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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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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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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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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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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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South Korean Beauty Brands Eye Faster Expansion In Middle East Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 15, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
China has banned more beauty care products from South Korea. In January 2017, China blocked the import of 19 cosmetics products from South Korea, citing “sanitary issues and other concerns.” Market observers, however, believe China’s action was in retaliation for South Korea’s installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antiballistic missile system. Many of the products on the embargo list are made by smaller cosmetics brands, such as Iaso, Ottie, and Aekyung.
Crystal Tai, "China Increases Its Ban of South Korean Beauty Brands", Women’s Wear Daily, February 15, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Trian Reveals $3.5 Billion Stake In Procter & Gamble; Will Seek Stronger Revenue And Lower Costs

February 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Activist investor Trian Fund Management LP revealed its $3.5 billion stake in Procter & Gamble Co. Described as the investment fund’s largest ever stake in a company, Trian Fund’s position is expected to lead to a presence in the consumer goods company’s board of directors. Although P&G sold 41 of its brands to Coty Inc. for $12.5 billion, the company remains an industry giant valued at $225 billion. Trian Fund is likely to demand for improved revenues and lower operating costs to improve P&G’s shareholder value.
Michael Flaherty, "Trian Takes $3.5 Billion Stake in Procter & Gamble", Reuters, February 14, 2017, © Reuters
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P&G Malaysia Plans Adopting MRC Viewability Standards For Digital Advertising

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
P&G Malaysia is adopting the US-based Media Rating Council's viewability standards for digital media. Also, the company is reviewing agency contracts in view of parent company Procter & Gamble's call for improved transparency rules in digital advertising. According to Nadiah Syed Nahar, P&G Malaysia's communications and government relations manager, the company will adopt the standards despite mixed reactions from local marketers and agencies.
Daljit Dhesi, "P&G Malaysia Backs MRC Viewability Standards", The Star Online, February 13, 2017, © Star Media Group Berhad
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Just For Men Launches Control GX Anti-Gray Shampoo

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Men’s haircare brand Just For Men launched the Control GX shampoo for men. According to the company, the shampoo is designed to gradually reduce gray hair without the need for any “extra steps” in a man’s existing personal care routine. Men can use the product for two weeks to reduce the degree of gray, then use it several times a week in between using their usual shampoo. It features the Control GX formula developed by the company’s in-house team of researchers.
"Just For Men Launches Control GX; The First Shampoo That Gradually and Permanently Reduces Gray", PR Newswire, February 13, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Old Spice Extends Sponsorship Deal With Fishing League Worldwide

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand has renewed its sponsorship deal with the Fishing League Worldwide. As part of the agreement between the brand and the organizer of fishing tournaments, Old Spice will receive exposure at Costa FLW Series, FLW Tour, and Forrest Wood Cup championship events. Also, the brand will be featured on the organization’s website, FLWFishing.com.
"Old Spice Renews FLW Sponsorship", Marketwired , February 13, 2017, © Nasdaq, Inc.
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Dove Men+Care Launches Elements Line Of Skincare And Haircare Products For Men

February 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever’s brand of men’s grooming products Dove Men+Care launched the Elements range of skin and hair care products. Featuring ingredient combinations, such as Minerals and Sage, Charcoal and Clay, and Mineral Powder and Sandalwood, the range continues the brand’s history in “cleansing, moisturizing, and care” of the skin, the company said. As part of the brand’s promotion of the product range, Dove Men+Care is building the Dove Men+Care Elements Treehouse in Tennessee.
"Dove Men+Care Introduces New Elements Range to Bring a Boost of Freshness to Men’s Grooming Routines", Unilever, February 13, 2017, © Unilever
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Reckitt Benckiser Plans To Buy Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC said it plans to buy Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. Total value of the proposed acquisition deal is $17.9 billion, or $90 per share in cash, valuing Mead Johnson’s equity at $16.6 billion. Including Mead Johnson’s net debt, the deal is expected to help RB become a global leader in the consumer health market.
"Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc to Acquire Mead Johnson Nutrition Company", Reckitt Benckiser, February 10, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Target Adds More Brands To Collection Of Natural Beauty Products

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Target is expanding its natural beauty care collections by adding more natural beauty brands, including Alaffia, Little Seed Farm, and Nubian Heritage, to the lineup. With millennial consumers showing preference for healthy and natural beauty options, the retailer seeks to position itself as their first choice for affordable natural beauty products. As part of this initiative, Target aims to achieve full ingredient transparency for beauty, personal care, baby care, and household care products by 2020. Target is requiring suppliers to remove toxic and dangerous ingredients, such as phthalates, propylparaben, and butylparaben, from their products.
Rachel Brown, "Target Boosts Selection of Natural Beauty Products", Women’s Wear Daily, February 10, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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RB Posts Strong Revenue Growth In 2016

