Whole Foods updates package guidelines for supplement, body care suppliers
AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market has implemented new responsible packaging guidelines for all of its more than 2,100 body care and supplement suppliers, and has switched to post-consumer recycled content bottles for several of its store-brand supplements and body care products, the retailer announced on Wednesday.
Beginning in the summer of 2008, Jeremiah McElwee, global Whole Body coordinator for Whole Foods Market, and his team worked with 25 of Whole Foods Market’s largest personal care product suppliers to develop the new guidelines, which became effective Sept. 1, 2009. The guidelines mandate that suppliers reduce the use of plastic in product packaging, encourage the switch to glass when possible and limit acceptable packaging materials to those that are easily reused or recycled and/or feature the highest percentage of PCR content.
Suppliers were given one year to transition to more eco-friendly packaging.
All new body care and supplement suppliers must meet the packaging guidelines before their products can be sold in one of the company’s more than 300 locations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
“At Whole Foods Market, we’re committed to reducing, reusing and recycling waste on all levels of business, and we’re thrilled to be leading the green packaging charge with our store-brand products,” McElwee stated. “We knew that PCR-content bottles were the way to go. They require less energy and water to produce and generate far fewer greenhouse gases, while diverting reusable materials out of the landfill and reducing reliance on virgin plastics.”
While the switch to PCR bottles began last September, the company expected to switch all of its house-brand Whole Body products, which now use amber plastic PET No. 1 bottles, to PCR packaging by late 2010. The new bottles bear a leaf symbol indicating that they are made from 100% PCR plastic.
Ulta posts Q2 net sales increase of 17.6%, net income up 127.2%
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. Beauty retailer Ulta on Thursday announced a net sales increase of 17.6% to $321.8 million for its second quarter, ended July 31, compared with $273.5 million in the same period last year.
Comparable-store sales increased 10.8%, compared with a decrease of 1.7% in second quarter 2009. Gross profit increased 350 basis points to 32.3% from 28.8% last year.
Operating income increased 117.4% to $22.3 million, or 6.9% of net sales, compared with $10.2 million, or 3.7% of net sales, in the prior-year period. Net income increased 127.2% to $13.1 million compared with $5.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. Income per diluted share more than doubled to 22 cents, including 3 cents per diluted share related to the nonrecurring compensation charge. Income per diluted share was 25 cents, excluding the nonrecurring compensation charge.
“We are very pleased to report an excellent second quarter 2010 performance,” said Lyn Kirby, CEO of Ulta. “Despite a slow economic recovery, the momentum on our business is very strong as we reap the benefits of our market share strategies implemented in 2009 and continue to execute against these strategies in 2010. Growth was balanced across all major product categories. Our performance reflects the continued strength of our business model with dynamic marketing, compelling merchandising, new brand introductions and the continued leverage of our powerful loyalty program.”
“We begin the third quarter with very strong momentum fueled by the continuation of our marketing, merchandising and stores expansion strategies,” stated Chuck Rubin, president and COO. “During the third quarter we expect to continue to drive traffic and average ticket growth as we leverage our loyalty program, offer compelling value and introduce new brands. The third quarter will include the continued brand introduction of Philosophy skin care and the launch of Tarte in prestige cosmetics. Our store expansion plans remain on track to deliver 28 new stores in the third quarter and a 13% increase in square footage growth for the year. We will also maintain our judicious control of expenses and inventory. As our guidance suggests, we expect to deliver continued strong results in the third quarter.”
Liquid Keratin Bold at-home treatment hitting retail
BETHESDA, Md. Canadian-based Liquid Keratin has announced that it is expanding its at-home keratin treatment product line with the U.S. launch of Liquid Keratin Bold for multi-ethnic hair types in stores across the United States this fall.
Liquid Keratin Bold will be available at Ulta retail stores and online at Beauty.com in September, and other retail locations starting in October.
This stronger formulation of Liquid Keratin was designed specifically to provide worry-free manageability to ethnically diverse hair types without the use of formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals. The Liquid Keratin line gives consumers the option to wear their hair curly, wavy or straight without frizz or expensive, lengthy salon visits. The spray-on treatment is designed to provide results lasting as long as 30 days for treatment-resistant hair.
“Having listened to our customers and hearing their comments and suggestions, I knew it was time to go back to the lab and reformulate,” stated David Allice, president of Liquid Keratin. “We needed to create a product that met the demands of women with stronger curl patterns, so they too could enjoy the full benefits of Liquid Keratin. Liquid Keratin Bold does just that, while remaining nontoxic and the only do-it-yourself keratin treatment on the market.”
The Liquid Keratin Bold starter kit will be sold for $69 and contains a 4.2-oz. Liquid Keratin Bold spray 30-day treatment and four trial-size (1.7 oz.) ancillary products to enhance the results of the Liquid Keratin Bold treatment (Keratin Infusing healthy hair shampoo, Keratin Infusing deep de-frizz conditioner and Keratin Filling leave-in conditioner).
Being added to the line this fall are the Keratin Infused volumizing and revitalizing dry shampoo, Keratin Infused shine and moisture-renewing dry conditioner and Keratin Infused deep conditioning oil with argan and baobab oils. These ancillary products, as well as the Keratin Sealing shine serum, also are sold separately as full-size items from $27 to $39.