International

  • Neolone Preservative Approved in Europe

    December 9, 2005
    EUROPE: Rohm and Haas Company announced that methylisothiazolinone, the key ingredient in its Neolone preservatives, has been approved by the European authorities. Methylisothiazolinone is approved for leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic applications at…


  • Banga Steps Down as HLL Chairman

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: Manvinder Singh Vindi Banga resigned as chairman of Hindustan Lever after presiding over a large-scale restructuring that saw the company slash the number of brands and shed businesses to grow in a competitive market. Harish Manwani is the new…


  • Project Launched to Confuse Mosquitoes, Control Malaria

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: A five-year, $8.5 million dollar research project, designed to substantially reduce the spread of malaria by redirecting mosquitoes with odor cues, is being undertaken by an international team of scientists including John Carls…


  • Body Shop To Open in Moscow

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: Skin-care giant The Body Shop is planning to open its first Russian store by the end of the year, the company said. Riding the wave of three years of strong consumer sector growth, the British retailer is set to move into the lucrative marke…


  • Beiersdorf To Take Control of Nivea in India

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: German parent Beiersdorf is taking control of its Nivea brand in India, discontinuing its 40-year brand licensing agreement with JL Morrison (JLM). Starting in January 2006, JLM will only contract manufacture and distribute Nivea. Beiersdorf…


  • Gillette Campaign Achieves Results in the Middle East

    December 9, 2005
    DUBAI: Gillette Middle East and Africa reported that its “Bend it Like Beckham” consumer campaign has achieved impressive business results for Gillette and partners in the region. The “consumer retention rate” (the ratio of p…


  • Rohm and Haas Breaks Ground for Chinese R&D

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Rohm and Haas Company broke ground for its new China Research and Development Center in Shanghai in June. Located on 33,000 square meters (over eight acres) in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area, the facility will serve as the co…


  • Beauty Bars All the Rage in Paris

    December 9, 2005
    PARIS: Shu Uemera and Frederic Fekkai have recently opened on-the-go service stations offering quick-fix treatments and advice in Paris. Retailers believe the concept provides added customer appeal. “It’s a real trend,” declared S…


  • Playtex To Close Canadian Packaging Plant

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Playtex Products Inc. said it plans to shut down a Canada-based packaging plant by the first quarter of 2006 and shift glove production to Malaysia. About 85 employees will be affected by the plant closure and realignment, Playtex said. The…


  • Colgate Will Not Recall Toothpaste in China

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Toothpaste producer Colgate said it would not recall its products amid reports in the Chinese media that its toothpaste contained a chemical that might cause cancer under certain conditions. Colgate-Palmolive (Guangzhou) Co. issued a statement…


  • Dutch Cosmetics Association Reports Slight Growth in 2004

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Cosmetics Association (NCV) reported that in 2004, the Dutch cosmetics market showed a slight growth of 0.4%. Retail sales totaled almost $2.8 billion. Per capita spending in 2004 was $168.…


  • Himalaya Drug Launches Herbal Baby Care Products in Oman

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: The Himalaya Drug Company launched a range of herbal baby products for consumers in Oman. Himalaya’s herbal-based products have been specially formulated to meet the growing requirement for delicate baby care products. The products are b…


  • Hair Dye, Cancer Link Fades Under New Study

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Hair dye use does not increase the risk of cancer, a comprehensive study co-authored by a Montreal-based researcher shows. The new analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the results of 79 studies. It…


  • Sephora Opens First Store in China

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Sephora, the cosmetic unit of luxury goods retailer LVMH, opened its first Chinese store in Shanghai, China’s largest business and financial center. Sephora is expected to open three shops in Shanghai this year and double that number…


  • Hair Growth Marketers Target Women

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: The market for hair growth agents is being revitalized with the recent launch of three new products. Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. released RiUp Lady, a modified version of its popular RiUP hair growth agent for men. Karoyan Gush for women and men…