Coty Inc. Expands Puig Distribution Deal
Coty Inc. and Puig Beauty & Fashion Group have inked a deal in which the Coty Beauty division will distribute the Antonio Banderas fragrance lines in the U.S. market.
The addition of the Antonio Banderas brand strengthens the existing distribution partnership between Coty and Puig, as Coty currently distributes a number of prestige brands, such as Prada, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera and Paco Rabanne, for Puig in the U.S. and Canada.
“The new synergy between Coty Beauty and Puig provides a unique opportunity to grow both our portfolios simultaneously,” said Bernd Beetz, chief executive officer, Coty Inc. “We look forward to leveraging our leadership in the beauty industry to foster growth of the Antonio Banderas franchise and other Puig fragrances in the U.S. and Canadian market.”
“Working with Coty Beauty, we have developed a collaborative formula for success,” said Marc Puig, chief executive officer, Puig Beauty & Fashion Group. “We know that Coty is the right partner to expand our strategic initiative for our mass brands business and anticipate another successful partnership.”
Bio-Botanica Appoints Unipex as Distributor in Canada
Bio-Botanica Inc. of Hauppauge, NY has appointed Unipex Solutions Canada as a distributor of its line of botanical extracts in Canada.
“The appointment of Unipex will enable our company to bring its extensive line of quality botanical extracts to many more companies throughout Canada. Unipex is well established and enjoys a very positive reputation in Canada. This new partnership will bring our 35 years of manufacturing experience in botanical extracts through Unipex’s distribution to the various industries operating in Canada,” said Mark Sysler, business manager for Bio-Botanica.
Frutarom Acquires Oxford Chemicals
Frutarom Industries Ltd. has acquired Oxford Chemicals Ltd., a UK-based producer of ingredients for the flavor and fragrance industry, in a deal valued at approximately $12 million. Frutarom contends that Oxford, which was established in 1973 and employs 70 people, is highly synergetic with its global fine ingredients division, which has laboratories and production facilities in the U.S., UK, Switzerland and Israel. Oxford has a pipeline of innovative products with emphasis on natural flavors, according to Frutarom. The firm’s management will join the management team of Frutarom’s Fine Ingredients Division.
“Frutarom will act immediately to integrate Oxford’s activity with that of Frutarom’s Fine Ingredients Division while realizing and utilizing the extensive commercial and operational synergy that exists between Frutarom’s operations and Oxford’s operations in order to take maximum advantage of the cross-selling opportunities and achieving maximum cost savings,” said Ori Yehudai, president and chief executive officer of the Frutarom Group.
Kemira Specialty is Renamed TRI-K Industries
On Dec. 10, 2008, Kemira Specialty, Inc., Northvale, NJ, reverted to its previously held name of TRI‐K Industries, Inc. The decision to change the company name came as part of the strategy related to a recent joint venture between Kemira Oyj and Sachtleben GmbH.
“TRI‐K is well known in the industry as a leading distributor of cosmetic raw materials. Returning to the TRI‐K name allows us to capitalize on our brand equity, while distinguishing our distribution business from the titanium dioxide focus of Sachtleben,” said marketing manager Lauren DelDotto.
In addition to the name change, the company’s website can now be found at www.tri‐k.com.
DuPont’s Zemea Solvent Added To CleanGredients Database
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ Zemea propanediol has been listed in the CleanGredients database as passing the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) screen. Zemea, the first DfE-screened solvent to be listed in CleanGredients, is a 100% natural ingredient made from corn sugar and developed for use in the cleaning and personal care categories. It is a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based glycols in cleaning product formulations where the product’s solvency properties, purity level, low irritation and excellent moisturization properties are benefits, according to the manufacturer.
“We’re excited to be the first solvent listed in CleanGredients,” said David Wood, product director for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “Our objective is to provide high quality, sustainable products that minimize our environmental footprint. We believe this listing will enable more formulators to take advantage of the performance benefits of Zemea and help them to streamline the process for achieving DfE recognition for their cleaning products.”
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle, a renewable food and industrial ingredients company. More info: www.duponttateandlyle.com
Jeen Completes REACH Pre-Registration Process
Jeen International has completed pre-registration activities within Europe to comply with the regulatory requirements of REACH. Substances in all Jeen products were submitted and have now been pre-registered under the legislation.
“Our investment in proactively pursuing and supporting REACH pre-registration compliance paves the way for the next, more complex registration phase and ensures customers—not only in Europe but around the world—that the substances in all Jeen products are acceptable for their cosmetic/personal care applications,” said Carl Cappabianca, general manager of Jeen International. “Our REACH efforts demonstrate our cosmetic/personal care industry commitment and leadership.
