International


  • Dr. Straetmans Expands Distribution in Europe

    GERMANY: Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH and Dr. Straetmans GmbH, Hamburg Germany, have inked a distribution partnership for Eastern European countries. Effective Oct. 1, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH, also based in Hamburg, is the exclusive marketi…
    11.17.08

  • Talking Washing Machine to Debut in China

    CHINA: A talking washing machine using voice recognition technology created by Santiaga Technologies Ltd., an Israeli start-up firm, will debut in China in a few months. In an agreement signed in 2007 by Santiaga, Haier Electronics Group Co. Ltd. wil…
    11.17.08

  • ASA Tells Avon To Pull Ad

    UNITED KINGDOM: In early October, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)—an independent body set up by the advertising industry to police the content of advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing in the UK—ordered Avon to ce…
    11.17.08

  • LOral To Sell Wales Site To Fareva

    UNITED KINGDOM: According to a report on WalesOnline, L’Oréal plans to sell its Llantrisant, Wales site to Fareva, a Paris-based beauty products manufacturer. The factory manufactures shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are…
    11.17.08

  • Cussons Readying Website For Imperial Leather Skin Bliss

    UNITED KINGDOM: PZ Cussons is developing a website for its new Imperial Leather Skin Bliss moisturizing shower lotion. Cussons has enlisted Code Computerlove to build the soon-to-launch website, which will be posted at www.skinbliss.co.uk. The Manch…
    11.17.08

  • Sephora Acquires Stake In Russias Ile de Beaut

    RUSSIA: Sephora SA has acquired a 45% stake in the Russian perfumery chain Ile de Beauté, a move that fits well with the retailer’s strategy to expand into markets with strong potential. The accord also gives Sephora the option to becom…
    11.17.08

  • Symrise Sponsors Six Scents To Benefits AIDS Research

    GERMANY: Symrise sponsored the international “Six Scents” project in which six perfumers worked with fashion designers to create exclusive fragrances. The scents will be sold in the world’s most prestigious boutiques and department…
    11.17.08

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    In-Cosmetics India Draws Record Crowd in Mumbai INDIA: In-Cosmetics India 2008, held Sept. 17-18 in Mumbai, recorded its best attendance since its debut two years ago, with 2,418 unique visitors, a 54% increase over 2007. Visitor satisfaction wa…
    11.07.08

  • Pierre Fabre Donates Equity Interest to Fabre Foundation

    FRANCE: In what is being called an effort to secure the long-term independence of Pierre Fabre SA, Pierre Fabre has donated 100% of the equity of Pierre Fabre Participation, a holding company with a 60% share in Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, to the Pier…
    10.07.08

  • Cosmederm Inks Deal with Dr. Reddys

    INDIA: Cosmederm Technologies, a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company, has signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. that gives Dr. Reddy’s exclusive rights to distribute its skin care product…
    10.07.08

  • IBI To Open Glycerin Plant in Brazil

    BRAZIL: Integrated Biodiesel Industries, Ltd. (IBI) has invested $300,000, part of a larger $1 million capitalization effort, in a glycerin processing plant in Brazil. Located in Jau, west of São Paulo, the plant is a shuttered chemical facili…
    10.07.08

  • Murale To Compete with Sephora

    CANADA: Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., Canada’s largest drug store retailer, plans to open the doors of Murale, its new retail shop concept, next month in Ottawa and Montreal. Billed as “distinctive, expressive and highly suggestive of art an…
    10.07.08

  • Kao To Boost Asian Marketing Efforts

    JAPAN: Kao Corp. plans rev up its marketing activities in Asia to increase sales of household goods and cosmetics there by 20% in fiscal 2010. The goal is to increase profitability in the region, which is lower than in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Acco…
    10.07.08

  • Yuskin Sells Skin Care Cream In Iran

    IRAN: Yuskin Pharmaceutical Co. has launched Yuskin A skin care cream in Iran, marking its first foray into the country. The company plans to export the product, which is manufactured at its facility in Yokohama, Japan. Yuskin currently sells product…
    10.07.08

  • Officials Investigate Detergent Ingredient Dumping

    INDONESIA: According to a report in the Jakarta Post, the Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI) is investigating two alleged incidents of illegal importing involving Thai chemical substance producers and Chinese detergent manufacturers. In late Au…
    10.07.08

  • P&G Raises Joy's Wholesale Price 10% in Japan

    JAPAN: Procter & Gamble Japan KK increased wholesale prices of Joy dishwashing detergents by 10%. While some manufacturers have responded to higher costs by selling reduced package sizes at the same price, P&G’s move could prompt the pr…
    10.07.08

  • Utena Embarks on Overseas Sales Effort

    JAPAN: Cosmetic firm Utena plans to sell skin and hair care products in eight foreign markets by the end of its fiscal year (February 2009). The company, which already operates in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong, wil…
    10.07.08

  • Natures Essence Opens Salon Shops

    INDIA: Healthcare and beauty products manufacturer Nature’s Essence plans to open 100 salon/retail centers in India, and franchise 75 of those outlets. At press time, the first three shops were scheduled to open in Delhi.…
    10.07.08

  • 80s Supermodel Helvin Launches At-Home Skin Care Device

    UNITED KINGDOM: Marie Helvin, the 1980s supermodel, brought London’s Oxford Street to halt on Sept. 15 as she put herself on display in a Selfridges’ window to launch Stop, a new at-home skin care device from Ultragen Ltd. The $700 hand-h…
    10.07.08

  • Are Aussie Men Pretty Boys?

    AUSTRALIA: According to report in The Courier-Mail, sales of male cosmetics in Australia topped $34 million last year, with volume up 13.6%. While the majority of the products are basic—moisturizing, sun protection and anti-aging products&mdas…
    10.07.08