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Kao Partners With Hakuhodo Singapore To Launch Local Campaign For Biore UV Body Care Serum

May 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kao Singapore worked with Hakuhodo Singapore to launch a marketing campaign, promoting the Biore UV Body Care Serum personal care product. Aimed at office ladies, the campaign includes interactive educational content designed to let consumers take part in the “storytelling process.” For its mobile components, the campaign also features real-time engagement and marketing messages on conventional media.
Vivienne Tay, "Kao Singapore works with Hakuhodo to Promote Biore’s UV Protection Serum", Marketing-Interactive, May 02, 2017, © Marketing-Interactive.com. Lighthouse Independent Media Pte Ltd.
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Avon Launches Make Up Marathon Campaign In India

April 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand and direct-selling company Avon has announced its first Make Up Marathon event in India. With Avon promoting and running the event on social media in April 2017, the Avon True Make Up marathon campaign will have its highlight with the launch of a Beauty Look Book, the company said. As part of the campaign, Avon is hosting contests and calling on women to share their looks with the brand.
Napson Fernandes, "Beauty Brand AVON Announces the First Ever Beauty Make Up Marathon", Pocket News Alert, April 28, 2017, © Pocket News Alert
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Helen Of Troy Sees Weaker Revenue Numbers In 4Q Of FY 2017

April 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Helen of Troy Limited reported consolidated net sales revenue dropped 2.3 percent in the quarter ending February 28, 2017. Factors adversely affecting revenue performance included an 8.3 percent decline in core business, 1.2 percent decrease from Venezuela re-measurement, and 0.5 percent from currency fluctuations. According to the company, its consolidated gross profit margin expanded by 2.0 percentage points, with 0.6 percentage points from the core business.
"Helen of Troy Limited Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results", Helen of Troy , April 27, 2017, © Helen of Troy Limited
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Clorox Turns On Fairfield Plant's Solar Power System

April 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Clorox announced the company has activated the solar panel system at its Fairfield Cleaning facility in California. Capable of producing 500 kilowatts of electricity during daylight hours the ground-mounted system is designed to help the facility reduce its electric power consumption by a significant portion. According to the company, Fairfield Cleaning is the first company-owned facility with installed solar power system. Power Purchase Agreements built the system, as well as Clorox’s first installation at its leased regional warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Eric Snyder and Jamie Owen, "Fairfield Plant Goes Solar", The Clorox Company, April 26, 2017, © The Clorox Company
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Shiseido's Prestige Brand Cle De Peau Beaute Opens Ginza Store

April 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Group's prestige brand Cle de Peau Beaute opened its brand store Cle de Peau Beaute Ginza Six in Ginza Six, a commercial complex in Tokyo. Located in the country's prime shopping address, the store is designed to represent the brand's value described by the company as the combination of beauty and science. In partnership with architect Tsuyoshi Tane, the brand came up with the design concept it calls “Brilliant Cell” for the store.
"Cle de Peau Beaute: New brand shop in Ginza Six to offer unique experiences", Shiseido, April 27, 2017, © Shiseido Company, Limited
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Procter & Gamble Posts Weaker Sales, Earnings In 3Q Of Fiscal Year 2017

April 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company said net sales declined 1 percent to $15.6 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Organic sales increased 1 percent, with diluted net earnings per share dropped 4 percent to $0.93 from the previous year. Core earnings per share increased 12 percent to $0.96. Operating cash flow was $3.0 billion, the company said.
"P&G Announces Third Quarter Earnings", Procter & Gamble, April 26, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Shiseido Joins UN Women To Promote Gender Equality In Japan

April 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Company, Limited, has agreed to partner with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to lead the promotion of gender equality in Japan. According to the partners, they have reached an agreement because they “pursue the same cause.” Shiseido supports women's advancement, while the UN Women campaigns for gender equality worldwide. As part of its support for gender equality, Shiseido will launch gender education programs for the country's younger generation.
"Shiseido Signs Agreement with UN Women to Lead the Promotion of Gender Equality in Japan", Shiseido, April 26, 2017, © Shiseido Company, Limited
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Shiseido Supports UN Women's Campaign For Gender Equality In Japan

