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Julep Signs Deal With Ulta Beauty To Sell Products Across US

August 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand Julep said it has entered into a national distribution deal with retailer Ulta Beauty. With input from its customers, Julep chose 57 of its leading products to be sold at Ulta Beauty stores across the US. Calling itself a “social brand,” Julep relies on crowdsourcing and social feedback to create its beauty and skincare products. Ulta Beauty, with its 886 retail locations, is the largest beauty retailer in the country.
"Julep Announces National Partnership with Ulta Beauty", Business Wire, August 05, 2016, © Business Wire
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Unilever Creates Platform For Achieving Zero-Waste Within Its Supply Chain

August 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever announced a new supplier collaboration platform focused on achieving zero-waste across its entire supply chain. Zero-waste is a fundamental pillar of the company’s sustainable growth strategy that also includes resource resiliency and dealing with climate change. Unilever has eliminated non-hazardous waste delivery to landfills at more than 600 sites in 70 countries, saving $200 million while creating hundreds of jobs. The supplier collaboration platform, developed with shared value consultancy 2degrees, will be operational by the end of the year.
Willow Aliento , "Unilever announces new partnership to scale up sustainability", The Fifth Estate , August 04, 2016, © The Fifth Estate Pty Ltd
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Walgreens, Unilever Partner In Program To Provide Clean Water To African Communities

August 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Walgreens and Unilever have come up with a way to boost sales while benefiting African communities that need clean water. Between July 31 and August 27, each purchase of specific Unilever products (i.e., TRESemmé, Suave, Caress and Axe) at a Walgreens store provides five gallons of clean water to a family in a developing Kenyan community. A purchase of two or more Unilever products at Walgreens will help provide 15 gallons of clean water. The donations through the program Give H2OPE to Others are handled by the social enterprise ME to WE. In 2015, Walgreens and Unilever helped donate more than 17.5 million gallons of clean water to the Kenyan village of Kipsongol – 31,000 gallons a day provided by the digging of a borehole.
"Walgreens and Unilever Team Up with ME to WE for Second Year of Give H2OPE to Others", News release, Unilever, August 03, 2016, © Unilever
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CavinKare Launches Karthika Herbal Shampoo Across India

August 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
CavinKare announced the nationwide launch of the Karthika Shampoo under the company's Karthika brand of herbal haircare products. According to IMRB Kantar World Panel, Karthika is present in 2.14 crore households across south India. Available in affordably priced sachets and bottles, the product was first launched in Andhra Pradesh in 2006, and later launched in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala states.
Aparna Desikan, "CavinKare Announces National Foray of Karthika Herbal Shampoo", The Times of India, August 03, 2016, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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Procter & Gamble Says To Increase Ad Spending In 2016

August 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it plans to increase its spending on advertising in 2016, compared with the previous year. According to the company's August 2, 2016, call with analysts, majority of its advertising spend is on media, which the company ramped up by about $450 million in the last quarter of its fiscal year. Despite the planned ad spending boost, the company said it will continue cutting agency-related fees, as part of its cost-cutting initiative.
Jennifer Faull, "P&G To Up Ad Spend But Its Agency Cutting Drive Will Continue With Gusto", The Drum, August 02, 2016, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Foreign Exchange, Other Factors, Impact P&G’s Sales Performance

August 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s fourth quarter – April to June – financials show a significant drop (three percent) in net sales to $16.1 billion, mainly reflecting the impact of currency fluctuations, Venezuela deconsolidation and “minor brand divestitures.”  Organic sales, however, were up two percent, thanks to a concomitant increase in organic shipment volume. The company said diluted net earnings per share were $0.69, an increase of 283 percent over the prior year. Core EPS were $0.79, a decrease of 15 percent due mainly to higher marketing spending, lower gains from minor brand divestitures, and a higher core effective tax rate. Cash flow remained strong, with fiscal year adjusted free cash flow productivity of 115 percent. Top sector sales performers were grooming (up seven percent) and healthcare (up eight percent).
"P&G Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results", Earnings release, Procter & Gamble, August 02, 2016, © Procter & Gamble
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Coty Awards Rimmel, Bourjois Ad Accounts To BETC