More info: www.jeen.com
Cosmeceuticals Summit Adds Session on Skin’s Immune System
IntertechPira’s 2009 Cosmeceuticals Summit, which is scheduled for March 9-11 in Orlando, FL, will include a new breakout session on “The Innate Immune System of the Skin.” The session will feature presentations by Dr. Kenneth Richman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; D. Gary Friedman, The Coty Testing Institute; and Dr. Phil Wertz of the University of Iowa.
“For the past few decades there has been an ongoing debate between experts as to whether the modern lifestyle adopted by our society has triggered an imbalance of the innate immune system and brought about new challenges to the medical community,” said Christine Groff, conference director. “We wanted to bring this debate to our agenda for attendees and speakers to learn, discuss and offer solutions.”
Meticulous hygiene regimens, such as the continuous use of hand sanitizers, anti-perspirants and topical antibiotics and steroids, may lead to the removal of the normal micro flora and support growth of harmful micro flora. New applications in the personal care market created new needs to further remove from the skin resident protective micro flora, as well as skin lipids and peptides. Products such as disinfecting hand gels and liquid anti-bacterial soaps have posed a new challenge to the skin innate immune system, and its long-term effect is yet to be unraveled. From ethics and over cleansing to antimicrobial lipids at the skin surface, presentations within this session will offer attendees insight into this growing trend. The use of anti-microbial agents and sebum secretion controlling active compounds in anti-perspirants and deodorants is another challenge to protective bacteria. Moreover, repetitive use of personal care products with a pH that is either significantly higher or lower than normal skin pH is offering yet a new challenge of short and long-term adjustment. A common effect to these applications may be the loss of skin hydration with this outcome possibly supporting the gradual growth in the development and market of skin moisturizers.
The conference, which will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, will also include sessions on regulatory issues, scientific and technological developments and skin aging. To date, confirmed speakers include representatives from Ben Gurion University, CeeTox Inc., Coty Testing Institute, Diffusion LLC, EMD Chemicals, Ernst & Young LLP, Estée Lauder Companies, Lipo Chemicals, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, MatTek Corp., National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc., Nu Skin, SEKI Cosmeticals and The University of Iowa.
More info: www.intertechpira.com
SDA, Society for Microbiology Dispense Hygiene Advice
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have teamed up to produce hand hygiene education brochures available in print and online at www.cleaning101.com/handhygiene and www.washup.org
“Have U Washed Your Hands 2Day,” (which is also available in Spanish), offers children easy-to-remember information on when and why they should regularly wash their hands with soap and water. Also included are a word search and a hand washing quiz. Posters are also available at no cost.
“Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed” reminds adults that many cases of colds, flu, and foodborne illness are spread by unclean hands, and these diseases are responsible for billions of dollars each year in health care expenditures and productivity losses in the U.S.
The brochure also provides statistics from a 2007 SDA/ASM study that found one-quarter of adults fail to wash their hands in public restrooms. More info: www.cleaning101.com
Study Shows Mederma’s Effectiveness
Study results published recently in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, conducted by Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, show the proprietary blend of ingredients in Mederma work to improve the appearance of scars. The study involved 60 subjects over a three-month period, with reviews at weeks two, four, six and 10 that included photography, subject evaluations and investigator assessments. The goal of the study was to measure the effectiveness of Mederma on the cosmetic appearance of scars.
In the test, two symmetrical lesions were removed from each subject’s upper chest, on opposite sides. As Mederma should only be applied after a wound has healed; each subject was allotted 2-3 weeks healing time and then reported back to the research center to receive random assignments placing them in either a treatment group or no-treatment group. According to the investigator of this study, 77% of subjects noted moderate to significant improvement overall on scars treated with Mederma over untreated scars at week 10.
Mederma, which was launched by Merz Pharmaceuticals in 1997, is available in food, drug and mass retailers in 20- and 50gram tubes. Merz has recently introduced Mederma Cream + SPF 30.
Bell Names Top 10 Fragrances for 2009
Following three month of in-depth analysis, Bell Flavors & Fragrances has released its top 10 fragrances for 2009. They are:
1. Tilleul/Linden Flower
2. Sandalwood with creamy lactones
3. Deep Dry Amber Notes
4. Floral Rose Violet
5. Tuberose Orange Flower
6. Citrus Aromatic
7. Oriental Floral
8. Floral Fruity
9. Floral Woody Muse
10. Woody (Cedar wood, Precious wood and Olive wood)`
More info: www.bellff.com
Huntsman To Cut Workforce, Shutter Pigments Plant
Huntsman Corporation has announced a company-wide initiative to reduce costs across its divisions and functions, including further reduction in the number of full-time employees. Including steps taken during the fourth quarter of 2008, Huntsman will reduce its full-time employment by approximately 1175 positions by year’s end or approximately 9% of its employees. Full-time contractors will be reduced by an additional 490 positions. Together, these reductions will result in operating cost savings to the company of approximately $150 million.
