IFF CFO: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. said Thursday it named Kevin Berryman executive vice president and chief financial officer. Berryman, who was most recently cfo for the Americas at Nestlé Professional, will officially take the IFF post on May 15. He replaces Douglas J. Wetmore, who left the company last July, and will report to chairman and chief executive officer Robert M. Amen. “[Berryman] brings a wealth of experience in managing a global finance organization,” said Amen. “His expertise in strategy development, business decision support and people development will help to accelerate IFF’s growth and build a stronger company.” Previously, Berryman, 50, worked as Nestlé’s senior vice president of group control in Switzerland.
APPLE OF MY EYE: Recording artist Nelly is gearing up to introduce a signature scent for his Apple Bottoms brand. Apple Bottoms by Nelly is slated to launch in department and specialty stores this fall, priced at $58 for a 3.4-oz. eau de parfum and $48 for a 1.7-oz. size. Ancillary items include a pearlescent body wash for $20 and a body lotion for $22. Apple Bottoms linked arms with Romane Fragrances LLC to create the fragrance, which features notes of citrus, peony, rose, coconut, sandalwood, amber, musk and apple blossoms. A jewel-accented apple medallion adorns the bottle. The fragrance expands Apple Bottoms’ product lineup of denim, jewelry, eyewear and handbags. ”Apple Bottoms jeans make a woman feel great about herself, and that’s exactly the same feeling our fragrance and body care products create,” said Monte Henige, chief executive officer of Romane Fragrances.
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CHINA OPENING: Acqua di Parma is making its debut in China. The Italian beauty and lifestyle brand has cut the ribbon for its first corner there, located in Beijing’s Mitsukoshi department store. Outfitted in dark wenge wood and steel, the 215-square-foot space will retail the iconic Italian brand’s fragrances, skin and body care line and leather accessories. After Beijing, Acqua di Parma plans to open two more sales points in China, including another department store location in Shanghai by October.
FLAME GAME: Harrods added a 350-g. candle to its own-brand home scents line last week. Dubbed Boujie Luxe Candle, it will round out Harrods Home Scents, a lineup of ambient fragrances and candles in seven scents, which bowed in March. “It feels very right given the current economic climate that we are launching this range at this time, as we are experiencing what I like to call the ‘cocooning effect,’” said Marigay McKee, fashion and beauty director at Harrods. “People are choosing to spend more time at home and so are purchasing products that enhance the at-home experience. Our customer is, however, quite knowledgeable and so they want this all within an affordable and competitive price range.” Lines within the collection, which include Champagne, Peach & Cassis; Leather, Tobacco & Cognac, and White Tea & Wild Jasmine, comprise 350- and 180-g. candles, votive sets and 100-ml. room sprays. The products, which range from 20 pounds, or $29.86 at current exchange, to 40 pounds, or $59.73, are sold at Harrods’ London flagship, its airport stores and on harrods.com.
DOVE’S LATEST TAKE: As the newest phase of its Campaign for Real Beauty, Dove has partnered with Warner Brothers and the CW to create “Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed,” a promotional ad campaign and miniseries for the brand’s new Burst variant in its Dove Go Fresh line. Targeting women in their twenties, the campaign profiles the real lives of four young women in Manhattan as they juggle career, family, friends and relationships. “It shares the personal stories of four twentysomething women — whose lives are very similar to those portrayed in ‘Gossip Girl’ — surviving and succeeding in New York City,” said Kathy O’Brien, Dove’s marketing director. “To reach this twentysomething target, you need to go where they are, and viewership of ‘Gossip Girl’ among this demographic is huge.” The series, which will run a 90-second spot for four weeks, will air nationwide during the last commercial break of “Gossip Girl” beginning April 27.