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Stephens and Associates acquired by SGS

By Deanna Utroske

The contract research and testing lab venture, based in the Southwestern US, is now part of the multinational inspection, verification, testing, and certification company SGS.

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Indie beauty brands are winning with QVC and HSN

By Deanna Utroske

Following a pitch competition in mid 2019, the video commerce channels owned and operated by Qurate Retail Group are putting winning brands on air and in front of millions of consumers.

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JuE Wong joins Olaplex as CEO

By Deanna Utroske

In November, a private equity firm called Advent International announced it was acquiring the popular hair treatment brand. That deal closed in early January; and now, veteran beauty industry executive JuE Wong is at the helm with plans to expand the...

M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

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M&A activity hints at new realities in the beauty sector

By Deanna Utroske

This past week Coty bought controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies acquired Korea-based skin care brand Dr Jart+, and Olaplex accepted a private equity deal from Advent International. To get a sense of what these transactions...

L’Oréal Makes Changes at the Top

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L’Oréal Makes Changes at the Top

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Beauty leader, L’Oréal, appoints several new members to its Executive Committee, who will join the company this summer to support and spearhead its strategic direction.

UK boasts £28.4 bn beauty product and services industry, report reveals

UK boasts £28.4 bn beauty product and services industry, report reveals

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

In the first report of its kind, the British Beauty Council reveals the economical contribution of beauty in 2018 to equate to 1.3% of the UK’s total GDP — a figure that is equivalent to all the economic activity occurring in either Manchester or Glasgow...

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Personal care manufacturer KDC/ONE makes second acquisition this month

By Deanna Utroske

The Canadian company announced this week that it has reached a deal to acquire Swallowfield’s beauty manufacturing business. The news comes just 2 weeks after KDC/ONE acquired Alkos and again furthers the company’s presence and capabilities in Europe.

Health & Happiness Group (H&H Group), NewH2, signs an agreement to acquire a minority stake in personalised skin care provider Proven Skincare.

H&H Group invests in AI-focused Proven Skincare

By Natasha Spencer

The innovation branch of Health & Happiness Group (H&H Group), NewH2, signs an agreement to acquire a minority stake in personalised skin care provider Proven Skincare and its artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

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Biesterfeld and Carrubba expand collaboration in Europe

By Natasha Spencer

Speciality chemicals distributor, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, is growing its existing relationship with flavour, fragrance and botanical extract name, Carrubba by expanding it into the European marketplace.

Beiersdorf: the multinational’s 2019 performance so far

Beiersdorf: the multinational’s 2019 performance so far

By Lucy Whitehouse

Beiersdorf, German parent company of major skin care brands including Nivea and Eucerin, kicked off 2019 with a new strategy and an additional investment program announced. We take a look at where it’s got to so far this year.

Chinese cosmetics regulation: how does it work?

Chinese cosmetics regulation: how does it work?

By Tjaša Grum, CE.way Regulatory Consultants

In this Editor’s Spotlight, we get an expert overview on thee Chinese cosmetics market regulations: which organisations regulate the market, and what do they require from beauty players?

AMSilk acquired by ingredients player Givaudan

AMSilk acquired by ingredients player Givaudan

By Lucy Whitehouse

In a sign that the fragrance, flavours and beauty ingredients player is keen to push forward the scale of its Active Beauty division, Givaudan has acquired the world’s first industrial supplier of vegan silk biopolymers.

Croda expands French site

Croda expands French site

By Lucy Whitehouse

The ingredients supplier has announced that it is expanding its capabilities in France for its Crodarom subsidiary, which produces botanicals extracts.

5 top regulation and safety updates to know about

5 top regulation and safety updates to know about

By Lucy Whitehouse

From controversy over skin whitening products to The Body Shop’s recent animal testing alternative appointment, we round up the biggest recent headlines in regulation and safety in this Editor’s Spotlight.

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