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Supplier News

Ethnic hair care brand Crème of Nature has added the Crème of Nature with Argan Oil no-lye relaxer to its portfolio of argan oil hair care products. The product was available at mass-market retailers and beauty supply stores in October.

Pert Plus and Sure, which were acquired by Idelle Labs in the spring, launched in October new brand advertising campaigns aimed at communicating to consumers the value and reliability of the products. Pert Plus’ “Get hair that’s all Plus and no fuss with Pert Plus” campaign targets women who buy hair care products for their families and emphasizes the benefits of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Sure’s campaign touts its best-selling invisible solid and highlights the advantage of an undetectable antiperspirant protection that promises to work around the clock.

Retail News

Grocer Safeway has unveiled its new natural personal care line called In-Kind. The line is comprised of lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, facial products and hand soaps. The products are free of parabens, sulfates and pesticides, according to the company, and are made with 90%-plus natural ingredients.

Executive News

Freeman Beauty Labs, whose brands include Vita-K skin care, Psssst! instant dry shampoo and Freeman Papaya hair care, has hired Patrick Bridges as its new SVP of sales. Bridges joins Freeman Beauty Labs from Bionorica. In his role, Bridges will continue to build and manage the sales department across most major mass channels in the United States.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA has appointed Stefan Sudhoff, corporate SVP cosmetics/toiletries at Henkel, to lead Henkel Consumer Goods. Sudhoff succeeds Georg Baratta. Henkel Consumer Goods markets such consumer brands as Dial, Right Guard, Purex and Renuzit.

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Stater Bros. kicks off Harvesting Hope campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. A Southern California-based supermarket chain is assisting with hunger relief throughout November and December.

Stater Bros., in conjunction with its charitable arm, Stater Bros. Charities, will host its Harvesting Hope campaign. The retailer said it is collecting nonperishable food items for struggling families and accepting additional cash donations in all 167 Stater Bros. stores. The stores also are offering customers the opportunity to purchase $10 Harvesting Hope scannable donation cards.

Each year, Stater Bros. contributes more than $15 million to assist those in need, with an emphasis on worthy programs that benefit hunger relief, health and nutrition, education and animal shelters. Stater Bros. also annually donates more than 3 million lbs of food and products to the local food banks.

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Whoopee! American Greetings brings the laughs

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Jokers will be sure to embrace the latest laugh-out-loud card line from American Greetings.

The greeting card company announced its first-ever whoopee-cushion greeting card line, called "It’s a Gas!" Each card in the collection is an actual whoopee cushion that can be signed and sent in an accompanying envelope.

 

"Consumers often tell us that surprising friends and family with the greeting cards they choose is the best part of the experience, so we are always looking for ways to introduce unexpected ideas," said Mary McClain, creative director of new product concepts at American Greetings. "With ‘It’s a Gas!,’ we have a really fun format that is silly and unique and sure to put a big smile on anyone’s face, which is what we strive for in every card we create."

 

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