of home and personal care products. [Image credit © Unilever]
"Unilever Indonesia's Net Income Surges 9.2% in 2016", Jakarta Globe, February 16, 2017, © Jakarta Globe
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. [ Image credit: © Preston Smalley ]
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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