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.

alaffia-social-enterprise

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.

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!

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.

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

If you haven’t got an account with us, make sure to register here.

If you’re already set up, then whitelist our email address in your mailbox for the latest updates, deals and new products, and continue ordering online as per usual!

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is here, and the ‘Zero Waste’ movement is stronger than ever. The focus on eco-friendly products and sustainable living is at the top of consumers’ minds, so now is the perfect time to stock up these exciting new plastic-free items.

STYLISH ECO ADDITIONS

Category-leading brand, Ever Eco, have released a host of great new products that make eco-living extra chic! Their popular stainless steel Stackable Bento Boxes are back, new and improved in two sizes—both featuring two-tiered compartments and a mini snack container. Due to strong consumer demand, Ever Eco has also launched three different types of straws:

  • Glass Straws constructed from super durable and thick borosilicate glass.
  • Extra wide 12mm straight Bubble Tea Straw Kit in Stainless Steel with cleaning brush in a portable organic cotton pouch, ideal for on-the-go use!
  • 15cm Short Straws in Stainless Steel and Rose Gold with a cleaning brush. Perfect for kids! Attractive, recyclable hang sell packaging make all of these super easy to merchandise!

New Ever Eco Products

There are also new Insulated Mini Tumblers — perfect for hot and cold drinks. They are made from stainless steel, compatible with the Short Straws, and keep drinks cold for eight hours and hot for four. They are double-walled so they won’t sweat, come in a variety of trendy colourways, and have the same multipurpose silicone-sealed sliding lid as the other tumblers in the range. Plus, in case your customers have misplaced their tumbler lid, Ever Eco have replacement Tumbler Lids in all three sizes.

Ever Eco Instagram
Ever Eco Instagram

While offering a full range of stylish, practical and affordable products, Ever Eco have garnered a loyal customer base, significant media attention and a strong social media following, with more than 70k followers on Instagram. Check out their page here.

BIODEGRADABLE FOOD STORAGE

4myearth have extended their range with the launch of two adorable new prints, Flamingoes and Llamas, in their Food Bag, Food Pocket and Food Wrap. Functional, practical and long lasting, they’re made from cotton canvas with a food safe, plant-based lining that helps keep food fresh. These fast sellers are also ethically made, machine washable and free from BPA, nylon, PVC and plastic.

New 4myearth and Little Mashies Products

SILICONE SUPERHEROES

Little Mashies new Reusable Leftover Lids and Reusable Bowl Cover Set are designed to replace single-use plastic wrap. Made from food-grade silicone, they’re dishwasher and freezer safe. The lids come in a pack of four, which are placed directly onto food or used as lids on jars, mugs and cups. The bowl covers are microwave safe and come in a pack of six different sizes.

SUSTAINABLE SCRUBBER

Go Bamboo adds to their eco-conscious cleaning collection with a 100% biodegradable Dish Scrubber, that’s made with recyclable steel and sustainable coconut fibre.

Quitting Plastic BookLIVING PLASTIC FREE

Quitting Plastic by Clara Williams Roldan and award winning journalist and writer, Louise Williams, offers easy and practical ways to cut down on plastic. Endorsed by Craig Reucassel from ABC TV’s War on Waste, it’s a convenient book that’s handbag size for easy referencing when out shopping!

100% COTTON ECO BAGS

Apple Green Duck’s new Flora Bag is a multipurpose, reusable bag made from 100% washable cotton and folds neatly into a self-pouch. Each shelf-ready box of ten comes in an assortment of colours and designs.

 

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 hot sellers this month! If you haven’t got an account with us, you can register here. Otherwise, jump online and order your stock today!

Snackification. The Changing Face of Australian Mealtimes

Consumers’ eating patterns have undergone fundamental changes. Instead of a traditional format of three meals at predetermined times each day, many consumers are moving towards a much more flexible pattern of snacking and grazing, eating at any time that is convenient.

Say hello to the health-conscious snackification movement!

While eating styles remain very strongly influenced by tradition and culture, millennials, in particular, are impacting the selection and production of healthier snacks in a colossal way!

According to Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, each week 92% of millennials eat a snack instead of breakfast, lunch or dinner at least once, and 50% of them replace approximately four of their meals with a snack.

Originally, it was all about convenience food in general. Consumers demanded quick and easy food and drink to support their chaotically-busy lives. Fast-forward some years, and the interest in health and nutrition has spun the convenience industry on its head. Convenient food options no longer need to simply taste good, they need to serve a nutritional purpose as well.

Snacks are no longer filling gaps between more wholesome meals. They are becoming the replacement to those meals.

But there are no hard and fast rules for snackification. The same food may be an in-between meal snack one day, a lunch the next and an afternoon treat another day.

In essence, the definition of what a snack is has changed. Previously conjuring up images of junk food and treats, the snack landscape is rapidly changing and includes wholesome meal replacements, single serve mini meals, healthy snack bars, and heat & eat options, both savoury and sweet.

Knowing what drives a consumer to pick up one snack over another is vital to staying competitive in the $374 billion worldwide snacking industry.

Taste, nutrition and convenience are the three most important factors in choosing a snack. With this in mind, we’re seeing an industry-wide conscious effort to reduce sugar content; an increase in functional ingredients such as turmeric, hemp and ginger; lower carbohydrate options; plant-based mini meals, protein-packed snacks and items designed to support a healthy gut.