Huntsman also announced that it will shutter its titanium dioxide plant in Grimsby, UK. The plant, which is the pigment division’s oldest and least efficient manufacturing facility, has an annual production capacity of 40,000 tons. Production will cease during the first quarter of 2009. Annual operating cost savings resulting from the plant’s closure would be approximately $28 million, according to Huntsman.
More info: www.huntsman.com
HTDS Begins Online Cosmetics Sales
Hard to Treat Diseases (HTDS) is now selling Melem, billed as a versatile, all-purpose skin and lip balm, online at www.melemsecret.com. According to HTDS, Melem addresses a variety of problems including eczema, psoriasis, chapped skin and lips, calluses, sunburns and insect bites.
Supermarket Guru Unveils Innovative Consumer Goods
Product of the Year USA (POY), the largest consumer-voted program in North America to recognize innovation among consumer packaged goods, has unveiled its 16 winning products and brands for 2009. Revealed by Phil Lempert, a.k.a. the Supermarket Guru, this year’s winners were voted on by more than 100,000 U.S. consumers. The winners include:
• Air care: Oust Surface Disinfectant and Air Sanitizer (SC Johnson);
• Body care: Olay Spa Exfoliating Ribbons Body Wash (Procter & Gamble;
• Cosmetics: CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara (Procter & Gamble);
• Hair care: Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths (Procter & Gamble);
• Insect repellent: OFF! Smooth & Dry Aerosol (SC Johnson);
• Men’s deodorant: Degree Men Absolute Protection (Unilever);
• Women’s deodorant: Degree Women Ultra Clear (Unilever); and
• Professional hair care: Wella System Professional Gloss On (Procter & Gamble).
Starting in March, these products may feature special “Product of the Year” logos on packaging, advertisements, flyers and in-store displays.
A recent survey conducted by research company, TNS, found that displaying the logo on a package is 25% more effective at generating purchase interest from shoppers than simply displaying the word “new” on a package.
Product of the Year teamed up with TNS, a market information and insight group, to gather the thoughts and opinions of the more than 100,000 U.S. consumers. In October 2008, those consumers voted on more than 40 entries from a variety of categories, and ultimately selected this year’s winners.
“We’re thrilled to bring a sense of clarity and assuredness to shoppers, and help cut back on the stress that seems to go hand-in-hand with searching through the thousands of choices in stores,” said Colleen Kelly, managing director of Product of the Year. “The POY program and red logo take out the guesswork, and let people know a product stands out for its innovation, value, and benefit to the consumer.”
More info: www.productoftheyearusa.com
Skinvisible and Cambrex Partner for Products
Patented polymer delivery system specialist Skinvisible, Inc. has joined with pharmaceuticals provider Cambrex Corp. in a marketing and development agreement. According to Las Vegas, NV-based Skinvisible, the plan provides for research and development into acne formulations based on Skinvisible’s Invisicare technology and benzoyl peroxide manufactured by Cambrex. In addition, the two companies will share marketing responsibilities for the products that are developed under this agreement.
“Invisicare is a technology that adds many advantages to active ingredients. Our recent developments with Cambrex’s BPO in strengths of 2.5%, 5% and 10% along with the BPO combination formulations we are developing, has given us a whole new series of acne products to license worldwide,” said Terry Howlett, president and chief executive of Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals. “We have proven that we can control the release of active ingredients such as BPO with Invisicare and this can result in use of less active ingredient, less irritation and better efficacy. Additionally, Invisicare can hold ingredients on the skin allowing acne sufferers to benefit from the treatment for a longer period of time.”
Cambrex, based in East Rutherford, NJ, produces a high-grade benzoyl peroxide API that is made under cGMP and which has a Drug Master File.
“This collaboration with Skinvisible will enable us to provide our clients with technology-enhanced delivery options for our BPO products,” said Steve Klosk, president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to have the opportunity to associate our API with Skinvisible’s innovative technology. We foresee that this value-added approach is an advantage for our clients and acne patients.”
