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Procter & Gamble Donates $10,000 To ASU's Sustainability Project

March 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble donated $10,000 to the Albany State University's Global Sustainability Project. Focusing on efforts worldwide to promote energy sustainability, the project highlights careers in mass communications that are related to global sustainability, such as environmental journalism. According to associate professor Jianchuan Zhou, the program also offers students the opportunity to study abroad and witness sustainability efforts in other countries.
Zachary Logan, "P&G Helps ASU Students Learn About Sustainability", WALB News, March 23, 2017, © WALB/ Raycom Media
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Target Will Start Selling Honest Beauty Products

March 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Target said it plans to start selling Honest Beauty personal care and beauty products at 800 of its stores across the U.S. and through its target.com online store. Manufactured by The Honest Company, Honest Beauty products are marketed as derived from safe and botanical ingredients and producing “effective results.” Honest Beauty products fit Target's “better for you” collection of safe and effective brands and will be available starting March 26, 2017.
Faye Brookman, "Target Adds Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty to Its Expanding Assortment", Women’s Wear Daily, March 22, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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SC Johnson France Wins 2017 Best Workplace Award

March 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson said its SC Johnson France unit has been chosen as a 2017 Best Workplace in the country by the Great Place to Work Institute. According to the company, SC Johnson France was ranked 45th among the companies included on the list. Also, the company has earned 12 points on the Great Place to Work Institute’s annual Trust Index assessment.
"SC Johnson France Named a 2017 Best Workplace", SC Johnson, March 22, 2017, © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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L'Oreal Paris Unveils Charities-Focused Customer Loyalty Program

March 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal Paris launched its Worth It Rewards customer loyalty program. Covering the company's four product categories, cosmetics, hair color, hair care, and skin care, the program offers rewards for customers for their purchases and provides them opportunities to do acts of philanthropy. Also, shoppers can donate rewards points to the charities preferred by the brand's Women of Worth awardees. Consumers can join the loyalty program by visiting the company's website.
"L'Oreal Paris Launches Its Largest Loyalty Rewards Program", PR Newswire, March 21, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Chanel Launches Instagram Campaign For Coco Mademoiselle Fragrance Brand

March 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
French beauty brand Chanel launched a marketing campaign on social media site Instagram for its Coco Mademoiselle brand of fragrances. As part of the campaign, Chanel's official Instagram account shared an image with three different ad photographs. Followers need to click on the tags to unveil the full images and see the different aspects of the brand.
Brielle Jaekel, "Chanel Plays Coy on Instagram with Interactive Photo Reveal", Luxury Daily, March 21, 2017, © Mobile Commerce Daily
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Unilever Works With Kenya Dental Association To Launch Campaign Promoting Oral Care For Children

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever joined forces with the Kenya Dental Association to launch a public education campaign promoting oral hygiene in the country. Aimed at school children, the program seeks to help deal with oral care problems affecting the country's children. Data from the Kenya National Oral Health Survey of 2015 revealed 70.2 percent of children do not have regular dental checkups.
Cynthia Nyabola, "Unilever Targets Youth in New Oral Hygiene Drive", Citizen Digital, March 20, 2017, © Citizen Digital
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Avon SVP General Counsel Benjamin Retires

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Avon Products, Inc., said Jeff Benjamin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, is retiring from the company. Benjamin joined Avon in 2012, following a 40-year career, 37 of which were spent at Novartis. He will remain with the company until his successor is named.
"Jeff Benjamin to retire as Avon's General Counsel", PR Newswire, March 20, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Procter & Gamble Sues Ranir For Alleged Patent Infringement

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Ranir has infringed on its patented tooth-whitening strips technology. According to P&G, Ranir manufactures its own version of the company's tooth-whitening products and sell them through Walmart, Kroger, and maybe other retailers. P&G's lawsuit focuses on Ranir products packaged for sale under many store brands, such as Kroger's private label and the Equate private-label brand in Walmart stores.
Barrett J. Brunsman , "P&G sues competitor for ‘flagrant act of piracy’", Cincinnati Business Courier, March 20, 2017, © American City Business Journals
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Unilever's Indonesia Unit Posts Strong Net Growth In 2016

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PT Unilever Indonesia reported net profit rose 9.2 percent to Rp 6.39 trillion, or $479.7 million, in 2016, compared with the previous year. Net sales jumped almost 10 percent to Rp 40.05 trillion from the previous year's Rp 36.48 trillion. Cost of goods sold increased almost 10 percent year on year to Rp 19.59 trillion.
Prima Wirayani, "Amid Weak People's Purchasing Power, Unilever Reaped Rp 6.39t Profit Last Year", Jakarta Post, March 20, 2017, © PT. Niskala Media Tenggara
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Signal Toothpaste Launch Initiatives To Change People's Brushing Behavior

