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Crop Naturals, Creative Research Labs win DSN/ECRM Buyers’ Choice Awards

BY Seth Mendelson

Crop Naturals won the Drug Store News/ECRM Buyers’ Choice Award for its cosmetics and skin care lines during ECRM’s recent Cosmetics, Fragrance & Bath EPPS. Creative Research Labs won for its Jesse’s Girl liquid gloss.

The two companies were selected from dozens of entries in the award program, samples of which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area during the EPPS meetings. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.

Victoria, Australia-based Crop Natural’s line of cosmetics and skin care products is based on the company’s belief that all skin is naturally beautiful and is best treated that way. The products use dermatologically tested and approved formulations, and certified organic and naturally-derived ingredients that are not tested on animals or harmful in any way, along with sustainable packaging and manufacturing processes.

The Crop Natural team has decades of combined experience in research, product development and design, and have devoted themselves to developing premium, high performing, natural products that deliver on their promise and reveal truly healthy skin.

Oxford, N.C.-based Creative Research Labs has developed the Jesse’s Girl brand to appeal to the fashion-forward but budget-conscious millennial market with top-quality, on-trend products free of high-end price tags. Its focus on social media through such platforms as Facebook and Instagram has boosted the brand’s appeal with millennial shoppers, according to the company.

The Jesse’s Girl line of GlowStix holographic lip glosses employ liquid crystal technology combined with holographic effects to create a product that not only looks unique in the package, but also is developed to be stunning when worn alone or in combination with other lip colors as a base. The expanded GlowStix line includes six new colors and retails for $9.95 each.

“Crop Naturals and Creative Research Labs are two examples of the suppliers developing innovative products that help retailers build unique assortments that differentiate their stores in the market,” said Lisa Carrillo, senior vice president of beauty Care, at ECRM. “We congratulate them on winning the Buyers Choice Awards.”

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Avon appoints new CEO

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Avon has announced that a new chief executive officer will be joining its team, effective immediately. Jan Zijderveld will be taking over the role, succeeding Sheri McCoy who announced intentions to retire from the company and its board. Aside from becoming the new CEO, Zijderveld also will serve as a member of the London-based company’s board of directors.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to welcome Jan to Avon, who we unanimously appointed from a very strong list of seasoned global executives,” Chan Galbato, chairman of the board of directors of Avon said. “With his 30-year track record as a proven global leader, Jan has driven profitable growth in large, multi-channel, complex consumer businesses across emerging, developing and developed markets.”

Zijderveld previously spent 30 years with Unilever, where he was a member of the company’s executive committee, served as president of the $14 billion European business, and the executive vice president in South East Asia and Australasia. Prior to that, Jan was the CEO of Unilever, Middle East and Africa where he was able to refocus the brand’s food and personal care portfolio by creating dedicated modern and traditional trade channels to meet the needs of the changing marketplace.

“I am thrilled to be joining Avon at such an important chapter in the Company’s turnaround. I strongly believe in the opportunity and relevance of direct selling for today’s representatives and consumers. Avon is an iconic brand with an incredible global footprint as the world’s leading direct selling beauty company, operating in the attractive and growing beauty category,” Zijderveld said.

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Groupe Rocher to acquire Arbonne International

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Groupe Rocher, who currently houses luxury brands such as Yves Rocher, Petit Bateau and ID Parfums has announced plans to expand its portfolio by acquiring Arbonne International.

Arbonne, is a company that offers a wide range of vegan skin care, bath, body, nutrition and makeup products, with sales revenue in the excess of $550 million. The Irvine, Calif-based business’ holding company is Natural Products Group.

“This acquisition will be a real asset that will enable us to strengthen our positioning in the direct selling channel, which has seen an upturn over the past few years. We also have a heritage of providing employment opportunities -dating back to my grandfather, our founder, Yves Rocher, who cared deeply about providing employment since he started his business. This, combined with our direct selling know-how, should foster company growth and longevity,” Bris Rocher, CEO of Groupe Rocher said.

Nature’s Gate, a personal care brand, which is part of Arbonne also is part of the acquisition. The company has approximately 800 employees and 250,000 active independent consultants.

“We share with Groupe Rocher commitments to pure, botanically based products and sustainability, as well as a long-term business vision that is grounded in family values. We are particularly pleased with Groupe Rocher’s keen appreciation of the many benefits of the direct selling model in providing flexible income opportunities, and a positive community of professional growth for individuals,” Kay Zanotti, CEO of Arbonne said.

Groupe Rocher is headquartered in La Gacilly, France, and is an independent family-run group. The acquisition is still pending, with the value not yet released.

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