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    Procter & Gamble focuses on outreach to Hispanics

    Procter & Gamble focuses on outreach to Hispanics

    Miami Herald Staff and Wire Reports

    Seeking more sales to Hispanic consumers, Procter & Gamble is focusing this month's launch of Gain dishwashing liquid on that growing U.S. group.
    The consumer products maker's first new hand-dishwashing brand in four decades will soon debut with a marketing campaign led by a Hispanic ad agency, Chicago-based Lapiz. While Gain brand managers expect non-Hispanic households also to be attracted, the campaign underscores that while P&G builds business in emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil, it's also courting a growing group at home.

    ``That is the changing face of the consumer, and we need to reach those consumers,'' Kirk Perry, P&G vice president for North America, said of U.S. Hispanics. ``We think there's a huge upside to that market.''

    In South Florida, businesses have responded to the growing number of Spanish-language TV and radio shows with more Spanish-language ad campaigns, said Jose Cancela, president of Hispanic USA Inc, a Miami-based marketing firm.

    ``South Florida is one of those markets where the Spanish market is equal to the general market,'' Cancela said. ``So not having a Spanish-language campaign would be a mistake.''

    Analysts say P&G and household competitors -- such as Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever -- are offering more products particularly popular with Hispanic consumers and trying to reach them with advertising everywhere from popular Spanish-language TV shows to the bilingual-oriented women's magazine Latina.

    Census estimates show that Hispanics accounted for more than half of U.S. population growth last year, growing by 3.1 percent to 48.4 million. That's nearly 16 percent of the total population.

    In some cases, U.S. companies have started selling products popular in Latin American countries, such as Colgate-Palmolive's Palmolive Caprice shampoo and Fabuloso household cleaner, in heavily Hispanic areas of the U.S.

    P&G has found that Gain's scents have helped lure Hispanics, who make pleasing fragrances a high priority, according to demographic research by marketing firm Mintel.

    Packages of Gain, with such scents as ``Island Fresh,'' often have Spanish translations, and P&G has also begun selling Gain in bags, a more familiar packaging of detergent in Latin America, in the southwest U.S. P&G is also looking to use Gain to draw Hispanics to its Febreze air freshener, adding Gain with ``apple mango tango'' scent to the Febreze line.

    Dan Jackson, who manages dishwashing brands for P&G, said the company's research predicts Gain will draw shoppers who aren't using its best-selling Dawn brand.

    ``It's the first new dish brand in 37 years, so it's not a decision that was made lightly,'' he said. He said Gain dishwashing will be priced at about $2 per 30-ounce bottle, nearly a $1 less than Dawn.

    Also, while Dawn advertising usually focuses on grease-cutting and cleaning effectiveness, the Gain campaign by the agency highlights smell -- ``Fantastic scents that no one can resist,'' one Spanish-language ad pledges.

    ``I think it's part of a growing reality,'' said Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, chief Hispanic strategist for the Walton Isaacson marketing company. Instead of Hispanics as a niche ``afterthought,'' she said, ``For more brands, Hispanics are the general market.''

    Miami Herald business writer Rebecca Huval contributed to this report by The Associated Press. ... reach.html

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    HMMMMMM..guess who WON'T be buying Gain dish soap!!!

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