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September 18, 2012

Housewares have moved beyond the Christmas selling season at drug stores. The products are becoming a year-round category for the channel as drug chains find ways to tie in kitchen items, tabletop accessories and appliances to key selling seasons.

Housewares have moved beyond the Christmas selling season at drug stores. The products are becoming a year-round category for the channel as drug chains find ways to tie in kitchen items, tabletop accessories and appliances to key selling seasons.

September 18, 2012

The saturated oral care segment is benefiting — and is poised to continue to benefit — from toothpastes that promise to deliver value-added benefits.


The saturated oral care segment is benefiting — and is poised to continue to benefit — from toothpastes that promise to deliver value-added benefits.


Once again, those toothpastes that promise to offer such value-added benefits as relieving tooth sensitivity and whitening teeth experienced the greatest lift and, judging in part by the slew of new product launches, that trend will likely continue.


September 18, 2012

The hair care segment has lost some of its luster. However, manufacturers of ethnic hair care products have been working feverishly to bring greater innovation to 
the market. 


The hair care segment has lost some of its luster. However, manufacturers of ethnic hair care products have been working feverishly to bring greater innovation to 
the market. 


According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of hair styling gel/mousse slipped about 1.5% during the 12 weeks ended July 8 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). During the same period, sales of women’s hair coloring dropped 4.6%, and hair relaxer kits were 
down 12.5%. The double-digit drop in hair relaxer kits comes as little surprise as many ethnic beauty shoppers are choosing to 
go natural.


August 22, 2012

Acne is the most common skin disorder within the United States, impacting millions of Americans and paving the way for researchers to feverishly develop new therapies and revamp existing treatment options at retail.

Acne is the most common skin disorder within the United States, impacting millions of Americans and paving the way for researchers to feverishly develop new therapies and revamp existing treatment options at retail.

While acne usually begins in puberty, the reality is that it is not restricted to any age group. Even adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s can develop acne.

August 22, 2012

Cleaning the face of makeup, dirt and other impurities in the morning and night is clearly an important part of a healthy skin care routine, and manufacturers continue to answer the call with products that promise to deliver even greater results.

Cleaning the face of makeup, dirt and other impurities in the morning and night is clearly an important part of a healthy skin care routine, and manufacturers continue to answer the call with products that promise to deliver even greater results.

According to the most recent 52-week data from Chicago-based market research firm SymphonyIRI Group, sales of facial cleansers rose nearly 6% to about $635 million.

Manufacturers continue to innovate in an effort to further grow sales and capture greater market share.

August 20, 2012

Snacking is no longer limited to between-meal munching. “The food culture is changing, and snacking occasions are much broader,” said Blaine Becker, a representative for The Hartman Group.

Snacking is no longer limited to between-meal munching. “The food culture is changing, and snacking occasions are much broader,” said Blaine Becker, a representative for The Hartman Group. Becker said consumers are snacking more frequently during the day and often are reaching for more substantial, healthier snacks.

Research from The Hartman Group indicated that for millennial consumers, the lines between meals have blurred, and “three squares” a day are being replaced by smaller, more frequent meals.

August 17, 2012

The slew of new facial anti-aging products hitting the mass market shows little signs of slowing — despite the lackluster category sales — as manufacturers feverishly work to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and bank on consumers’ undying desire to turn back the hands of time.


The slew of new facial anti-aging products hitting the mass market shows little signs of slowing — despite the lackluster category sales — as manufacturers feverishly work to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and bank on consumers’ undying desire to turn back the hands of time.


According to SymphonyIRI Group data, sales of facial anti-aging products slipped 0.8% to just shy of $800 million at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 52 weeks ended July 8.


August 17, 2012

Carma Labs last month celebrated its 75th year of distributing its lip balm to a rabid fan base, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joining in on the company’s anniversary celebrations.

Carma Labs last month celebrated its 75th year of distributing its lip balm to a rabid fan base, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joining in on the company’s anniversary celebrations. Carma Labs was founded by Alfred Woelbing in 1937 — who sold the lip balm from the trunk of his car in the Chicago area. Today the company is a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated business that currently is run by grandsons Paul and 
Eric Woelbing.


