July 5, 2011

Ever see the movie “Pleasantville,” where the kid and his sister get sucked into their TV set and become trapped in a late-1950s sitcom? As the two introduce 1990s sensibilities to inhabitants of the fictitious town, the people and their surroundings slowly transform from black-and-white to color. The film is a metaphor for enlightenment, innovation and discovery.


July 5, 2011

Perhaps the most exciting recent development in the multivitamin segment is the success of gummy vitamins. Data from SymphonyIRI show that, while teen and infant vitamin sales are in decline, gummy vitamins for adults are driving growth within the category.


July 5, 2011

Armada Health Care and Emdeon have entered an agreement to support prior authorization management through Armada’s ReachRx suite of services, Armada said.


July 5, 2011

Despite the do-it-yourself trend within beauty, depilatories experienced a slight dip in sales, according to data provided by SymphonyIRI Group.


July 5, 2011

L’Oréal Paris has combined its cosmetics and skin care expertise into one innovative formula with Visible Lift Smooth Absolute instant age-reversing foundation.


July 5, 2011

Greater consumer awareness of the dangers of the sun’s harmful rays and greater product innovation are spelling growth in the sun care market. And, as the industry wades through the recently issued regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, new innovative products for both children and adults hit the pipeline, which is likely to mean further growth.

July 5, 2011

It has been a bit of an uphill battle for fragrance within the mass market, but industry sources remain optimistic as “new” continues to drive much of the business and celebrity scents remain in the spotlight.

July 5, 2011

Momentum in the beer category is coming from craft beers. “Craft beers are growing at a 10% clip,” said Eric Shepard, executive editor of Beer Marketer’s Insights. “Seasonals and variety packs are the big news, and Indiana Pale Ales are very hot right now.” 


July 5, 2011

In a move that not only shed more light on how to battle the $300 billion problem of medication nonadherence but also helped to raise consumer awareness on the importance of adherence, CVS Caremark convened its first-ever national forum in late May.


July 5, 2011

Delivering fresh food to underserved communities doesn’t necessarily mean giving up shelf space.


July 5, 2011


Total U.S. beauty sales may be trending similar in the mass and prestige channels but with different drivers, according to market research provider the NPD Group.


July 5, 2011


The sun care segment is in the midst of some significant changes as, years after announcing its intent to improve the labeling of sunscreens, the Food and Drug Administration finally has issued new rules for OTC sunscreen products

July 5, 2011

Increasingly, chains that traditionally have not been major forces in food retailing are making bigger commitments than ever to fresh — including meat, produce and dairy — in an effort not only to help solve the nation’s growing health crisis and expand Americans’ access to nutritious food options, but also to create new reasons for customers to shop their stores.


July 5, 2011

Available now for the food service industry — but coming soon to a major retailer — is Kozy Shack’s new Coffeehouse Blends pudding. The gluten-free treat comes in three flavors: caffe latte, cappuccino and caramel macchiato.


July 5, 2011

Market share for many environmentally friendly cleaning products has suffered in a tight economy, when consumers are more likely to choose products based on price.


July 5, 2011

Whether it’s soft, sexy waves, an elegant updo or frizz-free straight locks, hair is a woman’s greatest accessory, and many of the hottest looks are hard to achieve without the help of styling aids.


July 5, 2011

Children are hurt more from falls in the home than any other kind of home accident; falls cause more than 3 million childhood injuries every year, according to the Home Safety Council.

July 5, 2011

Consumables have long been a major component of any drug store’s product mix, but where stores historically have limited their offerings to soft drinks, candy and beer, more of them now are selling fresh produce and prepared foods.


July 5, 2011


Findings from the past year show that vitamin sales have been stronger than most other health and beauty categories. The recent emphasis placed by vitamin and nutritional supplement manufacturers on new multivitamin brands has delivered positive results.

July 5, 2011

In an effort to reach a new generation of women, several iconic beauty brands are being re-energized and revamped for today’s modern beauty maven. 


July 5, 2011

McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s foray into heat patches has proven a success. Tylenol Precise is the No. 2 brand across heat and ice packs, falling in behind Pfizer’s ThermaCare.

July 5, 2011

Ten years ago the word probiotics wasn’t known, and five years ago it was a new word to most Americans. But thanks to the marketing of Activia yogurt by Dannon, which started in 2006, these microorganisms have garnered national attention.

July 5, 2011

The Village Co.’s Mr. Bubble, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, has announced the launch of two new products — Mr. Bubble Fizzy Bubble Bomb ($1.49 each) and the Mr. Bubble foam soap twin pack ($4.99) featuring the new Bubbleberry scent and the Original Bubble scent.

July 5, 2011

Post Foods has expanded its Pebbles cereal lineup with a limited-edition flavor. New Pebbles Boulders Stone Age caramel apple now is available on store shelves nationwide.