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Kao Plans To Buy John Frieda

November 11, 2005

Executives at Tokyo, Japan-based Kao Corp. said the company will buy John Frieda Professional Hair Care Inc. for $450 million.

The acquisition is part of Kao’s global strategy to focus on the U.S. market and follows the company’s purchase of the Ban line of antiperspirants and deodorants from Chattem Inc. via Andrew Jergens in 2000.

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