August 17, 2012

Kraft’s Honey Maid brand has launched Grahamfuls, a line of filled graham crackers. The new snack comes in three flavors: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, and Banana Vanilla Crème.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Kraft’s Honey Maid brand has launched Grahamfuls, a line of filled graham crackers. The new snack comes in three flavors: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, and Banana Vanilla Crème. Honey Maid Grahamfuls are made with honey and 100% whole grain, offering 10 g of whole grain per serving. They do not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavorings and are a good source of calcium. Suggested retail for a box of eight individually wrapped Grahamfuls is $4.19.

August 17, 2012

While SoloHealth is placing advanced healthcare technology in stores, Ford Motor Co. recently announced that it is introducing healthcare technology into cars with IMS Health’s Allergy Alert app, now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink.

While SoloHealth is placing advanced healthcare technology in stores, Ford Motor Co. recently announced that it is introducing healthcare technology into cars with IMS Health’s Allergy Alert app, now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink. The in-dash access to the Allergy Alert app gives drivers a safe way to check the potential for scratchy eyes, sore throats and runny noses while on the go.


August 17, 2012

Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec OTC still is the best-selling antacid on the market, with more than $252.7 million in annual sales for the 52 weeks ended July 8 across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), followed by fellow proton-pump inhibitor Novartis’ Prevacid 24HR ($104.1 million).


Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec OTC still is the best-selling antacid on the market, with more than $252.7 million in annual sales for the 52 weeks ended July 8 across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), followed by fellow proton-pump inhibitor Novartis’ Prevacid 24HR ($104.1 million).


Both of those antacid heavy hitters are losing dollar share to their generic-
equivalent competitors, however, leaving GlaxoSmithKline’s venerable Tums brand as the largest growth brand within antacids ($91.3 million in sales, up 2.5%).


August 17, 2012

The U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox: It’s the most expensive system in the world, and yet it produces among the worst results among developed countries.

The U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox: It’s the most expensive system in the world, and yet it produces among the worst results among developed countries. According to the most recent report from the National Health Expenditure Accounts, spending on health care reached $2.6 trillion in 2010, or more than $8,400 per person and around 18% of the country’s gross domestic product.


August 17, 2012

With summer officially under way, it comes as little surprise that sales of sun care products rose during the most recent 12 weeks available from SymphonyIRI Group.

With summer officially under way, it comes as little surprise that sales of sun care products rose during the most recent 12 weeks available from SymphonyIRI Group. Product innovation and greater consumer education on how to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays also helped fuel growth.


According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of suntan lotions and oils rose more than 2% to $388.67 million during the 12 weeks ended July 8 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


 

 

August 17, 2012

The recent launch of a number of new probiotic products from several large suppliers should be a boon to the popular digestive-support supplement.

The recent launch of a number of new probiotic products from several large suppliers should be a boon to the popular digestive-support supplement, sales of which were up 16.5% to $169.2 million for the 52 weeks ended July 8 across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group data.


August 17, 2012

At-home gel manicure system Red Carpet Manicure has unveiled new limited-edition nail art kits, which hit Ulta Beauty stores this summer and will launch nationally in the fall.

SUPPLIER NEWS — At-home gel manicure system Red Carpet Manicure has unveiled new limited-edition nail art kits, which hit Ulta Beauty stores this summer and will launch nationally in the fall. There are three kits available — Tips and Tricks, French Manicure, and Gems and Jewels — which provide users with the necessary tools to get creative and customize their manicured nails. A QR code on the packaging directs consumers to Red Carpet Manicure’s video website for more information and tips.


August 17, 2012

The maker of Splenda has introduced a new zero-calorie sweetener. McNeil Nutritionals said Nectresse, made from monk fruit extract, is 100% natural.

SUPPLIER NEWS — The maker of Splenda has introduced a new zero-calorie sweetener. McNeil Nutritionals said Nectresse, made from monk fruit extract, is 100% natural. As part of the product launch, the brand has tapped journalist Lisa Ling to serve as its spokeswoman. Nectresse sweetener is available in both single-serve packets (40 servings) and canisters (140 servings) for suggested retail prices of $3.99 and $6.99, respectively.


August 17, 2012

Energizer is showcasing the company’s new Light Fusion Technology line.

