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P&G, GSK Consumer Healthcare, other brands among Product of the Year winners

BY David Salazar
NEW YORK — The 2017 Product of the Year Award winners, chosen from a national survey of 40,000 consumers conducted by Kantar TNS, were announced Friday, and some big-name brands are among those honored at the Feb. 9 awards show in New York City’s Edison Ballroom. 
 
“Competition is fierce among consumer brands, with thousands of new products introduced to the market each year,” Mike Nolan, CEO of Product of the Year USA, said. “This year's winners will have a true advantage over competitors as they are able to utilize the distinctive red Product of the Year logo on packaging and in brand advertising to show shoppers that 40,000 consumers recommend their product against the competition.”
 
Product of the Year takes entries from new consumer products launched in the previous year that demonstrate innovation in a particular category, with one product winning the entire category. Among this year’s winners were such brands as Carmex, whose Comfort Care Lip Balm won in the lip care category; GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Sensodyne True White, which won in the oral care category; Procter & Gamble’s Charmin Essentials Soft, which won in the bath tissue category; and sweetener category winner Splenda Naturals. 
 
Recent research from Kantar TNs found that Product of the Year USA winners outperform category performance by 38.1% and that coupon redemption consideration increased 24% when the Product of the Year logo is featured in a free-standing insert. 
 
The full list of winners is: 
  • Car care: Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades
  • Foot care: Amopé GelActiv Insoles & Inserts
  • Skin care: Kleenex Facial Cleansing, Exfoliating Cushions
  • Feminine care: SweetSpot Labs Washes & Wipes
  • Lip care: Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm
  • Hair treatment: Schwarzkopf Keratin Color
  • Oral care: Sensodyne True White
  • Eye care: Clear Eyes Pure Relief Preservative Free Eye Drops
  • Health and wellness: Centrum MultiGummies for Women & Men
  • OTC immediate relief: Mucinex Fast-Max and Sinus-Max Liquid Gels
  • Home care: Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
  • Bathroom cleaner: Lysol Power & Fresh 6 Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Bath tissue: Charmin Essentials Soft
  • Liquid laundry: Tide purclean
  • Laundry pacs: Tide PODS Plus Febreze Odor Defense
  • Fabric conditioner: Snuggle PLUS SuperFresh Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry booster: Downy Fresh Protect with Febreze Odor Defense
  • Air Care: Air Wick Bloom Scented Oil Warmer
  • Sugar confections: Werther's Original Soft Caramels
  • Chocolate: Russell Stover Pecan Delight
  • Salty snacks: SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs
  • Healthy snacks: Del Monte Fruit Refreshers
  • Specialty bread: Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread
  • Dessert: Inspired by Happiness Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake
  • Sweetener: Splenda Naturals Sweetener
  • Beverage: Tetley Super Tea
  • Wine: Broken Clouds Pinot Noir
  • Spirits: Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
 
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Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be America’s 23rd Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“[Price] is uniquely qualified to lead HHS, which will oversee the potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and possible reforms to the Medicaid program, among other high-profile priorities for America’s complex health system,” suggested Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. “While everyone shares the goal of finding ways to produce better health outcomes while reducing costs, NCPA and the more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies it represents will continue to push for common-sense, market-based, bipartisan reforms in our area of expertise – the delivery of critical prescription drug services to Americans.”

“CHPA congratulates Dr. Tom Price on his recent confirmation,” stated the Consumer Healchare Products Association. “We are confident that Secretary Price believes, as do we, that Americans want to be empowered to make smart and effective healthcare choices and they want more self -care options, including OTC medicines.”

Noting that Price will pay a key role in selecting the next commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, the CHPA offered the following qualities embodying an ideal candidate: an ability to deal with complexity; decisiveness and a respect for risk; medical and scientific knowledge; passion for FDA’s mission; vision; and, accountability.

 

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Revlon names Linda Wells chief creative officer

BY David Salazar
NEW YORK — Revlon on Friday announced a new addition to its upper leadership. The company has hired Linda Wells to be its chief creative officer, overseeing the look and feel of the company’s brands — from advertising and product innovation to packaging, digital, social presence and point of sale. She will report to Revlon president and CEO Fabian Garcia, officially joining the company Feb. 13.
 
“As we continue to strengthen our portfolio of iconic brands, Linda’s extensive knowledge of the beauty industry and her experience assessing and reporting on the global beauty sector will elevate the prestige, image and execution of our brands,” Garcia said. “She will also be integral to ensuring the glamour, sophistication and innovativeness that are original to both Revlon and Elizabeth Arden brands’ iconic heritage.”
 
Wells is the founding editor in chief of Allure magazine, allure.com and the magazine’s video channel. In her 25 years at the helm of Allure, she created the Allure Best of Beauty Awards, the Best of Beauty seal and the Allure Beauty Box subscription service. She joins Revlon from New York Magazine’s The Cut, where she was contributing beauty editor, and “The Linda Wells Report,” where she was a producer for the beauty magazine within Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Town & Country. 
 
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