August 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Inc. enlisted advertising agency BETC to handle the accounts for its Rimmel and Bourjois brands. According to Coty, it is aiming to let consumers “fully embrace the relevance of the brands' equities.” Together, the two brands contribute about $1.5 billion to Coty's overall sales.
Allison Collins, "Coty Teams With Ad Agency BETC for Rimmel, Bourjois", Women’s Wear Daily, August 01, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Lidl Plans To Test Market New Private-Label Baby Brand In UK

August 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Discount retailer Lidl plans to start testing marketing its private-label baby care brand Lidl'uns in the UK. According to the company, the test will cover four of the country's regions and, if successful, the brand would be launched nationwide. Based on Lidl's trademark application, the company plans to expand its baby care brand to include baby food, toiletries, and non-food items.
Priya Chandarana, "Lidl UK to test new private label baby brand", Retail Analysis, August 01, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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More Sweat Cosmetics Find Their Way To Sephora's Online Store

July 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
After launching Sweat Cosmetics' Twist-Brush + Translucent Mineral Powder and Twist-Brush + Mineral Foundation SPF 30 beauty care products in June 2016, beauty retailer Sephora is adding more products from the brand to its online store. Starting on August 9, 2016, Sweat Cosmetics' Gleam On mineral powder illuminator, Glow Hard mineral powder bronzer, and Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes will also be available on sephora.com. Launched in 2015 by five women who shared a common passion for soccer, Sweat Cosmetics initially aimed at creating beauty products for athletes. Bigger-than-expected demand, however, prompted the company to expand its focus to include active women for its target market.
Rachel Brown, "Sweat Cosmetics Offers Beauty Products for Fitness Buffs at Sephora.com", Women’s Wear Daily, July 30, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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L'Oreal Paris Enlists Actress Reema Khan To Endorse Anti-Aging Cream

July 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal Paris signed up actress and director Reema Khan as celebrity endorser of its new Revitalift Filler anti-aging skincare product in Pakistan. To promote the product’s launch in the country, the company released a digital film featuring Khan. According to the company, Revitalift Filler comes with the highest concentration of Hyaluronic Acid developed by L’Oreal Paris in a cream. Also, the product contains Fibroxyl plant extract, which is noted for its firming properties the company says can make the skin plumper, firmer, and younger looking.
"Reema Khan is the face of L’Oreal’s new anti-ageing cream", Dailytimes, July 30, 2016, © Dailytimes
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Diminishing Shelf Space Drives CPG Companies To Try Online Innovation

July 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Manufacturers of food, drink, beauty, and personal care products are losing store shelf space thanks to the rise of own-brand discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl, and smaller stores that sell independent brands. To meet the challenge, manufacturers – Reckitt Benckiser, Nestlé, Diageo, Unilever, etc. – are increasingly focusing on e-commerce, selling through e-tail websites. But they are also experimenting with delivery-on-demand and subscription-based models. It’s a rising trend: online shoppers globally spent $87 billion on CPG items last year, nine percent of the total online spend. Twenty-five percent of people in 60 countries in 2015 ordered grocery products online for home delivery. Fifty-five percent said they would do so in the future.
Martinne Geller, "Consumer Goods Firms Plot New Paths Amid E-Commerce Boom", Reuters, July 29, 2016, © Reuters
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Unilever Indonesia Posts Strong Sales, Profit Growth In 1H 2016

