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Supervalu boosts Essential Everyday brand

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu is expanding its private-label offering to include 2,700 products across more than 100 categories by 2013.

Essential Everyday products, which are available at approximately 3,300 stores nationwide — including Supervalu’s family of stores — currently features more than 1,200 items across more than 40 categories. The expanded Essential Everyday brand lineup was introduced in New York last week by chef and cookbook author Antonia Lofaso.

"We’ve been very pleased with customers’ initial response to Essential Everyday. Consumers continue to look for products that exceed their expectations in the areas of affordable value. Our Essential Everyday brand does just that," Supervalu VP private brands Sam Mayberry said. "In addition to providing high-quality products at a great value, we’re focused on building customer loyalty for Essential Everyday and our other private brands by continuously innovating and bringing fresh ideas to our brand lineups."

The Essential Everyday portfolio includes three tiers of brands: premium, national-brand equivalent and value brands. The company’s private brands account for about $6 billion in annual sales.

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NPD: Makeup products with skin care benefits help drive sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Women want more for their money when it comes to beauty and, as a result, are more likely to buy makeup that also offers skin care benefits, such as moisturizing and SPF protection, according to a new report by market research company the NPD Group.

NPD’s "Makeup In-Depth Consumer Report 2012" found that more than 8-out-of-10 (86%) women use makeup products with skin care benefits. In addition, 61% of the women surveyed said they use makeup products with benefits that are similar to the ones contained in their skin care products.



Regardless of age, moisturizing and SPF protection are the two most sought after benefits in all makeup products. The age of the makeup user impacts the benefits sought. Older women are more likely to seek products that pack moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, while younger women prefer products that help control oil and acne.



“It can be said that makeup products with skin care benefits create a perception of ‘more bang for the buck,’ and consumers may believe they are getting more value. As such, it could be inferred that women perceive additional value from layering,” stated Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst for the NPD Group.



What’s most important in a foundation, mascara and lipstick/lip gloss?
“Evens out skin tone” is ranked as the most important benefit in a foundation, with 76% of foundation users today rating this as an important benefit. In addition, “evens out skin tone” also is ranked as the most important foundation benefit by each age and race/ethnic group evaluated. SPF protection, moisturizing and oil-free/won’t-clog-pores follow, and are ranked among the top five benefits considered important by each age group and race/ethnicity.



When it comes to mascara, consumers indicated that thickening/volume and lengthening are the most important mascara benefits (63% and 62%, respectively). Anti-clumping follows closely, with 56% of mascara users rating the benefit important. Defining (separates lashes) and waterproof or water-resistant round out the top five mascara benefits in terms of importance among women overall, as well as among each age and race/ethnicity evaluated.



The most important benefits for a lipstick to have in 2012 is long-wearing (74%) and moisturizing (68%), ranking No. 1 and No. 2 as most important, with significantly higher mentions than any other benefit evaluated. These benefits also rank among the top two most important among each age and race/ethnicity evaluated.

Lastly, glossy finish (65%) and moisturizing (64%) are the two most important benefits that women seek in a lip gloss. These benefits also score much higher than all other benefits evaluated.

"Like other categories within beauty, makeup is characterized by a constant influx of the ‘new.’ Manufacturers and marketers are focused on wooing consumers with new and better products targeting women’s needs. Women are telling NPD what benefits are most important to them and why. Understanding who the makeup user is and what she wants is an important step in making sure new and better products will have enough appeal to entice the makeup user to trial,” stated Grant.

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Curls unveils new cocktail line of products for naturally curly hair

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Hair care brand Curls, which is geared toward the multicultural and ethnic market, has announced the launch of its new cocktail line of hair care products, each formulated to address a different issue that those with naturally curly hair may experience.

“Our curly hair cocktails are just what women have been wanting and needing,” said Mahisha Dellinger, founder and CEO of Curls, a company specializing in organic hair care products for naturally curly hair. “They can truly help people be the life of the party. This is one happy hour that leaves you feeling and looking great.”

The Curls line of cocktails comes in such varieties as Coconut Sublime Conditioner, Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner, Cashmere Curls, Curls Milkshake, Curls Goddess Glaze, and Champagne and Caviar Curl Elixir. They are also available in kits, such as the Transitioning Diva Kit, the Active Woman on the Go Kit, and Curls Custom Cocktail Kit.

All Curls products have been created with certified organic ingredients, as well as exotic oils hand-pressed in Bali, the company said. They contain natural oils, such as aloe leaf juice, panthenol, mango, shea butter, and murmur butter. Each of the cleansers, conditioners, and moisturizers in the five varieties of cocktails has been designed to give naturally curly hair, especially ethnic hair, a more natural and beautiful look, as well as to help replenish it, so that hair doesn’t feel dried out or look frizzy.

Curls is available for purchase at such retailers as Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Sally’s, Walgreens and Walmart (end of 2012).

 

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