Content about North America

April 15, 2014

L’Oréal Paris has released first-quarter sales results, which were hampered, in part, by sluggish trends in North America’s mass-market channel during the first few months of the year.

PARIS — L’Oréal Paris has released first-quarter sales results, which were hampered, in part, by sluggish trends in North America’s mass-market channel during the first few months of the year.

Total group sales for the quarter were €5.64 billion, down 2.2% compared with the year-ago period. On a like-for-like basis, sales rose 3.5%.

March 28, 2014

Novo Nordisk on Friday launched "Cities Changing Diabetes," a new partnership program to fight the urban diabetes challenge.

BAGSVAERD, Denmark — Novo Nordisk on Friday launched "Cities Changing Diabetes," a new partnership program to fight the urban diabetes challenge. The "Cities Changing Diabetes"program will first be launched in Mexico City, with other cities in North America, Europe and Asia soon to follow.

March 26, 2014

Celebrity beauty licensing company Boldface Group has named former Smashbox executive John LaBonty as president and CEO.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Celebrity beauty licensing company Boldface Group has named former Smashbox executive John LaBonty as president and CEO.

March 19, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday awarded the Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award to George Quesnelle, former president, North America, Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, during the association’s Annual Executive Conference.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday awarded the Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award to George Quesnelle, former president, North America, Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, during the association’s Annual Executive Conference. 

March 14, 2014

McKesson Specialty Health has announced that its Reimbursement, Access and Safety Services Solution Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., was certified as a Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by BenchmarkPortal.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — McKesson Specialty Health has announced that its Reimbursement, Access and Safety Services Solution Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., was certified as a Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by BenchmarkPortal.

Out of thousands of call centers and all industry segments in North America, the McKesson Specialty Health Solution Center was recognized as a top 100 call center and as a top 10 center in the large-size category for 2013.

March 10, 2014

Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.

March 5, 2014

Merz North America on Tuesday announced the appointment of Gregory Bass as VP managed markets.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Merz North America on Tuesday announced the appointment of Gregory Bass as VP managed markets. In this role, Bass will primarily be responsible for developing Merz's North American market access and reimbursement strategy to enhance patient access to Merz prescription products. Bass will join Merz's North America leadership team and will report directly to Bill Humphries, president and CEO of Merz North America.

February 19, 2014

Big Heart Pet Brands on Wednesday announced its launch as the largest standalone pet food-and-snack company in North America. The creation of Big Heart Pet Brands comes on the heels of the company's sale of its consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Limited, which closed on Feb. 18, 2014.

SAN FRANCISCO — Big Heart Pet Brands on Wednesday announced its launch as the largest standalone pet food-and-snack company in North America. The creation of Big Heart Pet Brands comes on the heels of the company's sale of its consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Limited, which closed on Feb. 18, 2014.

The new name mirrors the company's focus on the pet products market. Big Heart Pet Brands will continue to deliver such brands as Milk Bone, Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits and Nature's Recipe, among others.

February 13, 2014

Merz North America recently launched Mederma PM, a new one-of-a-kind scar cream formulated to work at night, when skin naturally regenerates faster.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Merz North America recently launched Mederma PM, a new one-of-a-kind scar cream formulated to work at night, when skin naturally regenerates faster.  

Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream is formulated to complement this nighttime activity with Tripeptol, a skin-nourishing complex with peptides, collagen and antioxidants to promote healthy-looking skin and help skin fight free radical damage. 

February 12, 2014

FBCx, the patented ingredient in the weight-management aid Calorease, was featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" Feb. 7, noted Soho Flordis International.

LAS VEGAS — FBCx, the patented ingredient in the weight-management aid Calorease, was featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" Feb. 7, noted Soho Flordis International.  

“Calorease will transform the diet industry,” stated Jeff McHarg, general manager SFI North America. “This revolutionary dietary supplement is a naturally sourced plant fiber offering all of the benefits of weight management without the messy side effects.”

February 7, 2014

The Estée Lauder Cos., whose brands include Aveda, Bumble and bumble, American Beauty, Flirt! and M·A·C Cosmetics, has announced the appointment of Guillaume Jesel to the newly created position of SVP/general manager, Global Corporate Innovation.

NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos., whose brands include Aveda, Bumble and bumble, American Beauty, Flirt! and M·A·C Cosmetics, has announced the appointment of Guillaume Jesel to the newly created position of SVP/general manager, Global Corporate Innovation.

February 6, 2014

Sunsweet, a marketer of dried fruits and fruit juices, is introducing new Greek Style PlumSweets, which combines the chewy center of the company's line of diced dried plums with a creamy Greek yogurt coating.

YUBA CITY, Calif. — Sunsweet, a marketer of dried fruits and fruit juices, is introducing new Greek Style PlumSweets, which combines the chewy center of the company's line of diced dried plums with a creamy Greek yogurt coating.

January 29, 2014

Global consumer confidence held steady at an index of 94 for three consecutive quarters, ending 2013 one point higher than it started and three points higher than the same time period the previous year, according to consumer confidence findings released by Nielsen.