April 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Company has agreed to collaborate with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to lead the promotion of gender equality in Japan. According to the partners, they have reached an agreement because they “pursue the same cause.” Shiseido supports women's advancement, while the UN Women campaigns for gender equality worldwide. As part of its support for gender equality, Shiseido will launch gender education programs for the country's younger generation.
Natasha Spencer, "Gender Equality in Japan Drives Shiseido’s Latest Agreement", CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com, April 26, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Flossy Brush Launches Toothbrush That Comes With Flossing Aid

April 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Start-up company Flossy Brush launched the Flossy Brush, an oral care product that combines the features and benefits of a toothbrush and a flossing aid. According to the company, the toothbrush comes in a “simple, clean and compact design”, with the product's one end working as a toothbrush and the other end designed as a flossing aid. Flossy Brush said the product is designed to deal with issues keeping some people from flossing: the need for hand dexterity and the time and inconvenience that usually come with flossing.
"New Innovative 2-in-1 Flossy Brush Leaves Teeth Feeling Clean and Healthy", PR Newswire, April 25, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Estee Lauder's Sustainability Initiatives Involve Making Hard Choices Today For A Better Tomorrow

April 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
For The Estee Lauder Companies, sustainability means “making the smart (and sometimes difficult) choices today” in order to help create a better, more beautiful, and lasting world in the future, according to SVP of global corporate citizenship and sustainability, Nancy Mahon. Beauty brands need to integrate sustainability efforts into their business model to heed the call of consumers, employees, and investors for companies to behave responsibly and consciously with regards to the environment, Mahon said. Also, sustainability initiatives create the most value when they are “effectively and efficiently” implemented across the product's life cycle, she added.
Deanna Utroske, "Estée Lauder Companies Shares Sustainability Best Practices, Part 1", CosmeticsDesign.com | USA, April 25, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Shiseido's Clinical Trial Shows Retinol Products Improve Skin Wrinkles

April 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Retinol active ingredients have “positive effect and efficacy” in improving skin wrinkles, according to Shiseido. Results of a clinical trial conducted by the beauty brand revealed that “retinol-formulated products” come with features that improve skin wrinkles. With Japanese women aged 37-54 who had shallow to deep wrinkles at their eye corners as study subjects, the clinic trial involved the women using the products for nine weeks. After the usage period, skin wrinkles showed improvement compared with those of women who used non-retinol products.
Natasha Spencer, "Shiseido Reveals Wrinkle Improving Capabilities of Retinol Formulation", CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com, April 25, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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JCPenney And Sephora Plan To Open More Sephora Inside JCPenney Locations

April 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
JCPenney and Sephora expanded their partnership to open 70 new Sephora inside JCPenney stores and 32 expansions starting on May 5, 2017. First launched in 2006, Sephora inside JCPenney is a beauty retail concept that features carefully selected cosmetics and personal care brands available in JCPenney branches. In 2017, almost 650 JCPenney stores feature the retail concept.
"JCPenney Partners with Sephora to Expand Beauty Retail Offerings with 70 New Locations and 32 Expansions Nationwide", J.C. Penney, April 24, 2017, © J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.
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L'Oreal Looks At Artificial Intelligence To Improve Customer Interactions

April 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand L'Oreal has collaborated with Automat Technologies to create beauty services designed for the Facebook Messenger social media and messaging platform. Chief digital officer Lubomira Rochet said the company's focus on Messenger bots is the latest illustration of L'Oreal's “service strategy.” Rochet added, the company believes combining conversational marketing and commerce with artificial intelligence will enable L'Oreal to personalize conversations with customers. Believing AI will have an impact as great as the internet, Rochet said AI will power the company's interactions with consumers, including advertising, CRM, and ad serving.
Leonie Roderick , "L’Oreal on why artificial intelligence is ‘a revolution as big as the internet’", Marketing Week , April 24, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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L'Oreal USA Starts Building Commercial Solar Array In Kentucky

April 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal USA started building a commercial solar array at its manufacturing plant in Florence, Kentucky. Expected to be completed by September 2017, the array will feature 4,140 solar panels. L’Oreal USA expects the solar array, which is being built by contractor Scenic Hill Solar, will give the company 1.42 megawatts of renewable solar power, locking in electricity costs for the next 30 years.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G competitor begins construction of massive Greater Cincinnati solar project", Cincinnati Business Courier, April 20, 2017, © American City Business Journals
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Unilever Posts Strong Revenue Gains In First Quarter Of 2017

