COLOUR BLOCKING MERCHANDISE FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT

Everyone and everything is constantly competing for the attention of consumers. To win a consumer’s interest, retailers must stand out in some way. Especially if it’s to distract them away from their smartphones! 

One of the most effective ways to catch your customers’ attention is by understanding and implementing engaging visual merchandising. One technique that’s effective and affordable is called colour blocking.   

Colour blocking utilises colour to improve the way the products are displayed. The products look neat and organised, giving the impression that the products are fresh and enhances the overall quality feel of the store. 

Colour blocking has also been proven to encourage shoppers to look through more stock – causing them to notice and purchase products which would otherwise be ignored! 

Colour block merchandising
Image: Fabric Blog, UK

HOW TO COLOUR BLOCK YOUR MERCHANDISE

Most products use distinct colours to differentiate their flavours, scents etc. Utilise this to your advantage, especially with brands that use high-impact colours. A great example of this is ACURE

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For best results, merchandise your colours based on either a theme i.e. Christmas colours; by their colour-branded product ranges i.e. the ACURE Seriously Soothing product range; or by arranging the colours in a layout that suits the weather season. Yes, the temperature plays a role! 

According to Dotactiv, placing products from left to right from darkest to lightest during winter and reversing them during summer feels more natural for your customers, as they read from left to right. 

If you haven’t played around with colour in your merchandising before, try this example as a start:

  1. Place colours from left to right and bottom to top, 
  2. Keep the darker colours on the left, getting lighter as you move right,
  3. and place the darker colours on the bottom, lighter colours on top.

This is what it will look like with a sample of items from the ACURE range:

acure-colour-blockingAlternatively, you can stack your colours vertically from left to right, with the darkest colours on the left, moving to pastels and lighter colours as you progress to the right. Remember to reverse the colours for the colder months!

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If you merchandise your ACURE stock or any of our other brands this way, we would love to see and share it! Send us your photos via direct message on Instagram @unique_health_products

Be inspired with colour this season and display your most eye-catching colourful brands front and centre to welcome in Spring! Need to stock up? Order online 24/7 or call one of our lovely sales team members on 1800 787 904. Don’t have an account with us yet? Register here.

AWARD-WINNING BAMBOO BANDAGES RECEIVE GLOBAL RECOGNITION

2019 is the year plastic-free alternatives have upped their game, stepped out of the shadows and have the full focus of environmentally-savvy consumers.

There has been a wave of innovation in this space but one company in particular has been sweeping out the competition!

PATCH adhesive bamboo bandages have won six prestigious awards across the globe this year.

PATCH was born when the founder of Nutricare, James Dutton noticed that while trying to protect his son’s adventure wounds his skin was in fact reacting badly to a common wound covering and making the wound worse.

James then set out to create PATCH, a range of natural adhesive bandages that are sustainable, environmentally conscious and cost-effective.

The range includes four types of hypoallergenic, organic adhesive strips made from 100% bamboo, enriched with aloe vera, coconut oil and activated charcoal.

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Already sold in 35 different countries, the world’s first 100% compostable wound care solution is disrupting the market by using certified bamboo, natural ingredients, as well as being free of harsh chemicals, plastic, latex.

PATCH is also Australian owned and operated, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

“We want to change the consumer health market for the better by delivering a natural, sensitive-skin-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to wound care.” – James Dutton, Chief Executive Officer

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James and his son

THE SIX AWARDS PATCH HAVE TAKEN HOME THIS YEAR

1) The ‘Best For The World’ Award

PATCH has been recognised as one of the Certified B Corporation’s ‘Best For The World’ Honourees for its sustainability movement and environmental achievements in business, ranking in the top 10% of all B Corps globally for their environmental responsibility.

Nutricare has been a Certified B Corporation (a for-profit company dedicated to using business as a force for good) since 2018.

This year, 1,000 B Corps from 44 countries were named to the 2019 Best For The World lists. These companies were determined based on the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations.

According to B Corp, “Our 2019 Best For The World: Environment honourees are taking bold action to preserve our most precious resources. With planet-friendly practices and environmental initiatives, these companies consider the impact of their everyday footprint, including energy usage, materials, facilities, supply chain, and more.”

