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Kline: Cosmetics and toiletries market sees growth in 2013

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The cosmetics and toiletries market enjoyed growth in 2013, despite a challenging economy, and that growth is expected to continue into the future as the economy improves and manufacturers set their sights on innovation and products with multi-purpose functionality, according to a recent Kline & Co. blog.

According to Kline, U.S. sales exceeded $41 billion at the manufacturers’ level in 2013, up 2.4% compared with 2012. Fueling sales were strong performances in makeup and skin care. In addition, such mature product classes as oral care and hair care also contributed to the market’s overall growth, thanks to innovation and new product launches.

Kline also noted that private-label products increasingly are moving into the spotlight, proving to be a strong force among shoppers who are looking for lower-priced alternatives to expensive branded products.   

 

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Pillsbury’s Funfetti line gets colorful

BY Ryan Chavis

ORRVILLE, OH — Pillsbury, a brand from J.M. Smucker Co., is adding some bold touches to its line of Funfetti Cupcake and Cake mixes with the introduction of four new varieties. The brand’s Funfetti Frostings also will get two new additions. The eye-catching baking mixes and frostings can be mixed and matched to create eye-catching treats for friends and family, the company said.

The four new cupcake and cake mixes include:

  • Funfetti Aqua Blude Cupcake and Cake Mix;
  • Funfetti Orange All Star Cupcake and Cake Mix;
  • Funfetti Neon Yellow Cupcake and Cake Mix; and
  • Funfetti Vibrant Green Cupcake and Cake Mix.

Pillsbury Funfetti Frostings with Candy Bits will be available in Funfetti Orange All Star Vanilla Flavored Frosting, which includes star-shaped candy bits; and Funfetti Neon Yellow Vanilla Flavored Frosting with multi-colored candy bits. 

Pillsbury Cake and Cupcake Mixes and Pillsbury Frostings are available at grocery stores nationwide at a suggested price of $1.00 to $1.99.

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Duane Reade to blast allergy coupons on high-index days through Poncho app

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens’ Duane Reade stores will be promoting its allergy remedies on days with high allergy indexes through Poncho, a text- and email-based weather app, according to a story published by Mashable on Tuesday. 

The offering will be Poncho’s first step into monetizing its service, according to the report. 

The promotion, which was negotiated by OMD Ignition Factory according to the report, will run through June 7.

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