July 31, 2012

Jarden Corp., a Germany-based condom manufacturer, will be attempting to carve out a space in mass retail with a grassroots marketing effort targeting college-age men with a message that its Billy Boy brand of condoms is not only fun, but it’s the “better built” condom.

July 31, 2012

Impulse purchases are a big part of the electronic accessories segment for the drug channel.

July 31, 2012

Cereal sales are suffering as consumers resist rising prices and increasingly turn to other options, such as yogurt or frozen foods. The category also is taking a hit from an expanding menu of value-priced, on-the-go options offered by quick-serve restaurants.

July 31, 2012

Colgate-Palmolive announced in late July its second-quarter results and indicated that North American business remains solid, with market share on the rise in such categories as toothpaste and manual toothbrushes.

July 31, 2012

While still a relatively small piece of the overall intimacy health offerings, sales of intimacy enhancement devices continue on an upward trajectory, reaching $15.5 million in overall sales on 21.8% growth for the 52 weeks ended June 10 across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group data.

July 31, 2012

Kiss My Face, a maker of natural beauty and personal care products, is expanding its portfolio of oral care products with two toothpastes: Triple Action Fluoride and Fluoride Free.

July 31, 2012

Apparently less is more when it comes to mouthwash. According to SymphonyIRI Group data, the mouthwash segment has essentially been flat for the 12 weeks ended June 10, yet there proved to be one shining star in the mix: Listerine Zero.

July 30, 2012

Shoppers still are purchasing on impulse at the front end of the store. Data from SymphonyIRI Group indicated that more than half of consumers make unplanned purchases upon seeing products or deals in the store — a percentage that has remained unchanged during the past 18 months.

July 30, 2012

While most people treat nasal allergy symptoms, they often ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 40 million Americans have indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy, and approximately 4% of allergy sufferers have eye allergies as their primary allergy. 


Already with a strong pedigree across eye care and ear care, Similasan recently launched its Kids Irritated Eye Relief for multisymptom relief from redness, burning, stinging and grittiness.

July 30, 2012

In July, the country’s largest trade group representing the drug industry released a report showing nearly 200 drugs under clinical development or Food and Drug Administration review for treating mental disorders.


July 30, 2012

A number of smaller manufacturers of male contraceptives are launching into the market to challenge the big three: Church & Dwight (72.8% dollar share in the category), Ansell Healthcare (11.6% dollar share) and Reckitt Benckiser (11.5% dollar share).


July 30, 2012

As reported by Drug Store News, toothpastes that aim to better deliver such 
value-added benefits as teeth whitening and relieving tooth sensitivity are resonating with consumers, so the lift in sales of such products comes as little surprise.


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.