Restless Americans Drive Double-Digit Gains in the Sleep Category

The number of consumers suffering from sleeping disorders continues to grow, and quality sleep is a major issue for many Americans. In fact 75.0% of surveyed consumers indicate they have trouble falling asleep. Many use OTC sleep aids, combination OTC pain relievers and sleep aids, natural and herbal remedies, or sleep devices, such as smart watches and sleep tracking apps which posted 50% sales growth to help them sleep. These market segments however, are growing at very different rates. For example, sales of OTC sleep aids like Unisom, ZzzQuil, and Simply Sleep expanded by 3.4%. In contrast, sales of natural and herbal sleep aids that contain melatonin or valerian rose 18.0%, and sleep devices grew over 50.0%, as per Kline’s Sleep Aids study. Continue reading

Many questions about CBD use for health and wellness – Kline report provides insights on consumers’ perceptions of CBD

There is much hype surrounding consumer-use cannabidiol (CBD) for health and wellness. There are hundreds of companies marketing tons of products; however, there is little consumer education or advertising, along with very nebulous claims, if any, about what the products will do for those who take them. There is even less information on dosage recommendations or clear labeling to help consumers understand how much CBD is actually contained in oral drops, tinctures, gummies, and other popular forms. In short, there’s lot of buzz surrounding this ingredient but little substance.Continue reading

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Digestive health remains a strong growth category with increased consumer awareness and knowledge of probiotic benefits

There is growing awareness of the connection between probiotics and immunity. Studies show that bacteria found in probiotics assist in the maturation of immune cells and helps reduce undesirable bacteria in the body. More probiotics with immune-boosting claims are entering the category. Research continues to drive interest in probiotics and improved health. Continue reading

The TBD on CBD: FDA Public Hearing Highlights and Needed Actions

With the uptake of consumer CBD (cannabidiol) products rising at record growth rates, the need to assure consumers of product safety and transparency is of elevated importance.  The purpose of the FDA’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds public hearing on May 31, 2019 was to give consumers, academia, manufacturers, health care professionals, and other constituents the forum to share their knowledge and/or point of view on CBD, along with their input and/or recommendations to the FDA. Based on the presentations and comments made by manufacturers, Kline’s top three takeaways are as follows:Continue reading

Sleepless Americans Turn to Tech Devices and Natural Products

Restful sleep remains an elusive goal for many adults and therefore, strong gains for sleep aids, including OTC sleep aids, natural sleep products, pain+sleep combination products, and sleep devices are forecast over the next five years by Kline’s Sleep Aids: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities study. Estimates range from 30%-40% of American adults experience symptoms of insomnia and 40 million are affected by chronic long-term sleep disorders.Continue reading

Top 70 OTC Indie Brands to Watch in 2019 and Beyond

OTC indies, companies that are driving significant growth are either early adopters of a particular health trend such as Suja Life or Health-Ade Kombucha or companies that are breathing new life into iconic brands such as Infirst, Focus Consumer Healthcare, and Foundation Consumer Healthcare. These brands, collectively, generated almost $1.8 billion in manufacturer-level sales in 2018, representing more than 13% in year-over-year growth, finds the just-published OTC Indies: U.S. Analysis of Independent OTC Companies study by international market research and management consulting firm Kline.Continue reading

Digital OTC marketing: the new equalizer between large and small players

In the OTC market, where year-over-year growth remains low to flat, more brands are embracing the importance of digital marketing to help drive stronger gains. For smaller brands seeking to punch above their weight class, digital marketing represents a great equalizer. It’s a more efficient strategy to reach a greater swath of target demographics, and when done well, the digital marketing can take on a life of its own by going viral. The savviest of marketers, though, spend heavily on digital and then challenge purveyors of traditional marketing outreach to match both the scope and price savings associated with keyword buys, social media brand building, and blogging community connections.Continue reading

CBD market heating up with retail revolution and regulatory developments

As consumers continue to show interest in cannabis products, mass retailers are embracing the products on a limited basis. CVS Pharmacy announced in March 2019 an agreement to sell Curaleaf topical CBD products in 800 of its stores across 10 states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. Walgreens also announced at the end of March it will sell CBD products in cream, patch, and spray forms in 1,500 of its stores in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana.Continue reading

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Seasoned OTC executives drive growth at independent OTC companies

With the recent OTC industry consolidation and mergers, many seasoned executives have left large OTC companies and moved on to smaller, independent companies where their past experience brings success in a nimbler environment, focused on specific brands and categories. Based on primary research for our soon-to-be published report, OTC Indies: U.S. Analysis of Independent OTC Companies, there are several examples of seasoned OTC executives driving growth at small, independent companies.Continue reading

OTC Indies

Digital marketing and customer acquisition crucial to driving OTC brand growth

There is no doubt that e-commerce is a rapidly growing channel in the OTC market, but this channel still makes up a relatively small percentage of actual OTC sales—well below 10% of total sales for most OTC categories. However, digital marketing can have profound effects on brand performance even within traditional brick-and-mortar retail channels. Some estimate that digital presence and marketing for OTC brands will impact more than 75% of all sales. For many consumers, their path-to-purchase for OTC remedies often looks like many other categories where the need for the product is immediate. It may begin online with a search for price comparisons or product information but likely end with the actual purchase happening in-store.Continue reading