April 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever PLC reported revenue jumped 6.1 percent to €13.3 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016. According to the company, underlying sales rose 2.9 percent, higher than analyst forecasts of 2 percent. Underlying sales in emerging markets increased 6.1 percent, with price up 5.3 percent and volume 0.8 percent higher. Unilever said it has increased its quarterly dividend by 12 percent to €0.3585 per share.
"Unilever Trading Statement First Quarter 2017", Unilever, April 20, 2017, © Unilever
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Suave Professionals Launches Campaign Featuring "Fake" High-End Haircare Products

April 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Suave Professionals haircare brand launched the “evaus” marketing campaign. Featuring evaus, a fictional high-end brand of haircare products that were actually Suave products, the campaign aimed to prove that consumers do not need to pay a higher price for quality haircare products. As part of the campaign, Suave sent bottles of evaus products to millennial beauty influencers who tried and liked the products after using them for two weeks.
"Introducing “Evaus” Premium Hair Care ", MultiVu, April 19, 2017, © MultiVu
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Procter & Gamble Expands Browns Summit Warehouse Serving Bryan Road Factory

April 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. is investing $8.89 million to expand a warehouse in Browns Summit used for storage of raw materials used in the manufacture of oral care and antiperspirants and deodorants at the Bryan Road factory. According to company spokesman Jeff LeRoy, the planned 22,000-square-foot addition is expected to be completed by December 2017.
John Brasier, "Procter & Gamble's Triad plant gets $8.89M warehouse expansion", bizjournals.com, April 19, 2017, © American City Business Journals
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Procter & Gamble Appoints Javier Polit As CIO

April 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it has appointed Javier Polit as its new chief information officer, succeeding Linda Clement-Holmes, who is retiring after 35 years with the company. Before joining P&G on April 17, 2017, Polit was global CIO for The Coca Cola Company's Bottling Investments Group, a position he held since 2007. Polit's projects at BIG included the deployment of a salesforce automation system and cashless payment systems.
Clint Boulton , "Procter & Gamble names Coke IT vet as new CIO", CIO , April 19, 2017, © IDG Communications, Inc.
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Unilever Nigeria Posts Strong Sales, Profit Gains In 1Q 2017

April 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Nigeria Plc reported sales jumped 32 percent to N22.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared with N16.8 billion in the same quarter of 2016. Profit after tax reached N1.6 billion, with operating costs rising 31 percent to N19.4 billion.
"Unilever Nigeria Q1 results show continued strong growth", Guardian , April 19, 2017, © Guardian Newspapers
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Sephora Buys Turkey's Cosmetics Retailer Tekin Acar

April 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty company Sephora has acquired Turkey-based cosmetics retailer Tekin Acar. Subject to approval by the country's Competition Board, the sale came several months after Tekin Acar chief executive Tekin Acar revealed his company and the market were “facing difficulties.” According to the executive, a growing number of local retailers are having financial difficulties.
"France’s Sephora acquires Turkey’s Tekin Acar Cosmetics", Hurriyet Daily News, April 18, 2017, © Hurriyet Daily News
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Johnson & Johnson Posts Stronger Sales Numbers In 1Q 2017

April 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson said sales increased 1.6 percent to $17.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016. Operational sales results rose 2.0 percent, with negative impact of currency fluctuations at 0.4 percent, the company said. International sales increased 2.8 percent, with operational growth at 3.6 percent and negative currency impact of 0.8 percent. Global sales rose 1.2 percent, with domestic sales declining 0.7 percent and international sales rising 3.4 percent, the company said.
"Johnson & Johnson Reports 2017 First-Quarter Results", Johnson & Johnson, April 18, 2017, © Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
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L'Oreal Posts Strong Revenue Growth In 1Q 2017

April 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal SA said revenue jumped 8 percent to €7.05 billion in the first quarter of 2017, boosted by strong sales in the Asian and North American markets. According to the French cosmetics and personal care products company, sales of luxury products also drove the revenue growth during the period. Like-for-like sales rose 4.2 percent, with net impact of changes on consolidation at 0.9 percent, the company added. Growth at constant currency exchange rates was at 5.1 percent, with currency changes positively impacting revenue at 2.4 percent.
"L'Oreal First quarter 2017 sales", L'Oréal, April 18, 2017, © L'Oréal
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Eclair Naturals Launches Ad Campaign Highlighting Women's Confidence In Their Skin

