Tupperware CEO Named To French Legion of Honor
• FRANCE: Tupperware Brands’ chairman and CEO Rick Goings has been named a Knight in the French Legion of Honor. He was awarded this honor by Marie-France de Chabaneix, président d’honneur of Nutrimetics, France at a ceremony held in Paris at the residence of Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has extended the distinction of Knight to Goings for his service to and support of women and disadvantaged children. Initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honor is the highest award presented to non-French citizens in recognition of military, cultural, scientific or social contributions to France.
“It is truly an honor to receive the distinction of Knight,” said Goings. “For nearly 20 years, I have been committed to Tupperware’s vision to enlightening, educating, and empowering women by offering a path defined not only by monetary gain, but by the desire to improve her quality of life and that of those around her. We provide her with the foundation she needs to build a better life.”
Tupperware Brands, based in Orlando, FL, is a global direct seller operating in multiple categories. Its beauty and personal care products are sold under the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, Nuvo and Swissgarde banners.
Goings joins a select group of Americans who have received the French Legion of Honor, including General Colin Powell, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood.
Hackers Hit Lush’s UK Website
• ENGLAND: The UK website of beauty company Lush was hacked over a three month period. The breach apparently took place between Oct. 4, 2010 and Jan. 20, 2011, the company said.
Lush reportedly contacted its online customers on Jan. 20 and the firm shut down the UK version of its website.
A full external forensic investigation of the security breach has been commissioned, according to the company.
Pfizer Buys Ferrosan’sConsumer Healthcare Unit
• DENMARK: Pfizer Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Ferrosan’s consumer healthcare business, which includes dietary supplements and an oral skin care line, from Altor 2003 Fund GP Limited. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Based in Copenhagen, Ferrosan is an established consumer healthcare company. Since 1920, it has grown to serve a broader market including Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Turkey and many countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
While most of the deal centers on dietary supplements and allows Pfizer to expand distribution of its Centrum brand, the package also includes Imedeen, Ferrosan’s premium oral skin care supplements. The Imedeen brand includes firming, anti-aging and post-menopause formulations and a tan optimizer in oral form, as well as external treatments such as Imedeen Expression Line Control.
IFF To Invest $100 MillionIn Greater Asia
• SINGAPORE: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. will invest more than $100 million in Greater Asia during the next three years. The investment will be allocated to two new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Guangzhou, China and Singapore.
The facility in Singapore will be used for both flavor and fragrance production while the Guangzhou site will be dedicated to flavors production. Located near the existing IFF sites, both new facilities are ideally situated to ensure a smooth transition with experienced in-house talent, according to IFF. Together, the sites will considerably expand capacity for the Greater Asia region well into the future.
More info: www.iff.com
Shiseido EntersArmenia and Belarus
• JAPAN: Shiseido has commenced sales of its global Shiseido brand prestige skin care and makeup lines in the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Belarus. The move is in line with the Japanese cosmetic giant’s established marketing strategy centered on Europe and the Americas.
In Armenia, Shiseido Europe S.A.S. will handle the import and sales of products by concluding contract agreements with three cosmetics retail chains with “proven performance in sales of imported prestige cosmetics products.” In the first year, Shiseido products will be launched in seven stores.
In Belarus, Shiseido Europe S.A.S. has an agreement with one cosmetics retail chain, and it says Shiseido products will be launched in four stores. According to Shiseido, consumer purchasing power in Belarus is rising and international fashion brands have already penetrated the market. The prestige cosmetics market there is also achieving a high growth rate, registering double-digit growth, the company noted.
M.A.C Glams Up IrishFilm & TV Awards
• IRELAND: As the official makeup sponsor of the event, M.A.C Cosmetics glamorized nominees, presenters and actresses at the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA), which took place on Feb 12. Makeup artists were on hand in the M.A.C Beauty Suite and backstage during the IFTA ceremony.
Make Key ‘Connect’ionsNow For In-Cosmetics
• ITALY: In-Cosmetics has just launched its brand new interactive tool, Connect, ahead of this month’s show, which will be held March 29-31 in Milan.
Making its debut at the event in Milan, Connect offers exhibitors and pre-registered visitors a fully integrated networking system to email and arrange meetings prior to the exhibition. Users can also create an online diary and save seminars, products and information to their favorites.
For access, visitors and exhibitors need to pre-register for the show at www.in-cosmetics.com/register, where they will receive a username and password to their email inbox.
More info: www.in-cosmetics.com
Lipotec FormsSubsidiary in Australia
• AUSTRALIA: Lipotec has established Lipotec Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary for the Australian and New Zealand markets. According to Lipotec, the move is in line with its strategy to build direct in-house distribution and in accordance with the growing customer area demands.
Based in Sydney and effective immediately, Lipotec Pty. Ltd. will assume responsibility on an exclusive basis for the distribution of Lipotec’s products in Australia and New Zealand. The subsidiary will serve as the company’s sustainable direct-to-partner office for sales and technical support in the area.