July 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia reported net sales grew 10 percent to Rp 20.7 trillion in the first half of 2016, compared with Rp 18.8 trillion in the same period of 2015. According to the company, net profit also rose 10.3 percent to Rp 3.2 trillion, compared with Rp 2.9 trillion in the previous year. Unilever Indonesia said sales and profits benefited from increased demand during the Ramadhan in June and July.
Stefani Ribka, "Unilever sales recover on Ramadhan spending frenzy", The Jakarta Post, July 29, 2016, © PT
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Revlon Reports Slight Net Sales Bump In 2Q 2016

July 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon, Inc., reported net sales rose 1.3 percent to $488.9 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Adjusted EBITDA during the quarter dropped 1.1 percent to $89.1 million. Adjusted net income was $14.7 million, which was $14.3 million lower than the same quarter of the previous year. Revlon’s consumer business saw its sales rise 3.9 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2015; however, profit dropped 2.5 percent. Net sales and profit for the company’s professional business were essentially flat during the quarter.
"Revlon Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results", Revlon, July 29, 2016, © Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
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Procter & Gamble Names New Manager For Romania Operations

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble appointed Elena Kudryashova as country manager for its business operations in Romania effective July 1, 2016. Born in Russia and previously country manager for P&G Israel, Kudryashova succeeds Hans Dewaele, who occupied the post while simultaneously coordinating the company's operations in the Balkans.
"P&G appoints new country manager in Romania", Romania Insider, July 27, 2016, © City Compass Media
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P&G's Marketing Claims About Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Supported By Science, NAD Says

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s assertion that its Oral-B Pro 5000 and 70000 electric toothbrushes provide superior clean has scientific basis, according to the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Several claims, including Oral-B’s capability to clean 22 percent more plaque than the Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush made by Philips Oral Healthcare, were reviewed by the NAD. Philips Oral Healthcare’s complaint against the claims prompted the NAD to conduct the review.
"Advertising body backs Oral-B toothbrush claims", DrBicuspid , July 27, 2016, © DrBicuspid.com
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GlaxoSmithKline Reports Strong Operating Profit Despite Posting Huge Operating Loss In 2Q 2016

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
GlaxoSmithKline reported a $222 million operating loss for the second quarter of 2016. Core results, however, showed the company posting an operating profit of $2.4 billion, with global revenue at $9.2 billion. Favorable changes in currency exchange rates between the UK pound and the U.S. dollar helped improved sales by 7 percent and added 26 percent in value to the company's core earnings, GSK said. Group sales were 6.5 billion pounds, with growth recorded across the company's three main businesses: pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare.
"GlaxoSmithKline Second quarter 2016", GlaxoSmithKline , July 27, 2016, © GlaxoSmithKline plc
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Unilever Indonesia Posts Strong Revenue Gains In 1H 2016

July 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia reported net income jumped 12.5 percent to Rp 3.3 trillion in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Growth was driven by strong sales in the household care, personal care, and food and refreshment segments, according to the company. Net sales expanded by Rp 20.7 trillion from the previous year’s Rp 18.8 trillion.
"Unilever's Net Income Up 12.5% in H1 2016", Jakarta Globe, July 27, 2016, © Jakarta Globe
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Procter & Gamble Sells Tag Body Spray Brand To My Imports USA

July 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it has sold the Tag brand of body sprays for men to My Imports USA. Gillette Co.'s Tag Fragrance division launched the brand in 2005, with the brand joining P&G after the consumer goods giant acquired Gillette in the same year through a $53 billion deal. My Imports USA said it plans to expand the brand by adding deodorants, antiperspirants, body washes, hair washes, and other men's grooming products.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G sells a former top-selling brand", bizjournals.com, July 26, 2016, © American City Business Journals
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Henkel Receives Award Recognizing Efforts To Promote Supplier Diversity