SUPPLIER NEWS — Energizer is showcasing the company’s new Light Fusion Technology line. Sparked by consumer demand for more versatility, flexibility, durability and overall performance from their flashlights and lanterns, Light Fusion Technology lights transmit light throughout slim acrylic panels manufactured through a laser-etching process. The result is clean, uniform light and a more compact form for easier packing and carrying, Energizer said.

August 17, 2012

SoloHealth recently announced a new relationship with WellPoint to help provide consumers with convenient access to information about their health and wellness through the next-
generation SoloHealth Station consumer kiosks.


SoloHealth recently announced a new relationship with WellPoint to help provide consumers with convenient access to information about their health and wellness through the next-
generation SoloHealth Station consumer kiosks.


The news comes on the heels of SoloHealth Station’s recent Food and Drug Administration approval in June, as well as its announcement of an aggressive rollout to retail locations nationwide to begin this fall.


August 17, 2012

Sport and energy drinks are the hot spots of the beverage category. The sport segment, powered by such low-calorie products as PepsiCo’s Gatorade G2 and Coca-Cola’s Powerade Zero, has continued to register double-digit sales increases.


Sport and energy drinks are the hot spots of the beverage category. The sport segment, powered by such low-calorie products as PepsiCo’s Gatorade G2 and Coca-Cola’s Powerade Zero, has continued to register double-digit sales increases.


Energy drinks also continue to deliver double-digit sales jumps fueled by consumers eternally in search of a jump-start. Category leader Red Bull is closely followed by Monster Energy, which is pumping innovative new products into the category.


 

 

August 17, 2012

Showing up on CVS shelves is Mission’s Maximum Strength Muscle Rub touting its “athlete-engineered, arnica enriched” formulation.

Showing up on CVS shelves is Mission’s Maximum Strength Muscle Rub touting its “athlete-engineered, arnica enriched” formulation. The new external analgesic rub joins a category that is trending up 3% to $70.4 million in sales across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 52 weeks ended July 8, according to SymphonyIRI Group data. 


August 17, 2012

The September 2012 issue of Consumer Reports revealed that the dietary supplement industry still has a tough road to hoe in distancing responsible players in the nutritional sector from those purveyors of illegally marketed drugs and other quackery products. 


The September 2012 issue of Consumer Reports revealed that the dietary supplement industry still has a tough road to hoe in distancing responsible players in the nutritional sector from those purveyors of illegally marketed drugs and other quackery products. 


August 17, 2012

The pet category remains strong. The American Pet Products Association expected that consumers will spend $52.87 billion on their pets this year.

The pet category remains strong. The American Pet Products Association expected that consumers will spend $52.87 billion on their pets this year. About $12.56 billion of that will be spent on supplies and over-the-counter products.


Bob Vetere, president of the organization, said the category’s next big area will be health-related products, treats and foods. “We are keeping our pets longer and are looking to keep them healthier right from the beginning,” he said.

 

 

July 31, 2012

Sales of sauces and marinades has been robust as consumers prepare more meals at home. A recent SymphonyIRI MarketPulse survey found that 63% of consumers eat out less frequently today than they did before the economic downturn began.

Sales of sauces and marinades has been robust as consumers prepare more meals at home. A recent SymphonyIRI MarketPulse survey found that 63% of consumers eat out less frequently today than they did before the economic downturn began.

July 31, 2012

Jarden Corp., a Germany-based condom manufacturer, will be attempting to carve out a space in mass retail with a grassroots marketing effort targeting college-age men with a message that its Billy Boy brand of condoms is not only fun, but it’s the “better built” condom.

Jarden Corp., a Germany-based condom manufacturer, will be attempting to carve out a space in mass retail with a grassroots marketing effort targeting college-age men with a message that its Billy Boy brand of condoms is not only fun, but it’s the “better built” condom.

July 31, 2012

Impulse purchases are a big part of the electronic accessories segment for the drug channel.

Impulse purchases are a big part of the electronic accessories segment for the drug channel. Drug stores see strongest sales in such commodity items as blister-packed cameras and camcorders, personal music players, headphones, iPod docks and blank media, according to TWICE’s Alan Wolf. A recent TWICE Top 100 Report said CVS and Walgreens saw a slight decrease in consumer electronics sales in 2011, while Rite Aid category sales were up nearly 6%.