Belgian chain Medi-Market has opened its first French store in Roncq, near the border with Belgium. The drugstore chain is also soon to open more stores in Italy, as it aims to profit from advantages of operating on a European scale.
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Belgian online pharmacy Viata has raised 3.8 million euros to finance its international growth. The money comes from Antwerp-based family business Alcopa and a new loan.
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Carrefour has opened a 'clean' cosmetics store in Paris, called Sources. Transparency about the composition of the products is key to the concept: more than 75 controversial ingredients have been excluded from the range.
Belgian Distriplus (the holding company of drogmetics chains Di and Planet Perfume and subsidiary of the Groupe Jacques Bogart) acquires the seventeen Milady perfume shops in Luxembourg.
Belgian Ontex, Europe's largest nappy producer, launches its nappy subscription service Little Big Change in the Benelux, after trialling it in France. The service starts today.
Belgian online pharmacy Newpharma wants to double its turnover every three years, and looks to Southern Europe for growth as those markets are not mature yet.
Pop star Lady Gaga will launch her own beauty brand, called Haus Laboratories, exclusively for Amazon. Starting from September, the label will be for sale in nine countries.
How do you combine digitisation, hyper-personalisation and wellness? Shiseido puts them together, blending them into a new, luxurious subscription formula.
After a successful launch in Austria, Germany and Poland, Zalando now launches its beauty range in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Sweden. A new campaign accompanies the expansion.
British cosmetics company Lush has decided to close various social media accounts in the United Kingdom.
Carrefour Belgium and Medi-Market are entering into a partnership: Carrefour hypermarkets will feature shop-in-shops from the health and wellness retailer. Some hypermarkets will feature a real pharmacy.
Dutch-British multinational Unilever has submitted a binding bid on Garancia, the French high-quality cosmetics and skincare brand founded in 2004. It's not clear yet how much Unilever paid for the deal.
Cosmetics brand Lush will no longer be using eggs in the production of facial masks and hair care products. The way eggs are produced causes too much animal suffering according to the company.
Will WeChat creator Tencent become Kruidvat's co-owner? The Chinese tech company is considering taking an interest in A.S. Watson, the group behind the drugstore chain. Tencent's rival Alibaba is also interested.
Beiersdorf CEO Stefan De Loecker has announced a major investment programme for the group's top brands. His intention is to counter the rise of niche brands.
Henkel has had a bad financial year: the German company's turnover went down 0.6 % at 19.9 billion euros due to negative exchange rate effects), while net profits went down by 8.3 % to 2.33 billion euros.