Alpecin’s New Media Campaign Unites Willpower with the Battle Against Grey Hair, During the World’s Biggest Cycling Event                                      

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“Never Give up” – even when exhaustion sets in and the body reaches its limits.  Following this credo Caffeine shampoo Alpecin launches a Europe-wide media campaign during the Tour de France, featuring their Alpecin Grey Attack shampoo. The campaign stars the current cycling world champion Mathieu van der Poel and his team managers, the Roodhooft brothers.

Just in time for the start of the Tour de France (29th June – 21st July 2024), Alpecin’s latest campaign tells a heroic story, that shows that it is worth fighting and never giving up – even in the battle against time. Part of that is a TV commercial that combines the dynamics and endurance of cycling with the effective formula od Alpecin Grey Attack shampoo. The product presents a solution that provides a natural-looking color effect for less grey hair and a fresher, more youthful look.

Figurative, this stands for the successful battle against grey hair – an unmistakable sign of aging. The TV and online media campaign is set to capture attention across 10 cycling-passionate countries* during the Tour de France. Since 2020, Dr. Wolff Group has been partner of the professional team Alpecin-Deceuninck, one of the world’s best cycling teams.

The Embodiment of Determination: World Champion Mathieu van der Poel and Team Managers Star in the Advert

In cycling, there is no other character who embodies performance, discipline, and the will power like Mathieu van der Poel, the personification of “Never Giving up”. renowned for his prowess, discipline, and relentless pursuit of victory. While in the commercial van der Poel literally fights against time on his racing bike, the team managers Phillip and Christoph Roodhooft symbolise the fight against one of the most visible signs of aging – grey hair. The brothers who usually pull the strings of the successful cycling team from behind the scenes, are driven by a passion for excellence, discipline, and endurance, striving for peak performance from their athletes, staff, and themselves.

Creative Direction by MAYD Hamburg

Behnaz and Bahador Pakravesh of Hamburg’s agency MAYD took over the creative lead. The commercial was directed by Omid Aghdami of GESTALT Studio.

Special Jersey in a Limited Edition Makes Campaign Visible on the Roads of France

The professional team Alpecin-Deceuninck is also taking the campaign’s message to the streets of the Tour. Therefore, the riders will wear special “Dark-Denim” jerseys. The squad, with van der Poel and sprint ace Jasper Philipsen, intent on continuing the remarkable success from the previous Tour de France, having notched up four wins and captured the coveted green jersey.

Statements on the Campaign

Alexander Krümke, Vice President Marketing at Dr. Wolff Group: “With our motto ‘Never Give up,’ we integrate our sponsorship activities even more strongly into our brand. The campaign spotlights what is equally essential while tackling grey hair or excelling in cycling: Never Givin up.”

Philip Roodhooft, Team Manager of Alpecin-Deceuninck: “Strong sponsorship partners like Alpecin are essential for the success of our team. The values of discipline, endurance, and perseverance expressed in our credo ‘Never Give up’ are fundamental values that we live by daily and appreciate in our riders and employees.”

Caption: World champion Mathieu van der Poel in the Dark Denim – the personification of “Never Giving up”.

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Dr. Wolff Group achieves impressive 12 per cent growth in the beginning of 2024

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Breakthrough in research after 20 years: New shampoo against hair loss with even stronger effects

After an annual turnover of 391.5 million euros in the fiscal year 2023 and a growth of 7.5 per cent compared to the previous year (363.8 million euros in 2022), the Bielefeld-based Dr Wolff Group – with 875 employees worldwide – continues its growth in the first months of 2024. The cosmetics and pharmaceutical company has grown by 12 per cent in the first four months. Drivers of sales growth in cosmetics are particularly the brands Alpecin and oral care brand Bioniq®, and in the pharmaceutical sector, the gynaecological Vagisan range for a healthy intimate area.

In Germany, the company recorded a growth of approximately 14 per cent in the first four months of 2024. The largest and fastest-growing foreign market is the United Kingdom, followed by Austria. Hong Kong is currently showing strong growth in the Asian region. Here, the company successfully introduced its fluoride-free dental care brands last year.

New Active Ingredient Combinations Boost Sales of Caffeine Shampoos

The men’s shampoo Alpecin Grey Attack is currently one of Dr Wolff’s flagship products. The new shampoo for gradually darker hair was the most successful product launch in its category in drugstores in 2023 and also led the online ranking of bestsellers last year. The patented ingredient-complex of 5,6-DHI and caffeine permanently repigments grey hair. This innovation has been available for women since the beginning of June. The new Plantur 39 Anti-Grey Effect Shampoo is widely in stock in drugstores and retail stores. For the first time, the company as launched a product simultaneously in 14 countries. The market entries are supported by an extensive international marketing campaign starting in July. The product launch of the innovative shampoo is met with great optimism by the Bielefeld-based company for its potential market impact, survey data indicates that a majority of women – 60 per cent – dye their hair to conceal grey strands.

After years of research, consumers are now able to test another milestone while combating hereditary hair loss since. About 20 years after the start of the Alpecin caffeine success story, the patented active ingredient combination of caffeine and dimethylglycine (DMG) is being used in a shampoo for the first time. “This active complex is a groundbreaking novelty from Dr Wolff’s research and the result of intensive research and development. The anti-hair loss shampoo offers an extended and highly innovative approach with a two-fold effect that efficiently reduces hair loss and simultaneously stimulates hair growth,” says Eduard R. Dörrenberg, managing partner.

In vitro studies[1] have shown synergistic impacts of the combined treatment with caffeine and DMG: while caffeine is known for its growth-stimulating effect on the hair root, DMG can increase the nutrient supply to the hair roots (microcirculation). The way of finding this exclusive active ingredient combination has recently been spotlighted in a documentary by the media company OMR. The documentary titled “Doping für die Marke: Die Alpecin Story” has been available on YouTube since the end of May. A film team spent a year behind the scenes of the family business, accompanying research and development.

Toothpaste Range Without Fluoride Grows

In addition to hair care, the company announces further innovations in oral care for the second quarter of the year: The toothpaste brand Karex with BioHAP instead of fluoride for modern caries protection will expand its range. At the world’s largest dental congress in New Orleans, Dr. Wolff was recently able to present several convincing clinical data on Bioniq® Repair toothpaste with hydroxyapatite.
The company expanded its research area for the oral care division at its headquarters in Bielefeld. 

Due to the market launches of strong new products and further internationalisation, Dr. Wolff Group forecasts double-digit growth for the current fiscal year.

Dr. Wolff in figures:

391,5 Mio EUR turnover

875 employees worldwide

Active in 67 countries

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