February 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser reported like-for-like net revenue grew 3 percent in 2016, compared with the previous year. Total net revenue grew 11 percent, the company said. Adjusted operating margin also rose by 130bps to 28.1 percent, while adjusted net income grew 15 percent. According to the company, ₤367 million were charged in the year for the air freshener issue in South Korea. Reported net income rose 5 percent, while creating free cash flow of ₤2.036 billion, the company said.
"RB Full Year Results 2016 - Solid Growth, Excellent Margin Expansion", Reckitt Benckiser, February 10, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Whitening Toothpastes Do Not Work, Study By Consumer Group Reveals

February 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Whitening toothpastes do not work, according to the consumer organization OCU in Spain. Results of tests conducted by the group on 13 whitening toothpastes revealed five brands whitened teeth by one or two tones, which was not noticeable at all. According to the organization, it is not worth spending money on those toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth. Also, test results showed the brands that whitened teeth slightly are Binaca Blanqueante, Auchan Blancura, and Fluocaril Blanqueador.
"OCU Tests 13 Whitening Toothpastes and Says None of them Work", thinkSPAIN, February 09, 2017, © Think Web Content, S.L.
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Effective Social Media Involvement Of Super Bowl 51 Fans Stretched Ad Dollars

February 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Interactive ad strategy – use of live-streams, paid social advertising, and giveaways – were the hallmarks of successful social media and mobile campaigns for several Super Bowl 51 advertisers. Especially effective was PepsiCo’s Lady Gaga halftime show strategy for its Pepsi Zero soft drink, but Budweiser, casual dining chain Buffalo Wild Wings, and Snickers were also able to stretch their airtime ad dollars using social media. Pepsi sponsored a number of giveaways during the game in which football fans who were social media users could interact with Pepsi sites up to halftime. They were then given a chance to win merchandise by re-posting Pepsi’s tweets.   [ Image credit: © PepsiCo ]
Brielle Jaekel, "How Pepsi was One of Few to Leverage Mobile for Super Bowl LI", Mobile Marketer, February 07, 2017, © Napean LLC
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How Reckitt Benckeiser’s Startling Bid For Mead Johnson Could Pay Off

February 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Health and hygiene products marketer Reckitt Benckeiser’s bid for baby formula company Mead Johnson may be surprising, but it could also be a clever and potentially lucrative acquisition. RB already has a foot in the door of the nutrition business: in 2012 it purchased Schiff Nutrition (marketer of vitamin brands like MegaRed). And, according to U.K.-based investment firm Dividend Drive, there just aren’t any juicy acquisitions to be made in over-the-counter consumer healthcare. But the primary attraction of Mead Johnson is the fact that both companies have a strong presence in developing markets, particularly Asia and Latin America. Mead Johnson’s specialty – baby formula – is positioned for strong growth in Asia. [ Image credit: © Preston Smalley ]
Dividend Drive, "Mead Johnson And Reckitt Benckiser: A Surprising Yet Inspired Bid From The British Consumer Giant?", Seeking Alpha, February 06, 2017, © Seeking Alpha
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P&G Plans R&D Center For Gillette Brand In England

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it plans to build a research and development center for its Gillette brand of shaving products. Part of the company’s expansion of the Reading Gillette Innovation Centre in Reading, England, the proposed facility is set for approval by the Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee on February 8, 2017. [ Image credit: © Gillette Co. ]
Barrett J. Brunsman, "P&G to build research & development center", bizjournals.com, February 03, 2017, © American City Business Journals
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Clorox Posts Strong Sales Growth In 2Q Of FY 2017

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Clorox Co. sales grew five percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016.. Sales volume grew eight percent during the period, while diluted EPS were $1.14, the company said. Foreign currency exchange rates lowered earnings by two points. Excluding currency effects, sales grew six percent during the quarter. [ Image credit: © Elana Centor ]
"Clorox Reports Q2 Fiscal Year 2017 Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook Behind Strong Sales Growth", Clorox, February 03, 2017, © The Clorox Company
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Unilever Adds Leadership And Business Skills Duties To Global Learning Director's Role

