FDA, CSI recall lots of acne ointments
ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of all lots of an anti-acne ointment after samples were found to contain Burkholderia cepacia bacteria.
The FDA and CSI USA announced the recall Thursday. It affects all lots of 1-ounce tubes of acne cream containing 10 percent benzoyl peroxide sold under several store brands, including Dollar General’s DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel, Kroger Acne Gel 10 Percent Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication and Walmart’s Equate: Medicated Acne Gel.
CSI has said the risk to healthy users of the cream is low, but people with skin injuries or suppressed immune systems could be at risk. So far, however, no complications have been reported.
The recall does not affect any other acne medications sold at Dollar General, Walmart or Kroger.
Spins study says natural, organic sales remain steady due to consumer loyalty
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. Natural retailers continue to experience strong consumer loyalty and sales momentum despite the economic slowdown, according to the results of recent research released by Spins, an information and service provider for the natural products industry.
Even as natural products become increasingly available in the marketplace by way of new distribution channels, such as pharmacy and mass-market retailers, consumers continue to strengthen their relationship with natural retailers.
In the latest 12 weeks ended Oct. 4, natural and organic product growth rates from natural retailers were more than triple those of conventional with an aggregate sales growth of 10 percent for natural retailers.
Conventional food retailers experienced growth of 3.2 percent during the same period.
Unit sales mirrored this trend, according to Spins, with continued growth in natural retailers while flat in conventional food. Focusing on the organic element of the natural industry (products with more than 70 percent of organic content), natural retailers are also leading the trends with a 13.4 percent sales improvement versus the year-ago period compared with a growth of 4.9 percent at conventional food.
Opportunities abound to ‘man’ personal care segment
Men—especially young men who are more open to experimenting with products—continue to represent an opportunity for the personal care segment, and manufacturers are heeding the call by continuing to roll out “manly” products.
“Companies that wish to grow must focus on younger males—adolescents to those in their late 20s—because these individuals care more about their appearance and are more open to trying new brands,” stated research firm Euromonitor International in its most recent U.S. Men’s Grooming report.
Euromonitor estimated that by 2012, the men’s grooming segment in the United States will reach $5.3 billion, up from nearly $5 billion in 2007. This number includes men’s toiletries (bath and shower, deodorants, hair care and skin care), which are expected to increase to $2.9 billion by 2012. This compares with $2.6 billion in 2007.
“The change in men’s attitudes toward grooming products will be the driving factor behind this growth. The association with strong ‘manly’ brands, such as Axe and Old Spice, has already helped body washes gain acceptance within the mass market,” Euromonitor noted. “Meanwhile, the men’s skin care subsector has yet to reach its full potential.”
Retailers also are taking steps to meet his grooming needs whether it is through merchandising men’s grooming products in one designated area or, as in the case with one Duane Reade store in New York, cross-merchandising with such electronic accessories as headphones to bolster sales.
Unilever’s Axe, which has been a major player in the men’s grooming segment with its products that exude sex appeal, continues to bolster its portfolio. In September, it launched its newest fragrance dubbed Dark Temptation in a body spray and shower gel. The fragrance combines the aroma of chocolate with such gourmet scents as hot chocolate, amber and red peppercorn.
Meanwhile, Axe is entering the hair care segment starting in December with the launch of Axe Hair, a full line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products.
The hair care collection includes Messy Look Paste to give hair a just-out-of-bed look, Shaggy Look Cream and De-Glue Shampoo + Scrub, which features rock crystals and is designed to remove product build up in the hair.
For the holiday season, Beiersdorf is offering its Nivea for Men Head to Toe Holiday Kit. The kit includes an energizing face scrub, body wash, shaving gel and post-shave balm. The suggested retail price is $14.99.
L’Oréal is gearing up for the launch of a Men’s Expert product in early 2009 but, as of press time, it was too early to release details. The collection currently includes facial products for men of various ages, including the Circle Eraser anti-dark circle under eye moisturizer, Vita Lift SPF 15 anti-wrinkle and firming moisturizer with UVA/UVB sunscreen and Hydra-Power invigorating moisturizer.