January 3, 2012

The market for meal replacement ready-to-drink shakes is expanding beyond the need for a shake-shake-sensible-meal diet plan, or the need for a protein booster, with a number of niche marketing opportunities.


January 3, 2012

Zarbee’s has been expanding its pediatric cough-cold line featuring buckwheat honey with the launch of Zarbee’s Nighttime Cough and Sleep Drink, an over-the-counter nighttime cough remedy proven safe and effective for children 2 years of age and older.


January 3, 2012

It was a nail-biter of a holiday season for fragrance and, while SymphonyIRI numbers showed a decline in fragrance at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) for the 12 weeks ended Nov. 6, the sales within the prestige channel have been on the rise in 2011.

January 3, 2012

While the need for weight loss is year-round in a country where 1-out-of-every-3 adults is considered obese, the business of weight loss still is seasonal. The first few weeks of January see a spike from the guilt-laden who had over-indulged during much of the holidays.

January 3, 2012

The recession has taken a toll on the pet category, according to some companies. A recent report from Cascadia Capital revealed that 35% of consumers said they curtailed pet expenditures in 2011 due to the economy.

January 3, 2012

Whether it’s creating beachy waves, sexy curls or modern ponytails, women aren’t shying away from styling their best fashion accessory: hair. 


December 12, 2011

With a new CEO at the helm and a revamped line of hair care products, ethnic beauty brand Dr. Miracle’s had a lot to celebrate during its stylish bash at the Sky Room in New York City in November.

December 12, 2011

Beauty market research company the NPD Group recently reported that total prestige makeup dollar sales in U.S. department stores were on the rise during the first 10 months of 2011, and gift sets proved to be no exception.

December 12, 2011

Skin care brands that contain such ingredients as shea butter, olive oil and tea tree oil could be missing an opportunity among ethnic consumers, according to research company Mintel.

December 5, 2011

Alkaline batteries are showing tepid growth, and experts expect sales to plunge as much as 3% as fierce competition among manufacturers continues to pressure pricing. More devices are using built-in rechargeable battery systems — another trend hurting primary battery sales.


December 5, 2011

Sales of carbonated beverages remain stagnant, but sales of energy drinks, sports drinks and functional waters have seen gains over the last quarter. Sales of ready-to-drink tea and yogurt drinks and smoothies also are segments showing promise.


December 5, 2011

The holidays stand as prime time heartburn season with Thanksgiving dinners and holiday get-togethers on the calendar. And that doesn’t even cover the obligatory holiday fruitcakes.


December 5, 2011

With consumers eating more meals at home, frozen food sales are soaring. Packaged Facts predicted the frozen food category will grow to $70 billion in 2015, an increase of $14.1 billion (or 25%) over 2010.

December 5, 2011

Fragrance sales appear to be on the rise, and the outlook looks especially positive with the gifting season upon us.


December 5, 2011

Recent research indicates that there is a growing natural hair trend among African-American women in the United States, with a shift from relaxed to natural becoming so common that it has sparked growth of those hair care products that help hair “transition.”


December 5, 2011

Texting and social media have not killed the traditional greeting card business.

December 5, 2011

Safe and effective. Those are the selling points that homeopathy has been emphasizing with mass consumers, and it’s working. Sales of homeopathic products as measured by SPINSscan across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) were up 16%, reaching a sales base of $126.1 million.

December 5, 2011

One of the factors behind the success of homeopathy in mass retail is social media, both by way of Facebook and mommy bloggers.


November 14, 2011

At least that’s largely the thinking behind the new “Guy Aisle” prototype that Procter & Gamble created within a CVS/pharmacy store in Charlotte, N.C.

November 14, 2011

The hair coloring segment is experiencing growth, albeit modest growth, as men look to turn back the hands of time.

November 14, 2011

Consumers still are watching their dollars, as evidenced by solid sales of private-label facial cleansers; however, product innovation also is helping to drive growth among the branded products.

November 14, 2011

Research by Euromonitor International has suggested that an improving economy, combined with product innovation, has prompted upper-income shoppers to return to department store beauty counters for premium skin care products.

November 14, 2011

While sales of shaving cream — which research has shown to have a relatively high level of penetration among men — have experienced single-
digit growth, sales of razors climbed more than 13%.

November 14, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association in October released results from a survey of more than 800 independent community pharmacists about the negative consequences for their patients and their businesses if diabetes testing supplies under Medicare Part B are subjected to competitive bidding prices.