February 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has expanded the role of the company’s Singapore-based global learning director, Betty Lau. Effective January 2017, Lau’s responsibilities will include overseeing Unilever’s leadership and business skills programs. At present, she manages training, coaching, and mentoring programs at the company’s Four Acres Singapore facility.
Laura Fransen, "Up the ranks: Betty Lau is Unilever’s global learning director, leadership & business skills", humanresourcesonline.net, February 03, 2017, © humanresourcesonline.net
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L'Oreal Eyes Bigger Spending On Digital Marketing

February 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty brand L’Oreal plans to increase its spending on digital marketing, according to the company’s chief digital officer, Lubomira Rochet. Digital spending accounted for 30 percent of the company’s total media spending in the first half of 2016 and is forecast to rise in 2017, Rochet said. Rochet also said that the company is adopting a marketing strategy based on the idea that consumers are influenced by a range of ways.
Simon Gwynn, "L'Oréal Commits to More Digital Marketing Spend", Campaign, February 02, 2017, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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Sephora Launches Email Campaign Designed To Gather Consumer Data And Offer Product Recommendations

February 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Sephora launched an email marketing campaign that suggests skincare products based on the results of a designed-for-mobile quiz. Created to help the beauty retailer gather consumer data, the email campaign encourages consumers to answer questions about their skin. Using a mobile device or desktop computer, users who have received an email message from the company can access the quiz to look at products recommended by experts.
Brielle Jaekel, "Sephora Clears Up Skincare-Product Choices with New Method of Recommendations", Mobile Marketer, February 02, 2017, © Napean LLC
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Gillette Signs Up As Sponsor Of League Of Legends Event In Poland

January 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Men's grooming brand Gillette said it has agreed to sponsor the League Of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, an eSports event, in Katowice, Poland. Also, the company recruited electronic sports player xPeke as its latest global brand ambassador. During the event, Gillette will offer players and fans the chance to customize their Gillette razor handles, using 3D printing at its RZR MKR Design Studio.
"Gillette Enters eSports Through Global Partnership with ESL as Sponsor of the League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice 2017", Procter & Gamble, January 31, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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E-Retailers And CPG Manufacturers Need To Prepare For Strong Growth Now

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
E-commerce today accounts for only a small portion of consumer packaged goods (CPG) sales, with the food and beverage sector lagging somewhat behind non-food. But both sectors are set for strong growth, according to IRI. Over the next five years, CPG e-commerce will average 10 percent of industrywide sales. Digital is expected to play a major role in influencing that sales growth, and will drive as much as 77 percent of all retail sales generally, representing about $2 trillion. E-retailers are rapidly laying the groundwork for growth, with Amazon leading the way. Meanwhile, CPG manufacturers could grow online sales by up to 150 percent by building a strong online presence and earning shopper awareness. [ Image credit: © Jason Howie  ]
"Build, Drive and Earn E-commerce Growth for Retail Success", Report, IRI Worldwide, January 24, 2017, © IRI Worldwide
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Dove Hair Introduces DermaCare Scalp Series Line Of Haircare Products

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Dove Hair brand introduced the Dove DermaCare Scalp Series line of haircare products for women. Featuring the Pure Daily Care 2in1 and Shampoo, Invigorating Mint 2in1 and Shampoo and Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo and Conditioner, the collection is designed to help achieve dandruff-free, nourished, smooth, and manageable hair strands, the company said. Beginning in January 2017, the haircare product will be available at mass, food, and drug retailers across the country.
"Dove Introduces DermaCare Scalp Series for 100% Flake Free* and Nourished Hair", PR Newswire, January 24, 2017, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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PZ Cussons Posts Lower Profit In November 2016 Half

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PZ Cussons PLC reported profit before tax and exceptionals dropped slightly to ₤40.2 million for the six-month period ending November 30, 2016, compared with ₤42.1 million in the previous period. Despite a difficult macro-economic environment in Nigeria, the company's largest market, brand shares maintained or grew in all major markets and categories, the company said. Also, the company announced interim dividend rose 2.3 percent at 2.67p per share.
"PZ Cussons Interim Announcement of Results for the Half Year to 30 November 2016", PZ Cussons, January 24, 2017, © PZ Cussons
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RB Malaysia Awards Media Account To Local Optimedia Unit

January 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia awarded its media account to Optimedia Malaysia for the year 2017. RB Malaysia marketing director Tiffany Tang said the company chose Optimedia for its strong emphasis on ROI with regards to media planning and optimization. IPG used to handle the media account.
Vivienne Tay, "Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia shifts account from IPG", Marketing-Interactive.com, January 24, 2017, © Marketing-Interactive.com
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Procter & Gamble Reports Net Sales Unchanged In FY 1Q 2017

