Understanding the Natural Consumer for OTCs and Personal Care Products

Natural Products: OTC and Personal Care
Natural Products: OTC and Personal Care

Consumers’ desire for natural products doesn’t pertain only to foods and beverages, but extends into many other areas, including personal care products and OTC medicines. Consumers are increasingly aware of ingredients and seek transparency in labeling for products that will be applied topically or ingested. Environmental concerns, green consciousness, and sustainability are important to consumers who are driving strong growth of natural products in both the personal care and natural OTC markets. (more…)

Brick-and-mortar Retailing Still Alive and Growing

beauty retailing
Beauty Retailing

The face of beauty retailing continues to change with new brick-and—mortar approaches, along with more competition from online disrupters, such as Amazon. The major beauty specialty stores, such as Sephora, Ulta, Bluemercury, and CosBar, continue to grow, introducing new formats, services, and brands. Department stores try various tactics to expand their beauty sales, including in-store boutiques, while mass retailers, including Target and Walmart, up their game in beauty.  (more…)

Sprucing Up for Spring: What’s Trending at NY NOW

Home Fragrances
Home Fragrances

From established luxury players, like Archipelago, Illume, Nest Fragrances, Paddywax, and Voluspa, to small, niche players, like Gibson & Dehn and Kobo Candles, these home fragrance marketers showcase their latest creations last week at the NY NOW Gift Show.

Sophisticated fragrances and unique product designs have helped these luxury players record double-digit gains in recent years, according to Kline’s Home Fragrances: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, and we expect to discover similar growth for these brands as we complete our research for 2017. (more…)

Where is the Lubricants Industry Headed? – New Kline Perspectives 2018 Report Identifies Key Trends

Kline PerspectivesA new research report outlining the key trends that have had a lasting impact on the lubricants industry has been published by Kline, a global market research and management consulting firm specializing in the lubricants industry. Kline Perspectives 2018 looks at the events happening in the past year, provides information on the current state of the industry, and analyzes the top 10 trends that are forecast to be shaping the industry in the medium term.
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Commercial Laundry Chemicals: New Report from Kline Buttons Up the Latest Trends

The market for commercial laundry chemicals.
The market for commercial laundry chemicals.

Understanding the needs of professional end users, such as commercial laundry processors, hospitals, lodging establishments, restaurants, extended care facilities, prisons/jails, and other on-premise laundries, are key for laundry chemical suppliers. Trends in product usage, channels of distribution, penetration of textile rental firms, the role of machinery/equipment, such as extractors, continuous batch washers or tunnels, and dispensing systems, and cost structures for processing laundry are key variables that have a direct impact on the demand for laundry chemicals. (more…)

Education Reigns in the Pro Beauty Space, ISSE Confirms

ISSE 2018
ISSE 2018 
Photo credit: Professional Beauty Association

Education continues to reign supreme in the professional beauty industry, and this year’s ISSE show certainly confirms it with most brands stressing its importance. At this year’s show, we noticed a shift from the flashy stage acts to more usable techniques for the modern stylist, with brands demonstrating innovative looks and cutting-edge techniques.

Leading professional hair care brands, such as Redken, Moroccanoil, Olaplex, and Brazilian Professional, were all present at the show with large booths, showcasing their latest novelties. Conair featured its new education program for men’s cutting Barberology, whose single mission is to teach the latest barbering techniques. Indie brands like Amika and Pulp Riot had a huge following on both the technique and product side, with models showcasing the latest trends and runway looks. (more…)

Infrastructure and societal pressures drive growth within the IVM market

Global Industrial Vegetation Management
Global Industrial Vegetation Management

Sales of pesticides to the segments of the industrial vegetation management (IVM) market covered in this study are estimated at over $490 million at the manufacturers’ level in 2017. This represents an average annual increase of 0.7% from sales in 2013. Herbicides, including aquatic herbicides, constitute the largest product category in 2017, accounting for over 95% of the total sales.

Rangeland and pastureland is the largest segment covered in this study, with estimated pesticide purchases valued at over $200 million at the manufacturers’ level in 2017, representing over 40% of total sales to the IVM segment. Roadways ranks second with over 15% of the total. (more…)

Dynamic Personal Care Actives Market Draws Heightened M&A Activity, Particularly in the Naturals Space

Suppliers of natural ingredients are the most attractive acquisition targets.
Suppliers of natural ingredients are the most attractive acquisition targets.

Globally, the personal care active ingredients market is one of the most innovation-driven ingredients marketplaces after pharmaceuticals. The ever-increasing quest for natural products with high efficacy and visible results by consumers drives the industry towards a dynamic environment of research and technological competence. This dynamic marketplace, offering viable growth opportunities, is drawing investments within the personal care active ingredients market. (more…)