Make sure you’re making the most of the snackification trend by stocking up on these top-selling snacks:

  • CLIF Bar – The CLIF Bar range is plant-based, on-trend and made with organic ingredients, making it the perfect grab n’ go energy bar.
  • Upton‘s Real Meal Kits – Ready in one minute, Upton’s Real Meal Kits are vegan friendly, and made with real, recognisable ingredients and available in a range of classic meals.
  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable, fairtrade company produces a range of mouthwatering, plant-based delights in attractive packing with a great price point!
  • GoMacro Macrobars – These wholesome bars provide nutritional benefit without any additives or preservatives, are 100% plant-based, and come in a range of delicious flavours!
  • Botanika Blends – From their range of deliciously flavoured Plant Proteins to new high-protein, probiotic porridge range, Botanika Blends has meal-time convenience covered.
  • Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky – These grab n’ go snacks are made from premium marinated and seasoned tempeh for an all natural, non-GMO, high plant protein snack!
  • Forbidden Brekky Rice – Nutritious and delicious, Brekky Rice is a quick and easy on the go breakfast option.

Simply order online anytime! You can view our entire range of snack items by selecting ‘Snacks’ in the categories menu.

Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

 

References: Euromonitor International, 2016, Welch’s Global Ingredients Group research, 2017.

Naturally Good highlights 2019 – A discovery of innovation

The Unique team showcased innovative hot new products and best sellers to hundreds of retailers, category managers and buyers at this year’s Naturally Good expo earlier this week.

Naturally Good is Australia’s only trade show for natural, organic and healthy products and continues to grow year-on-year! Held at the world class ICC Sydney in beautiful Darling Harbour across two days, the must-attend event gives retailers a chance to meet the makers, touch the products and get a feel for a diverse range of brands. Visitors from around Australia (and 18 other countries!) had the opportunity to ask questions about the best of our range in food and drinks, beauty and personal care, natural health and home and living.

Naturally Good is the leading event where retailers can physically discover and source the best Australian and global brands entering the market and meet with dozens of suppliers – something that could take weeks to do otherwise and can be challenging when absorbed in the day-to-day running of a store. In hot demand this year – the latest in plant-based and vegan products, healthy snacks, supplements for gut health, emerging ingredients, and the latest natural beauty, just to name a few.

If you missed the event – here is a quick recap of the highlights:

OUR HOTTEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Retailers visit Naturally Good to help differentiate their offering and grow sales by sourcing new, unique, innovative and on-trend products their customers want.

Turban Chopsticks
Mei Sann Yong from Turban Chopsticks

Dale Parkes with the My Magic Mud team.

As always, the Unique stand ensured that our diverse and fast-selling range of brands stood out in the crowded expo hall. Visitors to the Unique stand were treated to a pre-launch of some of our best new products, beauty demos and food sampling from our top-selling ranges, including Mei Sann Yong’s Turban Chopsticks, who served up tastings of their top-selling speed scratch meal bases to 2000+ visitors!

Retailers enjoyed meeting Steve Grossman and Ritu Mathur from CLIF Bar, USA; Bernie Walker and Sabine Muir from Little Zebra; Aaron Fishman from East Bali Cashew Company; Mat Stillone from Protein Supplies Australia and Botanika Blends; Mike Watts-Searle from Blue Dinosaur; Paul Stokes from Grin; Kresho Sprem from Kresho Bar, the newest vegan almond nougat chocolate; and Jessica Arman from My Magic Mud who showcased how to use the new clay and charcoal masks.

Favourites across the two days included the new savoury banana chips from Banana Joe; our new vegan white chocolate Vego; Upton’s Naturals Real Meal Kits delicious Massaman Curry; The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Shots; The Whole Foodies Native Cashews; and a special sneak peek at one of July’s hottest new products – Nelsons Naturals Crush & Brush!

This year’s Unique showbag (valued at more than $150) was a hit and included CLIF Bar’s favourite flavour of 2019 – Peanut Butter Banana and an assortment of our top-selling products. Unique giveaways also included hundreds of Cheeki stainless steel bottles and ACURE Travel Packs!

 

NEW CONNECTIONS

Naturally Good is the heartbeat of the industry across Australia and South East Asia and is a great opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers and to meet new ones.

We caught up with hundreds of retailers across the two days! Visitors to the Unique stand may have also met renowned US natural products consultants, Bob Burke from Natural Products Consulting and Tim Sperry, former Whole Foods Purchasing Manager.

 

INSIDER INTEL AND FREE BUSINESS EDUCATION

The free education program was in high demand this year with standing room only at all theatres! Several free trends sessions helped visitors understand what to look out for when walking the expo floor – with much of this information exclusive to the sessions and not available anywhere else.

Unique's Water Refill Station
Unique’s sponsored water refill station.

Visitors learnt about factors influencing healthy FMCG in Australia; what consumers want in food and drink, and natural, organic and clean beauty; what’s next in hemp and CBD oil; and the future for Australia from North America’s $200 billion+ natural products market. There were also more than 20 sessions across two days to help retailers get the edge in business by some of Australia’s foremost experts in social media, e-commerce, digital marketing and business strategy.

Expo visitors were welcomed to the usual friendly and fabulous customer service from Unique. The Unique team partnered with Cheeki and flew the pink and green flag at Naturally Good this year, helping create a more sustainable planet with our sponsored free water refill stations in three convenient locations throughout the show. In doing so we helped expo visitors to stay hydrated and saved 1,357 plastic bottles.

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

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

eco-expo-brisbane

 

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

mind-body-spirit-festival

 

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

good-design-green-dr-tungs

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!

activated-green-good-design-award

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.

Shop the entire range of drTung’s including the award-winning floss online 24/7 with us hereHaven’t got an account with us? Register here!

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.