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February 08, 2022

Industry Roundup

Consumer Economics

Nearly a quarter of first-time US homebuyers are using stimulus money for their down payment, the second-most common way after saving directly from paychecks; stimulus payments provided necessary relief and extra money in homebuyers' pockets: Redfin
Redfin Corp. (02/04)

US home value surged 18.6% over the past year to US$38.6T in December from US$32.6T in December 2020, led by gains in Austin, Texas; low mortgage rates, remote work, soaring stock market fueled homebuyer demand amid an ongoing housing shortage: Redfin
Redfin Corp. (02/03)

Consumer Health & Wellness

Commentary: Growing slate of mood-boosting fragrances represents not only demand for wellness products, but also consumers’ changing relationship to perfume; people see fragrance as a way to help them relax, which is 'next wave' of personal wellness
Allure (02/07)

Access Health CT starts insurance broker academy to teach underserved Connecticut residents about health insurance options; compared to white population, Blacks three times more likely to be uninsured and Hispanics four times more likely to be uninsured
Haymarket Marketing Communications (02/07)

Consumer Lifestyle

Post Holdings announces launch of Incredi-Bowl, a new keto-friendly cereal available in three varieties: Chocolate Crunch, Frosted Flakes and Honey Nut Hoops
Post Holdings Inc. (02/03)

Increasing fiber content in food benefits gut microbiome, lowers cardiovascular risk, type 2 diabetes for 72% of UK adults; only 9% of population meeting recommended daily fiber target and 6% lose weight through higher fiber consumption: Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle PLC (02/02)

Consumer Behavior/Attitudes

Three studies find that food labeled as fair trade certified can increase consumption by 26% to 31% versus a no-label control; such labels result in a 'health halo' that increases a product’s perceived healthfulness
Food Quality and Preference (02/07)

Gartner predicts 25% people will spend at least one hour per day in the metaverse by 2026 for work, shopping, education, more; because no single vendor will own the metaverse, it is expected to have a virtual economy enabled by digital currencies and NFTs
Gartner Inc. (02/07)

Health Concerns, Trends & Statistics

Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema pressure Gov. Ducey to authorize state National Guard to provide assistance to hospitals experiencing staffing shortages during Omicron coronavirus surge
US Official News (02/04)

More than half of the population of lower-income countries in the Americas has not been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to Pan American Health Organization
CE Noticias Financieras (02/02)


Digestive/Gut Health

Synesis Nutrition develops Phytality, proprietary proanthocyanidins dietary supplement, to improve gut barrier function; research at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison shows PACs support proper immune function, increase gut’s mucosal layer for healthy digestion
Newswire.com (02/07)

New study from University of Illinois-Chicago helps understand role of gut microbiome in gestational diabetes; according to CDC, 1% to 2% of pregnant women in US have Type 2 diabetes and another 6% to 9% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes
Targeted News Service (Press Releases) (02/01)

Fertility/Reproductive Health

CooperCompanies enters agreement to acquire Cook Medical's Reproductive Health business for US$875M; business includes minimally invasive medical devices focused on the fertility, obstetrics and gynecology markets
The Cooper Companies Inc. (02/07)

Indian OTC drug manufacturer J.B. Chemicals and Pharma acquires brands from Sanzyme, an Indian probiotics and reproductive health company, for 6.28B Indian rupees; Sporlac, Lobun, Oxalo, Pubergen, Nano-leo, Gynogen brands will be part of JBCPL franchise
Marketline - Deals (02/07)

Mental Health

Canfor reaches pattern agreement with two of Canada's largest pulp and paper unions; four-year deal for 900 workers includes C$5,000 signing bonus, wage increases of 2.5% in following two years, 3% increase following third year, new mental health benefit
Canadian Press DataFile (02/07)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tied to an increase in physicians being treated for one or more mental health and substance use visits within a year, according to study; increase was greater in physicians without a prior history of such conditions
The Griffon News (Missouri Western State College) (02/02)

Immune System Health

Israeli study shows vitamin D may reduce serious illness, death in COVID-19 patients by helping immune system fight viral pathogens in respiratory system; taking supplements before infection can help patients avoid worst effects of disease
The Times of Israel (02/04)

Nutraceutical company Betterbrand places its products, including BetterLungs lung/immune health support supplement with natural ingredients, in select GNC stores; distribution deal instrumental in Betterbrand’s national retail roll-out in 2022
Newswire.com (02/03)

Health Studies

Expert questions results of US military study that reported 18% of military personnel had adverse events from supplement use; expert cites possible bias in study and says survey is of limited use to assess supplement safety
Nutra Ingredients (02/07)