January 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company reported net sales remained unchanged at $16.9 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Organic sales rose 2 percent, with organic sales and organic volume rising in all of the company's five business segments. Diluted net earnings per share rose 157 percent to $2.88, compared with the previous year, including a $1.95 per share gain from the sale of beauty brands to Coty. Operating cash flow for the quarter was $3 billion, with adjusted free cash flow productivity at 82 percent.
"P&G Announces Second Quarter Earnings", Procter & Gamble, January 20, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Head & Shoulders Introduces Shampoo Bottle Made From Recycled Plastic

January 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said its Head & Shoulders haircare brand will start using a recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic. Developed in partnership with recycling firms TerraCycle and SUEZ, the shampoo bottle will be launched in France in summer 2017 as a limited-edition Head & Shoulders packaging exclusive to Carrefour customers. Also, P&G said that by end of 2018, in Europe, more than 500 million bottles per year will include as much as 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
"P&G’s Head & Shoulders Creates World’s First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic", Procter & Gamble, January 19, 2017, © Procter & Gamble
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Dove Hair China Launches Online Campaign Calling On Women To Be Proud Of Hairstyle

January 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's Dove Hair China brand launched its “My hair: It has to be my way” online campaign in the country. Featuring various women of different ages and highlighting the brand's “Real beauty by real women” brand slogan, the campaign seeks to empower women to remain true to themselves by coming out with their individual choice of hairstyle. Developed by Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai, the campaign includes an online movie, social media content, and follow-up videos featuring Chinese women sharing their hairstyle stories.
Inti Tam, "Dove Encourages Women to Wear Their Hair with Pride", Marketing-Interactive, January 18, 2017, © marketing-interactive.com by Lighthouse Independent Media
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Kao Likely To See 10-Percent Profit Boost In 2016, Analysts Say

January 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Kao is expected to have raised its group operating profit 10 percent to approximately 190 billion yen, or $1.66 billion, in 2016. Earlier, the company has projected operating profit to reach 184 billion yen for the year, with sales expected to have reached about 1.55 trillion yen. Sales were driven by the growing number of households in the country.
"Kao seen boosting profit 10% for 2016", Nikkei, January 17, 2017, © Nikkei Inc.
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Alpecin Launches Retail And Online Channels In China

January 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Dr. Wolff is now selling its Alpecin line of shampoos in China. According to the company, it entered the China market in April 2016 to help ease Alpecin shortages in Germany and provide Chinese consumers with convenient and safe channel for buying the anti-hairloss shampoos. Alpecin products are available in more than 2,000 Watsons stores across the country, as well as on e-commerce site Tmall.
"Alpecin Opens Official Retail Channel in China Helping to Cool Down Massive Product Demand from Chinese Cross-Border Shoppers in Germany", PR Newswire, January 17, 2017, © PR Newswire
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Aquafresh Marketing Claims Misleading, Advertising Standards Authority Says

January 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Aquafresh has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to stop claiming that its Aquafresh Complete Care protects teeth better than other brands do. Colgate-Palmolive filed the complaint against the marketing claims made by Aquafresh in an advertising campaign and on packaging, which claimed the product offered “24-hour sugar acid protection. Aquafresh admitted its product had no “unique ingredients” but claimed its advertisements made no “unsubstantiated claims.”
Roxanne Henderson , "Aquafresh and Colgate go head to head in ad war", HeraldLIVE, January 16, 2017, © HeraldLIVE
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Unilever To Use 100% Recyclable Plastic Packaging By 2025

January 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said all of its plastic packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. In the next three years, Unilever will be reducing the weight of its plastic packaging by 30%, a commitment given under its Sustainable Living Plan.  The company also announced it has renewed its membership to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and will continue supporting the New Plastics Economy Initiative as part of its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal 12 that focus on sustainable consumption and production. Unilever CEO Paul Polman called on the consumer goods industry to move towards a circular economy. Polman said the industry needs to do much more to help make sure plastic is managed responsibly and efficiently post-consumer use. According to EMF, only 14% of plastic packaging used globally is recycled, while 40% ends up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems. [Image credit © Nick White]
"Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025", Unilever, January 14, 2017, © Unilever
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Unilever Indonesia Unveils Smaller Capex For 2017