Cambrex Corp. was listed on the NASDAQ in 1987, the American Stock Exchange in 1990 and the NYSE in 1998. More info: www.skinvisible.com
NMI, Nielsen Add Canadian LOHAS Coverage
The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) and The Nielsen Company of Canada entered into an agreement wherein Nielsen Canada will now utilize LOHAS segmentation model in its Canadian Homescan Panel, which will be available in early 2009. In addition, NMI will field a Canadian version of its LOHAS Consumer Trends Database survey. The survey will be conducted in both English and French and include a minimum of 1,000 general population adults 18 years and older. NMI is accepting sponsors for the study, which will field in April 2009 with data and insights available in June 2009.
The Canadian study will quantify the size of the consumer base for environmentally responsible products and services; measure the importance of the environment, society and corporate social responsibility; explore environmentally conscious behavior; determine consumer usage of LOHAS products and services; and more.
In related news, NMI has hired Jorge Santos as vice president of strategic consulting, based in Ontario. Prior to joining NMI, Mr. Santo’s 30-year career was focused on marketing and new product development leadership roles with several companies, including Accenture, MasterFoods (Mars) and RJR Nabisco. More info: www.NMIsolutions.com
Pravana Moves to New Headquarters
Pravana, a maker of hair care and color products for salons and spas, has moved to Woodland Hills, CA. The company had been in Bell Canyon, CA.
“We are experiencing rapid growth due to the wide acceptance of our hair color and hair care brand,” said Steve Goddard, founder and chief executive officer. “As a result, we outgrew our space. We are incredibly proud of our progress. We are confident our expansion will continue and we are all delighted with our new home.”
The company’s new address is 23285 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364; (866) 883-7094/800-957-5629; Fax: (818) 340-9690.
More info: www.pravana.com
Givaudan Opens Consumer Products Creative Center in NJ
Givaudan’s new Consumer Products Fragrance Creative Center in East Hanover, NJ is now operational. According to Givaudan, the creation of this $62 million state of-the art facility underlines its drive to use new ways and the latest technology to develop of innovative fragrance solutions. The facility, which uses the latest in green building technology, features a three-floor creation and science wing adjoining a two-floor commercial hub. The center significantly increases the evaluation, laboratory and science infrastructure and contains state-of-the-art odor booth technology, fabric and personal wash labs and cutting-edge air care technology capabilities, according to Givaudan.
More info: www.givaudan.com
ICMAD Opens 2009 CITY Award Competition
Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) has opened the competition for its sixth annual Cosmetic Innovators of The Year (CITY) Awards. To be eligible for a CITY Award, a company must be a member of ICMAD and follow criteria established for each award category. All products must have first shipped and have had marketing and advertising programs initiated, between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. The deadline for entries is April 17.
“Whether it’s a new branded product, packaging design or advertising campaign, the expanded CITY Awards are designed to honor the entrepreneurial spirit,” said ICMAD executive director Penni Jones. “ICMAD member companies deserve a greater opportunity to showcase their creative talents and be recognized for their innovative contributions to the beauty industry.”
The 6th annual CITY Awards will be presented during the ICMAD annual meeting and dinner on June 11 in New York City.
Seven CITY Awards will be presented in the following categories for product and packaging innovations—personal care; color cosmetic, skin care, professional; skin care, mass (department/specialty/discount/drug store); personal care package design; color cosmetic package design; and skin care package design.
In addition to product and packaging innovations, two 2009 CITY Awards will be presented for marketing and advertising innovations (print advertising, trade or consumer; and internet advertising or website design).
More info: www.icmad.org
Murad Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Murad, Inc. plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching special edition products and holding numerous events throughout the year. Over the past two decades, Dr. Howard Murad, associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, and founder of Murad, Inc., has led the company in its quest to be the top selling clinical skin care brand at leading salon and spa locations worldwide. The Murad brand now boasts 88 consumer products and 45 professional 2008 was a record-breaking sales year and the firm anticipates exceeding its success in 2009.
“It’s extremely gratifying that beyond my practice as a medical doctor here in Los Angeles, the Murad line of products has enabled us to help people all around the world to become healthier and happier through solutions to common skin care problems,” said Dr. Murad. “From genetic, hormonal and environmental aging to acne, rosacea and cellulite, it has been a personal mission of mine to educate the consumer regarding
Murad plans to commemorate its anniversary throughout the year with exclusively priced and packaged products, and the company has planned special events and activities, including a “Murad Founder’s Day” celebration in October. In addition, all Murad employees will help contribute to a cumulative 20,000 hours of charity work.
In other news, Murad’s spa treatments and entire collection of products are now available at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Luxury Resort in Jamaica.