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B’iota Botanicals enters U.S. market

BY Antoinette Alexander

GREENWICH, Conn. — B’iota Botanicals, a European brand in herbal hair and skin care solutions, is now available in the United States.

The core products for the U.S. launch are B’iota shampoos and [leave-in] serum, which have been clinically tested and shown to reduce hair fallout and thinning by promoting stronger, thicker, fuller hair, the company stated. The products are targeted to women and men who have weak, damaged and thinning hair.

“Thinning hair and hair fall are a universal — and for many, very emotional — problem for millions of women and men. B’iota has been extremely successful in Europe, and our expansion into the United States market has been highly anticipated,” stated Cihat Dundar, founder and CEO.

B’iota is currently available nationally at such retail outlets as Harris Teeter, Raley’s and Save Mart, H-E-B, Cardinal Wholesale Distributors, as well as online at Amazon.com, DrugStore.com and Walgreens.com.

 

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Ulta Beauty posts Q4 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty posted a “strong” fourth quarter and is going forward with plans to invest in several areas of the business, including the expansion of its Clinique boutiques.

Net sales for the quarter, including the benefit of the 14th week in the quarter, rose 30.3% to $758.8 million compared with the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 8% during the quarter.

Net income rose 39.4% to $64.5 million versus $46.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

“The Ulta team achieved strong fourth-quarter results to complete an exceptional year in 2012. Excellent execution of our multi-year growth strategy was evident in the milestones achieved during the year: we increased square footage by 23% with the addition of 101 net new stores; we greatly enhanced our offering with newness across the board; we implemented a new Customer Relationship Management platform; broadened our marketing reach and brand awareness; and improved our digital capabilities, including rapid growth in our e-commerce business,” stated Dennis Eck, interim CEO.

Eck noted that the company is on track to open 125 stores this year and will continue the expansion of Clinique boutiques this year, in addition to the 43 boutiques rolled out at the end of 2012. Furthermore, the retailer plans to invest in several areas of the business. This will include upgrading its warehouse management systems, preparing for an additional distribution center in 2014, redesigning its e-commerce site, and building the additional Clinique boutiques, as well as investing in labor to support the growth of its prestige categories.

For fiscal year 2012, net sales, including the benefit of the 53rd week, increased 25% to $2.2 billion from $1.8 billion in fiscal 2011. Same-store sales for the year increased 8.8%.

Net income increased 43.5% to $172.5 million compared with $120.3 million in fiscal 2011.

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Hain Celestial expands personal care product portfolio

BY Antoinette Alexander

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a maker of natural and organic products, debuted at Natural Products Expo West a slew of new products, including new personal care items. Natural Products Expo West showcased a record number of new products from the natural, organic and healthy living sector with more than 63,000 participants from around the world.

Among the new introductions with personal care:

  • Alba Botanica brand launched a new detoxifying skin care line called Good & Clea, which includes Gentle Acne Wash, Toxin Release Scrub, Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser, Pore Purifying Mini Peel, and Dual Textured Exfoliating Towelettes; and the Hawaiian hair line offered two new deep conditioning minute masks, a leave-in conditioning mist and an anti-frizz serum;
  • JASON brand presented Dandruff Relief 2-in-1 treatment shampoo + conditioner is a dual action, medicated formula that cleanses and conditions while controlling scalp dermatitis and mild psoriasis; and
  • The Queen Helene Royal Curl brand franchise introduced new Curl Reactivator to revive curls.

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