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2 & 3) The ‘2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year’ Award and the ‘Victoria Emerging and Energised Award’

The Telstra Business Awards are a long standing, exclusive platform that recognise Australia’s best businesses, provide expert advice, open networking opportunities and help them gain the credibility to take their business to the next level.

Patch was named the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year and also took home the 2019 Telstra Victorian Emerging & Energised Award.

Winners were chosen across four categories: Emerging & Energised, Small & Succeeding, Medium & Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

Telstra Group Executive, Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said the winners of the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business Awards demonstrated excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.

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4 & 5) Best New Natural Living Product at Expo West 2019

The largest natural health and wellness expo in the USA, Expo West, has recognised PATCH’s organic adhesive bamboo bandages as the Best New Natural Living Product. The East-Coast version of the expo, Expo East, also saw PATCH become a finalist for Best New Personal Care or Beauty Product as part of the events’ biannual NEXTY awards.

The NEXTY Awards recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry. They are the pinnacle recognition of excellence in the natural products industry and are awarded to one stand-out product in each of 22 categories.

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6) Best New Eco Living Product

Natural & Organic Products Europe is Europe’s biggest trade show for natural & organic products making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of natural health and living products, natural and organic food & drink as well as natural beauty & personal care products.

Hosted by Natural Products News and now in their 24th year, the Natural & Organic Awards Europe have become renowned for recognising trend-setting new innovations across the food, health, eco-living and beauty categories. PATCH took out the award for Best New Eco Living Product, judged by trade show visitors then chosen from a shortlist by a panel of industry experts.

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ARE YOU READY FOR ‘MEAT FREE WEEK’ THIS SEPTEMBER?

Plant-based eating is the biggest worldwide food shift of this decade, particularly in Australia. With nearly 10 million Aussies cutting back on red meat, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

According to Google Trends, Australia tops the world for searching “vegan” online. In February 2004, “vegan” queries hovered at 15 (out of 100); but now sits at 92 and has steadily risen for 14 years. 

This year, why not encourage a plant-based lifestyle by promoting Meat Free Week? 

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Meat Free Week (23-29 September) challenges participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.

Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity for your customers to start thinking about how much meat they eat and the potential health impacts of eating too much. 

Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund show bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and that bowel cancer risk increases by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.

Whether your customers are meat eaters, vegetarian or vegan, the Meat Free Week challenge can help them discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference, including some delicious plant-based recipes! 

So why not highlight some of your plant-based meat alternatives front and centre this month?

One of the most versatile, meat-style vegan products comes from the widely recognised US brand, Upton’s Naturals.  

Upton’s Naturals was the first to market with a range of heat-and-eat, pre-seasoned Jackfruit. Jackfruit are the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, and when harvested young and unripe, they can be prepared savory, as a meat alternative. With a naturally meaty texture, this whole food meat alternative makes a simple swap for pulled pork, shredded poultry, and even fish.

They currently offer three lines in Australia – Jackfruit, Real Meal Kits and Ch’eesy Macs. Consumers love eating the Bar-B-Que Jackfruit on a bun with coleslaw, or using the spicy Chilli Lime for tacos.

Original, unseasoned Jackfruit provides a blank slate for the more experienced cook, while Thai Curry, Sweet and Smoky, and Sriracha are meant to inspire those who are new to this unique ingredient.

While the products are shelf-stable, they’re most successfully merchandised in the fridge with other refrigerated meat alternatives.

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The company’s Real Meal Kits feature wholefood ingredients and come in four Thai-inspired varieties: Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, Thai Spaghetti, and Thai Curry Noodle. Each complete meal is ready in just a few minutes, and can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave – simply mix the pouches, and heat.

Despite containing no preservatives, these meals are shelf-stable, and are generally sold alongside other Asian meal kits, or quick meal kits.

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Another quick-cooking vegan line from Upton’s Naturals are the Ch’eesy Mac varieties – Ch’eesy Bacon Mac and original Ch’eesy Mac. The packages contain ready-to-eat large and ridged macaroni noodles alongside a pouch of prepared nutritional yeast-based cheese.

