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Unilever Sri Lanka's New Chairman Assumes Post

March 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Sri Lanka said Carl Cruz assumed duties as chairman of the company on March 1, 2016. Cruz succeeded Shazia Syed who was appointed as CEO of Unilever Pakistan. Cruz was most recently the VP of customer development for Unilever Philippines. Cruz began his career at Unilever after graduating from university in 1992.
"Carl Cruz assumes duties as Chairman of Unilever Sri Lanka", Lanka Business Online, March 17, 2016, © Lanka Business Online (Pvt) Ltd.
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GSK CEO Andrew Witty Plans To Retire In 2017

March 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
GSK PLC announced company CEO Andrew Witty’s plan to retire from the company on March 31, 2017. According to the company’s 2015 Annual Report to shareholders, the company’s board of directors has agreed to Witty’s planned departure from the company, ending his 32 years of service and leadership. Also, the board of directors said it will now start a formal search for a new CEO, with both internal and external candidates to be considered for the role.
"Sir Andrew Witty to retire from GSK in March 2017", GlaxoSmithKline , March 17, 2016, © GlaxoSmithKline plc
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GlaxoSmithKline Announces Changes At Company's Board Of Directors

March 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
GlaxoSmithKline PLC announced that Deryck Maughan, Stephanie Burns, Daniel Podolsky, and Hans Wijers will not seek reelection as members of the company’s board of directors during the annual general meeting on May 5, 2016. Maughan has served as an independent non-executive director for the company’s board of directors since 2004, and as the senior independent director since 2013. Burns, Podolsky, and Wijers have also served as independent directors for varying numbers of years.
"GlaxoSmithKline plc (the “Company”) Directorate changes", GlaxoSmithKline , March 17, 2016, © GlaxoSmithKline plc
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L'Oreal Expands Manufacturing Plant In Russia's Kaluga Region

March 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal said it plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Russia’s Kaluga region in order to meet growing demand for its beauty products in the country. According to the company, it will invest more than 2.5 billion rubles, or $35.6 million at current exchange rates, to add 152,222 square feet to the 111,111-square-foot plant. By July 2017, construction should be completed at the factory, which opened in 2010 and produces haircare products and hair dyes for the company’s L’Oreal Paris and Garnier brands.
Jennifer Weil, "L’Oréal to Extend Russian Plant", Women’s Wear Daily, March 16, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Shiseido Names New CFO For Americas Subsidiary

March 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Co. Ltd. announced the appointment of Ronald Gee as chief financial officer of its subsidiary Shiseido Americas Corporation. Effective April 22, 2016, Gee’s appointment will involve management of the business unit’s finance and information technology operations and supporting regional integration efforts. Gee previously worked at Coty, Inc. as its chief financial officer for the Americas operations. He also worked at L’Oreal USA for almost 10 years, where he was most recently VP of Finance for the International Designer Collections.
"Shiseido Announces Appointment of Ronald Gee as Chief Financial Officer of Shiseido Americas", Business Wire, March 16, 2016, © Business Wire
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Old Spice Agrees To Sponsor FLW Fishing Events

March 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand of men’s grooming products signed a sponsorship deal with fishing-tournament group FLW. As part of the deal, Old Spice will gain exposure across multiple FLW events, including tournaments and Expos. Professional angler Greg Bohannan will represent the brand on the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour event.
"FLW Freshens Up With Old Spice Sponsorship Deal", GlobeNewswire, March 16, 2016, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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Ulta Plans To Open 100 New Stores After Posting Strong Sales Growth In 4Q 2015

March 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Ulta said it plans to open 100 new stores in the United States, adding to its current store count of 874 across the country. Ulta reported sales jumped 21.1 percent to $1.27 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, while comparable-store sales rose 12.5 percent and net income grew 23.6 percent to $107.8 million in the quarter, compared with the same period in the previous year. Ulta’s expansion plans mean it is poised to stay much larger than nearest rival Sephora, which at present operates about 360 stores in North America.
Sarah Mahoney, "On Soaring Sales, Ulta's On An Expansion Binge", MediaPost, March 15, 2016, © MediaPost Communications
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Japan's High-End Personal Care Segment Grows Faster Than Rest Of Market

