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.

November 19, 2012

Depilatories continue to enjoy strong growth, thanks in large part to product innovation and new entrants to the segment.

November 19, 2012

With some 40 million to 50 million people in the United States battling acne, it is no surprise that sales of acne treatments continue to be on the rise.

November 15, 2012

After several lackluster years, cookie sales were up in 2011 and are likely to show slight gains this year.

November 15, 2012

As more Americans join the ranks of diabetics, the opportunity to target these consumers at the shelf becomes more crucial. 


November 15, 2012

This holiday season will be both a splurge and save season for toys. Parents will splurge for one or two toys, but will round out their holiday shopping with less expensive items, according to Adrienne Appell, a spokesperson for the Toy Industry Association.


November 15, 2012

RH Labs just launched a line of intimacy health products endorsed by Laura Berman, a well-known sex and relationship expert who hosts the show “In The Bedroom” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Berman collaborated on the design of every product in her line, the company noted.


November 15, 2012

Sales of facial anti-aging products continued to slip — perhaps as consumers continue to watch their spending or try to navigate the inundated anti-aging market — while sales of facial moisturizers experienced an uptick, according to data from SymphonyIRI Group.


November 15, 2012

With more people working from home, the office products category continues to expand.