Hong-Kong based AS Watson, part of the Hutchinson Whampoa group, is
continuing its march into the European health and beauty retail
sector with the acquisition of Portegies Drugstore in the
Netherlands, reports Simon Pitman.
Burke International, the company that has held the trademark for
the name 'rooibos' since 1994, has informed the US Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) of its voluntary surrender of the mark,
meaning that other companies...
US-based Rohm and Haas says that it now has worldwide approval for
its key preservative Neolone. Simon Pitman reports on an
ingredient that is being billed as a viable option to the often
controversial parabens family.
With increasing evidence that more and more consumers are plucking
for luxury cosmetic brands on both sides of the Atlantic, a recent
report points out that, despite the twinned growth, the each
markets has very distinct characterteristics,...
The growth of the Australian cosmetics and toiletries industry has
dipped for a second year in a row, mirroring growth in the general
economy and the slower retail environment. But with income levels
still high the latest market report...
The Australian Tea Tree Industry (ATTI)says it is confident that it
can convince EU authorities over the safety of tea tree oil for use
in cosmetics products. The announcement comes following a European
Commission report asking for...
Brazilian cosmetics and personal care company Beraca Ingredients
has launched a new line of active ingredients sourced primarily
from the Brazilian rainforests and said to be completely natural,
reports Simon Pitman.
Mirroring the extraordinary growth of the organic food market, the
cosmetics market now looks set to undergo a similar revolution,
with the latest report suggesting that the UK and the US markets
are now the most advanced.
CCL Industries, a global packaging and labelling provider, has
completed the sale of its North American CCL Custom Manufacturing
Division to KCP Income Fund for approximately Cdn $273 million. The
move marks the company's move...
Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchinson Whampoa has made a £221.9
million offer for the Merchant Retail Group, a UK specialist
perfume retailer. The deal will see AS Watson, Hutchinson Whampoa's
retail division, take on one of...
The latest group of product launches from Mintel's GNPD testify to
the growing range of skin care products relying on natural
ingredients that include minerals and vitamins in the fight to
maintain healthy and wrinkle-free skin,...
French cosmetics giant L'Oréal has signed an agreement to acquire
SkinCeuticals, a cosmeceuticals skin care company based in the US,
a move that will see the business expanded into the international
market, reports Simon Pitman.
The European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (Colipa)
published its annual financial review of retail sales prices for
the industry, showing that in 2004 overall growth rates continued
to fall in Western Europe, whereas...
With the latest market survey revealing that more than 70 per cent
of Britons do not know what the UV index represents for weather
forecasts, aims to harmonise and simplify the present SPF standard
for sunscreen products are now all...
Schroeder & Tremayne has updated its Crayola children's foaming
hand and soap packaging, two years after it was first introduced.
The new packaging aims to give the product more appeal by making it
interactive, reports Simon...
Swedish direct sales cosmetics company Oriflame has increased its
expenditure on software for its supply chain. The investment
centres on its new business in China, which is due to be
inaugurated at the end of the year, reports Simon...
Tapping into fast-growing sales revenue from its websites, the Body
Shop has made a significant investment in software designed to
increase the efficiency and sales options available for on-line
transactions, reports Simon Pitman.
The maker of the Nivea brand has announced first quarter sales
broadly in line with the previous quarter, but a small increase in
profits helped the company to achieve a respectable bottom line,
reports Simon Pitman.
Avon has announced a significant increase in its first quarterly
sales, leading to an even bigger jump in net profits. Although the
UK market registered a slump in sales, it was the central and
eastern Europe markets where extraordinary...
UK-based Body Shop has upped its expectations for the coming
financial year on the back of full-year results revealing a trading
come-back. Growth had come on a global basis thanks to a successful
investment programme to enhance the...
Nevada-based Bio-Vel Technologies says it has launched the first
anti-aging skin care system designed and marketed exclusively for
men onto the US market. The range includes a number of innovative
ingredients aimed at tapping into...
Despite global sales rising 9.5 per cent Colgate-Palmolive has
reported an 11 per cent drop in net profits for its first quarter
results. However, the company said that increased advertising
expenditure had managed to ensure sales...
Quest International has extended its portfolio of natural actives
for skin and haircare, with the launch of two new Indian-sourced
ingredients. Actisculpt is a herbal blend body sculpting
ingredient, while Karanja oil is aimed at...
Sabinsa has launched a new Coffee Bean Extract, which the company
claims has significantly higher anti-oxidant properties than other
similar ingredients on the market - a move that could prove
particularly good news for anti-aging...
US-owned AXM Pharma has signed two distribution agreements for its
Whispers feminine hygiene products, marking the company's continued
expansion onto the fast-growing China market. Following on from its
domestic ambitions, the...
Herbalife has launched NouriFusion MultiVitamin Skin Care - a
vitamin-enriched skin care range fortified with vitamins A, C and
E. Simultaneously unveiled on the European, North American and
Asian markets, the product is characteristic...
L'Oreal chief executive says that the company's strong performance
in the US market is being overshadowed by sluggish sales in Europe.
Meanwhile the company's continued focus on the China market is
market by a major...
Direct sales player Oriflame has announced a significant drop in
its first quarterly profits despite a healthy increase in sales.
The results reflect last year's IPO and refinancing expenses,
reports Simon Pitman.
Kimberly-Clark says it is combining its North Atlantic Personal
Care and Family Care businesses into a single organization under
the leadership of Steve Kalmanson. The announcement comes off the
back of a strong set of financial results...
Now that the doors have been shut on last week's show in Berlin,
the hard work begins with new orders and contacts being rolled out
at a pace. Equally for the organisors the work is already well
under way for next year's...
In the battle to prevent the signs of skin aging a digital
high-resolution imaging technology is becoming the preferred choice
for many beauty salons. Visia Complexion Analysis can be used to
predict how the skin will age in the future,...
Essentially New Zealand says it has been 'overwhelmed' by the
response to the active ingredient Totarol, which it showcased at
last week's In-Cosmetics show. Its natural antibacterial properties
have already proved...
Japanese textiles and cosmetics group giant Kanebo has admitted to
inflating profits by about $2 billion over the five-year period to
March 2003, in what could be Japan's largest accounting fraud
involving a non-financial firm.
The European Union has cleared the acquisition of France-based
Marionnaud Parfumerieries by AS Watson, part of Hong Kong
conglomorate Hutchinson Whampoa. The deal wins the group a
controlling stake in Marionnaud, reports Simon Pitman.
Italian company Unifill, a manufacturer of vertical thermoform,
fill andseal machines for monodose plastic packs for the food,
pharmaceutical,cosmetics and personal care industries, will be
displaying upgraded and new models at the...
Alcan is to sell its European aluminum tubes business operationsto
its current management team and 21 Centrale Partners, an investment
fund specialised in high-potential mid-size industrial companies,
reports Simon Pitman.
Cognis Care Chemicals has reported a stronger financial performance
in 2004 thanks in part to a restructuring of the division. The
results helped the privately-owned German group to reduce its debts
by more than half compared to the...
US-based Helix BioMedix and American Global Health Group (AGHG)
have signed a license agreement for the inclusion of certain Helix
peptide technology for AGHG skin care products that are presently
under development and expected to...
Beiersdorf has reported flat financial results following what the
Germany-based skin specialist described as a difficult year for
trading as the domestic market continued to prove particularly
challenging. However, the company says...
Amway has broken into the Russian market in a bid to tap into huge
consumer growth. The direct sales company is aiming to establish a
sales force for its range of cosmetics and household products from
centres based in Moscow and Nizhni...