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OPI develops Coca-Cola-inspired nail polish

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — OPI Products, a subsidiary of Coty, has collaborated with Coca-Cola to create a line of OPI nail lacquers inspired by several of the company’s most recognized brands, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Sprite and Fanta.

The line of limited-edition nail lacquers will launch internationally in June.

“As the global leader in the professional nail industry, OPI is thrilled to partner with the world’s top beverage company, the Coca-Cola Co.,” stated Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and EVP. “These two iconic brands truly deliver happiness in a bottle — whether it’s a refreshing, invigorating sip of Coke, or a set of fingers and toes perfectly polished with OPI nail lacquer.”
 

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AmerisourceBergen invests in Brazilian wholesaler

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a minority stake in Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A., a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler in Brazil. In addition, AmerisourceBergen and Profarma will establish a joint venture for specialty distribution and services. 

“We are very excited to partner with Profarma as we continue to expand our reach into growing international markets,” stated Steven Collis, president and CEO AmerisourceBergen. “With its long-term macroeconomic growth outlook, favorable demographics and increasing access to healthcare services and specialty pharmaceuticals, the Brazilian market affords us a tremendous opportunity to expand our international offerings. Profarma’s success in the wholesale distribution, chain and independent retail, and specialty markets, combined with our expertise in specialty distribution and manufacturer services provides a compelling opportunity to shape the delivery of healthcare in Brazil.”

The company expects to invest a total of approximately $100 million, and the transaction is expected to close in the June quarter of 2014.  

Sammy Birmarcker, CEO Profarma, highlighted the positive effects that the association with AmerisourceBergen should bring for the operations of Profarma Specialty, such as access to new medicines, equipment, services and practices that currently do not exist in Brazil. “We hope the country will soon be able to benefit from the technological advances that are already available to the specialty pharmaceutical distribution industry in more evolved markets abroad,” Birmarcker said. “We believe that the experience acquired by Profarma over the course of its 52 years of activities, combined with the technology and expertise of AmerisourceBergen in rendering new services, will provide a favorable environment for the development of Profarma Specialty in Brazil." 

AmerisourceBergen will purchase up to a 19.9% minority stake by offering Brazilian Real $22.50 per share (U.S.$9.68 per share) for shares offered in a primary offering by Profarma. The specialty distribution joint venture will include Profarma’s existing specialty businesses and an equity investment from AmerisourceBergen, and each company will own a 50% stake in the joint venture.

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Family Dollar names new SVP supply chain

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Monday named Brian Hancock to the position of SVP supply chain. Hancock will report to Howard Levine, Family Dollar chairman and CEO.

“Since we opened our first store in 1959, our focus has been on providing our customers with great value and convenience. In today’s competitive retail environment, building an efficient, end-to-end supply chain is critical to providing our customers with the compelling values they have come to rely on Family Dollar to deliver,” Levine said. “With Brian’s diverse and extensive background in merchandising, logistics and strategic planning, I know his expertise will help our team achieve our current and future growth initiatives.”

Prior to joining to Family Dollar, Hancock served as president North American division for the Martin–Brower Company, one of the largest suppliers of food and materials to McDonald’s restaurants worldwide, where he was responsible for all strategic and operational functions in North America. Previous to that, he served as VP global supply chain for Whirlpool. Hancock also held various positions with Schneider National, a privately held transportation and logistics leader. 

Hancock holds a master’s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

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