July 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel received the Diversity Supplier Development (Production) award from FCA US LLC, in recognition of the company's commitment to promoting diversity among its suppliers. Part of Henkel's diversity supplier efforts include its support for minority business enterprise mentoring. Henkel provides guiding, coaching, and encouragement to suppliers. Also, Henkel makes sure that minority- or women-owned businesses are included in requests for quotation whenever possible. Henkel's diversity strategy also includes recruitment and partnerships with all communities for the best talent to recruit and support.
"Henkel receives Diversity Supplier Development Award", Business Wire, July 26, 2016, © Business Wire
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Charlotte Tilbury Recruits Kate Moss To Help Launch Her First Fragrance

July 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artists to celebrities, launched her first fragrance called Scent of a Dream. To help promote her fragrance, Tilbury enlisted the help of supermodel friend Kate Moss to act as the product’s representative. Tilbury described her fragrance as “mind-altering” and “fleurotic,” with the trade publication WWD referring to it as a scent that has been “a long time in the making.” According to the paper’s online edition, Tilbury first developed the fragrance when she was 13 years old, using ingredients available in her hometown Ibiza.
"Charlotte Tilbury Launches Fragrance With The Help Of Kate Moss", The Huffington Post, July 26, 2016, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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Kenneth Cole Launches Kenneth Black Bold Fragrance

July 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kenneth Cole announced the launch of its Black Bold fragrance. According to the company, the product is the next step in the evolution of its signature fragrance, Kenneth Cole Black, and is inspired by the “fearless spirit” of New York City. Kenneth Cole worked with master perfumer Harry Fremont of Firmenich to create the scent described by the company as an embodiment of a “strong masculine exterior” combined with a “confident yet caring interior.” Kenneth Cole will launch an advertising campaign, shot by photographer Gregory Harris in NYC, and featuring model and artist David Alexander Flinn.
"Kenneth Cole Announces New Black Bold Fragrance", PR Newswire, July 26, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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VMG Partners Sells Babyganics To SC Johnson

July 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Private equity firm VMG Partners said it has sold the Babyganics brand of personal care and household care products for families with children to SC Johnson. Established in 2004, Babyganics offers family-friendly products, including skincare, bath care, sun care, oral care, and laundry care.
"VMG Partners Completes Sale of Babyganics to SC Johnson", PR Newswire, July 26, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Kimberly-Clark Says Net Sales Drop Sligthly In 2Q 2016

July 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation said net sales declined 1 percent to $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. According to the company, changes in foreign exchange rates cut sales by 4 percent. Organic sales increased 3 percent, with 7 percent volume rise in North American consumer products and 5 percent organic growth in emerging markets. Diluted net income per share was $1.56 in 2016 and a loss of $0.83 in 2015, due to noncash pension settlement charges. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter were $1.53 in 2016 and $1.41 in 2015.
"Kimberly-Clark Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results", Kimberly-Clark, July 25, 2016, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Sephora Relocates, Reopens Singapore Flagship Store

July 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora reopened its Singapore flagship store in ION Orchard’s Basement 2 after relocating from the ground floor. Among the company’s top 10 stores worldwide in terms of revenue, the flagship store highlights Sephora’s commitment to the retail market in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Sephora operates both brick-and-mortar and online stores in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Thailand, Malaysia, and India. Its online store, Luxola, which the company rebranded Sephora, allows the company to operate in markets where it does not have a physical store, such as Hong Kong, the Philippines, and New Zealand.
Nisha Ramchandani, "Sephora remains upbeat about Singapore retail sector", Asiaone, July 25, 2016, © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd .
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Lynx Launches Grooming Products Designed For Adult Men

July 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever UK launched a more premium lineup of male grooming products, including body sprays and shower gels. Designed in collaboration with Anne Gottlieb, the range includes Urban, Adrenaline, and Signature. Recently added to the range are the Daily Fragrances, aftershaves that also moonlight as body sprays. Simultaneous with the changes in the product line is the launch of a new way the brand is pushing the products. Instead of ads featuring bikini-clad women, the fragrance line is now represented by American albino model Shaun Ross.
Nick Carvell, "Lynx is back to dominate your grown-up grooming regime", GQ Magazine, July 25, 2016, © Conde Nast UK
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Beauty Boost Announces Fragrance-Locking Product