Lipotec Pty. will be managed by Albert Calvillo, formerly area sales manager at Lipotec’s Asia office in Singapore.
LVMH Acquires NudeAnd Ole Henriksen
• FRANCE: LVMH has been busy in early 2011 expanding its skin care business. Just days apart last month, the luxury products company acquired a 70% stake in Nude Skincare and purchased luxury botanical skin care brand Ole Henriksen.
Nude, described as a luxury skin care line using high performance bioavailable ingredients, was founded by Ali Hewson and Bryan Meehan in 2006.
“We are delighted with our new partnership with LVMH. Our shared commitment to growing Nude Skincare and continuing to invest together in the principles that are fundamental to the success of the brand are extremely exciting. Nude Skincare has made great strides since its start, and with the benefit of LVMH’s support, the brand will no doubt be able to grow substantially and innovate at a much faster pace, consistent with the successful approach LVMH has had with other brands in the perfumes and cosmetics sector,” explained Hewson and Meehan in a press statement.
Nude Skincare will continue to be based in London. Meehan, as executive chairman, and Anna Ghee, as general manager, will continue in their respective roles. Hugues Dusseaux, president of new ventures for LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, will work with Nude on behalf of LVMH.
Ole Henriksen, which will continue to be based in Los Angeles, is sold in 25 countries. In North America, the brand is sold in all of LVMH-owned Sephora stores in Canada and in the U.S., including the retailer’s outposts in J.C. Penney, as well as via TV shopping network HSN. Ole Henriksen is also sold in a number of spas and small boutiques.
The Ole Henriksen Face/Body spa in Los Angeles was not included in the deal.
Croda Is CandidateFor Company of Year
• ENGLAND: Croda International Plc is on the shortlist for the category of Company of the Year award for the Financial Times PLC Awards.
Croda was recognized in the nomination for its completion of a restructuring program, rising sales volumes, change in sales mix and record profits in both consumer care and industrial specialties.
In addition, Croda’s global innovation centers, and its ability to continue to put out new products that meet the demands of its customers, was a specific highlight of Croda’s success, the company said.
The PLC Awards, which recognize the achievements of small and medium-sized companies trading on the London Stock Exchange, will be presented March 10.
More info: www.plc-awards.co.uk
P&G Is Top AdvertiserIn Czech Republic
• CZECH REPUBLIC: P&G was the top advertiser in the Czech Republic in 2010, spending approximately $83 million on ads, according to data from Kantar Media, published by the Czech News Agency.
P&G knocked Unilever CR from the top position on the list of the 20 biggest advertisers in 2010. Unilever came in third, with Henkel netting the second spot overall, spending about $81 million.
L’Oréal, at approximately $49 million, was fifth and Reckitt Benckiser was listed in ninth place.
Kantar Media’s list of the 20 biggest advertisers in the Czech Republic is based on advertising price lists; it does not take into account quantity discounts and barter contracts, according to the report.
PZ Cussons FormsNew Beauty Division
• ENGLAND: PZ Cussons has formed the PZ Cussons Beauty Division, a strategic move designed to maximize the potential, both in the UK and internationally, of its portfolio of premium beauty brands St Tropez, The Sanctuary and Charles Worthington.
Michelle Feeney, currently chief executive officer of St Tropez, has been appointed to the new position of CEO of PZ Cussons Beauty, bringing to the role both extensive experience, and a history of delivering growth. She will report to Alex Kanellis, group chief executive of PZ Cussons, and will be supported by managing directors Ann Murray (UK) and Selma Terzic (International), who have held lead roles in the Group’s Sanctuary and St Tropez businesses respectively.
The division will be fully operational by June 1 and will be based in Covent Garden, London. PZ Cussons UK will be responsible for the group’s core washing and bathing portfolio, including Imperial Leather, Original Source and Carex.
“Following the acquisition of St Tropez in September 2010, the Group has reviewed options for the most effective structure to drive the profitable growth of the brand on a global scale,” said Kanellis. “Given the similarities and synergies which already exist between St Tropez, The Sanctuary and Charles Worthington, the creation of the beauty division was the logical next step in ensuring that we realize the full potential of these three outstanding beauty brands and maximize their presence internationally.”
“I am thrilled to be taking on such an exciting role and I believe there is a significant opportunity for all three brands to grow both in the UK and internationally,” said Feeney, who transformed St Tropez since joining the business in 2006 and, prior to this, spent 11 years at Estée Lauder. “It is a unique position – we are creating a new division, headquartered in London with a core stable of British brands. The role enables me to utilize my global experience and brand building skills to take these much loved UK ranges to new markets around the world.”
Medicinal Skin Care Products From Shiseido
• JAPAN: Shiseido has rolled out a new line of medicinal skin care products for women between 20-40 years old. The new line, called Ihada, will be stocked at approximately 2,000 drugstores nationwide.
The first product available will be a treatment for acne and dry skin caused by inflammation.
Shiseido will reportedly expand the lineup with the goal of generating several billion yen in sales over the next three years, according a report in The Nikkei.