July 30, 2012

Parents obviously want the best of the best for their little bundles of joy, and skin care products are no exception. That means often opting for those items that are free of such ingredients as artificial colors and parabens.


July 17, 2012

Craft beers, particularly India Pale Ales and seasonals, continue to drive category growth in the beer category.

July 17, 2012

A consumer push for healthier snacks has led to an explosion of yogurt sales. Sales of yogurt have increased every year since 2006, according to Mintel.

July 17, 2012

Photo finishing should grow through 2015, even as consumers embrace mobile devices and other means of sharing and viewing their photos, predicted a recent study from InfoTrends.

July 16, 2012

During the summer months, sun protection obviously is top of mind for many, especially among those with lighter skin who easily burn. However, there likely are shoppers in your store who have the misconception that their darker skin makes them immune to skin cancer and the harmful effects of the sun.


July 16, 2012

Laundry detergent manufacturers are betting that consumers will pay more for products that offer increased convenience and better performance. A number of new products that have entered the market recently have brought innovation and excitement to a flat category that hasn’t seen much change in three decades.


July 16, 2012

The most recent numbers show that sales of depilatories continue to be on the rise, which actually comes as little surprise given not only the time of year, but also the innovative products hitting the market.


Sales of depilatories rose about 8% to more than $31 million during the 12 weeks ended June 10 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group.


July 16, 2012

Tattoo Goo recently introduced an incremental traffic-driving opportunity with its body art aftercare kit of the same name.

July 16, 2012

Sales of vitamins, totaling almost $3.6 billion, were up 2.7% for the 52 weeks ended May 13, according to SymphonyIRI Group data across food drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


March 26, 2012

The recent Food and Drug Administration public meeting on driving future switch potential by way of the pharmacist and/or health technology sparked some discussion on what’s next.


March 26, 2012

Tums has proven to be the Houdini of digestive tablets — surviving all digestive switch products from H2 blockers through proton-pump inhibitors, and still growing.

March 9, 2012

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods showed the biggest gains in the last three years in the ethnic food category.

March 9, 2012

Drug stores are cautiously expanding their consumer electronics selections. MP3 players, digital cameras and pre-paid mobile phones are finding a place beside the more traditional mix of handheld tape players and clock radios in the channel.

March 8, 2012

Sales of facial anti-aging skin care products at mass have been on the down slope. According to SymphonyIRI Group, sales of facial anti-aging products slipped 4.2% during the 12 weeks ended Jan. 22 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


March 8, 2012

As sales of facial anti-age products slip, the body anti-aging segment also is hitting some wrinkles, according to SymphonyIRI 
Group, a Chicago-based market research firm.


March 8, 2012

Innovation is helping to bolster sales of power toothbrushes. According to SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm, sales of power toothbrushes rose more than 3% during the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


March 8, 2012

The market for drugs to treat diabetes — especially Type 2 diabetes — has shown quite a bit of activity lately.

March 8, 2012

Nuts, due to their healthy profile, continue to be one of the strongest segments in the snack food category, and Mintel estimated that nuts, seeds and trail mix will continue steady growth through 2015.

March 8, 2012

The number of patients with diabetes is not decreasing any time soon, and one of the most important fronts in the battle lies at the pharmacy counter.


March 8, 2012

Back pain is one of the leading reasons adults under the age of 45 years call in sick to work, second only to the common cold, according to the American Pain Foundation

March 8, 2012

Portable oral care continues to be on the upswing, and it is likely that the segment will continue to experience growth as Americans age and take more medications and oral health conditions also rise.

March 8, 2012

Rechargeable batteries represent a growth area for retailers. A report from the Freedonia Group indicated that alkaline batteries remain the most prevalent type of primary battery, accounting for more than 70% of demand.

March 8, 2012

In a recent campaign, Walgreens used LocalResponse’s Direct Response to reach customers in-store to disseminate store promotions, such as flu shots and coupons for Kraft Foods’ Halls cough drops.

March 8, 2012



The tooth-whitening segment may not be as red hot as it was in years past, but it’s still on the upswing as consumers continue to look for ways to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.