Disruptive Trends Enhancing the Specialty Actives Market

Specialty Actives Market Analysis
What drives the market for specialty actives?

The time when biofunctional active ingredients were only used in high-end products is a thing of the past. Now it is a key cosmetic component for the majority of manufacturers, with an estimated market size in Brazil, China, Europe, and the United States at about USD 1.1 billion. Even though the market has grown significantly over the last decade, it is still a highly desirable segment with an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6% during 2016-2021, according to Kline. While the market’s overall growth is evident, it is important to understand the actual game-changing forces that help the industry grow.


Food Service Distributors and Suppliers Offer Customization and Cloud-based Services

Food service distributors focus on value-added services
Food service distributors focus on value

Once extremely resistant to change, food service distributors are joining the tech movement in response to the market’s maturity and competition from other sources. To increase brand loyalty and profitability, food service industry suppliers are also offering a wide selection of customized business solutions and cloud-based platforms. In this blog post, we take a closer look at some of the market leaders, as well as the value-added services they offer.


Beauty’s Notable Disruptors Move Categories Across the Board

Beauty Indies
Beauty Indies

Indies, beauty’s notable market movers, are disrupting categories across the board with innovative product offerings and utilizing social media platforms to appeal to experimental consumers. Kline’s new Beauty’s Most Buyable Brands: Global Tracking Service will take a close look at these disruptors and assess what makes them relevant in today’s marketplace. In the following interview, Kline’s experts answer important questions on this upcoming report. (more…)

The Emerging Moroccan Consumer Automotive Segment Benefits from an Improved Economy and Modernized Vehicle Parc

Morocco finished lubricants, moroccan passenger car motor oil
Moroccan Consumer Automotive Segment

Written by: Eric Pimenta

The total demand for consumer automotive lubricants in Morocco is an estimated 29 kilotonnes in 2015. The largest share of the demand comes from engine oils, including PCMO, PCDO, and 2T/4T, with a demand of over 70% of the total consumer lubricant volume. This is followed by gear oil with about 13% and grease and ATF with the remaining share. (more…)

What’s the Impact of Natural OTCs on the Traditional OTC Market?

Natural OTCs
Natural OTCs

Laura Mahecha, our healthcare industry manager, recently attended CHPA’s President’s Forum in Malvern, PA, to speak about the dynamic adjacent OTC categories that make a mark on traditional OTCs. One of these categories is natural OTCs, which refers to non-drug, non-monograph, plant- or supplement-based, or homeopathic products that often make claims of support, prevention, maintenance, and/or treatment of minor conditions or ailments. Such products are increasingly popular among consumers and have posted healthy growth recently.

In fact, sales of natural OTCs are up 11.4% compared with 4.2% growth for traditional OTCs over the same timeframe, according to the last published editions of Kline’s Nonprescription Drugs USA and Natural OTCs: Impact of Non-drug Products on the U.S. OTC Market. Natural products offering enhanced immunity for cough/cold and digestive immunity account for more than two-thirds of the natural OTC market, but products touting improved brain health/memory are growing at the fastest pace among natural OTC brands. (more…)

The Future of Malls: Experience Centers

Beauty Department Stores
Beauty Department Stores

The future of malls has been and is still being hotly debated, as anchor stores, which have historically pulled customers into shopping at malls, have slowly but surely been losing traction with consumers. These anchor stores of course are department stores, which is the slowest growing channel in beauty in 2015, according to our Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report. Iconic staple brands, such as Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme, which typically drew shoppers to department store counters, have expanded their distribution to retailers like Ulta and Sephora, which are stores resonating with younger consumers. As some of the largest department stores, such as Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney, continue to close locations, what remains the more overarching question—how will the locations that remain open increase foot traffic and sales? (more…)

The Game-changing Jan/San Market Trends

The U.S. jan/san market
Trends in the U.S. jan/san market

Kline is now working on our largest I&I market study, Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, and we have uncovered several trends that will significantly change the market in the near future.

Rising labor costs with minimum wage increases are driving industrial and institutional (I&I) end users to cut back on costs, which includes less spending on cleaning chemicals and/or reduced frequency of performing certain cleaning tasks. There is also some growth in private-label cleaning chemicals as end users seek low prices and value from their jan/san products. There are cycles of outsourcing and doing the work in-house among end users, such as office buildings and industrial parks. (more…)

Greener than Ever, Natural Products Continue to Bloom

Natural Personal Care
Natural Personal Care

Natural personal care products continue to make waves across categories, appealing to increasingly demanding consumers looking for the next best natural product that meets their performance expectations and is more rooted in nature. In the following interview, beauty expert Naira Aslanian reveals some highlights from our just-published Natural Personal Care Global Series report.

How does Kline define the natural personal care market?

Our natural personal care segment includes all brands that position themselves as “natural.” Our knowledgeable chemical experts analyze a brand’s ingredients and assigns it a rating of 1 to 10. (more…)

Regulations and Fuel Economy Norms Will Continue to Affect Fuel Additive Consumption

fuel additives,
Global Fuel Additives: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Written By: Eric Pimenta and Kunal Mahajan

According to the recently published Global Fuel Additives: Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline, global fuel additive consumption is about 820 kilotonnes in 2016. North America is the largest fuel additive-consuming region in the world due to its high fuel consumption for transportation, as well as supported by the mandated additive usage for gasoline in the United States.

Fuel additives are categorized into three key segments: blending, shipping, and storage, performance additives, and the aftermarket. (more…)

What’s Igniting Growth in the Hair Salon Industry?

Professional Hair Care
Professional Hair Care

Over 3% global growth and the strong performance of some regions, particularly North America, are proof of another good year for the salon hair care market. Some of the most interesting developments happen on the competitive front where the race for higher shares in the quickly growing bond builders segment is intensifying due to the emergence of new brands. Olaplex, the pioneer in this segment, continues its efforts to remain the leader, not only through expansion, but also through legal action towards its competitors.

Market consolidation continues to shape the industry with two recent acquisitions—Conair adds Aquage to its portfolio and Unilever purchases Living Proof. It’s an important step for Unilever, which competed only with one master brand, TIGI, in the professional hair care arena. Unlike TIGI, which takes pride in being a brand “by hairdressers for hairdressers,” Living Proof is a hybrid brand with strong distribution in both salons and retail. (more…)