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January 3, 2012

It was a nail-biter of a holiday season for fragrance and, while SymphonyIRI numbers showed a decline in fragrance at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 12 weeks ended Nov. 6, the sales within the prestige channel have been on the rise in 2011.

It was a nail-biter of a holiday season for fragrance and, while SymphonyIRI numbers showed a decline in fragrance at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 12 weeks ended Nov. 6, the sales within the prestige channel have been on the rise in 2011. This is good news because it illustrates that consumers are showing increased interest and affinity for fragrance. 


January 3, 2012

While the need for weight loss is year-round in a country where 1-out-of-every-3 adults is considered obese, the business of weight loss still is seasonal. The first few weeks of January see a spike from the guilt-laden who had over-indulged during much of the holidays.

While the need for weight loss is year-round in a country where 1-out-of-every-3 adults is considered obese, the business of weight loss still is seasonal. The first few weeks of January see a spike from the guilt-laden who had over-indulged during much of the holidays. That demand peters off slightly until just before bikini season in the spring. 


January 3, 2012

The recession has taken a toll on the pet category, according to some companies. A recent report from Cascadia Capital revealed that 35% of consumers said they curtailed pet expenditures in 2011 due to the economy.

The recession has taken a toll on the pet category, according to some companies. A recent report from Cascadia Capital revealed that 35% of consumers said they curtailed pet expenditures in 2011 due to the economy. Spending on pets is expected to hit the $50 billion mark in 2011, an increase of 5% over 2010, according to the American Pet Products Association. Packaged Facts predicted that the industry will grow 5.9% in 2012.


January 3, 2012

Whether it’s creating beachy waves, sexy curls or modern ponytails, women aren’t shying away from styling their best fashion accessory: hair. 


Whether it’s creating beachy waves, sexy curls or modern ponytails, women aren’t shying away from styling their best fashion accessory: hair. 


Sales of styling products are on the upswing, according to the data provided by SymphonyIRI. The market research firm reported that for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 27 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), sales of hair spray/spritz rose just shy of 1% to about $418.8 million, while sales of hair-styling gel/mousse rose 1.8% to about $642.7 million.


December 12, 2011

With a new CEO at the helm and a revamped line of hair care products, ethnic beauty brand Dr. Miracle’s had a lot to celebrate during its stylish bash at the Sky Room in New York City in November.

With a new CEO at the helm and a revamped line of hair care products, ethnic beauty brand Dr. Miracle’s had a lot to celebrate during its stylish bash at the Sky Room in New York City in November.

Beauty press and bloggers were among those who gathered at the chic rooftop lounge on Nov. 9 to celebrate the product relaunch and take in the city view.

December 12, 2011

Beauty market research company the NPD Group recently reported that total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were on the rise during the first 10 months of 2011, and gift sets proved to be no exception.

Beauty market research company the NPD Group recently reported that total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were on the rise during the first 10 months of 2011, and gift sets proved to be no exception.

Between January and October, total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were $2.8 million, an increase of 8% in dollars compared with the same time last year. All prestige segments saw dollar growth.

December 12, 2011

Skin care brands that contain such ingredients as shea butter, olive oil and tea tree oil could be missing an opportunity among ethnic consumers, according to research company Mintel.

Skin care brands that contain such ingredients as shea butter, olive oil and tea tree oil could be missing an opportunity among ethnic consumers, according to research company Mintel.

December 5, 2011

Alkaline batteries are showing tepid growth, and experts expect sales to plunge as much as 3% as fierce competition among manufacturers continues to pressure pricing. More devices are using built-in rechargeable battery systems — another trend hurting primary battery sales.


Alkaline batteries are showing tepid growth, and experts expect sales to plunge as much as 3% as fierce competition among manufacturers continues to pressure pricing. More devices are using built-in rechargeable battery systems — another trend hurting primary battery sales.


December 5, 2011

Sales of carbonated beverages remain stagnant, but sales of energy drinks, sports drinks and functional waters have seen gains over the last quarter. Sales of ready-to-drink tea and yogurt drinks and smoothies also are segments showing promise.


