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P&G acquires hair/scalp care company Nioxin

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has acquired hair care company Nioxin Research Laboratories, a move that is in line with P&G Beauty’s strategy of focusing on fast growing, high margin businesses.

Nioxin offers a range of products that focus on the scalp to improve the appearance of thinning hair. The product line is distributed through salons and salon stores in more than 40 countries.

Current Nioxin chief executive officer, Brian Graham, will continue to lead the business.

“Our goal is to further grow the Nioxin business with their current organization, brand portfolio and distribution partners,” stated Kevin Otero, general manager for P&G Professional Care, North America. “Nioxin will be an important part of our portfolio to further maximize our services, education and salon business support. The acquisition strengthens P&G’s continued commitment to grow the salon industry and create new opportunities for our customers, stylists and consumers while building on our professional leadership in the hair color segment with another strong hair care brand.”

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Shoppers Drug Mart to debut Murale beauty concept store

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO Shoppers Drug Mart has revealed details of its new retail beauty concept store, dubbed Murale, set to open in November.

“Murale is a beauty masterpiece that will give access to the most innovative and leading beauty products, services, consultation and advice,”stated Jurgen Schreiber, president and chief executive officer of Shoppers Drug Mart. “In developing this concept we truly had no boundaries or borders, allowing us to select the finest products and expert services in beauty.”

The company plans to launch two stores by year-end. The first location will be in Ottawa in Place D’Orleans in November. Soon after, MuraleOs first flagship store will open in Galerie Place Ville-Marie in Montreal.

Murale will showcase more than 200 dermatological, luxury beauty, fragrance and niche brands. Within the dermatological and niche categories, Murale will debut lines never before available in Canada and some first to North America.

What also will set Murale apart from the competition, according to Shoppers Drug Mart, is the expertise available within the stores. The stores will employ beauty and fragrance experts and makeup artists who will be on hand to offer beauty advice and help shoppers find the right brands, palettes and fragrances.

Shoppers also will be greeted by professional service advisors, including a skin care team comprised of an aesthetician, a pharmacist and a skin care professional.

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Kim Berg appointed director of evaluation for Drom

BY Antoinette Alexander

TOWACO, N.J. Drom Fragrances, which is in the midst of a restructuring and expansion process, has appointed Kim Berg director of evaluation.

Berg has been with drom for more than four years. She started as a senior evaluator, working in both fine fragrance and personal care. Her latest position before being promoted was that of evaluation manager.

In her new role, Berg will be responsible for all evaluation activities in both the New York as well the New Jersey locations. She will also be in charge of the department’s long-term strategy and the international coordination with drom’s German headquarters. She will be located in the company’s Towaco, N.J. creative center.

The latest new member to Berg’s evaluation team is Judith Chan. She will be working as a fragrance evaluator in drom’s downtown New York City fine fragrance studio. Chan joins the company from Ungerer & Co., where she had worked for five years. In her new role, Chan will work on drom’s fine fragrance accounts.

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