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Panasonic develops new portable beauty tools

BY Antoinette Alexander

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Panasonic has expanded its growing portfolio of beauty products with the launch of three new products: a heated eyelash curler, precision body shaver and facial hair trimmer.

The newest products join Panasonic’s current beauty product portfolio, which includes facial steamers, pore cleansers and bikini trimmers.

"Whether commuting to work, dashing to a favorite gym class or jet-setting for a weekend getaway, having the right beauty and grooming essentials is a must. Our new line of compact beauty tools answers the growing need for on-the-go beauty solutions," stated Walter Taffarello, group marketing manager of Panasonic Consumer Marketing of North America. "The best products multitask, take up minimal space and leave women feeling fresh and fabulous. To provide on-the-go women with products they need to be effortlessly beautiful, Panasonic engineers have carefully crafted heated eyelash curlers, precision body shavers and facial hair trimmers perfect for any purse, gym or makeup bag."

The new Panasonic EH-SE60VP heated eyelash curler creates natural long-lasting curls in seconds, with or without mascara. With a 360-degree rotating comb, the new device allows women to attain natural and voluminous lashes without expensive extensions. It has a suggested retail price of $39.99.

The new Panasonic EH-WR40VP precision body shaver is the ideal companion for any woman who needs a quick touch-up before rushing out the door. With ultra-thin blades and a pivoting head, the body shaver offers an extra close shave for the entire body avoiding nicks or cuts. It is designed to be used without water and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

The Panasonic ER-GN25VP facial hair trimmer offers precision to discreetly get rid of stray facial hairs or a brow touch-up between waxing. With a washable and detachable head, the trimming wand removes any unwanted hair from the eyebrows or face. It has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

The three Panasonic pocket-sized women’s beauty and grooming products are available at Amazon.com, La Curacao, J&R, Kohls.com and Kmart.

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Walgreens-Alliance Boots deal sealed; senior leaders join respective boards

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Alliance Boots on Thursday announced the completion of Walgreens’ initial investment in the strategic partnership following receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

The Walgreens investment consists of approximately $4 billion in cash and 83.4 million shares of Walgreens common stock in exchange for a 45% equity stake in Alliance Boots. Walgreens has the option to proceed to a full combination in approximately three years’ time by acquiring the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots.

As a result of the transaction, Alliance Santé Participations S.A., of which Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina is a director and whose ultimate ownership is a family trust, becomes the largest shareholder of Walgreens, with a stake it intends to hold for the long term.

In line with this, Pessina and Dominic Murphy, member of the general partner of KKR & Co., have joined the Walgreens board. At the same time, Walgreens’ president and CEO Greg Wasson; Wade Miquelon, EVP and CFO; Thomas Sabatino, EVP and general counsel; and Robert Zimmerman, SVP and chief strategy officer, have become members of the Alliance Boots board.

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Crest and Oral-B partner with actress Jennie Garth, add new children’s oral care products

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Crest and Oral-B have expanded their kid-focused lines and teamed up with actress and mom of three Jennie Garth and her 9-year-old daughter, Lola, to inspire children and parents alike to brush up on their oral hygiene before heading back to school this fall.

The goal: to educate families about how important it is to practice healthy lifestyle habits beginning at an early age — and how those habits can help children maintain good health and build confidence into adulthood.

“As a parent, I want to build a strong and healthy foundation for my daughters, which is why I have always tried to instill good habits related to nutrition, fitness and oral care,” Garth said. “Sometimes it’s more difficult to keep routines in place during the summer. The back-to-school season is a great time to build a schedule that works for the whole family and to identify the right tools to ensure we take the best care of ourselves.”

In addition, Crest and Oral-B are introducing products to its kid-focused lines Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health For Me.

The line marks the first complete line of oral care products for tweens — kids 8 years and up — and now includes a new electric toothbrush to address oral care issues affecting this specific age group, particularly those with braces. Oral-B Stages, designed for children ranging from 4 months to 7 years of age, has added a Disney favorite, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, to the product line.

Crest and Oral-B want to help families re-establish their daily routines before school starts. To do so, they are partnering with CafeMom, an online community for moms nationwide, to host a special event featuring Garth and her daughter Lola in New York City on Aug. 8. During the event, parents and kids of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in activities and learn about the newest dental health products from Crest and Oral-B. In addition, Garth will be answering questions on the Oral-B Facebook page on Aug. 8 at 12 p.m. EST.

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