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HBA Global Expo announces International Package Design Award finalists

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK HBA Global Expo has announced the finalists of its Annual International Package Design Awards, with the winners to be announced during its upcoming HBA Global Expo and Conference in New York.

The HBA Global Expo & Conference will take place Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The category winners and grand award will be announced on Sept. 28 in the HBA IPDA Showcase (Booth 1006) on the HBA exhibit floor at the Javits Center.

The HBA IPDA received close to 200 entries from major brands, niche players and independent companies. Finalists were chosen by The Committee of 100, made up of packaging professionals, designers, suppliers and members of the media.

Mass-market finalists include:

COSMETIC MASS    

  • CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast by P&G, submitted by NiCE Ltd;
  • Instant Age Rewind by Maybelline, submitted by Topline Products;
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match Roller perfecting roll on makeup by L’Oreal Paris, submitted by L’Oreal Paris; and
  • Multi-use brush by Artistry, submitted by Anisa International.

FRAGRANCE MASS  

  • Dieux by L’Bel, submitted by Belcorp;
  • Hanae Mori Butterfly solid perfume ring by International Cosmetics & Perfumes, submitted by Maesa;
  • Slatkin & Co. Scentbug home fragrance oil fan by Bath & Body Works, submitted by Alison Mazzola Communications; and
  • So Elixir Eau de Parfum by Yves Rocher North America, submitted by Yves Rocher North America.

PERSONAL CARE MASS

  • Degree for Men – Adrenaline series by Unilever, Submitted by Zunda Group;
  • Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch creme lotion, spray sunscreen and after sun creme lotion by Energizer, submitted by Aptar Beauty + Home;
  •  L’Oreal Kids Toy Story 3 extra gentle 2-in-1 shampoos by L’Oreal Paris, submitted by L’Oreal Paris; and
  • Signature Collection Men by Bath & Body Works, submitted by Beauty Avenues.

SKIN CARE MASS  

  • Clean & Clear Surge by Johnson & Johnson, submitted by Johnson & Johnson;
  • L’Oreal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye by L’Oreal Paris, submitted by L’Oreal Paris;
  • L’Oreal Paris Go 360o Clean by L’Oreal Paris, submitted by Berry Plastics Corp.; and
  • Skin Renew brusher and gel cleanser by Garnier, submitted by Topline Products.

GREEN PACKAGING

  • Lamik Beauty Collection by Lamik Beauty, submitted by Alliance;
  • Light Elements shaping wax and texturizing creme by Aveda, submitted by The Estee Lauder Cos.;
  • Pure Shea Butter by Shea Radiance, submitted by Chicago Paper Tube & Can; and
  • Spongelle Duets Small Necessities by Spongeables, submitted by Spongeables.

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Dr. Scholl’s gives women a shoe break with Fast Flats

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Merck Consumer Care on Tuesday announced the launch of Dr. Scholl’s For Her Fast Flats, representing a practical solution for women who need a break from their uncomfortable shoes.

Fast Flats are compact and foldable shoes that fit discreetly in a purse and come with a wristlet for easy storage and portability. A recent survey conducted by Dr. Scholl’s For Her found that 70% of women admitted taking their shoes off after a night out because they were so uncomfortable. And 80% of women surveyed said that when their feet hurt, it affected their mood.

“While women love their stylish shoes, many feel they have to sacrifice comfort to wear them for an entire day or night,” stated Jay Morgan, VP research and development for Dr. Scholl’s. “We know that’s not the case, and we wanted to give women a great solution for their feet. Fast Flats are fashionable and affordable, enabling women to be prepared for the many scenarios they face throughout the day without having to worry about shoe discomfort.”

Fast Flats are available in women’s sizes 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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Study: Demand for personal care ingredients on the rise

BY Antoinette Alexander

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. A stable consumption of personal care products, and increased consumer awareness of products with such skin protection benefits as anti-aging and sun care, is helping to fuel the demand for personal care ingredients in the United States, according to consulting and research firm Kline & Co.

The market posted 3% growth since 2005, and is forecasted to grow further at a CAGR of 2.2% through 2014, according to Kline’s recently released study, “Global Personal Care Ingredients 2010: Market Analysis and Opportunities.”

Conditioning polymers are the leading product category, followed by surfactants, which constitute a market share of about 32% and 23%, respectively, by volume. Alkyl polyglucosides, or so-called “green” surfactants that are plant-derived, exceeded the growth of traditional surfactants by more than 2% in 2009.

Spurred by growing consumer awareness, the natural personal care product market has persevered through the recession, registering an 8% sales gain in 2009 in the United States. Natural ingredients benefited from a strong demand for natural products, capturing a small but increasing growth in their sector.

Hair fixative polymers and conditioning polymers are the most consolidated categories, with the top three players constituting for more than 75% of the overall market. The top 10 players in the U.S. market accounted for about 65% of the total market across all product categories covered in the report.

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