International

  • Report Shows Competition In the Grocery Market

    April 3, 2008
    UNITED KINGDOM: A new report from Retail Analysts Verdict Research, part of the Datamonitor Group, reveals that the battle for UK grocery market share has become more intense than ever. Despite the concern that UK shoppers may lack a choice of food r…


  • New Sponge Toothbrush Whitens the Teeth

    April 3, 2008
    JAPAN: Dental care products maker Koeisha & Co. has introduced a sponge brush to whiten teeth, reports Nikkei Weekly, targeting the growing number of consumers who want to keep their teeth as white as possible. The Dental Peeling Sponge is bas…


  • LOral To Acquire CollaGenex

    April 3, 2008
    FRANCE: Galderma Pharma, the pharmaceutical company jointly owned by L’Oréal and Nestlé, has agreed to acquire CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals. The $420 million deal will be made through Galderma's U.S. holding company Galderma Laborat…


  • Ultrasonic Facial Cleanser Hits the Market

    April 3, 2008
    JAPAN: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. plans to market an ultrasonic facial cleaning device, that enables consumers to easily treat sebum-clogged and enlarged skin pores, according to Nikkei Weekly. In addition, it has the capability to restore…


  • Cognis Opens Office in India

    March 4, 2008
    INDIA: Cognis has opened a liaison office in Mumbai, India. According to the company, the office will be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing customers, identifying and initiating new business opportunities, and promoting the Cog…


  • SEPAWA To Award Six Scientists

    March 4, 2008
    GERMANY: The Soap, Perfume and Detergent Experts Association (SEPAWA) is intensifying its commitment to the promotion of junior scientists. Up to five awards will be granted to graduates of technical colleges, and one for an outstanding doctoral diss…


  • Cosmoprof in Brazil Is a Success

    March 4, 2008
    BRAZIL: The first edition of the Cosmoprof Experience, a Cosmoprof project destined to develop in the medium term and to generate the new edition of Cosmoprof Latin America already in 2009, was held on Jan. 8-11 in the framework of the Rio Fashion We…


  • Kao Gains Shelf Space At Major Asian Retailers

    March 4, 2008
    JAPAN: Kao Corporation is joining forces with 25 major retailers in Asia outside Japan, including Indonesia’s Matahari and Malaysia’s Giant. Kao hopes to achieve annual growth of more than 10% in Asian sales and seeks to narrow the lead o…


  • Mens Cosmetics Strong in 2007

    March 4, 2008
    HONG KONG: According to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, at the cosmetics counters in the Dongfang Commercial Building and in the Intime Department Store, a growing range of men’s items are on the shelves, ranging from cologne, shaving…


  • Analysts Warm to Kaos Sales Despite Profit Drop

    March 4, 2008
    JAPAN: Although Kao Corp.’s profit edged down in the April-December term due to higher material costs, analysts are giving a thumbs up to the firm’s solid domestic sales of personal care and consumer goods. Kao reported a 2% year-on-ye…


  • Unilevers Second Rainwater Harvesting Plan in India

    March 4, 2008
    INDIA: Greening Barrens is Hindustan Unilever Ltd.’s new corporate social responsibility program at Mandka Village in Vidarbha, reported The Hindu Business Line. According to the The Hindu Business Line, this is the second rainwater-harvest…


  • Cologne Gains Traction Among Men in Japan

    March 4, 2008
    JAPAN: A Nikkei Weekly point-of-sale (POS) survey shows Unilever’s new brands rank first through third among top 10 bestsellers as young men grow concerned about body odor. While long-established brands tend to be the bestsellers, Unilever Jap…


  • Henkel Aims to Boost Presence in India

    March 4, 2008
    INDIA: Henkel India says its latest initiative, “May I Help You?”, aims to build the brand by making the corporate identity more visible. Trained assistants will aid customers to shop around the store and provide advice on the catego…


  • Shiseido Creates Novel Hyaluronic Acid Molecule

    March 4, 2008
    JAPAN: Shiseido Co. has developed technology for producing hyaluronic acid with less than one-1,000th the molecular weight of conventional products, according to Nikkei Weekly. The supershort hyaluronic acid molecule has two repeats of glucuronic…


  • NHT Holds Ceremony in Taiwan

    March 4, 2008
    TAIWAN: International direct selling company Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHT) held an annual recognition ceremony on Jan. 12 to celebrate last year’s outstanding sales performance. About 600 guests attended this recognition and celebration…