CLIF BAR: The #1 energy bar fuelling sales, one bite at a time

The CLIF Bar story started with a bike ride. The epiphany that founder, Gary Erickson, had on that one cycling adventure set the wheels in motion for a product that has since become the leading energy bar across America, Canada and more recently Australia. 

It was 1990. Gary lived in a garage with his dog and pursued his passion for skiing, climbing and cycling. But with minimal options for energy bars on the market at the time, fueling his body for his active lifestyle was unappetizing to say the least.

Gary spent two years, with the help of the best baker he knew, his mum, perfecting the recipe that would become the original CLIF Bar. It ticked all the boxes – taste, sustained energy and wholesome ingredients.

CLIF Bar was an instant hit and soon became the energy bar of choice for cyclists and climbers before quickly hitting mainstream distribution channels.

The high-energy, natural and organic CLIF range now includes Energy Bars, Nut Butter Bars, Bloks Energy Chews, Energy Gel Shots, and the latest addition, Builders Bars. The brand has a loyal following, recognised for providing plant-based, wholesome grab n’ go bars and quick-release energy sources. 

CLIF Bar products

Powering top athletes around the world, including Venus Williams and John John Florence, the brand currently powers more than 11 Australian TEAM CLIF BAR athletes and tens of thousands of event competitors across the nation.

Never veering from its original vision to make a better tasting product, each item is crafted by athletes for athletes and made with real ingredients to energise and nourish. 

Going well beyond fuelling energy for any moment, CLIF is a company with a global purpose. When other energy bar brands were being acquired by multinational food companies, Gary and his wife, Kit Crawford, made the decision to stay private and developed an innovative, values-based business model. And it has paid off. The brand has seen double-digit, compounded annual growth for the past 10 years. 

In the same way Gary started CLIF with a vision to create a better energy bar option, the company vision has always been to do business in a better way. Food is at the centre of everything CLIF does, so organic ingredients and organic farming lead the sustainability efforts of the business. 

They are committed to reaching a goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025. Their business operations are climate neutral and they have wide reaching programs in place to support the people, places and communities they touch including becoming an employee-owned business, paid community volunteer days for staff and operating on 100% green power for electricity at CLIF facilities. 

Over 30 years CLIF has played a leading role in shaping the energy bar industry while remaining true to their sustainability values. It’s no wonder they’re the number one choice to provide energy for any moment.  

Unique Health Products is proud to be part of the CLIF Bar story as the exclusive distributor of CLIF Bar products in Australia. You can shop the CLIF Bar range online with us 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The beauty of the digital age is that we have so much data at our fingertips to guide decision-making in business. You don’t need to guess the wellness trends… because you can see the trends unfolding in the data right before your eyes.

Using data from Google Trends and keyword research tool, Ubersuggest, we’ve done some digging to analyse six health and wellness trends that have significantly impacted the industry over the last five years, and how you can make the most of those trends in your business.

KETOGENIC DIET

The keto diet has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In recent Roy Morgan research, 24% of people surveyed indicated that eating a low-fat diet is important to them. This was down from 39% in 2000. The researchers suggested that this change in the way people look at food could be due to the rising popularity of the high-fat keto diet. 

Each month, more than 90,000 people in Australia search ‘ketogenic diet’, 74,000 search for ‘keto diet’ and 1,000 search for ‘keto diet vegan’ or ‘keto diet vegetarian’. Interestingly, in the last 12 months, there has also been a 50% increase in search volume for ‘keto friendly snacks’. 

The opportunity: Educate your customers on the benefits of keto, tied to your keto offering. If you want to increase your keto range, brands like Keto Naturals, The Monday Food Co, PBCo. and Vitawerx have a strong keto market presence. 

Image Source: Google Trends

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Research consistently shows that today’s consumers are concerned about the environment. This is supported by the Google Trends data, which shows movement in an upwards direction for searches related to the environmentally friendly topic. 

So, what exactly are they searching for? The list is long, but there is strong growth in search volume where it matters most to you:

  • 450% increase in ‘earth friendly cleaning’ and 60% increase in ‘eco cleaning products’
  • 200% increase in ‘eco friendly products’
  • 160% increase in ‘eco friendly gifts’ and 90% increase in ‘eco gifts’

The opportunity: In a climate where 2 in 5 consumers want brands to offer more sustainable/durable products, it’s time to not only increase your offering but also share your own sustainability initiatives with your customers, such as what you are doing to minimise your plastic waste and packaging.

In the eco-friendly gifts market, Summer Salt Body and Sow ‘n Sow are well established brands. Similarly, for eco-cleaning products with brands such as Earthwise, Bon Ami, Koala Eco and Planet Luxe

Image source: Google Trends

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The facts on single-use plastic and plastic waste are frightening. It’s no wonder that this is a trending topic of concern. 

With government moves in some states to ban certain single-use plastics and commitment at a federal level to phase out products such as single-use plastic straws and utensils, awareness of the topic is sure to grow. 