March 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In Japan, the market for high-end personal care products is growing, driven by increased demand and consumers purchasing for personal use. Data from Euromonitor International Ltd. revealed sales of toothpaste rose 10 percent to ¥113.6 billion in 2014, compared with the previous year. Results of a survey by Daiichi Sankyo Healthcare Co. showed sales of toothpaste priced at ¥1,000 or higher grew 12.4 percent in 2014, compared with 2012, while sales of cheaper toothpaste, priced ¥500 or lower, declined 1.4 percent. Demand for high-end shampoos and body soaps, featuring premium aromas and natural ingredients, is strong among women.
"Market for high-end everyday items seen growing in Japan", Japan Times, March 15, 2016, © The Japan Times LTD.
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Kenneth Cole Launches Mankind Hero Fragrance

March 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kenneth Cole and Parlux Ltd. launched the Mankind Hero fragrance. To help promote the product launch, the brand launched a campaign celebrating everyday heroism. Seeking to remind people that everyone can be a hero to someone, the campaign highlights the importance of performing small acts of courage, kindness, and integrity, the company said. With a suggested retail price of $76 for a 3.4floz bottle, the product will be available at Kenneth Cole stores, the company’s online store, Macy’s, Macys.com, and other high-end retailers starting March 2016.
"Kenneth Cole Announces New MANKIND Hero Fragrance", PR Newswire, March 15, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Target Announces Exclusive Bath And Body Care Brands Created In Collaboration With Project Underground

March 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Target partnered with beauty brand creator Project Underground to develop its in-house bath and body care brands Mayfair Soap Foundry, Marlowe, and You Are Amazing. Combined with Target’s acquisition of Sonia Kashuk and the introduction of Defy & Inspire line of nail polish products, the move highlights the mass retailer’s growing focus on its beauty business. Target’s partnership with Project Underground began in 2015, with the latter mandated to create high-quality products for the retailer, with emphasis on design and affordability.
Rachel Brown , "Target Taps Beauty Incubator to Develop Three Exclusive Lines", Women’s Wear Daily, March 15, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Avon Discusses More Details Of Three-Year Reorganization Plan

March 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Avon Products, Inc., revealed more details about its three-year transformation plan, previously announced during the beauty company’s Investor Day in January 2016. According to the company, it is changing its operating model by revising its commercial business to ensure that all markets have consistent roles, responsibilities, and process; and streamlining its corporate functions to align with the present and future needs of its business. Consequently, Avon said it plans to reduce its workforce by 2,500 jobs across many geographical locations. With this, Avon expects to record about $60 million before taxes in total charges with these actions in the first quarter of 2016.
"Avon Announces Additional Details in Execution of 3-Year Transformation Plan", Avon Company, March 14, 2016, © Avon Products, Inc
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Suave Kids Enlists Smith Design To Create Packaging For Purely Fun Product Line

March 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever’s Suave Kids brand of haircare products for children launched the Purely Fun line, with packaging designed by Smith Design. With the brand’s design brief calling for a theme highlighting the “mildness, gentleness, and purity of the products,” Smith Design had to accomplish the naming, identity, and package design for the product line. Unilever’s Consumer Market Insights Group conducted tests to confirm the product’s positioning of purity.
Anne Marie Mohan, "Simple graphics differentiate Suave Kids free-from line", Packaging World, March 14, 2016, © PMMI Media Group
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Dove Partners With Twitter For Second Phase Of Positive-Image Campaign For Girls

March 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand Dove partnered with social media company Twitter to launch a tool that determines the most commonly used body-related words and when negative tweets occur during the day. Part of the partners' #SpeakBeautiful campaign, the tool was launched at the South by Southwest Interactive event. Using the tool, people can retweet a post on Dove's Twitter account using the hashtag. Dove automatically reswponds to the tweet with a link to a custom microsite.
Lauren Johnson, "Dove and Twitter Built a Tool to Measure How Positive or Negative Your Tweets Are ", Adweek, March 12, 2016, © Adweek.com
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Estee Lauder Announces Senior Executive Appointments For UK And Ireland Unit

March 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. announced the appointment of Janet Saunders to the newly created post of vice president and general manager commercial. Also, the company named Rachel Baker as vice president and general manager of the Clinique brand and its men’s skin care business. Saunders and Baker will report to Estee Lauder Cos. UK and Ireland president Chris Good effective March 14, 2016.
Lorelei Marfil , "Estée Lauder Makes New Appointments", Women's Wear Daily , March 11, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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L'Oreal Plans To Launch WOW Campaign In Malaysia