Sales of carbonated beverages remain stagnant, but sales of energy drinks, sports drinks and functional waters have seen gains over the last quarter. Sales of ready-to-drink tea and yogurt drinks and smoothies also are segments showing promise.


Consumers have a bottomless appetite for energy drinks; the segment has had double-digit growth quarter after quarter. Low-calorie options sparked renewed interest in sports drinks.


December 5, 2011

The holidays stand as prime time heartburn season with Thanksgiving dinners and holiday get-togethers on the calendar. And that doesn’t even cover the obligatory holiday fruitcakes.


The holidays stand as prime time heartburn season with Thanksgiving dinners and holiday get-togethers on the calendar. And that doesn’t even cover the obligatory holiday fruitcakes.


December 5, 2011

With consumers eating more meals at home, frozen food sales are soaring. Packaged Facts predicted the frozen food category will grow to $70 billion in 2015, an increase of $14.1 billion (or 25%) over 2010.

With consumers eating more meals at home, frozen food sales are soaring. Packaged Facts predicted the frozen food category will grow to $70 billion in 2015, an increase of $14.1 billion (or 25%) over 2010. According to a recent study from the market research firm, 72% of consumers said they purchased frozen prepared food.

December 5, 2011

Fragrance sales appear to be on the rise, and the outlook looks especially positive with the gifting season upon us.


Fragrance sales appear to be on the rise, and the outlook looks especially positive with the gifting season upon us.


According to a recent report by market research firm Mintel, drug store sales of fragrances are projected to grow by 1.1% in 2011 to reach $509 million — the first growth of this kind since the start of the recession.


December 5, 2011

Recent research indicates that there is a growing natural hair trend among African-American women in the United States, with a shift from relaxed to natural becoming so common that it has sparked growth of those hair care products that help hair “transition.”


Recent research indicates that there is a growing natural hair trend among African-American women in the United States, with a shift from relaxed to natural becoming so common that it has sparked growth of those hair care products that help hair “transition.”


The trend is evident in looking at sales of hair relaxer kits at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of hair relaxer kits slipped more than 7% for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 30.


December 5, 2011

Texting and social media have not killed the traditional greeting card business.

Texting and social media have not killed the traditional greeting card business. “Facebook has caused most people to acknowledge more birthdays than ever before, but they aren’t sending fewer cards as a result,” said Susan January, president of the Greeting Card Association and VP of Leanin’ Tree Cards.

December 5, 2011

Safe and effective. Those are the selling points that homeopathy has been emphasizing with mass consumers, and it’s working. Sales of homeopathic products as measured by SPINSscan across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) were up 16%, reaching a sales base of $126.1 million.

Safe and effective. Those are the selling points that homeopathy has been emphasizing with mass consumers, and it’s working. Sales of homeopathic products as measured by SPINSscan across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) were up 16%, reaching a sales base of $126.1 million. That’s 2.5 times larger than the natural channel, where consumers actually place the fact that a medicine is homeopathic higher up on their 
decision matrix.


December 5, 2011

One of the factors behind the success of homeopathy in mass retail is social media, both by way of Facebook and mommy bloggers.


One of the factors behind the success of homeopathy in mass retail is social media, both by way of Facebook and mommy bloggers.


“We’ve always relied on word-of-mouth,” noted Alissa Gould, Boiron public relations manager. The average Oscillococcinum user told nine friends. “Now social media exponentially increases that word of mouth,” Gould said. Boiron recently has launched Facebook pages across its brand portfolio.


November 14, 2011

At least that’s largely the thinking behind the new “Guy Aisle” prototype that Procter & Gamble created within a CVS/pharmacy store in Charlotte, N.C.

At least that’s largely the thinking behind the new “Guy Aisle” prototype that Procter & Gamble created within a CVS/pharmacy store in Charlotte, N.C.