Supervised safe consumption sites for injected drug use cut hospitalization by 32%, emergency department visits by 54%, may also reduce overdoses; study finds SCSs provide two evidence-based and supported interventions: sterile syringes, naloxone
MedPage Today (02/07)

Home Use/Self-Care

Premier Dental introduces izzo 4-in-1 oral-care system, featuring electric toothbrush, polishing head and polish paste, scaler, UVC sanitizing case included in kit; d-to-c brand aims to elevate at-home oral care
PR Newswire (02/02)

Foodborne Illnesses

CDC investigating listeria outbreak connected to Dole packaged salads that are linked to two deaths and 17 illnesses across 13 US states
United Press International (02/04)


Healthy Foods & Beverages

Dole debuts healthy-living initiative, 'Healthier by Dole,' a new series of nutritious recipe, menu alternatives to classic dishes served at graduations, office parties, family BBQs; initiative kicks off with Top 10 Big Game Day Vegan Recipes
PR Newswire (02/01)

Vitamins/ Supplements

Moon Juice raises US$7M in Series C investment from emerging growth fund True Beauty Ventures; skin-care, beauty supplements brand will use funding to expand into new channels, boost brand awareness, expand marketing
Global Cosmetic Industry (02/04)

Colorado-based holistic pet food brand I and love and you debuts two new cat food lines XOXOs and Feed Meow, which feature real, sustainably-sourced meats as well as vitamins and nutrients; brand uses 100% recyclable packaging through Terra-Cycle
Business Wire (02/03)


Millennials & Gen Z

About 65% of Gen Zers surveyed plan to quit their jobs this year, significantly higher than the 40% of overall employees who plan to leave in less than a year; 42% would rather work at company that gives a sense of purpose than one that pays more: Lever
Business Insider (02/04)

Value of US homes growing fastest in areas with highest share of kids, reflecting impact of millennial house hunters on neighborhoods with shortage of homes for sale; price gains may accelerate as millennials reach key age milestone for homebuyers: Zillow
Zillow Group Inc. (02/03)


US print book unit sales down 1.6% for week ended Jan. 29 from year-ago period, NPD reports; pattern was a familiar one, with sales in adult fiction and young adult categories rising, and those in adult nonfiction and juvenile categories declining
Publisher's Weekly (02/07)

Puffs tissues partners with actress Javicia Leslie to launch Puffs Power Pals campaign for kids at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; brand will donate 3,500 boxes of Puffs Ultra Soft to the hospital to aid during the cold and flu season
The Procter & Gamble Co. (02/04)

Age 55+/Seniors/Baby Boomers

Developers propose construction of 209-unit 225,000-sq.-ft. senior housing development in Newtonville, Massachusetts; facility would include 52 assisted living units, 28 memory care units
The Boston Globe (02/01)


Britain-based pet supplies retailer Pets at Home to appoint Lyssa McGowan as first female CEO, replacing Peter Pritchard on June 1; McGowan brings 11 years of experience from media conglomerate Sky UK, most recently serving as its chief consumer officer
Reuters (02/07)

Rotary Club of Eko Atlantic partners with K-C and Daraju Industries to provide monthly sanitary kits for 300 female students of Girls Junior Secondary School in Lagos, Nigeria; Project Ominira aims to empower girls, create awareness about feminine hygiene
Business Day (02/07)

Ethnicity & Race

Black Fashion Fair launches first magazine at nearly 200 pages, described as 'an exploration of conversations in and around Black representation in fashion'; publication available for purchase online or at New York's Mulberry Iconic Magazine for US$95
Fashionista (02/07)

Target expands beauty assortment, add 40 new brands, including slate of clean and Black-owned brands; half of new brands are exclusive to Target, with hundreds of new hair, nail, makeup, skin care, bath, body options--most priced at US$10 or less
Target Corp. (02/07)


Astra Publishing House acquires TOON Books, publisher of comics and graphic novels for young readers, marking seventh imprint to join Astra Books for Young Readers; TOON's publisher says it will continue to release four or five titles annually
Publishers Weekly (02/03)


Turn the Page conference to be held online Feb. 15 will present and discuss recruitment strategies to attract young talent in European paper industry; Turn the Page initiative was launched by Cepi and IndustriAll European Trade Union in March 2020
Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) (02/04)

During coronavirus pandemic in the US, about half of consumers postponed or canceled health services, while 64% of Black, Indigenous or people of color delayed or canceled services; 84% of physicians report more diagnosed mental health conditions: survey
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (02/01)