March 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal Paris used Facebook Live Video to give local consumers a preview of its 2016 Women of Worth campaign in Malaysia. Aimed at inspiring ordinary women, the campaign features six successful women thought leaders and their journey. L’Oreal Paris through the campaign created by digital agency Lion & Lion plans to offer real-time social content.
"L’Oréal Paris looks to WOW Malaysian women", Marketing Interactive, March 11, 2016, © Marketing-Interactive.com. Lighthouse Independent Media Pte Ltd.
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Johnson & Johnson's Talcum Powder Is Safe, Malaysian Health Official Says

March 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder met the requirements under Malaysia's Guidelines for Control of Cosmetic Products, according to the country's Director-General of Health Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah. In a statement, the government official said talcum powder was made of talc, a naturally occurring mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. Noor Hisham's comments were in response to reports by local and international media and to the satement of the Consumers Association of Penang linking talc to cancer.
"Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Safe For Use", Bernama , March 11, 2016, © BERNAMA
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Sephora Encourages Innovation In Mobile Beauty Market By Supporting Tech Startups

March 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Sephora supports innovation in the beauty mobile market by backing several business startups focused on creating new roles for the smartphone in scheduling beauty appointments and attracting shoppers. As part of this initiative, Sephora launched the Sephora Accelerate, an incubation program for beauty startups. For the 2016 Sephora Accelerate Cohort, the company announced its lineup of women entrepreneurs who will participate in the business and innovation promotion program. Among the entrepreneurs are Candace Mitchell, Carolina Grove, and Danielle Cohen-Shohet.
Brielle Jaekel, "Sephora sparks mobile beauty growth by supporting startups", Luxury Daily , March 11, 2016, © Napean LLC
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Revlon Likely To Find Plenty Of Potential M&A Offers, Market Analysts Say

March 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon’s $1.88 billion market capitalization makes the company an attractive target for other companies operating in the beauty market. Relatively cheaper than other public corporations in the beauty market, Revlon is likely to receive takeover bids from Henkel, Kao, and Kose, some industry analysts said. Also likely to make an M&A move are brands LG Household & Home Care and Pola Cosmetics.
Allison Collins , "Revlon’s Market Cap Equals Plenty of Potential Buyers", Women's Wear Daily , March 11, 2016, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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Nivea Men Signs Sponsorship Deal With Real Madrid In South Africa

March 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Men’s grooming brand Nivea Men signed a sponsorship deal with Real Madrid football club for the South Africa market. As part of the partnership deal, the first commercial featuring Brazilian defender Marcelo and Dani Carvajal will have its broadcast debut on March 14, 2016. With football a very popular sport in South Africa, the deal is expected to help the brand establish a stronger connection with South African men, according to Beiersdorf South Africa marketing director Kerstin Bird.
"Nivea, Real Madrid team up in SA", sasoccermag , March 10, 2016, © sasoccermag.co.za
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GSK Launches Campaign For Corsodyl Oral Care Brand

March 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
GSK launched a £7.2-million multimedia marketing campaign for the Corsodyl oral care brand. Highlighting the brand’s “healthy gums” message about how to prevent and treat gum disease, the campaign includes TV and cinema ads. Also, the campaign will include experiential, print, and digital components.
Lisa Riley, "GSK gives Corsodyl a record £7.2m spend", The Grocer, March 10, 2016, © William Reed Business Media Ltd.
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CLT Acquires Rights To Salon Selectives Haircare Brand For Canada Market

March 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
CLT International said it has acquired the Canadian rights to Salon Selectives line of haircare products. Part of the company’s efforts to expand rights to the Daily Defense and Airall trademarks, the deal completes CLT’s holding of North American trademark rights for Salon Selectives. Made famous by Helene Curtis in 1987, the Salon Selectives brand was acquired by Unilever in 1996. CLT International bought the US rights in 2010.
"CLT International Announces Acquisition of Additional Rights to Salon Selectives Beauty & Personal Care Trademark", PR Newswire, March 10, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Unilever Nigeria Aims To Reach 1M Children As It Marks 2016 World Oral Health Day