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In celebration of the World Oral Health Day on March 20, 2017, Signal launched a new initiative to make people to brush their teeth day and night. Doing this night and day with fluoride toothpaste would cut the incidence of cavities by 90%, a goal Signal sees as its mission. Departing from the usual mass events, Signal has taken a more personal approach to reach kids and parents using Facebook Messenger. The campaign, Little Brush Big Brush, is designed to help the company connect with individual families in a close, personal way and trigger behavior change. As poor oral health continue to affect almost all adults and up to 90% of children worldwide, Signal is focusing on using digital technology to make connections with consumers and make them start the journey to better oral health care.  Child and adult vloggers and influencers have been invited to join the campaign. This initiative runs alongside the long-running campaigns of Signal in schools which have reached 75 million children and its partnership with the World Dental Health association. [Image credit © Unilever]
"How Brushing Day and Night Can Improve Your Life", Unilever, March 20, 2017, © Unilever
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Unilever Australia And New Zealand CMO Leaves Company

March 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's chief marketing officer, John Broome, is leaving the company. Broome's resignation follows Unilever's move to eliminate the CMO role in its local business units. Previously CMO of Kellogg, Broome has been Unilever's marketing chief for the past 13 months.
Rosie Baker, "Unilever Axes CMO Role, John Broome Exits", AdNews, March 20, 2017, © Yaffa Media
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Unilever Plans Sale Of Brands To Appease Angry Shareholders

March 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it plans to sell a number of brands worth a total of at least ₤6 billion. Part of the company's efforts to placate shareholders frustrated with the company's rejection of Kraft Heinz's $143-billion takeover bid, the proposed sale will be followed by a range of cost-cutting and restructuring measures. While company CEO Paul Polman does not want to split the company into its food and personal care businesses, he is seen willing to get rid of under-performing brands.
Peter Evans and Daniel Dunkley, "Unilever lines up £6bn sale of Flora and Stork", The Sunday Times, March 19, 2017, © Times Newspapers Limited
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Honest Company Names Clorox COO Vlahos CEO

March 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer products maker Honest Company appointed Clorox chief operating officer Nick Vlahos as CEO. Also named to Honest's board of directors, Vlahos replaces Brian Lee, who co-founded the company with actress Jessica Alba. Lee will stay on as member of the board and will serve as an advisor.
John Kell, "Honest Co. Replaces CEO with Clorox Veteran", Fortune, March 17, 2017, © Time Inc.
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Unilever Singapore, Mediacorp OOH Media Join Forces To Create Interactive Marketing Display For New Dove Body Wash

March 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Singapore partnered with Mediacorp OOH Media to put up an interactive marketing display at the entrance of the Orchard Gateway shopping location. Aimed at promoting the launch of the company’s new Dove Oxygen Moisture Body Wash, the “extivation” display combined an “outdoor mini experiential zone” with the media agency’s OOH Media outdoor digital display. Also, the display included a shower and portable sinks, as well as a digital counter that monitored the number of consumers who tried and liked the product.
"Mediacorp OOH Media and Dove Collaborate to Create Full Sensory Experience", Marketing Interactive, March 17, 2017, © Marketing Interactive
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Unilever Shareholders Wanted Talks With Kraft Heinz, Survey Reveals

March 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever should have negotiated with Kraft Heinz instead of abruptly rejecting its $143 billion takeover bid, according to 53 percent of Unilever shareholders surveyed by stock brokerage firm Bernstein. Among shareholders who favored negotiations, the majority wanted a 40-percent premium to Unilever's share price, instead of the 18 percent offered by Kraft Heinz. Kraft Heinz promptly withdrew its offer following its rejection by Unilever.
Scheherazade Daneshkhu, "Unilever investors favoured talks with Kraft Heinz", The Financial Times, March 16, 2017, © The Financial Times Limited
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Ulta Beauty Offers Growth Opportunities For Personal Care And Beauty Brands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
SkinCeuticals announced the launch of H.A. Intensifier, a corrective hyaluronic acid serum designed to deal with signs of aging caused by the decline and degradation of natural hyaluronic acid in skin. H.A. Intensifier comes with 10 percent concentration of Proxylane, a proprietary ingredient, created to help support hyaluronic acid levels and improve skin firmness by maintaining the strength of the skin’s matrix. It also comes with 2.0 percent Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and 0.2 percent Purple Rice Extract, the company says help maintain the skin’s hyaluronic acid content.
"SkinCeuticals Announces the Launch of a New Corrective Serum", PR Newswire, February 15, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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China Bans More Beauty Products From South Korea

February 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
China has banned more beauty care products from South Korea. In January 2017, China blocked the import of 19 cosmetics products from South Korea, citing “sanitary issues and other concerns.” Market observers, however, believe China’s action was in retaliation for South Korea’s installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antiballistic missile system. Many of the products on the embargo list are made by smaller cosmetics brands, such as Iaso, Ottie, and Aekyung.
Crystal Tai, "China Increases Its Ban of South Korean Beauty Brands", Women’s Wear Daily, February 15, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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