September 25, 2012

As the largest single purchaser of prescription drugs in the world, with a global pharmaceutical wholesale operation to match, in-house manufacturing capabilities in over-the-counter health and wellness and generic drugs, Walgreens-Alliance Boots will have a whole lot more influence on the pharmacy side of its business.


August 29, 2012

Global consumers' intent to buy food and beverages online has jumped 44% in two years, and more than one-quarter (26%) said they planned to purchase food and beverage products by way of a device with Internet access — such as a computer, mobile phone or tablet — in the next three to six months, according to Nielsen.

August 13, 2012

Pfizer will be the next consumer healthcare company to reach the market with a switched proton-pump inhibitor.

July 30, 2012

Coca-Cola has streamlined its operating structure and the senior leaders for those businesses, the company said.

July 24, 2012

The professional skin care products market realized a 5.3% gain in 2011, according to a new report from Kline.

July 3, 2012

Rexam, a global consumer packaging company, is looking to shed its personal care business for $709 million in cash.

May 4, 2012

Although its Oreo cookie brand turned 100 years old this year, Kraft Foods said the brand's global presence is greater than ever.

March 12, 2012

The 2011 growth of the natural personal care segment waned slightly but still consistently outperformed the overall beauty market, according to recent findings from consulting and research firm Kline & Co.

March 6, 2012

SodaStream has launched a new line of flavors sweetened with an all-natural plant-based sweetener.

February 29, 2012

Driving innovation in the year ahead is beauty that’s “plugged in” and encompasses electricity and energy, according to Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, which also predicted that packaging will reflect the increase in interactivity between virtual and real worlds, making greater use of sound, video and QR codes. Enter Kinetique.

January 23, 2012

As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

January 18, 2012

Patent expirations of key blockbuster drugs and efforts by payers to contain costs are likely to bring strong growth to the global generic drug market in the next few years as market-earned revenues grow by more than $100 billion, according to an analysis by research firm Frost & Sullivan.

January 17, 2012

A product exclusively designed for breast-fed babies has made its U.S. debut.

January 11, 2012

PZ Cussons, a consumer products group in Europe, Asia and Africa, is expanding its beauty division with the acquisition of the Fudge hair care brand from Australia-based Sabre Group.

January 4, 2012

A large European study released Tuesday found that daily aspirin use is linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can damage the central vision that is essential for reading and driving.

January 3, 2012

Kraft is reentering the breakfast market with belVita Breakfast biscuits. National rollout of belVita — which Kraft has sold in Europe for the last decade and started selling in the United Kingdom last year — will begin this February to 90,000 U.S. retail locations.


November 7, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has appointed a new chief of staff for commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to a letter sent to agency employees Monday.

November 3, 2011

Beauty supply retailer Sally Beauty Holdings has bolstered its presence in Europe by acquiring Kappersservice Floral B.V. and two related companies, Hair Zone B.V. and Exphair B.V. (the “Floral Group”).

October 21, 2011

This year’s jump in measles in the United States and Canada was costly and occurred among unvaccinated children and adults, suggested several studies being presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America here Thursday.

October 19, 2011

Takeda Pharmaceuticals has started a late-stage clinical trial program for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said.

October 11, 2011

At the beginning of the year, a major global controversy was settled when it turned out that a study published in The Lancet in 1998 linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism in children turned out to be a whopper of a fraud.


September 30, 2011

Drug maker Takeda has completed its acquisition of another drug maker.

September 28, 2011

In her new role as president and CEO of Walmart Canada, Shelley Broader will be tasked with addressing new competition from Target and other retailers expanding into Canada. Broader, who joined Walmart Canada in 2010 as chief merchandising officer, will assume her new role, effective immediately.

September 16, 2011

A drug made by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly showed "meaningful and durable" reductions in blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented Friday at a conference in Europe.