March 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Nigeria Plc aims to reach 1 million children as part of its oral health campaign for the 2016 World Oral Health Day. Through the Pepsodent brand of oral care products, and in partnership with the Nigerian Dental Association, the company aims to promote brushing of teeth as a daily and nightly oral care practice. According to Nigerian Dental Association president Bode Ijarogbe, World Oral Health Day seeks to raise public awareness of oral health, as well as the impact of oral diseases on general health, well-being, and national economies.
"Unilever targets one million children", Pulse.ng, March 10, 2016, © Pulse.ng
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Kimberly-Clark Earns Climate Leadership Award From U.S. EPA

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark revealed it has received a Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership. For reporting and verifying company-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the company received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management “Goal Achievement Award.” EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards highlight companies’ voluntary work to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their supply chains.
"Kimberly-Clark Receives EPA National Award for Climate Leadership", Kimberly-Clark, March 09, 2016, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Shiseido Eyes Duty-Free Sales To Boost Business After Tourist Buying Ends

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido’s sales forecast for its fiscal year ending December 2016 sees operating profit dropping 14 percent to 38 billion yen, or $337 million, compared with fiscal year 2015. Demand from tourists visiting Japan is forecast to rise 5–6 percent, compared with the 12-billion-yen increase from the nine-month period of the previous year. Shiseido hopes to offset this decline by expanding sales at duty-free shops both in Japan and overseas.
Takahisa Toda, "Shiseido plots new gambit after tourist buying frenzy passes", Nikkei, March 09, 2016, © Nikkei Inc.
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Accelerating Innovation The Unilever Way

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has partnered with crowdfunder Indiegogo to collaborate with aspiring entrepreneurs seeking money to fund innovative ideas. Through its innovation platform Unilever Foundry, the company adds the possibility of crowdfunding investment to help speed development of solutions to sustainability challenges presented by Unilever brands. Ideas for solutions will be considered by the Indiegogo community and then shown to a panel of Unilever experts. The best will have an opportunity for an Indiegogo funding campaign, and further support from Unilever.
"Unilever Foundry And Indiegogo Launch Crowdfunding Partnership To Accelerate Innovation", News release, Unilever, March 09, 2016, © Unilever
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L'Oreal, Image Metrics Sign Contract For Makeup Genius Technology

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal Paris signed an exclusive deal with Image Metrics regarding the augmented-reality app Makeup Genius. Developed by Image Metrics and supported by L’Oreal Research and Innovation, the app is designed to monitor a user’s facial features and to apply virtual makeup in real-time. With almost 20 million downloads, Makeup Genius enables consumers to try on products and looks before buying.
"L’Oréal signs new exclusive license agreement with Image Metrics for new makeup services ", L’Oréal, March 09, 2016, © L'Oréal Paris
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Shiseido Receives Award For Corporate Ethics And CSR

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Co., Ltd., said it has received a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition, its fifth consecutive year of earning the award, from Ethisphere Institute. Based in the United States, Ethisphere Institute is an international think-tank that has been evaluating about 1,000 companies from more than 100 countries, focusing on their corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility efforts and activities. According to Shiseido, for about 140 years since it was founded in 1872, the company has been working to serve customers “through beauty and wellness,” which it considers a fundamental principle of all its business operations.
"Shiseido Awarded World's Most Ethical Companies Designation Five Years in a Row", Shiseido, March 08, 2016, © Shiseido Co.,Ltd.
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Hain Celestial Says To Launch New Natural And Organic Personal Care Products At 2016 Natural Products Expo West

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hain Celestial plans to launch organic and natural personal care products at the 2016 Natural Products Expo West. Among the products to be included are Body in the Buff biodegradable body scrubs from the Alba Botanica brand, Intense Defense with Vitamin C Detoxifying Facial Towelettes from the Avalon Organics brand, and Foaming Shower Oils from the JASON brand. Also, the company will launch Queen Helene 100% Coconut Oil for skin, hair, and nails.
Gina Acosta, "Hain Celestial rolling out new natural beauty products", Drug Store News, March 08, 2016, © Drug Store News
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Elizabeth Arden Appoints George Cleary President Of Global Fragrances Business

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden Inc. named George Cleary as president of its Global Fragrances business effective March 14, 2016. With 20 years of experience in the beauty care and personal care market, Cleary has held many positions of responsibility in a number of companies. Before coming to Elizabeth Arden, he was CEO at global beauty company Iluminage. He started his career at Nestle before joining Johnson & Johnson. He was also president of Coty Inc.'s Americas business and also held other senior positions at that company.
"Elizabeth Arden Names New President of Fragrance Unit", Zacks Equity Research, March 08, 2016, © Zacks Investment Research
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Pull-Ups Reverses Years Of Declining Sales