January 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia announced its plan to spend €115 million, or $120 million, to expand its factories in 2017. In 2016, the company spent Rp 2 trillion, or $150 million, an amount 20 percent higher than the 2017 figure, because the company needed to relocate to a larger headquarters. Unilever Indonesia operates nine factories across the country.
"Unilever Indonesia Cuts Capex for 2017", Jakarta Globe, January 12, 2017, © Jakarta Globe
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Target Launches Haircare Product Range Developed By Celebrity Stylist Kristin Ess

January 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Target will launch Kristin Ess Hair, a line of haircare products developed by celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess on January 5, 2017. Featuring 15 products, the range includes styling powder and a reconstructive mask, with prices ranging from $10 to $14. As part of the company's efforts to promote the product launch, Target will launch a related social media campaign.
Faye Brookman, "Target Taps Social Star for Hair-Care Collection", Women’s Wear Daily, January 11, 2017, © Penske Media Corporation
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Amorepacific Joins Alshaya Group To Expand Middle East Operations

January 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
South Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific Group partnered with local retailer Alshaya Group to expand its business operations in the Middle East. With the Middle Eastern cosmetics market forecast to expand at a CAGR of 15 percent from $18 billion in 2015 to $36 billion in 2020, Amorepacific plans to open its first Etude House store in Dubai in the second half of 2017. Amorepacific has invested years in developing “regional expertise” in the Middle East by appointing regional experts, called Hyecho, to major urban areas in the region, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Teheran.
"Amorepacific Group Expands to Middle East Market", Amorepacific, January 11, 2017, © Amorepacific
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L'Oreal Buys Skincare Brands From Valeant

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal SA has agreed to acquire the skincare brands CeraVe, AcneFree, and Ambi from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Worth more than $1.3 billion in cash, the deal covers the brands, which account for $168 million in combined annual revenue. Aside from supporting L'Oreal's fastest-growing businesses, the acquisition of Valeant's skincare brands is also expected to help the company expand its US operations.
Andrea Felsted, "L'Oreal's Pricey Problem Solvers", Bloomberg Gadfly, January 10, 2017, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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Coty Partners With Online Social Selling Platform Younique

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coty Inc. said it has partnered with Younique, an online peer-to-peer social selling platform focused on the beauty market. As part of the agreement between the companies, Coty plans to purchase a 60-percent stake in Younique, with the online company's founders holding on to the remaining 40 percent. Also, Younique founder and CEO Derek Maxfield and chief visionary officer Melanie Huscroft will stay on in their leadership roles.
"Coty to Enter Into Partnership With Younique, a Leading Online Peer-to-Peer Social Selling Platform in Beauty", Coty, January 10, 2017, © Coty Inc.
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New Skin Nourishment Range From Burt's Bees With Royal Jelly

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Burt’s Bees natural skincare brand is introducing a new Skin Nourishment range for the face, containing vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. The range also contains royal jelly, which is produced by honeybees to feed the queen, and cleanses, hydrates and softens the skin. The products will be available in the natural grocery, drug, gift and specialty store channels as well as select mass retailers, including Target and Walmart. [ Image credit: © Cadalpe ]
"Burt’s Bees Debuts Royal Jelly Skin Care", Happi, January 10, 2017, © Rodman Media
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Shiseido Americas Names Papazian GM Of Laura Mercier Business

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Americas Corporation said it has named Alexandra Papazian as general manager of it Laura Mercier business. Effective March 1, 2017, Papazian will be based in New York and will be responsible for creating and implementing the overall strategy for the business in the US and overseas markets. She will also manage the brand's expanded marketing efforts, product development, digital marketing, and overseas expansion.
Jadzia Zielinski Tirsch, "Adding Multimedia Shiseido Americas Announces Appointment of Alexandra Papazian as General Manager of Laura Mercier", Business Wire, January 10, 2017, © Business Wire, Inc.
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L'Oréal To Buy Three Skincare Brands From Valeant

January 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal is continuing its run of acquisitions into 2017, signing an agreement to acquire three US-based skincare brands from Valeant for US$1.3 billion. Founded in 20015, CeraVe is a fast-growing skincare brand that offers skin cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and baby products through drug stores, mass and beauty retailers, as well as online. AcneFree offers over-the-counter treatments for acne. Ambi’s skincare products treat dark spots and brighten skin. Combined sales are some US$170 million. L'Oréal USA says that the three brands are founded on relationships with health professionals and will nearly double sales for the Active Cosmetics Division. [ Image credit: © Sandro Hyams ]
"L'Oreal signs agreement with Valeant to acquire CeraVe and two other brands", L'Oréal, January 10, 2017, © L'Oréal
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