Helen of Troy completes acquisition of Pert Plus, Sure
EL PASO, Texas Helen of Troy has closed its previously announced acquisition of the Pert Plus hair care and Sure antiperspirant and deodorant brands from Innovative Brands.
Pert Plus has a history as a leading brand in the $2 billion U.S. shampoo category through its development of the 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner combination technology. Sure holds the position as a leading brand in the $1.7 billion U.S. antiperspirant and deodorant category.
“We expect to quickly integrate Pert Plus and Sure into our Idelle Labs division, which markets and manages our hair and skin care brands. We also expect the sales of the Pert Plus and Sure brands will be approximately $65 million on an annual basis, and the acquisitions will be accretive upon their integration,” stated Gerald Rubin, chairman, CEO and president of Helen of Troy.
P&G makes connection between consumers, green products with Future Friendly initiative
Procter & Gamble has expanded its Future Friendly program — a multibrand initiative aimed at helping shoppers save water, waste and energy at home — and is bringing the environmental responsibility and educational platform to the store level as it kicks off a full media platform in an effort to reach at least 50 million U.S. households by the end of the 2010. But what kind of research is behind the design and deployment of Future Friendly, and what does it mean for retailers?
To answer these questions and more, Ken Clark, editor-in-chief of Drug Store News’ sister publication, Home Channel News, talked with P&G executives Maurice Coffey and Duncan Love during their recent trip to New York City to discuss the initiative.
Future Friendly is an educational platform designed to help educate consumers on how to use leading P&G products, such as Tide, Pampers, PUR and Duracell, to achieve savings in water, waste and energy. For example, nearly 80% of the energy used in the typical load of laundry is in heating water at the consumer’s home. By washing in cold water with a detergent formula for that application, like Tide Coldwater, consumers can conserve energy and help reduce their utility bills. So now Tide Coldwater will carry a Future Friendly seal to indicate their energy-savings capabilities.
P&G now is deploying a full media platform and consumers will begin to see Future Friendly-labeled products on store shelves in early April. More than 15,000 retail locations will participate in the initial phase of the initiative.
Jergens wants users to be sun smart with new partnership
NEW YORK As summer approaches, Jergens Skincare is looking to remind beauty mavens about the safe way to a get a natural-looking glow and has teamed up with the Skin Cancer Foundation and actress and singer Jane Krakowski.
In a new video, Krakowski is divulging how she gets natural-looking color with Jergens natural glow moisturizers and is encouraging everyone who views her message to pass it on to someone they know.
Each time the video is viewed from now until Aug. 31, 2010, Jergens skin care team will make a $1 donation to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
“Given what we know about the effects of sun exposure, tanning is just not worth the risk,” stated Dr. Sapna Westley, consulting dermatologist for Kao Brands Co., the maker of Jergens. “I recommend Jergens natural glow daily moisturizers as a safe, healthy alternative — the formulas offer the natural-looking color women want without the harmful side effects.”
In related news, Jergens has upgraded the formula of its Jergens natural glow revitalizing daily moisturizer to deliver gradual color that lasts two times longer than the leading lotion sunless tanner, according to the company.