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
After six years of declines, sales of Pull-Ups training pants and diapers for babies rose 2 percent to $621 million for the 52-week period ending January 23, 2016. Data from Nielsen also revealed that sales for the most recent 12 weeks grew almost 6 percent. Although brand sales dropped 6–7 percent for each of the prior two years, and the category declined 3–4 percent, training pants remained almost a $1 billion segment. According to Nielsen, Pull-Ups accounted for more than 65 percent of the market segment.
Jack Neff, "How Pull-Ups Ended Years of Sagging Sales", Advertising Age, March 08, 2016, © Crain Communications
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L'Oreal Awards Brazil Performance Marketing Account To Accenture Interactive

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal appointed Accenture as its performance marketing agency in Brazil. Covering all of the company’s brands and divisions, the account will be handled by Accenture Digital’s Accenture Interactive unit. Part of the agency’s responsibilities will be managing and optimizing search engine marketing, search engine optimization, and digital marketing analytics in the market.
"Accenture Interactive Appointed as Performance Marketing Agency for L’Oréal in Brazil", Accenture , March 08, 2016, © Accenture
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L'Oreal UK Names MHP Corporate Communications Agency

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal awarded its corporate communications account in the UK to MHP. Previously handled by Fishburn, the account was won by MHP following a competitive pitch. MHP will also handle PR for L’Oreal’s corporate social responsibility programs, such as the L’Oreal–UNESCO For Women in Science.
Anna Reynolds, "L'Oréal hires MHP as retained corporate comms agency for UK", PR Week, March 08, 2016, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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Burt's Bees Secures Lea Michele's Support For Campaign To Bring Back Bees

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Burt’s Bees partnered with actress Lea Michele to launch #BringBackTheBees, a campaign aimed at seeding 1 billion wildflowers to help reverse the decline in bee population worldwide. Spearheaded by the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, the campaign will donate 1,000 wildflower seeds for every purchase of the Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry, and Coconut and Pear variants of the brand’s lip balms. According to the company, the scents would not exist without bee pollination.
Danica Lo , "Lea Michele’s Skin-care Secrets Include Bees and Balm", Women's Wear Daily, March 08, 2016, © Fairchild Publishing, LLC
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Procter & Gamble Recruits French Olympic Judo Champ For Thank You Mom Campaign

March 7, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it has signed 2012 Olympic gold medalist Teddy Riner as part of the company’s Thank You Mom marketing campaign. Dubbed “#MerciMaman” in French, the campaign which seeks to help promote the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, aims to duplicate the success of the campaign when it launched 100 days before the London Olympic Games. Riner, a French judo champion, and his mother Marie-Pierre Riner will join in campaigns supported by media channels and retailers across France. Campaigns will feature themed packaging, end caps, and displays.
"New Sponsordeal for Teddy Riner with P&G", judoinside.com , March 07, 2016, © judoinside.com
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Target Launches Bath And Body Care Lines For Women And Children

March 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Target launched the You Are Amazing and Mayfair Soap Foundry lines of bath and body care products. According to the company, You Are Amazing products are aimed at inspiring and empowering young women and feature a range of scents in four product formats. These include the Hello Beautiful Skin Body Lotion Collection and the Clean On Up Body Wash range. Mayfair Soap Foundry Grapefruit and Bergamot collection includes Sugar Scrub in Grapefruit Bergamot, while Body Souffle skin moisturizers combine aloe and cocoa seed.
Nancy Jeffries , "Bath and Body Lines Target Women and Children’s Well Being", Beauty Packaging, March 03, 2016, © Rodman Media
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Unilever Launches Campaign Aimed At U.S. Hispanics

March 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched the #100PorCientoTu campaign in the United States. Aimed at promoting self-expression and individuality among U.S. Hispanics, the campaign, through the company’s personal care brands, has partnered with celebrity stylist Leonardo Rocco, celebrity groomer Marcos “Reggae” Smith, model and influencer Denise Bidot, and other influencers to provide beauty and styling tips. Also, the campaign is sponsoring Latin music concerts across the country in recognition of music as a source of inspiration for Latino’s style and self-expression.
"Unilever U.S. Celebrates Latino Self-Expression with New Campaign: #100PorCientoTu", PR Newswire, March 03, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Dove Introduces Dry Oil Body Wash And Beauty Bar