These 100% vegan products are low in sugar while being completely free from nuts, dairy, oil, trans fat, cholesterol, GMOs and artificial flavours. Typically found with other boxed mac and cheese in stores, these are ready to eat in as little as 60 seconds. 

Other great plant-based pantry staples for easy, meat-free meals include: 

Make sure you’re ready for the increase in demand from September 23rd! Top up your plant-based meat alternatives and more via our online store or give one of our friendly sales team members a call on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered? Create an account here.

For recipe inspiration to give your customers, visit Meat Free Week or try some of these delicious Upton’s Naturals recipes at an in-store tasting!

ALAFFIA: EVERY PURCHASE EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES IN NEED

Over the years, there have been significant moments that have redirected the natural products industry. One such moment occurred when Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde met in 1996.

ALAFFIA: THE BEGINNING

Founder Olowo-n’djo Tchala

No one could have imagined a young man born and raised in Togo, West Africa and a young woman from rural Washington would go on to build one of the most successful fair trade body care organizations in the natural products industry – no one except them, that is.

Today, Alaffia is now operating in a 102,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Olympia, Washington creating intentional formulas with safe ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The women’s cooperatives in West Africa handcraft indigenous raw ingredients; the Alaffia team in Olympia create the finished products, and then the proceeds are returned to the communities to fund empowerment and gender equality projects.

SUCCESS MEASURED BY EMPOWERMENT

Alongside the body care business is The Alaffia Foundation. The foundation’s mission is aligned with Alaffia’s core values and facilitates Alaffia’s Empowerment Projects through the advancement of fair trade, education, sustainable living and gender equality.

The Alaffia Foundation is set up as a 501 non-profit that provides a platform for individuals and organizations to donate eyeglasses, bicycles and school supplies; volunteer one’s time at the Olympia facility to break down bicycles and load supplies to be sent to Togo; and make direct monetary contributions to any of their Empowerment Projects: Maternal Care, Education, Vision Correction and Reforestation.

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Currently, Alaffia directly impacts over 14,000 lives in West Africa through its women’s cooperatives and Empowerment Projects for sustainable development.

THE ALAFFIA RANGE

When consumers are searching for products that make them feel good, they’re looking for great value, high quality products that are free from harmful ingredients that don’t ruin the earth.

In fact, according to Nielson consumer research, 66% of shoppers would be willing to pay more for this type of sustainable product. Plus, 87% of consumers said they would be willing to buy a product or service based on a company’s advocacy concerning a social matter because 78% of the research participants wanted companies to address social justice issues.

Alafia Award Winning Products

 

If you’re looking to do more ‘good’ in the world, you can’t go past stocking Alaffia. When a brand or product offers all of the above and gives back to people in need, it’s a clear win for everyone involved!

The collections are award winning and span across two specific lines:

Value Lines
The value line includes the Shea based and Coconut based body care, as well as the Authentic Black Soap collections. These are ideal for general and household use, for everybody and every day.

Signature Lines
The signature line includes both the Neem Turmeric and Coconut Reishi collections which are tailored for unique skin types.

If you’d like to provide safe, efficacious hair, face and body care while alleviating poverty in West Africa you can order Alaffia products via our online store 24/7, or call one of our friendly sales team members on 1800 787 904 today! Not yet registered with us? You can do so here.

SNACKIFICATION: THE PRODUCTS YOU NEED, NOW.

Snackification is driven by Millennials and taken up by the time-poor. Australians are adopting the idea of snacking their way through the day instead of sitting down to the traditional three square meals a day.

Snacks are no longer used as a treat to simply hold off hunger until the next meal. They are becoming the meals themselves! As a result, consumers are demanding way more healthier options.

Grab n’ go healthy snacking has never been so popular. Maximise on this opportunity by introducing your customers to a whole range of new, delicious and healthy items.

The benefit? Snacks take up minimal shelf space, you can place them in high traffic areas to bump up your average basket sale amount and if they meet the current market demands, they have a guaranteed high turnover.