July 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty Boost Inc. announced FragranceLock, a fragrance finishing spray designed to make fragrances last longer by slowing down their natural evaporation cycle. Results of tests conducted by the company revealed FragranceLock makes perfumes last for up to 12 hours longer. Unlike the usual process of layering fragrance with products with same scents, FragranceLock can be used with all fragrances. Daughter-and-mother entrepreneurs Josephine Sullivan and Francine Gingras developed the product because they believe perfumes should last longer than they usually do. FragranceLock will launch exclusively on HSN on July 27, 2016.
"A New Beauty Category Emerges With The Launch of FragranceLock™", PR Newswire, July 25, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Ranir Acquires Rembrandt Teeth-Whitening Brand From Johnson & Johnson Consumer

July 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Ranir, LLC, said it has acquired the Rembrandt brand of teeth-whitening products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Terms of the deal were not revealed; however, it covers all intellectual property and rights to the brand. After developing the original whitening toothpaste, Rembrandt expanded its product lineup aimed at the dental whitening segment. By acquiring the Rembrandt brand, Ranir adds to its portfolio of oral care brands, including the Plackers brand.
"Ranir Announces Addition of REMBRANDT® Brand to Company’s Portfolio of Oral Care Products", Ranir, July 25, 2016, © Ranir, LLC
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L'Oreal Signs Definitive Agreement To Buy IT Cosmetics

July 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal said it has agreed to acquire IT Cosmetics for a cash-purchase price of $1.2 billion. Established in 2008 by Jamie Kern Lima and Paulo Lima, with TSG Consumer Partners as co-owner, IT Cosmetics was developed in partnership with leading plastic surgeons to offer women with “innovative, problem-solving” skincare and cosmetics products. IT Cosmetics brands and product lines feature more than 300 “high-performance” beauty products focused on color cosmetics, skincare, brushes, and tools.
"L'Oréal signs agreement to acquire IT Cosmetics", L'Oréal, July 22, 2016, © L'Oréal
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Procter & Gamble Launches Online Magazine For Women Of Certain Age

July 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. launched London-based Victoria.co.uk, an online magazine for women 50 years or older. Part of the company's efforts to promote its brands in Europe, the online magazine offers discounts and samples of P&G products for women who register to subscribe. In addition to allowing subscribers to post comments about articles, review products, and buy online, the magazine features content produced by five leading women journalists. These include former London Telegraph Magazine fashion features director Tamsin Blanchard, former London Mail on Sunday relationship columnist Zelda West-Meads, and health and nutrition writer Patsy Westcott.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "Here's why P&G just launched online magazine for women over 50", bizjournals.com, July 22, 2016, © American City Business Journals
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Procter & Gamble Sells P&G London Innovation Centre; Agrees To Lease For Next 3-5 Years

July 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble sold the Rusham Park Technical Centres research and development complex near London to Royal Holloway, University of London. As part of the purchase deal, P&G will lease the R&D center, called the P&G London Innovation Centre by the company, for the next 3‒5 years. With a total floor area of 203,000 square feet, the complex features research laboratories and offices on a 14.5-acre campus.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G sells massive product innovation center", bizjournals.com, July 22, 2016, © American City Business Journals
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Coty Announces Appointment Of Camillo Pane As CEO And Election To Board Of Directors

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Inc. announced the appointment of Camillo Pane as chief executive officer and his election to the company's board of directors. Pane's appointment becomes effective upon the closing of the company's acquisition of P&G Specialty Beauty, expected to happen in October 2016. Interim CEO and chairman Bart Becht will remain as chairman of the company's board of directors. Pane has extensive experience in consolidation of acquisitions and is a veteran in the global consumer goods industry.
"Coty Inc. Names Camillo Pane as CEO", Coty, July 21, 2016, © COTY INC.
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L'Oreal Opens Research & Innovation Center In South Africa

