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Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon Persue Growing Consumer Markets in Asia


Recent acquisitions of beauty product distributors include Elizabeth Arden, Have & Be and IT Cosmetics

Charlesbank Backs Promotional Gifts Supplier Polyconcept, Plans International Growth


In another related deal, Audax bought Halo Branded Solutions

Blackstone, New Mountain Capital Invest in JDA Software to Accelerate Cloud Offerings


NMC, which has been JDA’s majority shareholder since the merger with RedPrairie in 2012, retains majority stake

Nuance Purchases TouchCommerce, Expands Consumer Data Services


Previous similar acquisitions have come from HGGC, Tyco and WPP

TSG Enterprises Acquires Total Hockey Stores and Websites


Struggle for balance between e-commerce and retail stores drives deals for Hanna Andersson, Jet.com and Ashley Stewart

SkinnyPop Owner Amplify Buys Potato Chips Maker Tyrrells, Adds to Snacks M&A


Clearlake, Hershey and Hormel have also recently purchased food companies

Wal-Mart Acquires Jet.com to Fight Amazon


Ashley Stewart, Ebuys and Hanna Andersson have received buyer interest, as they look to grow in e-commerce

Steinhoff Acquires Mattress Firm to Expand U.S. Presence


Mattress Firm recently completed its deal for rival Sleepy’s

L Catteron Purchases Sun Capital-Backed Hanna Andersson, as E-Commerce Grows


The acquisition of the children’s apparel retailer follows deals for Ashley Stewart and Ebuys

Danone’s WhiteWave Purchase and Other Organic Deals Reveal Hidden Gems


Levi Strauss, who made a fortune selling jeans and supplies in the California Gold Rush, provides a good role model, says MHT MidSpan’s Craig Lawson

P&G Sells Tag Deodorants to Ultra Max Owner, Continues to Discard Assets


P&G has plans to shed 40-plus beauty brands; the license of the Christina Aguilera fragrance; and completed the sale of Duracell to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

WPP Buys French Consumer Data Provider in Post-Brexit EU Push


Similar deals have come from HGGC, Summit Partners and Tyco

Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow


Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Evian Owner Danone Buys WhiteWave, Maker of Silk Soy Milk


Other healthy food acquisitions have come from Hain Celestial, Hammond Kennedy and Pinnacle

Alex Gores Breathes New Life Into Hostess Brands


Current investors Apollo Management and Dean Metropoulos will retain a minority stake in the once-struggling maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs

The Weekly Wrap: Blackboard, Henkel, Medtronic


Blackboard buys Higher One; Henkel purchases Snuggle; Medtronic acquires Heartware

Prestige Sells Three Non-Core OTC Health Care Brands


The sale of Fiber Choice, New Skin and PediaCare is part of Prestige’s “invest for growth” strategy

Germany’s Henkel Agrees to Buy Snuggle Fabric-Softener Maker Sun Products to Compete with P&G in U.S.


Henkel missed an opportunity to expand shampoo and hair dye offerings in the U.S. when P&G opted to sell Wella and Cover Girl to Coty, which makes Calvin Klein and Adidas fragrances

Geneva Glen Buys Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a Former Heinz Carve-Out


Acquisition from Superior Capital follows recent deals by Snow Phipps, Platinum Equity and Dean Foods

Snow Phipps-Backed Teasdale Stays Active, Adds Tortilla Maker Mesa Foods


Teasdale previously purchased Bruce Foods’ Mexican brands, Casa Fiesta and Jardine’s Foods

Revlon Seeks to Revive Cosmetics Clout with Elizabeth Arden Deal


Catterton took Steiner Leisure private; Coty is buying more than 40 beauty brands from P&G and also purchased Hyperamarcas’ personal care business

Church & Dwight Joins Growing List of Consumer Giants That Are Reshaping Through M&A


Church & Dwight sells cleaning brands to Brillo owner Armaly; ConAgra, Procter & Gamble, Newell and others are also buying and selling

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