March 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Dove introduced the Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash and Dry Oil Beauty Bar bath products. Infused with Moroccan Argan Oil, the products are designed to help women deal with dry skin, one of their biggest skin concerns. With a suggested retail price of $6.99, the 22 fl. oz. body wash replenishes the skin with 12 times more natural nutrients than rival products, while the Beauty Bar, priced at $3.79 per two-pack, hydrates the skin better than any soap can, the company said.
Gina Acosta, "Dove unveils 2 new 'dry oil' products", Drug Store News, March 02, 2016, © Drug Store News
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Technology Enables Customers To Create Personalized Beauty Buying Experience, Studies Reveal

March 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Consumers prefer to use technology to create their own personalized experience when shopping for beauty products. Mintel said its latest study revealed 45 percent of beauty consumers saying they want to search for product information in-store using their mobile devices, according to Mintel. Beauty channels can help drugstore chains and mass market operators to attract millennial shoppers; however, they will have to compete with specialty retailers, such as Sephora and Ulta. Data from TABS showed Sephora and Ulta have the highest cosmetics penetration growth in 2015, with 41 percent for Ulta and 25 percent for Sephora.
Lonni Delane, "What’s Next: The personalized beauty shopping experience", Drug Store News, March 02, 2016, © Drug Store News
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India's Top CPG Companies Cut Prices Of Leading Products In January 2015

March 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
India’s leading consumer packaged goods companies, including Marico Ltd., Dabur India Ltd., and Procter & Gamble Home Products Ltd., have reduced the prices of their leading products. According to brokerage firm Religare Securities Ltd., raw material cost index for CPG companies declined 0.7 percent in January 2016, compared with the previous month, and 3.8 percent lower than the previous year. In December 2015, sales of CPG products dropped to a five-year low, following an economic slowdown in the country’s rural regions. Prices of toothpastes rose, according to Religare, with leading manufacturers, including Colgate-Palmolive, Hindustan Unilever, and GlaxoSmithKline, leading the trend in January 2016.
Sapna Agarwal, "Dabur, Marico and P&G drop prices of flagship products in January", Livemint, March 02, 2016, © HT Media Ltd.
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Procter & Gamble Sells Brazilian Brand Hipoglos To Johnson & Johnson

March 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it has sold its Hipoglos brand of diaper rash cream in Brazil to Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Expected to close in the next 4–6 months, subject to local regulatory approvals, the deal covers a brand that has been present in the country for more than 70 years. Hipoglos is popular among Brazilian mothers who use the product to protect their babies’ skin from diaper rash.
"P&G Divests Hipoglós Brand to Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.", Procter & Gamble, March 02, 2016, © Procter & Gamble
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Dove Introduces Pure Care Dry Oils Line Of Haircare Oils

March 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Dove introduced the Pure Care Dry Oils line of haircare oils. Made from first-pressed organic oils the company claims are absorbed instantly to nourish and pamper the hair, the line includes two products: Nourishing Treatment, which contains African macadamia oil; and Restorative Treatment, which comes with Anatolian pomegranate seed oil. Dove suggests three ways to use Dove Pure Care Dry Oils, including pre-washing of hair, post-washing, and as treatment enhancer.
"Discover shine and softness with Dove Pure Care Dry Oils", Unilever, March 01, 2016, © Unilever
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Plackers Introduces Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids' Flossers

March 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Plackers introduced the Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids’ Flossers line of dental flossing products. Designed with a dual-grip handle, the floss is easy for children to use and allow parents to help. According to the company, using Plackers flossers can reduce tooth decay and help ensure healthy gums. Also, the dental floss is designed with an angled head, which lets children and parents reach all teeth with ease.
"Love At First Floss—Parents And Kids Will Love Plackers® New Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids’ Flossers", PR Newswire , March 01, 2016, © PRNewswire/Multivu
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The Body Shop Launches Business In Sri Lanka

