Are bar soaps about to see a sales revival?

20-Sep-2016

We speak to the experts about the industry’s chance to turn around declining sales of bar soaps

With sales dropping 2.7% in the US, bar soap is an under performer in the soap, bath and shower product market. According to Mintel, 84% of US households use bar soaps, down from 89% in 2010.

Millennials are said to be the drivers of this decline, with just 33% of US consumers aged 18-24 willing to use a bar soap to clean their face, compared to 60% of those aged 65 or older.

The format has developed an image problem, with 48% of consumers believing that bars of soap are covered in germs. This rises to 60% for millennial consumers.

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