Take a look at the latest to arrive at Unique below.

BETTER-FOR-YOU TREATS

BennettoSINGLE ORIGIN GOURMET CHOCOLATE

Bennetto chocolate fans will rejoice with these new additions! Expanding on the success of the mini Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bars, this popular flavour is now available in 100g blocks in shelf-ready, 13-piece CDUs, as well as newcomer, Amaranth & Sea Salt.

Committed to their ethics, the entire range is organic, fairtrade, and carbon neutral wrapped up in recyclable packaging. It’s chocolate you can feel good about!

Alter EcoGOT ANY DARKER?

Alter Eco expands their dark chocolate range with Superdark Cacao Truffles in a display pack of 60 pieces, and replaces the 60% cacao Crisp Mint (AE65) block with new 90% cacao Organic Dark Crisp Mint. They also ramp up the chocolate factor on their Coconut Clusters with the new Double Chocolate flavour!

Little ZebraCOCONUTTY CAROB

The delightful Little Zebra Food Co. vegan Carob Buds are made with Criollo cacao butter & Australian avocado oil for a creamy, sugar-free treat.

They’re FODMAP-friendly, free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, and palm oil, and are now available in a moreish Coconut variety.

KreshoVEGAN NOUGAT BAR

Kresho has created an Almond Nougat Bar that’s vegan, irresistibly chewy and ideally sized and priced for an impulse purchase! Australian made and created in a workshop powered by renewable energy, the decadent nougat filling is generously sprinkled with slow roasted almonds and coated in fairly traded, pure couverture dark chocolate.

 

keto-white-chocolateKETO WHITE CHOCOLATE

Little Zebra Chocolates have expanded their range with all new Keto White Chocolate and Keto White Chocolate Crunch! The smooth white chocolate is made with the goodness of organic coconut milk and creamy cacao butter, with real cacao nibs added for the crunchy variety. These allergy-friendly chocolates are free from dairy, gluten, nuts, soy and palm oil!

 

SAVOURY TEMPTERS

Banana JoesGUT-FRIENDLY BANANA CHIPS

Way more than just a potato chip alternative, Banana Joe’s Banana Chips are handmade from Hom Thong green bananas, and contain both pre- and probiotics with at least 1 billion cultures per serve!

Each pack has multiple merchandising options and is a low-risk buy-in with only six per CDU. Affordably priced ($3.95 RRP!), the chips are available in three bold and balanced flavours – Hickory BBQ, Thai Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt. They’re power-packed snacks that taste just like a regular potato chip!

Gluten free and vegan!

The Whole FoodiesCRISPY, CRUNCHY CASHEWS

The Whole Foodies are back with a bang! Shake up snacktime with all natural, crispy Native Cashews. Dry roasted in their skins and delicately seasoned with either Sea Salt, Kimchi or Turmeric & Black Pepper. These 70g snack packs are great value at $4.95 RRP. Wild harvested, gluten free, non-GMO and preservative free, they’re the ultimate wholesome snack!

They’re vegan!

SNACKING STAPLES

EM WholefoodsPUDDING PRE-MIXES

EM Wholefoods extend their range with nutrient-dense Hemp Chia Pudding Pre-Mixes in both Chocolate and Vanilla. This multipurpose blend can be used as a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert or as a cereal topper. Using only 100% natural ingredients, including Australian grown hemp and chia seeds, they are easy to prepare and offer a convenient solution for your customers.

Naturally sweetened with stevia!

EveryMite ALLERGY-FRIENDLY SUPERSPREAD

EveryMite is the Vegemite for food-allergy sufferers! Free from gluten, soy, yeast, grain, nut, egg, dairy, sugar, preservatives, and thickeners, it spreads on like a dream and tastes divine with avocado on toast! While it’s technically not a snack by itself, it can be used as a dip with veggies or as a condiment on crackers and bread. Made using only natural ingredients, it’s available in three varieties – The Original, Fodmap Friendly and Low Aussie Salt!