April 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Eclair Naturals said it has launched the NeverAny, an integrated advertising campaign created in partnership with MARC USA. According to the hair and body care brand, the campaign features images of women shot by leading international fashion photographer Ruven Afanador. Those images highlight women's confidence in their natural skin, as well as promote awareness about harmful ingredients included in personal care products.
"Éclair Naturals Has Nothing To Hide!", PR Newswire, April 17, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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Procter & Gamble Says To Invest $100 Million In Singapore Digital Innovation Center

April 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it plans to invest $100 million over the coming five years in building its P&G Singapore E-Center, the company’s first digital innovation center outside the US. Highlighting P&G’s commitment to Singapore, the proposed facility will play an important role in the company’s digital innovation efforts covering supply chain management, e-analytics, and e-business. P&G plans to train 40 employees during the center’s first year of operations. Also, the center will help the company expand its partnerships with small and medium enterprises in the country.
Ann Williams, "Procter & Gamble to invest US$100m in Singapore digital innovation centre, its first outside US", Straits Times, April 17, 2017, © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.
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Revlon Appoints Christopher Peterson COO For Operations

April 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Revlon, Inc., said it has appointed Christopher Peterson as chief operating officer for operations. Effective immediately, Peterson’s appointment includes responsibilities for managing the beauty company’s global supply chain, finance, and IT operations. Prior to joining the company, Peterson served in various senior management positions at Ralph Lauren Corporation. He will be reporting to Revlon president and CEO Fabian Garcia.
"Revlon Names Chris Peterson as its Chief Operating Officer, Operations", Revlon, April 17, 2017, © Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
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Amorepacific Grabs 7th Spot On WWD's Beauty Top 100 List

April 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Amorepacific Group said the South Korean beauty company was ranked number 7 on the Women's Wear Daily's Beauty Top 100 list of leading beauty brands. In 2016, the company was ranked 12th on the list. WWD ranks beauty companies based on previous fiscal year's sales. Amorepacific first broke into the list's top 20 in 2007.
"Amorepacific Group Ranks 7th on WWD’s Beauty Top 100", Amorepacific, April 17, 2017, © Amorepacific
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Procter & Gamble Ireland Posts Weaker Profit In 2016

April 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble (Manufacturing) Ireland Ltd. reported pretax profit dropped to €11.7 million in the 12-month period ending June 2016 from €12.4 million in the previous year. Turnover at the company, which had a workforce of 600 people at its Newbridge and Nenagh facilities in 2016, increased slightly from €96.7 million to €97.9 million during the period. In 2016, Procter & Gamble transferred ownership of its Nenagh factory to Coty.
"Profits dip at Irish arm of consumer products group Procter & Gamble", Irish Times, April 14, 2017, © Irish Times
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Kimberly-Clark Names Allgaier Head Of North American Consumer Business

April 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation said it has appointed Larry P. Allgaier as group president of Kimberly-Clark North America. Reporting to company president and chief operating officer Mike Hsu, Allgaier will lead the company's $8-billion consumer business in North America, which includes major brands, such as Huggies, Cottonelle, and Depend. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Allgaier held senior management positions at Mars Inc.
"Kimberly-Clark Names Larry P. Allgaier Group President of its North American Consumer Business", Kimberly-Clark, April 14, 2017, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Dove Launches Baby Dove Baby Personal Care Products In US

April 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Dove launched the Baby Dove range of baby personal care products in the US in April 2017. According to the company, the range comes in two lines: Sensitive Moisture and Rich Moisture. Sensitive Moisture includes hand and face wipes, body lotion, and body wash. In addition to wipes, body lotion, and body wash, Rich Moisture also comes with bar soap and shampoo.
Margie Nanninga , "Dove is the latest brand to enter the baby personal care market", Mintel , April 12, 2017, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Sephora Names TEC Events Manager For Middle East Market

April 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora appointed TEC to manage its marketing and other events across the Middle East. TEC's first assignment was the Middle East Sales, Marketing and Operating Conference held in March 2017 at Le Meridien Al Aqah, Fujairah, UAE.
Charlotte Flach, "Sephora appoints TEC", Conference & Incentive Travel, April 11, 2017, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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L'Oreal Paris Partners With The Glam App To Host The Academy Event