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal opened its Research & Innovation Center in South Africa. Built to study African hair and skin, as well as the beauty-related habits and expectations of consumers in the sub-Saharan region, the facility will focus on product development and evaluation. It will employ advanced research teams made up of scientists with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering, physiology, cosmetology, and biochemistry, the company said. L'Oreal first began research activities in South Africa in 2003 with its Evaluation Center aimed at consumer knowledge and product evaluation.
"L’Oréal accelerates product development for sub-Saharan Africa thanks to new Research & Innovation Center", L’Oréal, July 21, 2016, © L’Oréal
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Tom Ford Beauty Names Guillaume Jesel Global Brand President

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Estee Lauder Companies appointed Guillaume Jesel as global brand president for skincare and fragrances business, Tom Ford Beauty, effective July 1, 2016. Jesel will continue reporting to John Demsey, executive vice president of Estee Lauder. He will also serve as member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Jesel, an Estee Lauder Companies veteran for 16 years, has led Tom Ford Beauty as senior vice president global general manager.
"Guillaume Jesel Promoted to Global Brand President, TOM FORD BEAUTY", Business Wire, July 21, 2016, © Business Wire
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Revlon Settles DNA Advantage False Advertising Lawsuit

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon settled a false advertising lawsuit related to its DNA Advantage line of skincare products. Filed by Anne Elkind and Sharon Rosen in 2014, the lawsuit accused the company of using the product line's name to make consumers believe that the products would change the genetic code of their skin cells. As part of the settlement terms, Revlon has agreed to pay $900,000 for a settlement fund that will finance notice and administrative costs.
"Revlon's "Age Defying" Product Line Defies Class Action With $900,000 Deal", Lexology, July 21, 2016, © Globe Business Media Group
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Sales Up At Unilever During First Six Months Of 2016

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever posted first half sales growth of 4.7 percent with sales volume up 2.2 percent. Sales were up 5.4 percent at constant exchange rates, but down 2.6 percent at current exchange rates. Sales grew eight percent in emerging markets, while sales volume up 2.9 percent. CEO Paul Polman said the sales figures reflected ”consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth” in a tough global environment. The company said consumer demand is still weak, sales volumes continue to lag, and market volume growth is negative in Europe and in North America. Growth in personal care and foods improved growth and maintained ”strong profitability.” Profit margins in home care and refreshment improved.
"Consistent, competitive and profitable growth in challenging markets", Earnings release, Unilever, July 21, 2016, © Unilever
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Unilever Reports Profit Gains Despite Revenue Decline In 1H Of 2016

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever PLC said profit increased 2 percent to €2.51 billion, or $2.77 billion, in the first half of 2016, although revenue declined 2.6 percent to €26.3 billion due to currency volatility. Underlying sales grew 4.7 percent, with volume rising 2.2 percent. At constant exchange rates, sales increased 5.4 percent and 2.6 percent at current exchange rates. According to the company, emerging markets sales grew 8.0 percent, with volume rising 2.9 percent. Core operating margin was at 15 percent, pushed by an increase of 80bps in gross margin.
"Unilever Reports Second quarter and half-year 2016 results", Unilever, July 21, 2016, © Unilever
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Louis Vuitton Plans To Sell Perfumes

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Louis Vuitton, LVMH's high-end luggage and luxury clothing brand, will start selling perfumes in September 2016. Its second attempt at selling fragrances, the first was in the 1940s, involves developing the product lineup in-house. Factors that convinced the company to again offer perfumes include the slowdown in sales of luxury handbags and watches, the economic slowdown in China, and the economic impact of terror attacks around the world. With perfumes expected to add more than $500 million to annual sales, the company plans to sell a product that smells like a suitcase.
Andrew Roberts, "Thanks to Louis Vuitton You Can Soon Smell Like Your Handbag", Bloomberg, July 21, 2016, © Bloomberg LP
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Sephora Supports Relaunch Of Sephora Collection Private-Label Brand With Mobile Campaign