ANTIOXIDANT BLISS

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Morlife’s range of decadent, moreish snacks are highly nutritious, gluten free, antioxidant-rich and great for gifting! The range includes a Dried 5 Berry Mix and a range of dark chocolate coated delights including ginger, goji berries, macadamia nuts, tart cherries and coffee beans.

PROTEIN POWERED

Botanika BrekkyBREAKFAST AND BEYOND

A world first, instant probiotic protein porridge, Botanika Brekky combines organic oats, hemp, chia, plant protein, prebiotic fibre and probiotics to create a nutritious on-the-go breakfast option! This vegan-friendly breakfast is made with natural and organic ingredients, has up to 17g of protein per serve, and is free from refined sugars. Tempt your customers’ tastebuds with Vanilla Dream, Cacao Crunch and Grandma’s Apple Pie. Available in both a 1kg bag and a 12-pack shelf-ready CDU of 60g sachets.

UPGRADED SNACK BARS

Naked PaleoNOTHING TO HIDE

Naked Paleo Bars are 100% organic, vegan and, of course, paleo. They’re a satisfying 65g bar and are free from gluten, dairy, preservatives and nothing artificial or refined. Each bar is packed with nutrition and on-trend ingredients to please everyone from the health and fitness enthusiasts to the busy executives on the go! Available in seven delicious flavours including Minty Matcha and Turmeric Ginger and packaged in shelf-ready CDUs of 10.

GomacroA CHOCOLATE LOVER’S PROTEIN BAR

The latest flavour from GoMacro, Dark Chocolate + Almonds, blends Peruvian dark chocolate with roasted almonds for 10g of protein in a guilt-free, yet indulgent, snack bar. Free from soy, gluten and dairy, these clean bars are organic, vegan and come in a biodegradable shelf-ready CDU.

game-changer-protein-barTHE GAME CHANGING PROTEIN BAR

The Game Changer Protein Bar by Macro Mike contains 10 grams of all-natural, plant-based protein and only 164 calories per bar. It’s vegan, tastes amazing and is jam-packed with real ingredients including dates and rice malt syrup to naturally sweeten. Gluten free, dairy free, and gut-friendly, these bars have no artificial ingredients or sugar alcohols and they come ready to go in an eye-catching CDU!

luv&co probiotic barsPROBIOTIC GOODNESS

Luv&Co Pro.Biotic Nut Bars keep your customers feeling full as they’re a good source of protein and fibre. These gluten-free bars contain around 1 billion good bacteria and come in three tasty flavours: Cookies’n Cream and two vegan-friendly varieties, Coconut Crunch and Peanut Butter Jelly. Luv&Co also make delicious No Bake Cookies and Luv Sum Protein, Energy and Paleo Balls!

eclipse-raw-paleo-barsRAW PALEO DELIGHTS

Eclipse Organics Raw Paleo Bars are designed to tickle taste buds and satisfy hungry tummies, using only natural, wholesome ingredients. Available in shelf ready and attractive CDUs of 12, they’re perfect to pop onto the counter for a healthy grab n’ go sale! Available in six flavours: Berry Ripe, Chocolate Brownie, Choc Orange Fudge, Cacao Mint, Coconut Rough and Manuka & Nut.

Want more information about Snackification movement? Take a look at our previous blog here!

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THREE MUST-ATTEND EXPOS THIS YEAR IF YOU’RE IN THE NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRY

Each year, there are a lot of health and wellness industry events vying for your attendance. But which ones are worth your precious time?

We’ve looked into what’s happening this year and discovered three expos you should not miss. Especially if you’re serious about being a trailblazing, first-to-market retailer; savvy, conscious consumer; or switched on manufacturer ready to be seen by the influencers in the industry. Check them out below!

1 – Naturally Goodnaturally-good-expo

Why attend?

Far more than just the ONLY tradeshow in Australia, Naturally Good Expo is a total business event that’s 100% devoted to all things healthy, organic and natural.

As the largest event for healthy retailers, brands and practitioners in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the place where serious buyers meet with suppliers for two days of business, networking, education and to celebrate the latest exciting opportunities within the health and wellness retail market.

Plus, you can come and see us at stall J28 to sample a range of hot new products (including some which we haven’t even launched yet)!

