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American Airlines to provide amenity kits featuring Burt’s Bees products

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH, Texas Select customers traveling on American Airline’s International Flagship Service will begin to see refreshed amenity kits that will include some new items such as Burt’s Bees natural personal care products.

“We consistently seek to align our product and service offerings with what our customers value so that we can provide a better overall travel experience,” stated Lauri Curtis, VP, Onboard Service. “The redesigned amenity kit, thanks to input from our customers and flight attendants, includes premium products our customers value, like Burt’s Bees, which more closely meet their needs.”

According to the airlines, travelers in select markets will now begin to see the new kits, with the roll out continuing in the coming weeks. American is providing larger-sized cosmetic products, including Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, Colgate toothpaste, a toothbrush with a re-sealable cap, thicker plush socks and larger eyeshades.

The redesigned kits will replace the current amenity kit, which American’s customers have received since June 2007.

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Oral-B recognizes National Children’s Dental Health Month with educational campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Oral-B, a Procter & Gamble brand, has launched a campaign in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month that will aim to educate parents and healthcare providers about the importance of proper oral care at each stage of a child’s development and will offer solutions to help combat commonly-faced oral health issues.

“Oral health is a commonly overlooked aspect of children’s health and many parents don’t realize that it can have a considerable impact on other areas of a child’s development, including their speech, learning, nutrition and even self-esteem,” stated Dr. Laura Jana, author and founder of Practical Parenting Consulting LLC. “Parents should begin a proper oral care routine early and stay educated on the different oral health issues their children may face as they grow so they can be properly addressed.”

As part of the effort to improve children’s oral health, Oral-B sponsored an American Academy of Pediatrics November 2008 event, “The National Summit on Children’s Oral Health: A New Era of Collaboration.”

The oral care brand has also awarded the AAP a grant to help improve children’s oral health in underserved communities throughout the country. The grant, dedicated to AAP’s “Bright Futures/Oral Health” initiative, will provide oral health education and resources to health professionals, teaching them to conduct oral health risk assessments, perform exams, apply fluoride varnish and expand community commitment to combating oral disease.

For 2009, Crest and Oral-B have jointly partnered with Operation Smile to help make a difference in children’s smiles around the world. Beginning in January and running through March, Crest and Oral-B is making a donation to Operation Smile to give new smiles to hundreds of children around the world.

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Revlon announces 4Q profit

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Revlon announced on Thursday that for 2008 it recorded net income of $57.9 million as it reduced debt by $110 million.

“During the year, net sales growth in Revlon brand color cosmetics, which was driven by strong new product introductions and a more focused allocation of advertising and promotional expenditures, along with continued rigorous cost control, resulted in significantly improved financial performance,” stated David Kennedy, president and CEO. “Specifically, and as we forecasted, the company improved operating margins, profitability and generated positive free cash flow and net income. In addition, during 2008, we reduced debt by $110 million, improving our capital structure.” 

Net income for 2008 totaled $57.9 million, or $1.13 per share, compared with a net loss of $16.1 million, or 32 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Net income in 2008 includes discontinued operations of $44.8 million, or 87 cents per share, of which $45.2 million, or 88 cents per share, relates to the gain on sale of discontinued operations. 

Sales for the year totaled $1.35 billion compared with $1.37 billion last year. Higher net sales of color cosmetics were offset by lower net sales of beauty care and unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations, the company stated. Excluding foreign currency fluctuations, net sales of Revlon brand color cosmetics rose 9% driven largely by new product introductions. 

For the fourth quarter, net sales were $334.2 million, a decrease of 10.5% compared with $373.3 million in the year-ago period. Foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by $23.3 million. 

Net income during the fourth quarter totaled $11.3 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with net income of $40.8 million, or 80 cents per share. Income from continuing operations during the quarter was $11.2 million compared with $40 million last year. 

“While we expect economic conditions and the retail sales environment to remain uncertain around the world, we believe we are better positioned than in many years to maximize our business results in light of these conditions,” noted Kennedy. “Specifically, we have strong global brands, a highly capable organization, a sustainable, reduced cost structure and an improved capital structure.” 

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