International

  • Unilever Sues Look-Alike Competitor

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: Anglo-Dutch food and soup producer Unilever has accused Dutch retailer Albert Heijn (AH) of deliberately changing the look of many of its house brand items to resemble Unilever’s A-brand products. A lawyer for Unilever showed a…


  • Cosmoprof Bologna Reports Record Attendance

    December 9, 2005
    ITALY: An increase in attendance and exhibitor space marked the 38th edition of Cosmoprof, which was held in April in Bologna. The number of exhibitors increased by 316 to 2,116. There were 19 international pavilions. The number of registered visitor…


  • Body Shop Canada Tries to Spruce Up Image

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Body Shop Canada is launching a new store design, a slew of new products and a new tagline as the pioneer of socially conscious retailing tries to freshen its image as well as its financial results. The 112-store cosmetics chain, which was ta…


  • Unilever Unveils New Identity in Africa

    December 9, 2005
    NIGERIA: Unilever Nigeria Plc unveiled its new corporate brand identity to stakeholders in April at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos. The new identity is a symbol of the company’s new “Vitality Mission,” demonstrating the determinatio…


  • HLL Revamps Personal Care Portfolio

    December 9, 2005
    NEW DELHI: Hindustan Lever is in the process of revamping power brands across its personal care portfolio to keep pace with low-priced competition, revive market shares, and pre-empt proposed launches by multinational rivals. While two power br…


  • L’Oréal Globalizes Chinese Brand

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: L’Oréal will launch the Chinese brand Yue-Sai on the world stage due to the growing recognition of Chinese beauty. “Yue-Sai will be the ambassador of Chinese beauty in the world,” said Paolo Gasparrini, president…


  • FDA in India Serves Notice to Wipro

    December 9, 2005
    MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) served a notice to Wipro for allegedly “misbranding and mislabeling” its baby oil. “We have served notice to Wipro for misbranding and labeling deficiency or mislabeling…


  • Henkel Expands with Household Insecticides

    December 9, 2005
    GERMANY: Henkel is planning a big push in household insecticides after acquiring leading brands in the U.S. and South Korea. Deutsche-Presse-Agentur quoted chief executive Ulrich Lehner as saying the company was reviewing whether to spread the new br…


  • CIBA Unveils New R&D  Center in Shanghai

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Ciba Specialty Chemicals marked the opening in April of its R&D center with an inauguration ceremony that included a senior management delegation from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, government officials from Shanghai, the Swiss Ambassador to…


  • Cosmetic Sampling Salons Popular in Japan

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: Young women are flocking to cosmetic sampling salons set up by cosmetic magazine publishers and writers. Visitors can try new cosmetics from various brands at the salons, which are mostly located in upscale areas of central Tokyo. Manufacturer…


  • China To Investigate J&J Baby Products

    December 9, 2005
    BEIJING: Johnson & Johnson, which is involved in a controversy in India over ingredients in its baby care products, rushed to assure Chinese consumers that it was complying with government norms. Still, the Chinese health ministry said it was mak…


  • Unilever Arabia Seeks to Boost Its Leading Position

    December 9, 2005
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Unilever Arabia is working toward achieving sales of $700 million by 2007 and has branded this goal “Good to Great 777,” highlighting seven must win battles. The emphasis on innovation in powerful brands…


  • Procter & Gamble Supports Childrens’ Rights in India

    December 9, 2005
    l INDIA: P&G India has joined with India’s premier child rights organization, CRY, to launch Shiksha, a program to help educate underprivileged children across India. Under Shiksha, P&G and Sony will appeal to their consumers and viewer…


  • Israeli Exports to Russia, Ukraine Top $11 Million

    December 9, 2005
    ISRAEL: Israel’s cosmetics and cosmetic products exports to Russia and the Ukraine rose 15% in 2004 to $11 million. Intercosma general manager Yehuda Braun said the most prominent Israeli cosmetics exporters to Russia were companies whose produ…


  • Cussons To Downsize in Russia

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: Household cleaning products manufacturer PZ Cussons will reduce operations in Russia and concentrate on Poland. The fall of the ruble against Polish currency made distribution difficult for the company. First half losses in Russia came to mor…