You can also join fellow brand owners and manufacturers in a full day Business Summit that’s geared to drive business growth. Gain insider intel from heavy-weight buyers, and learn the newest strategies shared by some of the hottest brands in health right now.

Naturally Good is the place to learn about the hottest local and global trends in natural, organic and healthy; emerging opportunities; the latest retail strategies and advice in digital, social and e-commerce from Australia’s leading business experts.

It’s a two-day celebration of new ideas, innovations, and products, and the perfect opportunity to see first-hand what’s next for the health, organic and natural industry.

What are the details?

2-3 June, 2019.

ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour.

Come see us at Stall J28!

Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily.

How do I get a ticket?

Register for free here.

2 – Eco Expo – Brisbane

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Why attend?

Visit the Brisbane Eco Expo and find like-minded people in a marketplace buzzing with proud owners and users of the industry’s best organic, natural and sustainable products. Meet Eco businesses, find new ideas, innovative products and all the essentials for living a little more sustainably.

The natural, organic & sustainability industry is worth billions. As Australia’s largest sustainability expo, the ‘Eco Expo’ brings together like-minded people from passionate greenies to those searching for products or information to begin their eco-journey.

With so many industry exhibitors under the one roof, it’s the perfect opportunity to forge productive business relationships and act upon business opportunities.

The Eco Expo also offers free eco workshops and sustainability seminars are open to the public.

What are the details?

13 – 15 September, 2019.

Exhibition Building, Brisbane Showgrounds.

Open to the public: 10am – 4pm daily.

How do I get a ticket?

Buy your ticket here.

 

3 – Mind Body Spirit Expo – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

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Why attend?

Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most successful wellbeing events. This year they’re celebrating 30 years!

Devoted to the pursuit of more fulfilling lifestyles, the festivals bring together the very best expert exhibitors, inspirational guest speakers, psychic mediums, meditation classes, healthy cooking demonstrations and much more.

The MindBodySpirit Festivals act as a platform for visitors to learn, grow and discover themselves. They are about acceptance, inclusion and tolerance; showcasing and welcoming a diverse range of exhibitors and presenters.

For retailers, they offer an opportunity to discover niche brands, new products, and spokespeople that may align with their business values. For manufacturers and professional alternative therapists, it’s a place to connect with like-minded people, sell your products and services and interact with your ideal consumers.

What are the details?

Friday 7 – Monday 10 June, 2019.

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Open 10am – 7pm daily.

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 October, 2019.

International Convention Centre (ICC) Darling Harbour.

Open daily 10am – 7pm (6pm on Sunday in October only).

Friday 28 February – Sunday 1 March, 2020.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Open 9am – 6pm daily.

How do I get a ticket?

For free ticket availability, visit their website here.

So grab your calendar, block out these dates and get ready to be inspired! We’ll be here ready to take your order with all the latest products you need to stay ahead of the competition. Order online or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904! Not yet registered with us? Create an account before you go for quick and easy ordering once you’ve discovered your new must-haves at the expos!

DR TUNG’S VEGAN ACTIVATED CHARCOAL FLOSS WINS TWO WORLD-RENOWNED AWARDS

drTung’s is on a winning streak this week taking out not one but two world-class design awards for their latest product!

Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD. The winning product, drTung’s Activated Charcoal Floss, won in the discipline of Packaging.

The competition was intense: 6,375 entries were submitted from 52 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality. But drTung’s Activated Charcoal Floss won over the 67-member jury – made up of independent experts from all over the world – with its eco-friendly, plastic-free paperboard package which is itself the floss dispenser. 

About the iF DESIGN AWARD

For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world.

Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg generating significant exposure for the product.

Thousands of design professionals and innovative companies from across the globe attend the iF DESIGN AWARD ceremony each year. Take a look at the video below!

The Winning Product – Vegan Activated Charcoal Floss

Plastic dental floss containers are used throughout the world, but plastic is polluting our oceans and landfills. Millions of containers are discarded annually, creating a global plastic epidemic. DrTung’s non-polluting, plastic-free dental floss dispenser can help change this trend.