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora is supporting the relaunch of its Sephora Collection private-label brand with a campaign on dating app Tinder and other mobile social media platforms. Sephora created 1,000 photographs of products and swatches and is running ads on the media-rich mobile sites and apps. Online store Sephora.com includes the “swipe it, shop it” feature, which is based on Tinder’s website design. Sephora said it will later be able to add photographs of consumers’ own looks.
Lauren Johnson, "Sephora Is Driving Mobile Sales With Tinder-Like Features and Digital Mad Libs Plus actual ads on the dating app ", Adweek, July 21, 2016, © Adweek
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Procter & Gamble Rejects Class-Action Lawsuit's Claim Of False Advertising For Pampers Baby Wipes

July 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble is rejecting allegations by a class-action lawsuit in California, which claims the company's Pampers baby wipes are not natural products as advertised. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Veronica Brenner, the lawsuit claims the company broke the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act by falsely claiming its baby wipes were natural products. Brenner, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of others allegedly affected by the advertising claim, said the was misled by P&G's false advertising into buying the product.
Dawn Geske , "Procter & Gamble denies assertions in suit over baby wipes", Legal News Line, July 21, 2016, © Legal News Line
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Procter & Gamble's Signal Digital Marketing Event Lures Top Marketers And Social Media Movers

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. will hold the 2016 Signal digital-marketing conference at its headquarters in Cincinnati, with top executives from social media and e-commerce companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Alibaba, and senior marketing executives from Under Armour, Lego, and Verizon in attendance. Signal, which marks its fifth edition this year, has grown from a one-day conference for P&G marketing executives into a multiday event for all staff interested in attending the event. Featured speakers during the event include Alibaba Group director and CEO Daniel Zhang, Facebook vice president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson, and Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren.
Jack Neff, "Digerati Converge on Cincinnati for Private P&G Conference", Advertising Age, July 20, 2016, © Crain Communications
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Philips Sonicare Introduces FlexCare Platinum Connected Power Toothbrush

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Philips Sonicare introduced the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, the company's first-ever connected power toothbrush for adults. According to the company, the toothbrush is designed to detect and deal with missed spots and excessive pressure and scrubbing. It also provides real-time feedback to help consumers improve their brushing technique. Its Smart Sensor technology monitors the location, scrubbing, and pressure applied when brushing then uploads the data using Bluetooth wireless technology with the Philips Sonicare mobile app. Users can also share data with their dental care providers who can design personalized advice through the Focus Area feature.
"Philips Sonicare reveals connected power toothbrush designed to revolutionize daily brushing habits", PRNewswire, July 20, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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Procter & Gamble Says To Fight Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Katy Perry's CoverGirl Line

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. said it intends to contest a lawsuit filed by rival cosmetics firm Hard Candy LLC alleging singer Katy Perry's line of CoverGirl makeup infringes on its trademark. Hard Candy's lawsuit claims the heart icon used on packaging for the singer's cosmetics line looks like the image used by the Florida company since 1995 when it was founded. Hard Candy is demanding all profits from sales of the Katy Perry line, and damages to be determined during trial, as well as lawyer fees.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G faces court battle over Katy Perry makeup line", bizjournals.com, July 20, 2016, © American City Business Journals
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L'Oreal Works With Albea To Develop Tube Packs For Hair Color Product

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal partnered with Albea to create a tube packaging for the L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss hair color product. According to L'Oreal, the product's formulation tends to react to oxygen, with only aluminum tubes previously capable of containing it. Albea's O2 Wall Tube technology provides the product with integral bulk protection throughout the laminate tube, the company said.
Waqas Qureshi, "Albéa and L’Oréal launch hair colour tube packs", Packaging News, July 20, 2016, © Packaging News
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Unwash Signs Retail Deal With Ulta Beauty

