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L’Oréal results: best year of growth in a decade

L’Oréal results: best year of growth in a decade

By Lucy Whitehouse

With sales of 26.9 bn euros representing a 7.1% like for like sales growth for the beauty multinational and overall market leader, L’Oréal’s results last year show it has enjoyed the best sales growth in 10 years.

5 latest updates for regulation and safety in beauty: 2019

5 latest updates for regulation and safety in beauty: 2019

By Lucy Whitehouse

From controversy over misreporting of potentially unsafe UK cosmetics after Brexit, to Unilever’s expanded transparency programme for ingredients, we take a look at the key updates for safety and regulation so far this year in this Editor’s Spotlight.

Symrise eyes more ambitious expansion to 2025

Symrise eyes more ambitious expansion to 2025

By Lucy Whitehouse

The fragrance, flavours and cosmetics ingredients company aims to increase its sales to € 5.5 to 6 billion as part of new long-term targets until 2025.

Global “Alliance to End Plastic Waste” launched

Global “Alliance to End Plastic Waste” launched

By Lucy Whitehouse

Major players from the plastics and consumer goods value chain have launched the new “Alliance to End Plastic Waste” (AEPW), in a bid to step up efforts to reduce wastes from packaging and through the supply chain.

Fragrance trends for the EMEA region: 2019

Fragrance trends for the EMEA region: 2019

By Lucy Whitehouse

Want an insight into where the industry sees fragrance trends going in 2019? In this Editor’s Spotlight, we take a look at four big predictions from Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

Beauty and transparency: why is honesty now so essential for brands?

Beauty and transparency: why is honesty now so essential for brands?

By Lucy Whitehouse

We caught up with Kezzler, a company that offers technology to digitize individual products in the supply chain to give them a unique, secure and traceable identity, on the rising demand for transparency in the beauty industry. This Editor’s Spotlight...

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Vantage Specialty Chemicals acquires German surfactant maker

By Deanna Utroske

The personal care ingredient maker announced the deal late last week. By adding LEUNA-Tenside GmbH to the Vantage business, the company hopes to expand its specialty personal care offerings and grow its reach in Europe.

Avon’s 2018: what did the beauty giant get up to?

Avon’s 2018: what did the beauty giant get up to?

By Lucy Whitehouse

From its appointment of a new CEO at the start of the year, through to its strides to push forward its business in APAC while cutting back in the US, Avon had a busy year with its efforts to boost its market share.

Unilever’s 2018: what did the beauty giant get up to?

Unilever’s 2018: what did the beauty giant get up to?

By Lucy Whitehouse

From a push with its eco beauty brand and an effort towards natural microplastics, to the company’s new CEO coming from the division, Unilever’s beauty business has had a big year in 2018. We take a look in this Editor’s Spotlight.

L’Oréal’s 2018 beauty round-up

L’Oréal’s 2018 beauty round-up

By Lucy Whitehouse

From its acquisition of major German naturals pioneer Logocos Naturkosmetik AG to its 60 year anniversary in Canada, L’Oréal has made strides in 2018 to maintain its position as industry leader. We take a look at some of the company’s key strategic moves...

The Middle East beauty market: 2018 overview

The Middle East market

By Liana Naim & Miriam Oron

The beauty industry in the Middle East region is enjoying a similar story of growth to that of the global market. This guest article gives an overview of the key drivers in the region.

Alan Jope, incoming CEO (photo via Unilever)

Unilever’s next CEO is current president of beauty and personal care

By Deanna Utroske

At the start of the New Year, Alan Jope will take over as CEO of the multinational consumer goods company. Having most recently led the beauty and personal care business—Unilever’s largest division—and been with company his entire career, Jope has the...

BASF expands presence in sub-Saharan Africa

BASF expands presence in sub-Saharan Africa

By Lucy Whitehouse

BASF Personal Care says increasing its presence in sub-Saharan Africa allows it to respond to a personal care market that is “growing fast and holds great potential”.

Dermscan Group testing company acquired by Eurofins

Dermscan Group testing company acquired by Eurofins

By Lucy Whitehouse

Eurofins has announced the acquisition of Dermscan Group, a testing company with a global laboratory network dedicated to the cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries.

Global business and financial updates in beauty: October

Global business and financial updates in beauty: October

By Lucy Whitehouse

From the latest in Brexit for the beauty industry, to a spotlight on the most recent updates from the market in China, in this Editor’s Spotlight we cast an eye around the globe and pull out the big stories in business and finance for the industry.

Evonik repositions itself in personal care

Evonik repositions itself in personal care

By Lucy Whitehouse

Evonik, major specialty chemicals company active in the beauty industry, has repositioned itself in personal care and household products markets to form its new Care Solutions business.

Avon cuts back US operations

Avon cuts back US operations

By Deanna Utroske

The direct-sales beauty, personal care, and wellness company announced plans this week to streamline operations in New York State. Avon is closing offices and reducing staff, all in an effort to “fuel growth,” according to company executives.

Latest business and financial updates from around the world

Latest business and financial updates from around the world

By Lucy Whitehouse

From beauty’s part in the so-called ‘trade wars’ between the US and other major global markets, to Mibelle’s ambitious Asia expansion plans, we round up some of the defining recent business and financial updates across the supply chain.

Unilever simplifies its business structure: set to become one legal entity

Unilever simplifies its business structure

By Lucy Whitehouse

Unilever has announced the how it intends to carry out its planned transformation into a ‘simpler, more agile and more focused business’.

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