London/Rotterdam, 11-5-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Unilever announced today that it has acquired leading independent prestige skincare brand, Kate Somerville Skincare LLC.
Founded by Los Angeles-based Kate Somerville, the brand is one of the most trusted names in the premium US skincare market. Featuring unique Active Balance Technology™ that combines advanced active ingredients with natural botanicals, Kate Somerville’s products are known for their innovation and performance. The brand is distributed through prestige retailers in the United States, and has a growing footprint in Asia.
Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever SVP Prestige Brands, says: “We are excited to be adding Kate Somerville to the Unilever Prestige personal care portfolio. The most photographed faces in Hollywood trust Kate Somerville Skincare for its high quality ingredients, proven results and touch of glamour. It is a highly differentiated brand that is well placed in the dermocosmetic segment of the skin care category.”
“In recent years Kate Somerville Skincare has also made inroads into the fast growing Asian market, with successful launches in several countries across the region. We believe it has exciting growth potential and look forward to bringing its breakthrough products to new markets. Its premium positioning effectively complements our existing portfolio,” explains Petrou.
Kate Somerville, Founder, adds: “I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished to make Kate Somerville Skincare into the company it is today. Our treatments such as Exfolikate and Dermal Quench have become tried-and-true customer favourites. Unilever shares our commitment to quality, innovation and bringing consumers the best possible products. Its scale and long history building iconic brands makes Unilever the perfect partner in the next stage of our journey and I’m confident it will take Kate Somerville Skincare to even greater heights.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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