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Organix-South develops new TheraNeem Naturals dental floss

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. — Organix-South, whose products are sold at health food stores, pharmacies, yoga studios and other outlets, has expanded its oral care line by introducing TheraNeem Naturals dental floss in mint and cinnamon flavors.

The floss is naturally coated with organic extracts of Neem leaf and Neem bark along with grapeseed, licorice, fennel, clove, peppermint and vegan wax. Diabetic-safe and suitable for both adults and children, the new product along with the entire TheraNeem Naturals oral care line is sulfate-free, fluoride-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and made without artificial colors or flavors, the manufacturer stated.

Organix-South’s oral care products use the power of Neem, a tree native to India and Southeast Asia that has been used for thousands of years as a holistic approach for healthier teeth and gums, as well as fresh breath. Neem is commonly referred to as the “village pharmacy” for its versatile and diverse uses. Organix-South stated that it uses only organic and fairly traded Neem in its products.

Along with the new dental floss, the line is also comprised of Neem toothpaste, Neem tooth and gum powder and Neem mouthwash.

Organix-South is a division of the Nutraceutical subsidiary Nutragarden.

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NPD Group: Men’s grooming tools are hot this holiday

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Men’s grooming tools are all the buzz this holiday as men’s grooming appliances purchased for the holidays gained 34%, now representing 12% of dollar sales for the year, according to the NPD Group.

“Today, men’s grooming trends get almost as much Hollywood buzz as women’s hairstyles and red carpet fashion,” stated Debra Mednick, executive director of the NPD Group’s home business. “Whether it is a perfectly manicured mustache, a smooth shave or just a daily grooming ritual, men are tending to themselves more and more.”

Men’s grooming appliances include men’s electric shavers, facial trimmers, home hair clippers, pen trimmers, body groomers and nose/ear trimmers.


The NPD Group found, in the 12 months ended Oct. 12, that:

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Dollar sales of men’s grooming appliances increased by 5%. 

Eighteen percent of men’s grooming dollars came from gift purchases, and these gift purchases increased 36% compared to last year;

  • Men’s grooming appliances purchased for the holidays gained 34%, now representing 12% of dollar sales for the year;

  • Online sales of men’s grooming appliances grew 29%, representing 15% of dollar sales this past year;

  • Males account for 60% of sales, but female purchases of men’s grooming appliances increased 20%; and

  • 25- to 34-year-olds and 45- to 54-year-olds each purchased 20% of units sold .

Pen trimmers saw the largest growth, up 28% in both units and dollars.




Regarding Black Friday and Cyber Monday performance:

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Compared with last year, men’s grooming appliance sales experienced a decline during the 2012 Black Friday week, but got a slight boost the week of Cyber Monday with a 2% increase in dollar sales;

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Pen trimmers got the largest boost during both Black Friday and Cyber Monday weeks, with significant double-digit increases in both units and dollars;



  • Cyber Monday was most important for the men’s shaver business; and

  • Men’s electric shavers experienced more than a 5% increase in dollar sales during Cyber Monday week, but declined in sales during Black Friday week.



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Avon to cut jobs, exit two markets as part of cost-savings plan

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Avon, a direct seller of beauty products, has outlined initial steps toward its previously announced cost-savings initiative, which includes the reduction of about 1,500 global jobs.

The company also announced that it will exit the South Korea and Vietnam markets. These actions are aimed at concentrating resources on high-priority markets and activities and boosting efficiencies, and are expected to be largely completed before the end of 2013, the company stated.

The moves mark the initial steps of its annual cost-savings target of $400 million by the end of 2015.  

Cost to implement these actions is expected to be in the range of $80 million to $90 million before taxes, of which approximately $50 million to $60 million is expected to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company anticipates that these initial steps will account for approximately 20% of the total targeted savings.

"In order to turn around the business, we are focused on driving top-line growth and aggressively managing our cost base," stated Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon. "The decisions outlined today are necessary to stabilize the company and begin the process of returning Avon to sustainable growth."

The company stated that it expects to announce additional steps toward the cost-savings goal as it progresses.

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