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Colorful containers draw consumers

When Chicago-based Helene Curtis, a div. of Unilever Home and Personal Care, added new products to its popular Suave® hair care line in January 1999, it turned to Clariant Masterbatches Div.
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(McHenry IL) to help create a color-enhanced shelf presence for both new and existing products. The result was a cohesive color scheme that affordably unified all 15 SKUs in the line.

The entire Suave product group is marketed in extrusion-blown three-layer high-density polyethylene bottles a trend that is “up-and-coming” according to Clariant.

“We wanted to create a heightened shelf presence that would signal a difference in consumers’ eyes” says Ralph Blessing marketing director for Suave masterbrand. For example each Suave For Kids® bottle contains a middle layer masterbatch of high-opacity white colorant which provides a bright undertone and reflection through the primary color on the outside layer of the bottle.

To unify the rest of the line with a more “upscale” look Clariant planned a two-part color scheme for each bottle. Each bottle is a different color—ranging from dark pearlescent blue to light strawberry—with a pearlescent outer layer masterbatch to tie all the products together with a polished look. Prototyped by Clariant the custom bottles are extrusion blow-molded by two different blow molders; they also screen print the Adult and Thermal products and apply labels for the Kids items.

“The Suave restage has been a great success” says Blessing. “Sales have increased by 15 percent over the previous year. A large part of that success has been the heightened shelf presence created by the new packaging designs.”

Suave hair care products range in price from 97¢ to $3.12 and are available nationwide.

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