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Starting Point: New Ingredient Stars Hit the Show Circuit

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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This issue features our annual “State of the Industry”—beginning on Page 38—a look at global beauty markets by the numbers, provided by our data partner, Euromonitor International. They tell us this year that, “the worsening economic climate in many developed countries, particularly the U.S., and signs of a slowdown in penetration in emerging markets, proved a drag on growth. These trends were partially offset by strong growth in emerging markets, continuing premiumization and product innovation across all sectors.” In pondering the subject of innovation, senior editor Jeff Falk gives credit for new ideas where plenty of credit is due. His article, “Fanning the Flames of Innovation,” begins on Page 52. Also in this issue is a special section devoted to the subject of contract manufacturing.

While at the In-Cosmetics show, I met a number of interesting authorities eager to share what they know with the readers of GCI magazine. Watch for their distinctive voices to appear in our pages soon, lending their expertise to your future success. Enjoy the issue.