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unwash said it has partnered with beauty retailer Ulta Beauty to sell its professional co-wash haircare products in stores across the US and online at Ulta.com. Seeking to strengthen its retail and salon presence, Unwash said it plans to support its business partners with education and innovations. According to the company, this will ensure the products and service it sells perform more than customer expectation. As part of the agreement, Ulta Beauty will carry all Unwash products, including the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner and Anti-Residue Cleanse.
"Unwash® Announces New Retail Partnership With Ulta Beauty", PR Newswire, July 20, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it has agreed to acquire Dollar Shave Club, a company that delivers shaving and other male grooming products directly to consumers by mail. Based in Venice, California, DSC has 3.2 members and reported $152 million in sales in 2015. Expected to close in the third quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory approval, the deal will see Michael Dubin remaining as CEO of DSC.
"Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club", Business Wire, July 19, 2016, © Business Wire
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RB Plans To Build Research And Development Center In Hull

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser chose engineering and construction company M+W Group as the lead contractor to design and construct its proposed R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence in Kingston upon Hull. Worth ₤105 million, the proposed facility marks the company's single largest investment ever. It also highlights RB's commitment to the city where it has been operating since 1840. According to the company, the R&D center will be designed to be highly sustainable and energy efficient and will feature an industry-leading Good Manufacturing Practice healthcare development facility.
"M+W Group to build RB’s new Centre for Scientific Excellence, Kingston upon Hull, UK", M+W Group, July 19, 2016, © M+W Group
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Unilever Spain Appoints Antonio Casanova As EVP

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Spain named Antonio Casanova its new executive vice president for the local market. He will succeed Jaime Aguilera, who was appointed as EVP for Unilever in Central and Eastern Europe. Casanova will continue performing his current duties at Unilever Jeronimo Martins, the company’s joint venture in Portugal.
"Antonio Casanova Named New President Of Unilever Spain", European Supermarket Magazine, July 19, 2016, © European Supermarket Magazine
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HUL Cuts Ad Spending In 1Q Of FY 2017

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Ltd spent Rs 879.73 crore on advertising and promotions in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017, about Rs 13 crore lower than the Rs 892.73 crore it spent in the same quarter of the previous year. According to the company, its A&P spending is at 11 percent of sales, down 60 basis points. Starting in April 2016, HUL has revamped its businesses by grouping them under the home care, personal care, foods, and refreshments categories. Also, the company has adopted the Indian accounting system in reporting financial results since the first quarter of FY 2017.
"Ad spends at Hindustan Unilever shrink marginally in Q1-2017", indiantelevision.com, July 19, 2016, © Indiantelevision.com
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Johnson & Johnson Reports Strong Sales Gains In 2Q 2016

July 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson said sales grew 3.9 percent to $18.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015. Operational sales results increased 5.3 percent, with the negative impact of currency at 1.4 percent. Sales in the US jumped 7.4 percent, while international sales rose slightly at 0.4 percent, with operational growth of 3.1 percent and a negative currency impact of 2.7 percent. Net earnings for the quarter reached $4.0 billion, with diluted earnings per share at $1.43.
"Johnson & Johnson Reports 2016 Second-Quarter Results", Johnson & Johnson, July 19, 2016, © Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
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HUL Reports Strong Growth And Profit Gains In 2Q 2016

July 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Limited said its domestic consumer business grew 4 percent for the second quarter of 2016. Operating profit rose 7 percent to Rs. 1,543 crores, with margin expanding by 70bps. Profit after tax increased 6 percent to Rs. 1,128 crores, with net profit growing 10 percent to Rs. 1,174 crores.
"Hindustan Unilever Limited JQ 2016 Results Presentation", Hindustan Unilever , July 18, 2016, © Hindustan Unilever Limited
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