Made from paperboard, it can be recycled after use without harming wildlife or the environment. The eye-catching package is comfortable to use and slips easily into a pocket or purse, making it convenient to carry or use at home.

The floss itself, manufactured via a patented process, expands during use and is coated with 100% vegetable wax, without petrochemical or animal ingredients. Every detail of this product and packaging is designed to minimize the environmental impact.

The GREEN Good Design Awards

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DrTung’s was also a winner of this year’s GREEN Good Design Awards, another world-renowned design prize awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

DrTung’s Activated Charcoal Floss won in the GREEN PRODUCT/GRAPHIC DESIGN category. Now in its 68th year, GOOD DESIGN® is one of the most prestigious Awards Program organised worldwide. It was founded in 1950 by such pioneers in modern design as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Eero Saarinen. 

It was one of only 32 worldwide winners in the heavily contested GREEN PRODUCT/GRAPHIC DESIGN category!

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About drTung’s

Their products have grown out of a passion for bringing healthy smiles naturally. Since their small beginnings, drTung’s has always been on the leading edge, introducing the first commercially available tongue cleaner in 1997 before tongue cleaning was commonly known in the USA. They now provide innovative products for fresher breath and healthier smiles to major natural supermarkets and health stores across the globe.

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SPARK SALES WITH THE CAFFEINE-FREE ENERGY BOOST CELEBS LOVE!

Juicing has been huge in the wellness world for years. Purported to cleanse, detox and help reduce inflammation in the body. Juicing has often been seen as a quick way to boost your health.

Today, the demand for food to offer more specific functional benefits paired with our busy on-the-go lifestyles is driving innovation in this space. Consumers not only want health-promoting snacks and drinks, but they want them quickly and easily.

Right on target with this trend, nutrient-rich juice shots provide a natural boost of nutrition in quick grab n’ go bottles.

According to Mintel data, the share of juice shots in total juice launches in Europe has increased sixfold over the past four years.

“These tiny juice shots promise to deliver a quick dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in tasty liquid form. Many of the shots have the new “superfood”, turmeric in them. This relative of ginger has been used for hundreds of years in India, both for flavouring and medicinal purposes and is credited with easing headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps and boosting the metabolism.”

Functional juice shots were seen everywhere at the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, Expo West, this month!

Made with pure, concentrated doses of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients, juice shots are promoted as a preventative measure to boost consumers’ overall wellbeing or as a quick way to address specific health issues.

Most commonly, the blends are designed to help boost energy levels, support the immune system, aid digestive health, and help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Ginger has by far been the leading ingredient when it comes to juice shot innovation. It’s often combined with lemon juice and dubbed as a ‘wonder plant’ for it’s reported benefits in relieving pain and muscle soreness, immune support and lowering blood pressure.

Actress Selena Gomez swears by her daily ginger shot every morning!

 

So how can you make the most of this craze, even if you don’t have cold storage?

The Ginger People have launched their innovative Ginger Shot with Wild Turmeric in a 60ml shelf-stable bottle. Packed with goodness and tucked neatly into an attractive self-ready CDU, these little gems retail at $4.95 and are loaded with grab n’ go goodness!Ginger Shot with ginger_500x500px

These nutritious shots are appearing in various places in stores, including on shelf next to full-sized grab-and-go juices, in the produce aisle, and in pharmacies either at the counter or as part of a larger natural health and wellness display. Place them front and centre for an enticing upsell that appeals to a wide range of consumers.

If you want to be seen as the store with the new, innovative and on-trend products then get in quick, as these are going to be a hot seller! If you haven’t got an account with us, you can register here. Otherwise, jump online and order your stock today!

THE TEXAN MUM WHO SPARKED AN ORAL CARE REVOLUTION

Many have heard about activated charcoal teeth whitening, but few know the story that led to this global craze. Watch the short film above to discover the determined woman who started it all, and be inspired by the vision and passion that has changed the oral care industry, forever.

At Unique, we couldn’t be more proud to stand alongside and represent Jessica and the team at My Magic Mud here in Australia. If you’d like to be a My Magic Mud stockist, simply order your product online via our store, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904.