published Monday, February 11th, 2013

Chattanooga-based Chattem sells Bull Frog sunscreen

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Chattanooga-based Chattem has sold its popular Bull Frog sunscreen brand to a Florida company, officials said today.

Sun & Skin Care Research of Cocoa, Fla., completed the acquisition from Chattem, which is the U.S. consumer health care division of drug giant Sanofi.

Steve Taylor, chief executive officer of Sun & Skin Care Research, said in a statement that Bull Frog is an iconic brand.

He said the product “will respond positively to our laser focus on the sun care category and our commitment to growing brands through innovation, advertising and best-in-class retail service.”

Robert Long, Chattem’s chief financial officer, said Bullfrog didn’t fit with the company’s portfolio of products and the sale will result in no job losses for the Chattanooga business.

“It was a portfolio divestiture,” he said.

See Tuesday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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