NEW YORK — Global consumer confidence held steady at an index of 94 for three consecutive quarters, ending 2013 one point higher than it started and three points higher than the same period the previous year, according to consumer confidence findings released Wednesday by Nielsen.

December 26, 2013

Mars will launch a new M&M flavor in May, M&M’s Brand Birthday Cake Chocolate Candies.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars will launch a new M&M flavor in May, M&M’s Brand Birthday Cake Chocolate Candies. The flavor “symbolizes family celebrations, so we think it’s a great fit with our M&M’s brand,” said Larry Lupo, Mars Chocolate North America’s VP sales for convenience and drug channels. The milk chocolate infused with birthday cake flavored candies will be available in a 1.4-oz. single pack for $1.09 and an 8-oz. stand-up-pouch for $2.99.

December 16, 2013

More Americans now say they are loosening the purse strings in advance of the holiday season, and fewer say they are tightening their belts, according to a recent survey.

NEW YORK — More Americans now say they are loosening the purse strings in advance of the holiday season, and fewer say they are tightening their belts, according to a recent Citi national survey released Monday. Only 35% said they would be spending less than last year, reflecting the lowest level of holiday budget cutbacks since the financial crisis. As many as 63% of Americans plan to spend more (11%) or the same (52%) on holiday shopping this year.

December 5, 2013

GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand.

NEW YORK — GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand. For example, while both Generations X and Y value a product’s functionality, Gen Y also cares strongly about a brand’s image and notoriety. 

December 3, 2013

Mars is introducing a flurry of new chocolate treats for the holiday season to accompany its traditional festive offerings.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — 'Tis the season for chocolate and Mars is introducing a flurry of new treats for the holidays to accompany its traditional festive offerings.  

October 31, 2013

Proctor & Gamble will expand its partnership with the American Red Cross by joining the Disaster Responder Program.

CINCINNATI — Proctor & Gamble will expand its partnership with the American Red Cross by joining the Disaster Responder Program, which will help ensure an immediate response to those affected by disasters nationwide.

October 28, 2013

Mass merchandise chain Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel vehicle fleets in North America, the company said Monday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mass merchandise chain Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel vehicle fleets in North America, the company said Monday.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, which runs 203 stores in the Midwest and Kentucky, said its fleet used various technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 60%. The company, which has 170 semi trucks, said its fleet was the first in North America to implement the federal clean emissions standards that feature near-zero emissions technology.

October 25, 2013

Guiding Stars really works. That’s the finding of an independent study that examined the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program at more than 100 Hannaford grocery stores.

PORTLAND, Maine — Guiding Stars really works. That’s the finding of an independent study that examined the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program at more than 100 Hannaford grocery stores.

According to the study, which focused on ready-to-eat cereals, the program influences grocery shoppers' selections and significantly increases demand for products that are rated more nutritious, at the expense of those that are not. The findings were published in the journal Food Policy.

October 16, 2013

Candy maker Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new set of planning tools to help retailers develop their marketing strategies and build chocolate sales, the company said.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Candy maker Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new set of planning tools to help retailers develop their marketing strategies and build chocolate sales, the company said.

The new resources include the 2014 Moments Calendar Video, year-long display programs, a convenience channel 2014 Planning Toolkit, a revamped Mars24seven.com and the Performance Plus Rewards Program.

October 9, 2013

In order to win in today’s shopper environment, retailers and suppliers need to approach marketing programs in a whole different way — together. It all comes down to two key words: shared media.

CHICAGO — In order to win in today’s shopper environment, retailers and suppliers need to approach marketing programs in a whole different way — together. It all comes down to two key words: shared media.

October 2, 2013

A new line of candies from Mars Chocolate North America includes several flavors to coincide with Halloween.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — A new line of candies from Mars Chocolate North America includes several flavors to coincide with Halloween.

The candy maker announced the release of its latest line, which includes Snickers peanut butter pumpkin-based singles, as well as jack-o-lantern-shaped Snickers-brand pumpkin, available in two packs. The company is also releasing a new large variety bag of Snickers Fun Size canned, available in Snickers Original, Almond and Peanut Butter Squared bars.

October 1, 2013

There’s a new way to think outside of the box — by placing both the retailer and supplier in the same marketing sandbox in an effort to generate collaborative marketing campaigns. In other words, “Shared Media.”

CHICAGO — There’s a new way to think outside of the box — by placing both the retailer and supplier in the same marketing sandbox in an effort to generate collaborative marketing campaigns. In other words, “Shared Media.”

September 30, 2013

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and the National Hockey League on Monday announced Advil as the Official Partner and the Official Pain Reliever of the NHL and the 30 NHL athletic trainers in North America for the 2013-14 season.

NEW YORK — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and the National Hockey League on Monday announced Advil as the Official Partner and the Official Pain Reliever of the NHL and the 30 NHL athletic trainers in North America for the 2013-14 season. Under the agreement, Advil is also an Official Partner and the Official Pain Reliever of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.