International


  • Avon and Oriflame to Team

    l RUSSIA: Avon Products, New York, and Sweden’s Oriflame plan to start production of beauty products in 2004 in Russia, according to the Vedomosti publication. Executives said together, Avon and Oriflame will invest $60 million in the project.…
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  • Ombrelle Sun Awareness Week

    CANADA: Ombrelle, a L’Oréal sun protection brand, launched Sun Awareness Week with a host of fun and educational activities to raise awareness about the sun and health last month. Included was a tour of festivals and open-air events by t…
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  • Unilever Responds to

    INDIA: Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever has been accused by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of permitting child labor. Accusers claim 20,000 underage workers, primarily girls ages 6-14, are employed at farms in the Indian state of And…
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  • Shiseido Makes Gains

    JAPAN: Cosmetics maker Shiseido reported it bounced back from a net loss in 2002 to a profit of $204.8 million for the year ended March 31, 2003. Sales rose 5% to $5.1 billion, driven by overseas sales in China, Asia-Oceania, Europe and the U.S. Exe…
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  • Trillium Purchases P&G Soap Plant

    CANADA: Trillium Health Care Products Inc., Newmarket, Ontario, bought Procter & Gamble’s Ivorydale bar soap plant in Cincinnati, OH, for an undisclosed sum. This move will make Trillium one of the largest soap manufacturers in North Americ…
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  • Cognis Aroma and Fragrances Acquired by Kao

    l JAPAN: Kao Corp. purchased the aroma and fragrance operations of Cognis Deutschland GmbH, including business rights, manufacturing patents and trademarks, for an estimated $39.2 million. Kao plans to introduce the Ambroxan aroma chemical line to it…
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  • Dermatologist Dries Up Cosmetic Competition

    JAPAN: Dr. Ci:Labo, a new and highly successful cosmetics brand developed by dermatologist Yoshinori Shirono, is based on the premise that dryness causes most skin problems. He said conventional cosmetics can make skin too oily and interfere with res…
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  • Fragrance Foundation Names

    THE UK: The board of The Fragrance Foundation UK elected Annette Green as honorary president. She is currently president emeritus of The Fragrance Foundation, New York. Stephan Quinn, publisher of Vogue in the UK and former chairman of The Fragrance…
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  • Cartoon Heroines Are Basis of Perfume Line

    JAPAN: Tokyo-based Five Foxes Co. launched Mono Come Ca Cologne perfumes based on six animation…
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  • In-Cosmetics Attracts

    ITALY: In-Cosmetics Paris attracted 4,168 visitors, according to event officials. Including re-visits, the visitor total reached 6,601, making it one of the best-attended In-Cosmetics shows ever, executives said. Visitors from 81 countries attended…
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  • MAC Arrives at Ipanema

    BRAZIL: MAC opened its second Brazillian store in Ipanema, Rio de Janiero. The 85-square meter store’s innovative concept revolves around architecture inspired by movie sets. The store offers a makeup VIP area with two sections for individual o…
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  • Interpolymer Hosts Floor Care Seminars

    l CHINA: Canton, MA-based Interpolymer hosted seminars this April in China for Asian manufacturers of surface care products. Experts from the U.S. and Europe explained the advantages of using Interpolymer’s Syntran and Megatran polymers when fo…
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  • LOrals China Sales Increase 61%

    CHINA: Sales of L’Oréal products in China topped $106 million in 2002, a 61.3% increase from the previous year, company executives said. L’Oréal’s Chinese mainland sales growth topped all of its subsidiaries globally…
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  • Surfactants Congress To Be Held in Berlin

    GERMANY: The sixth annual World Surfactants congress (CESIO 2004) will take place June 20-23, 2004 in Berlin. CESIO 2004 will include sessions on the scientific, technical, economic, safety and regulatory aspects of surfactants and their applicatio…
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  • Color Cosmetics Summit

    l CANADA: The third annual Color Cosmetics World Summit will be held October 22-23 at the Renaissance Hotel, Montreal. The conference will focus on the mega trends, technical innovations and new market opportunities for functional colors and additive…
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  • INOAC Expands Shanghai Facility with Machinery

    l CHINA: INOAC Packaging Group added new machinery and tooling equipment to its Shanghai Inoue Xin Yi Plastics Co. Ltd. operation. The facility can produce all stages of cosmetic bottle and jar manufacturing and customized colors and decorations. Mor…
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  • P&G Urges Use of Detergent Residue Model

    l JAPAN: Procter & Gamble wants environmental research laboratories to use its Tamagawa computer simulation model to evaluate the impact of detergent on river environments. The model takes into account population size, amounts of detergent per pe…
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  • Boots Rethinks Its Well-Being Centers

    The UK: In order to focus its energies on the core Boots the Chemists chain, Boots Plc will close 12 well-being centers offering Botox injections, massages, makeovers and manicures, as well as Pure Beauty stores. Executives said the stores did not me…
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  • Singaporeans Flock to Janitorial

    SINGAPORE: More Singaporeans are applying for janitorial positions in this harsh economic environment, a job once shunned by many. According to industry estimates, the contract-cleaning business surged 15% in 2002, opening up more than 5000 jobs. Exp…
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  • Lush Bases Success on Moderate Pricing

    JAPAN: British manufacturer Lush, the No. 2 cosmetics chain in Japan, said sales will reach $12.4 million for the fiscal year ended in June. Experts said the chain disregards the traditional discount-and-luxury model of consumption by offering modera…
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