April 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand L'Oreal Paris is working with mobile on-demand beauty service provider The Glam App to help manage the Academy 2017 event involving 1,900 makeup, beauty, and hair stylists. To be hosted by The Glam App co-founder Joey Maalouf, the Academy event will feature famous beauty professionals, such as L'Oreal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John and leading hair stylist Jonathan Colombini. Also, the event will feature a VIP party, which will function as a networking event for stylists sharing tips and trends, and expanding client bases.
"The Glam App Announces Partnership with L’Oréal Paris", Business Wire, April 10, 2017, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Kiko Milano Launches Brazil Business; Opens Two Stores In Sao Paulo

April 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Italian cosmetics brand and retailer Kiko Milano launched its business in Brazil by opening two stores in Sao Paulo. According to the company, it plans to open five more new stores in the country’s capital by the end of 2017. Kiko Milano plans to invest €5 million in the opening of the seven stores in the city, according to Isabel de Almeida, the company’s brand director in Brazil. Legal problems related to importation process forced the company to delay its launch in Brazil, which was previously planned for 2016.
Amanda Veloso, "Kiko Milano Celebrates 20 Years and Adds Brazil to its Global Expansion Strategy", Premium Beauty News, April 11, 2017, © Premium Beauty News
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Procter & Gamble Spends More Than $100 Million To Upgrade Ukraine Factory

April 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it has invested more than $100 million to upgrade its manufacturing plant in Boryspil, Ukraine. According to P&G director general in Ukraine Dmytro Kiselev, the company's total investment in the country has surpassed $300 million. In 2015, the company has installed a non-waste production system at the factory, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017.
"Procter & Gamble Invests Over $100 mln in Modernization of Plant in Boryspil", Open4Business, April 10, 2017, © INTERFAX-UKRAINE
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Coty Gets Rid Of Jennifer Lopez Fragrance Business; Sells License To Designer Parfums

April 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coty said it has agreed to sell the Jennifer Lopez fragrance business license to Designer Parfums. Part of the company’s efforts to divest 6–8 percent of total revenue, the sale highlights Coty’s focus on brands and categories it believes are “best suited” to its strengths and are likely to offer growth opportunities. For its part, Designer Parfums said it plans to expand the brand and focus on expanding presence in Europe, US, Asia, and Middle East markets.
Allison Collins, "Coty Divests Jennifer Lopez Fragrance", Women’s Wear Daily, April 10, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Walgreens Expands Beauty Differentiation Retail Concept

April 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Pharmacy and retail chain Walgreens is expanding its Beauty Differentiation beauty retail format to cover more than 1,000 additional store locations in 2017. According to the company, it is hiring beauty advisors to help support the program expansion. Walgreens said the expansion highlights the company's confidence in the retail concept.
Michael Johnsen, "Beauty format's success behind Walgreens expansion into 1,000 additional stores", Drug Store News, April 07, 2017, © Drug Store News
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L'Oreal Plans Review Of Media Account

April 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal is reportedly planning to review its media account. With an annual budget of $26.2 million, according to Nielsen, the account is currently managed by Carat after winning it in 2013. L’Oreal is holding initial talks with several media agencies regarding media planning and buying.
Arvind Hickman, "L'Oreal Sounding Out Agencies for $30m Media Review", AdNews, April 07, 2017, © Yaffa Media
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Unilever To Sell Its Margarine, Spreads Unit

April 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Like many big food companies, Unilever is struggling to keep with the times, and with evolving consumer tastes, preferences and health concerns. The latest manifestation of the strategic rethinking, revamping, cost-cutting process – spurred by the failed Kraft Heinz takeover bid in February – is its decision to sell its margarine and spreads business for a price upwards of $7.5 billion. In addition to cost cutting, the Anglo-Dutch multinational hopes to buttress returns by implementing a dividend boost and a share buyback. Unilever’s margarine and spread business includes familiar brands Country Crock and I Can’t Believe It’s not Butter. Other companies that have recently announced plans to divest or acquire businesses include Reckitt Benckiser, Danone SA, ConAgra Brands, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., and PepsiCo Inc.  [ Image credit: © Wikipedia  ]
Denise Roland et al., "Unilever Restructures Amid Food Industry Woes", The Wall Street Journal, April 06, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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L'Oreal Professionnel Pakistan Enlists Hareem Farooq As Brand Ambassador

April 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal Professionnel Pakistan has named actress Hareem Farooq as the company’s brand ambassador in the country. Farooq was included in the brand’s It Looks 2016 global campaign. She will also be one of the brand’s spokespersons for the 2017 campaign.
"Hareem revealed as official local spokesperson for L’Oreal Pakistan", DailyTimes, April 06, 2017, © DailyTimes
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Will Costco Put More Energy Into Online Bulk Sales?

