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Sales show skin care oils are here to stay

BY Antoinette Alexander

Skin care oils. It’s a trend that isn’t showing signs of slowing as women increasingly incorporate them into their beauty regimens, and manufacturers continue to heed the call with new innovations hitting shelves.

The resistance to apply oil to the skin is waning as consumers are discovering just how light and non-greasy skin care oils can be, and they are embracing the skin care benefits that oils can provide, such as an improved appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. In fact, some industry sources have suggested that we are on the forefront of an explosion of oils in the United States.

For example, when South Africa’s Bio-Oil first hit the U.S. market nearly 10 years ago, it faced some resistance, as oil-free was the trend at the time. Today, the brand has a much different story to share, as evidenced by its nearly 8% sales boost to $21.4 million at U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013, according to IRI.

Whether it is Argan oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, rose hip seed oil or Kukui oil, incorporating oil into a skin care regimen is still the buzz, and it is likely that the segment will gain even greater attention during 2014.

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Nordic Naturals intros Vitamin C Gummies

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals introduced Vitamin C Gummies, providing 250 mg of vitamin C. With a tart tangerine flavor, Vitamin C Gummies are chewable gummy slices for kids 4 years and older.

The product is pectin-based, and free of gelatin, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives and allergens, including gluten, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and soy.
 

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South Beach Diet adds chocolate truffle smoothie flavor

BY Barbara White-Sax

NEW YORK — South Beach Diet recently unveiled a new addition to its family of nutritious and convenient snacks — the South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in chocolate truffle flavor.

The decision to launch the smoothie came from consumer demand, the company reported. When asked, 96% of survey respondents told South Beach Diet they wanted a chocolate-flavored smoothie. The new smoothie contains 6 g of protein and fiber, and has no artificial flavors, sweeteners or sugar alcohols.

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