Unveiled in September, the new CVS/pharmacy men’s grooming section features products specifically designed for him, including Gillette, Old Spice and Head & Shoulders.

“Men are buyers, not shoppers,” stated Michael Norton, director of external relations for male grooming at Gillette, which is owned by P&G.

November 14, 2011

The hair coloring segment is experiencing growth, albeit modest growth, as men look to turn back the hands of time.

The hair coloring segment is experiencing growth, albeit modest growth, as men look to turn back the hands of time.

According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, sales of men’s hair coloring rose 0.31% to $140.6 million for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). The biggest gainer, according to the data: Irene Gari Cover Your Gray for Men, which experienced a sales boost of nearly 72%.

November 14, 2011

Consumers still are watching their dollars, as evidenced by solid sales of private-label facial cleansers; however, product innovation also is helping to drive growth among the branded products.

Consumers still are watching their dollars, as evidenced by solid sales of private-label facial cleansers; however, product innovation also is helping to drive growth among the branded products.

According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of private-label products took the lead for the 12 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).

November 14, 2011

Research by Euromonitor International has suggested that an improving economy, combined with product innovation, has prompted upper-income shoppers to return to department store beauty counters for premium skin care products.

Research by Euromonitor International has suggested that an improving economy, combined with product innovation, has prompted upper-income shoppers to return to department store beauty counters for premium skin care products. Meanwhile, many in the lower income segments continued to struggle with high unemployment rates and rising gas prices, reducing their spending power for mass market skin care products. Judging by the numbers, that just might be the case.

November 14, 2011

While sales of shaving cream — which research has shown to have a relatively high level of penetration among men — have experienced single-
digit growth, sales of razors climbed more than 13%.

While sales of shaving cream — which research has shown to have a relatively high level of penetration among men — have experienced single-
digit growth, sales of razors climbed more than 13%.

According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of shaving cream rose 3.43% to $282.38 million during the 52 weeks ended Oct. 2 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). During that same period, sales of razors rose 13.5% to $282.4 million.

November 14, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association in October released results from a survey of more than 800 independent community pharmacists about the negative consequences for their patients and their businesses if diabetes testing supplies under Medicare Part B are subjected to competitive bidding prices.

Diabetes has always been a core competency for independent pharmacy operators. To that end, the National Community Pharmacists Association in October released results from a survey of more than 800 independent community pharmacists about the negative consequences for their patients and their businesses if diabetes testing supplies under Medicare Part B are subjected to competitive bidding prices.

November 7, 2011

The heat is on in the snack food aisle. “A lot of growth in the category is coming from more flavorful offerings, particularly in the chip category,” said Chris Clark, a spokesman for the Snack Food Association.

The heat is on in the snack food aisle. “A lot of growth in the category is coming from more flavorful offerings, particularly in the chip category,” said Chris Clark, a spokesman for the Snack Food Association. “Manufacturers have been expanding their offerings in the area so that one manufacturer has not just one, but ten barbecue chip flavors.”

November 7, 2011

The economy has caused consumers to eat at home more frequently. Products that make food prep easier are more popular than ever with consumers.

The economy has caused consumers to eat at home more frequently. Products that make food prep easier are more popular than ever with consumers.

A recent study from Mintel International revealed that U.S. retail sales of cooking sauces and marinades saw a 20% spike between 2005 and 2010. Sales of the products are expected to increase by another 19% by 2015.

Ethnic sauces, barbecue sauces and refrigerated/frozen sauces are among the most popular.

 

November 7, 2011

The fourth quarter is always the busiest season for As Seen on TV products. Products in the $9.99 to $19.99 range are expected to generate the most movement in the drug channel.

The fourth quarter is always the busiest season for As Seen on TV products. Products in the $9.99 to $19.99 range are expected to generate the most movement in the drug channel.

Jordan Pine, president of SciMark Corp. anticipated solid sales in comfort products (Ahh Bra, Miracle Socks), restoration products (Furniture Fix repair system, Flex Seal liquid rubber) and trend products (Snap-On Feathers).