April 5, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Costco has for the most part downplayed the e-commerce side of its business while emphasizing store traffic, impulse buying, and a “treasure hunt” atmosphere of constant churning of new products. It’s a strategy that continues to be profitable. But investors and analysts think it’s time the bulk-selling giant adapts to modern times. The logistical technology is certainly available, even for Costco-size shipments. A Costco spokesman says the company has been slow on the uptake “on purpose,” but acknowledges “there are things we can do or should be doing.” Now it may be getting tougher: carriers like UPS and FedEx Corp. are beginning to charge based on package size as well as weight. [ Image credit: © Wikipedia  ]
Sarah Nassauer et al., "Why Costco Loves Store Sales: You Try Shipping a Tub of Mayo", The Wall Street Journal, April 05, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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SC Johnson Greece Awarded Best Workplace for 2017

April 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson Greece was recognized by the Great Place to Work® Institute as among the Best Workplaces for 2017, ranking number one in Commitment to Workplace Excellence for companies with 29 to 40 employees. Last year, SC Johnson landed in the 20th spot in the Institute's 25 World's Best Multinational Workplaces list. The Great Place to Work® Institute determines the ranking based on results of employee opinion survey and other information about company culture, program and policies. Other SC Johnson teams that made it to this year's top list were Venezuela, France, Germany and Poland. Fisk Johnson, Chaiman and CEO of SJ Johnson, congratulated the Greece team for winning the top award and noted that the team "has really embraced the company values with an environment of respect, integrity and trust". [Image credit © Logopedia]
"SC Johnson Greece Named Top 2017 Best Workplace", SC Johnson, April 03, 2017, © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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Rodan & Fields Is Top Skincare Brand In 2016, Euromonitor Says

April 4, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Rodan & Fields, LLC, was named the number 1 skincare brand in the US in 2016, by Euromonitor International Ltd. In 2015, the company was ranked number 6. Also, the company, founded by Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, reported revenue of more than $1 billion in 2016.
"Rodan + Fields Named the #1 Skincare Brand in the U.S.; Announces $1 Billion in Revenue", PR Newswire, April 04, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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IRI Lists Most Successful 2016 CPG Product Debuts

April 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A new report from market researcher IRI lists the consumer packaged goods launches in 2016 that proved to be the big winners out of thousands. The analysis found that eight of ten of the top-ranking products came from small and medium-size manufacturers. They accounted for 64 percent of IRI’s Pacesetter dollar sales. The 200 bestsellers accounted for $5.8 billion. Brand leaders tended to stick to three key principles of innovation – namely, prevention, personalization and “pizzazz.” Quick summary: top ten food and beverage brands: DairyPure, Dunkin' Donuts K-Cups, Not Your Father's Root Beer; non-food brands Flonase, Gillette Fusion ProShield, Garnier SkinActive; and C-store brands: DairyPure, Red Bull Summer Edition, and Quest Bar. [ Dairy Pure products, image credit: © Dean Foods  ]
"New Products Pacesetters: Building Bridges to a Growth–Filled Tomorrow", Report, IRI, April 03, 2017, © IRI
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Sheffield Pharmaceuticals Unveils Premium Line Of Fluoride-Free, Natural Toothpastes

April 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sheffield Pharmaceuticals has introduced the Dr. Sheffield's Premium Natural Toothpaste line of fluoride-free toothpastes. According to the company, the products are made from recipes created by company founder Washington Wentworth Sheffield in 1850. Dr. Sheffield's Premium Natural Toothpastes come in four variants: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Sensitive Care, and Extra Whitening.
"Sheffield Pharmaceuticals Introduces Dr. Sheffield's Premium Natural Toothpaste Line", PR Newswire, April 03, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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FEATURE: Where Now For Unilever? We Lay Out Our Thoughts And Suggested Response To The Humbling Kraft Heinz Bid

April 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The unexpected and deeply unwelcome Kraft Heinz takeover bid shook  Unilever* to its core. Analysts and commentators expected 3G to use Kraft Heinz as a vehicle for further acquisitions in the food space as it pushed to aggressively cut costs across larger businesses, but Unilever was thought to be above the fray.  In a tacit admission of past failure, Unilever convened a hurried review of ways to boost its valuation and in coming days or weeks we’ll see what this holds. Meanwhile, we have clarified our own thinking about how Unilever should move forward as a vibrant independent company that quickly surfaces its underlying value. You can read a summary of our analysis here and contact us if you want further details.
 
