International

  • Shu Umera Expands to China

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Shu Umera Cosmetics opened its first cosmetics counter in China in August in Shanghai’s Isetan department store. A second locale opened in Beijing in September, with a third scheduled to debut in China by the end of the year. Executives…


  • Fake Body Creams Are Epidemic in Nigeria

    November 22, 2005
    NIGERIA: Banned and counterfeit body care products are plaguing the Nigerian market and are even hawked openly by vendors, according to reports. Some creams are also being fraudulently re-labeled once they’re past their expiration dates. A rece…


  • First Self-Cleaning Cloth Is Scientific Breakthrough

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Did you hear the latest non-detergent cleaning system to come out of Asia? This one’s a doozy! Scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) are developing a new fabric that they insist has the ability to clean itself when expos…


  • Espao Perfume Museum Opens in Curitiba, Brazil

    November 22, 2005
    BRAZIL: Espaço Perfume—Art & History, a museum dedicated to the art of perfumery in Brazil, opened in Curitiba. Designed by architect Éstudio Votupoca, the project was sponsored by O Boticário, Givaudan and Saint Gobain…


  • Koreas LG Care Products Exports to India

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: India Household and Healthcare (IHHL) and State Trading Corporation (STC) have entered into a one-year agreement to be the the sole licensees of Korea-based LG Household & Healthcare’s LG Care personal care products in India. A manuf…


  • Body Shop Buys Out Canadian Franchisee

    November 22, 2005
    CANADA: The Body Shop International plc, Littlehampton, UK, has purchased its head franchisee in Canada for $26 million. Body Shop Canada operates 111 stores, including 69 owned by franchisees. Body Shop executives said the acquisition provides a sol…


  • P&G and Japan: A Perfect Marriage

    November 22, 2005
    JAPAN: Procter & Gamble created a group called New Business Development and P&G Far East Inc. to collect product information in Japan. In a recently published business history, “Rising Tide,” executives said the company has learne…


  • IFEAT Essential Oils Conference Set for Lisbon, Oct. 24-28

    November 22, 2005
    PORTUGAL: Lisbon will be the site of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) International Conference 2004, entitled, “The essential oils of the Mediterranean region and international developments in aroma chemic…


  • P&G Adds Aromatherapy to Bathrooms

    November 22, 2005
    CANADA: This summer, the AgriCom building in Edmonton’s Northlands Park was part of P&G’s Charmin washroom rejuvenation program during the Klondike Days summer festival. The program aims to transform public facilities with aromatherap…


  • Coty Establishes Middle East Subsidiary

    November 22, 2005
    SAUDI ARABIA: Coty, Inc., New York, NY, has entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of Michel Chaloub Trading Company to form a Middle Eastern subsidiary, Coty Middle East FZCO, in Dubai. Michel Chaloub has been the exclusive distributor of Co…


  • The Best Place to Work? College Kids Say LOral

    November 22, 2005
    EUROPE: A survey of more than 12,000 business, engineering and IT students in Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy found that students would rather work for L’Oréal than any other company, with BMW and Coca-Cola coming in second and third pl…


  • Fancls Japanese Facility Produces Botanical Products

    November 22, 2005
    JAPAN: Beauty aid manufacturer Fancl produces the preservative-free, botanical Boscia line at its Chiba, Japan facility. Executives said the preservative-free process is a challenge, but Fancl meets it head-on with complex processes that ensure quali…


  • Reversal of Fortune: China Loses Manufacturing Jobs

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: It may seem hard to believe, but China is losing more manufacturing jobs than the U.S., according to data from The Conference Board. For the entire economy between 1995 and 2002, China lost 15 million manufacturing jobs, compared with 2 millio…


  • Unigen and Inca Health Team Up to Produce Novel Health Products

    November 22, 2005
    PERU: Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Inca Health, an agro-industrial company based in Lima, have entered into a collaboration agreement for plant collection and product development. Unigen and Inca Health will work closely with indigenous tribes to…


  • PCIE is Set for April 2005 in Paris

    November 22, 2005
    FRANCE: Personal Care Ingredients Europe (PCIE) is set for April 12-14, 2005 at the Porte de Versailles, Paris. The three-day conference will include a scientific forum comprising speakers from such companies as Ajinomoto, Cognis, Degussa, Shiseido a…