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Claiborne, Kodak to present brand protection solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and Kodak will provide brand owners at the Brand-Protection Packaging Forum in April with a look at how technology from Kodak can help fight counterfeiting and diversion in the cosmetic industry.

The presentation, titled “Protecting Brand in the age of Counterfeiting and Grey Market Diversion,” will be held at the forum April 8 at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Ill.

Liz Claiborne uses the Kodak Traceless System for Anticounterfeiting to authenticate its products and to track sales through authorized distribution channels. Grey market diversion involves distributors selling product into unauthorized markets and unauthorized retailers. The Kodak Traceless System markers help legitimate distributors, retailers and manufactures protect profits and overall brand value.

Cosmetics are among the estimated $700 billion of total counterfeit goods produced annually. According to a European Union report, about $1.6 million counterfeit cosmetics and personal care products were seized by officials.

In addition to its cosmetics and fragrance clients, Kodak has also implemented solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, consumer electronics and other markets.

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IRI predicts CPG trends for 2008

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Information Resources, Inc. on Wednesday released its annual forecast of emerging consumer trends affecting the CPG industry—Consumer Trend Watch 2008.

According to the report, foods delivering specific health and wellness benefits, including disease management and prevention, will drive sales growth in 2008. “Food as health solution” items primed for exponential growth include those containing digestion-aiding probiotics, immunity-boosting ingredients and antioxidants. Energy enhancement is also a consumer-valued attribute IRI reports is positioned for an increased stake in overall market share. From caffeine-infused snack products to natural herb-formulated foods and beverages, such as Diet Pepsi Max, to breakfast cereals providing complex carbohydrates, new energy delivery systems will be the hallmark of new product growth across numerous categories.

Other emerging product trends IRI anticipates will play significant roles in 2008 include:

  • Sustainability-Driven Consumers: Growing consumer awareness of the environmental and social impact of their purchases will drive “green,” organic, fair trade and eco-friendly packaged product innovations and assortment options.
  • Multi-Tasking Products: With the mass expansion of product choices, consumers will be on the look out for items that cross categories and “do it all,” such as multiple ailment-treating medications and all-purpose household cleaning products.
  • Redefining Fresh: Consumers are broadening their definition of fresh at both ends of the spectrum, with some placing heavier restrictions on fresh to include only local produce and others considering frozen foods “as good as fresh” in taste and nutrition due to new steam-cooking technology and premium ingredients.
  • Natural Beauty: Cosmetic and skincare innovations will expand further into all-natural ingredients, offering chemical-wary consumers non-synthetic alternatives across multiple product lines.

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Waltman launches acne gel for adults

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSON, Miss. Waltman Pharmaceuticals is entering the adult acne category with the launch of Adult Acne Clearing Gel by ZAPZYT.

The gel is designed for adults aged 25 and older who suffer from mild acne. The formula contains salicylic acid, aloe and natural botanicals to reduce swelling and redness acne typically causes.

The topical treatment is patented and contains an active antibacterial fighter, killing surface bacteria and below the surface bacteria eliminating breakouts, the company stated.

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