Author: Georgina Caldwell

Symrise unveils new production facility in Brazilian Amazon region

Symrise has opened its new production plant, Symrise Amazon Ecoparque, in Belém, Parà. The ingredients supplier invested over €5m to build the new 2,000m2 facility, establishing the location in the north of the Amazon region in close collaboration with its long-term partner Natura. “At this facility we intend to bring the richness of the Amazon rainforest to the world’s beauty consumer,” said Achim Daub, President Scent & Care at Symrise in his opening speech. “This is an important step to sustainably developing and producing ingredients for cosmetics and fragrances.” The plant will provide the raw materials producer with a...


Douglas gears up for IPO three years after buyout

German perfumery chain Douglas is planning a return to the stock market this year, after its acquisition by US buyout firm Advent International Corp in 2012. According to a statement released by the retailer, existing shares held by Advent and up to €70m in new stock will be sold, together representing a third of the total shares valued at up to €1bn. The Kreke family are expected to retain a stake in the business, although the exact percentage is yet to be disclosed. “Since our de-listing, we’ve successfully transformed from a diversified retailing group operating mainly in Germany into...


Quadpack launches sustainable wood compact

Quadpack subsidiary Technotraf Wood Packaging has launched an environmentally friendly compact, crafted from PEFC-certified wood sourced from sustainable forests. Hewn from maple wood, the compact is said to exude feminine elegance. The company has used a new technique, called Groove, to engrave the top surface with a customizable geometric design, giving the compact tactile appeal for a multi-sensory experience. The design can be further enhanced using silk screening, laser etching and hot stamping. The compact’s slim dimensions are targeted at the luxury market, while the magnetic closure is set flush into the wood, for a satisfying and intuitive shutting...


Just one in 10 ‘completely satisfied’ with their looks, according to new global survey by GfK

Wading into the contentious ‘beach ready’ debate, market research company GfK has conducted a global survey to reveal how satisfied people are with their looks, a useful tool for companies looking to tailor their marketing message to specific markets. Across all 22 countries surveyed, over half (55 percent) of consumers aged 15 and over claimed to be satisfied with their looks overall, but only 12 percent maintained that they were ‘completely satisfied’. Some 16 percent of those surveyed professed dissatisfaction with their looks, with three percent revealing that they were not at all satisfied. In those markets where complete...


Geka appoints new Group Marketing Director

Geka has appointed Anne Querard as its new Group Marketing Director. Querard replaces Pilar Gonzàlez Gómez, who has taken on the role of Head of Sales Germany, Northern & Eastern Europe at the company. Querard joins Geka from Matis Group, where she held the post of International Marketing Director and board member. Her proven track record in the luxury, cosmetics and food industries will no doubt be a real asset to the company. Prior to Matis, Querard created her own B2B marketing consultancy, Harmoniside, specializing in wellness and innovation. Querard has also worked in senior marketing roles at Danone...