ORLANDO — Crown Laboratories won the ECRM/Drug Store News Buyers Choice Award for its Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen during ECRM’s recent Sun Care EPPS. Attitude was a finalist for its line of natural sun care products.
The two companies were selected from dozens of entries in the award program, samples of which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area during the EPPS meetings. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.
After years of ignoring warnings that sun exposure poses a health risk and hastens aging, consumers are starting to see the light. In fact, overall category sales rose 6.7% for the 52-week period ended May 14 across multi-outlets, according to IRI. Lotions and oils advanced almost 7%, and sunscreens and bug repellants jumped 3.5%.
But retailers and marketers said much more needs to be done. A recent Marist Institute for Public Opinion Poll said only 1-in-10 people apply sunscreen regularly.
BOSTON — PDC Brands, whose portfolio includes such personal care and beauty brands as Dr. Teal’s, Cantu, Body Fantasies, BOD Man and Eylure, has officially been sold to CVC Capital Partners. Yellow Wood Partners picked up roughly $1.42 billion for the company, which it acquired five years ago.