*Disclosure: Unilever is a client of ours, as are most of the companies we list as acquisition targets. Also, our newsletters are read by recipients at all companies mentioned in this piece.
 
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Coty, Parfumerie Akzente Present Respective Cases Before Court Of Justice Of European Union

March 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Germany and Parfumerie Akzente have made their oral arguments before the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the beauty brand's lawsuit against the distributor for selling Coty products on the internet. Ongoing for several years now, the case highlights the lack of established rules regarding sales of products via third-party online stores in the EU. Previously, a district court in Frankfurt ruled that a ban on third-party online sales is illegal and restricts competition.
Jennifer Weil, "Coty Germany, Parfümerie Akzente Heard in the EU’s Court of Justice", Women’s Wear Daily, March 30, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Unilever And Lazada Strengthen Alliance For Better Ecommerce In South East Asia

March 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
An end-to-end alliance between Unilever and Lazada is expected to boost eCommerce in South East Asia and provide consumers with a superior online experience. The agreement is expected to push rapid growth in online retail for the region and address challenges such as high cost of product delivery in certain geographic locations. Category development, supply chain, data and marketing, social commerce and talent development are among the top focus areas for Unilever and Lazada to meet their common goal. The alliance builds on the previously launched partnership between Lazada Singapore and Unilever for an exclusive online store that allows buyers to purchase Unilever products. The companies say this is the first cross-functional collaboration for eCommerce in South East Asia and that it sets new standards in customer experience, supply chain and digital marketing.  
"Unilever and Lazada forge first in e-commerce cross-functional alliance", Unilever, March 30, 2017, © Unilever
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Unilever Plans To Spend More On Digital Advertising In UK

March 29, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever UK is reportedly planning to increase its spending on digital advertising, after results of a study revealed the effectiveness of the marketing platform. Data from retailer Sainsbury's Nectar customer loyalty program revealed the platform returned £1.47, or $1.82, for every £1 spent. Also, offline and online sales increased during the six-week campaign.
Helen Leggatt, "Unilever to up digital spend following display ad trial", BizReport, March 29, 2017, © BizReport
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GSK Consumer Nigeria Plans To Focus On Consumer Healthcare Business

March 29, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria PLC said it plans to focus on its over-the-counter, oral healthcare, and pharmaceutical business in the country. According to the company, the move is part of efforts to improve margins and ensure sustainable growth in the country. Although sales dropped 21 percent in 2016 from 2015 levels, the company reported profit after tax for the year grew 335 percent to N4.2 billion, boosted by the divestment of its drinks business.
"GSK Consumer repositions, to focus on consumer healthcare portfolio", The Guardian, March 29, 2017, © Guardian Newspapers
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Kao Receives Highest Rating In Development Bank Of Japan's Employee Health Promotion Program

March 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kao Corporation has received the highest rating from Development Bank of Japan Inc.'s DBJ Employees' Health Management Rated Loan Program. In 2012, when the program was first introduced, Kao won the highest rating for the first time. For its achievement, Kao secured financing with preferential conditions as mandated by the program.
"Kao qualifies for the highest rating in the “DBJ Employees’ Health Management Rated Loan Program” by Development Bank of Japan Inc. for the 2nd time", Kao Corporation, March 28, 2017, © Kao Corporation
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L'Oreal Paris Launches You're Worth It Loyalty Program

March 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal Paris launched its You're Worth It customer loyalty program in March 2017. Loyalty programs, previously seen as limited to prestige beauty brands, now enable mass brands to promote repeat purchases, collect consumer data, and encourage sharing on social media. For example, E.L.F.'s site visits grew 34 percent, while visit duration increased 15 percent after launching its Beauty Squad loyalty program. L2's Data and Targeting in Beauty Loyalty report showed that as more brands implement loyalty programs, their engagement rates remain flat.
Homa Zaryouni, "L’Oreal Paris Becomes Latest Mass Brand to Launch a Loyalty Program", L2 Daily, March 28, 2017, © L2 Inc.
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