January 15, 2013

This isn’t last year’s flu season. The 2011-2012 influenza outbreak was one of the mildest on record. Not so this year: Even early on in fall 2012, there were strong indications that this winter would see a marked resurgence of the flu bug.

January 15, 2013

The world market for generic drugs will jump more than 15% this year and reach a global total of $127.8 billion, a British market research firm predicted.

January 15, 2013

A recent survey commissioned by Dannon found that 68% of consumers believe certain probiotics help regulate the digestive system, yet one-third of Americans agree that they don’t get enough probiotics in their average daily diets.

January 15, 2013

As Seen on TV products continue to command more space on drug store shelves, not only during the holiday season but year-round.

January 15, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline’s Alli is back. And while the brand is still slightly down versus year-ago sales — Alli posted a sales decline of 8.9% to $13.9 million across all channels for the 12 weeks ended Nov. 4, according to SymphonyIRI Group — overall, the category is trending up 15% in quarterly sales increases.

January 15, 2013

With sleep aids rising from the floor level shelf across several analgesic planograms, the category that features several dietary supplement players is becoming more prominent.

January 15, 2013

“A drug store in the palm of your hand.” That’s what Walgreens calls the fast-growing suite of health and pharmacy services now available from many retail pharmacies to Americans with smartphones.

January 15, 2013

Pet supplements represent a new mostly untapped market opportunity for the OTC section in the retail pharmacy setting. Consumers spent an estimated $52.9 billion last year on their pets, up 3.7% as compared with 2011 actual sales, according to the American Pet Products Association.

January 15, 2013

Interest in vitamins, minerals and supplements as a viable consumer product with strong profit-bearing potential has got to be at an all-time high right now, judging from the number of merger and acquisition deals scrolling across the latest finance news feeds.

January 15, 2013

In the current economy, microwavable single-serve meals may be the answer to consumers’ decreased restaurant use. “These meals occupy the spot between homemade and restaurant meals,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and VP at NPD Group. “They represent food
service redefined.”

January 15, 2013

The nation’s highest court has agreed to hear three cases stemming from the longstanding but controversial practice by which branded and generic drug makers agree to delay introduction of a me-too medicine as its brand-name counterpart nears the end of its patent protection.

December 10, 2012

When buying personal care products, those items that have a higher price tag are likely to be perceived by Asian or Pacific Islanders as being more effective compared with less expensive items, according to market research firm Mintel.

December 10, 2012

Fragrance gift sets are no doubt a popular choice during the holiday season, and manufacturers hope that this year is no exception.

December 10, 2012

When it comes to makeup, Hispanic women represent a significant opportunity, and targeting this demographic could help bolster penetration rates of such products as BB creams, according to market research firm Mintel.

November 29, 2012

The greeting card category is shifting. Category giants American Greetings and Hallmark face the threat of competition from e-cards and are challenged by increased segmentation of the card category.

November 29, 2012

With nail care sales climbing by 40% since 2011 and growing by double-digits each year since 2008, CVS/pharmacy is making even more room in the store and is continuing to support demand for the latest innovations with its new Nail HQ kiosk, which showcases the hottest nail trends and 
product innovation.


November 29, 2012

Sales of primary batteries used in consumer products should grow 2.4% each year, according to research from Freedonia Group.


November 29, 2012

Mounting pressure to regulate energy drinks could hamper growth in a category that has been on an upward trajectory for years. But sales of energy drinks have so far been immune to controversy.

November 29, 2012

Boehringer Ingelheim recently expanded its popular laxative brand with Dulcolax Laxative Tablets for Women, specifically formulated with a “comfort-coating” to protect a woman’s stomach. 


November 29, 2012

While the term homeopathy may remain as foreign to the American consumer as allopathy, more and more shoppers are placing those homeopathic products in their baskets. 


November 29, 2012

Beauty market research company NPD Group recently reported that prestige gift sets were once again on the rise within U.S. department stores.


November 29, 2012

When it comes to beauty — especially skin care and hair care — there’s no denying that African-Americans represent a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers and retailers.


November 29, 2012

Handheld frozen foods have grown quickly in the last two years, and Mintel expects growth to continue. U.S. retail sales are expected to top $3.8 billion 
by 2016.


November 19, 2012

The beauty segment continues to celebrate the success of several stars, including nail polish, and men’s grooming is no exception. In fact, industry eyes are once again zeroing in on this vibrant category, as sales enjoy an uptick in such segments as men’s hair coloring and grooming/shaving.