March 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
UK-based beauty retailer The Body Shop opened its first store in Sri Lanka. Established by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976, The Body Shop operates more than 3,000 stores in 60 countries. In 1987, the company introduced fair trade to the beauty market and was the first cosmetics brand to receive a cruelty-free recognition under the Humane Cosmetics standard.
"The Body Shop launches in Sri Lanka", Lanka Business Online, March 01, 2016, © Lanka Business Online (Pvt) Ltd.
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Tom's Of Maine Introduces Natural Toothpaste With Quick Relief For Sensitive Teeth

March 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Tom’s of Maine introduced the Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste. Designed for people with sensitive teeth, the toothpaste blocks the pathways to sensitive nerves to help control pain. According to the company, the product uses a patented combination of arginine and calcium carbonate to help control pain. Also, the company said the toothpaste contains no artificial dyes, sweeteners, or preservatives, and were not tested on animals.
"New Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Natural Toothpaste Delivers Patented Technology to Sensitive Teeth Sufferers", PR Newswire, March 01, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Dove Men+Care Launches Two New Antiperspirants

March 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever’s Dove Men+Care men’s grooming brand expanded its Dove Men+Care Deodorant range by launching the Cool Fresh Dry Spray Antiperspirant and Sensitive Shield Dry Spray Antiperspirant products. Both products come with 48-hour odor and wetness protection, the company said. Cool Fresh Dry Spray Antiperspirant comes with a glacial scent that instantly dries up without irritating the underarm skin. Sensitive Shield Dry Spray comes with a woody scent.
Gina Acosta, "Dove Men+Care adds two new antiperspirant products", Drug Store News, March 01, 2016, © Drug Store News
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Hugo Boss Introduces Hugo Extreme Perfumes For Men And Women

February 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hugo Boss introduced the Hugo Man Extreme and Hugo Woman Extreme lines of perfumes for men and women. Available in 60ml and 100ml bottles, Hugo Man Extreme perfumes come with a new “intense touch of green apple while the heart extends on new aromatic sensations with sage, lavender, and geranium,” creating a masculine fragrance. Hugo Woman Extreme Eau de Parfum comes in 30ml, 50ml, and 75ml bottles.
"Hugo Boss Hugo Extreme Perfume Collection 2016", Perfume Master, February 29, 2016, © PerfumeMaster.org
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Kimberly-Clark Exits Venezuela Market

February 29, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark is reportedly leaving Venezuela, joining other multinational corporations exiting the troubled market. Venezuela accounted for about 3 percent of the company’s net sales in 2014, according to Citi researchers. Overall, Kimberly-Clark reported $2.3 billion in operating cash flow in 2015.
Dimitra DeFotis, "Adios Venezuela: Kimberly-Clark Joins Pepsi & Mondelez Exits", Barron’s, February 29, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Sues Poundstretcher For Selling Fake Head & Shoulder Shampoo And Ariel Laundry Products

February 28, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble filed a lawsuit against UK-based budget retailer Poundstretcher for allegedly selling counterfeit Head & Shoulders shampoo and Ariel laundry products. P&G first learned of the fake products in 2013 when a customer complained to Trading Standards about Ariel laundry care products bought from the retailer’s Sutton-in-Ashfield store. Also, P&G filed trademark infringement lawsuits against wholesalers Home and Beauty and J&S.
Rebecca Stewart, "Procter and Gamble files lawsuit against Poundstretcher and others over fake Head & Shoulders products", The Drum, February 28, 2016, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Unilever Picks OgilvyOne To Handle Digital Marketing For Dove, Signal, Rexona Brands In Gulf Region

February 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever awarded the digital marketing accounts for its Dove, Signal, and Rexona brands in the Gulf region to OgilvyOne. As part of the deal, OgilvyOne and brand activation agency Geometry Global will take care of the digital and activation plans for the brands. Also, the digital marketing agency will develop strategies and produce campaigns for the brands across different platforms.
"OgilvyOne to lead digital plans for Unilever in Gulf region", Gulf News Journal , February 27, 2016, © Gulf News Journal
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Unilever Retains JDO For Clear Haircare Packaging Redesign Job

February 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Personal Care partnered with JDO Brand & Design to redesign packaging for the company’s Clear portfolio of haircare products for the US market. Unilever’s briefing for JDO called for designs aimed at “young, confident, beauty-focused consumers.” Also, the design team was instructed to incorporate a design element highlighting the “scalp nourishment” capabilities of the product lines.
Tony Corbin , "JDO redesigns Clear haircare portfolio in the US", Packaging News, February 26, 2016, © Packaging News
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