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Study predicts natural products will continue to outperform in food, drug, mass

BY Antoinette Alexander

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. Spins, an information and service provider for the natural products industry, has found that natural products continue to outperform in conventional food, drug and mass outlets, and the authenticity of such products will be key to future growth.

“As evidenced by the performance in the natural channel, authenticity of natural brands and retailers continue to be one of the key factors in product performance,” said Spins chief executive officer Tony Olson.

“Authenticity extends beyond whether a product is free of artificial flavors and ingredients and moves into the realm of overall health and wellness, social and environmental sustainability, nutritional benefits and other leading factors. A brand or retailer’s ability to resonate with a consumer on this level is a strong indicator of success in conventional food, drug, mass channels.”

According to Spins research, the natural products industry posted sales of $13.4 billion on growth of more than 12 percent within conventional food, drug and mass retailers over the 52 weeks ended Oct. 4. Body care, general merchandise, and frozen and refrigerated foods continued to post double-digit growth rates. Organic products continue to outperform the overall natural products industry with growth of more than 13 percent compared with the previous year.

While the industry momentum has slowed in conventional retailers over recent weeks, the organic growth continues to be solid at 7 percent in the recent 12 weeks, Spins noted. While the top sellers will continue to attract the majority of sales, there are a number of fast growing categories that, according to Spins, will provide retailers and manufacturers with additional organic expansion opportunities, especially in body care.

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FDA, CSI recall lots of acne ointments

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of all lots of an anti-acne ointment after samples were found to contain Burkholderia cepacia bacteria.

The FDA and CSI USA announced the recall Thursday. It affects all lots of 1-ounce tubes of acne cream containing 10 percent benzoyl peroxide sold under several store brands, including Dollar General’s DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel, Kroger Acne Gel 10 Percent Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication and Walmart’s Equate: Medicated Acne Gel.

CSI has said the risk to healthy users of the cream is low, but people with skin injuries or suppressed immune systems could be at risk. So far, however, no complications have been reported.

The recall does not affect any other acne medications sold at Dollar General, Walmart or Kroger.

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Colomer relaunches Fanci-Full hair color line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Colomer USA has relaunched its Fanci-Full line of temporary hair color and has developed a new Web site.

The relaunch marks the first major update to the brand since its original debut in 1932.

The revamped line is a thicker, mess-proof formula that promises improved color results, added shine and enhanced hair volume. The new formula also has a fresh citrus fragrance. To give it a more modern look and feel, and to help it stand out among the sea of hair coloring boxes on the shelf, the 9-ounce bottle is dressed in a hot pink hue and features a custom cap.

Beginning in November, the company is promoting the relaunch with the tagline “Never Have a Gray Day,” and is targeting women aged 35 to 54. A new Web site is slated to launch later this week.

All six shades—Bashful Blond, Black Radiance (formerly Black Rage), Chocolate Kiss, Frivolous Fawn, Plush Brown and White Minx—are now hitting store shelves with a suggested retail price of $5.99.

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