On the topic of drinking straws alone, there were huge increases in search volume over the five year period:

  • 1,900% increase for ‘reusable straws’
  • 1,110% increase for ‘metal straws’ and for ‘silicone straws’
  • 800% increase for ‘steel straws’

The opportunity: Embrace the rise of reusables and zero-waste products by minimising your use of single-use plastic bags and packaging and increasing your eco-offering with brands such as market-leader, Ethique as well as Ever Eco, Joco and Huskee.

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VEGANISM

Plant-based diets are on the rise. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, search for veganism and related terms is increasing. In the last five years there has been a 160% increase in search volume for ‘plant-based diet’. 

Every month more than 27,000 people search for ‘veganism’, 5,400 for ‘plant-based diet’, 1,600 for ‘plant-based meat’ and also for ‘veganism vs vegetarianism’ and 590 for ‘plant-based diets benefits’. That is a significant volume of search with an educational intent. People are curious about plant-based eating.

The opportunity: Cater to this growing market with a range of plant-based products and provide education on plant-based eating. Innovation and flavour are the key here with brands such as Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods for plant-based meat alternatives or even J. Luehders vegan candy. 

Image source: Google Trends

ORGANIC NEAR ME

There are two elements to this trend. The first is the rise of interest in organic food. The second is the shift in local search.

In the last twelve months alone, Google search frequency for ‘organic food’ increased by 190% and each month 590 people search for ‘organic skincare Australia’. Awareness of the benefits of organic is rising which is driving the shift.

The opportunity: For local businesses and shopfronts, ensure your Google My Business profile is up to date. For eCommerce stores, organic is a trending topic so highlight your organic products. This is also a good opportunity to increase your organic range with brands like Planet Organic and Eclipse Organics

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IMMUNITY

Within the health and wellness industry, immunity is one of those topics that is always prominent. In the last 12 months, immunity related keywords have seen high search volumes:

  • 6,600 searches for immune system
  • 4,400 searches for immunity
  • 3,600 searches for immunity booster
  • 2,900 searches for immunity boosting food

Anecdotally, we are also hearing that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for immunity-related products. While you can expect peaks for this during cold and flu season, this might start to even out throughout the year, depending on global events.

The opportunity: Capitalise on the immunity trend with innovative and high-quality supplements that provide natural immune system support. Brands like Eden Healthfoods, Martin & Pleasance and Comvita or even tea brands such as Kintra Foods and Yogi Tea cater to this market. 

Image Source: Google Trends

STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST WELLNESS TRENDS WITH UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We’ve been distributors in this industry for more than 25 years. We are always ahead of the wellness trends so you can bring the latest innovations and new products to your customers. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

4 HEALTH RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST YOUR SALES

There is no doubt that the face of retail in Australia is evolving. There are hurdles to overcome… but there are also many opportunities, particularly for those in the booming health retail space.

Our Unique Health Products Sales Reps are on the road meeting with retailers every day. This gives them incredible insights into the current state of retail across a broad range of categories. 

One of those Sales Reps is Laura Collins. A qualified Nutritionist, Laura has been on the Unique team for more than seven years. She knows health retail inside and out and has her finger on the pulse for what’s trending in the industry.

So we sat down with Laura to get her take on the key opportunities for natural, organic, fair-trade and eco-friendly retail today.

1. CAPITALISE ON MARKET GROWTH

In recent years, the way consumers look at health has changed. Not only is the definition of health much broader, covering everything from immunity to wellness, mindfulness and lifestyle elements of health, but it is also more mainstream.

“There is an understanding and acceptance now that health food doesn’t just belong in a health food store ,” explains Laura. “Health food often has higher margins and offers consumers a point of difference. More and more grocery, pharmacy and other specialty retailers are taking on health food products in a big way.”

There are also a number of consumer trends that are driving this mainstream shift. Plant-based eating is on the rise, as are low-carb, low-sugar and keto diets. Consumers are also far more savvy about the sustainability of products and they are actively seeking out eco-friendly options.

“Consumers are looking to brands like Ethique to reduce their reliance on plastic, or RXBAR for their super clean and transparent ingredients lists. There is so much opportunity for retailers to capitalise on.”

2. INTEGRATE YOUR SHELVES

The traditional approach to health food in Australia has been segregation. But Laura argues that integration is the future. It’s an approach that has seen much success in the USA and UK. It’s what customers want… and it’s also good for business. 

“A lot of grocery stores have a health or gourmet section, but this can be quite limiting,” explains Laura. “In this case, only consumers who believe they can afford it head to that section. However, if your shelves are integrated and the health products sit alongside the rest of your range, you give customers more choice.

“I worked with some grocery stores in Sydney to integrate. The result was higher sales for those health products compared to similar stores in the same area that took a segregation approach. Where it makes sense to do so, weaving the products through the shelves can train the customer to purchase differently. Otherwise, you could be missing out on potential sales.”

Integration is better for sales and it’s also a better customer experience. By integrating all the options, from private label through to premium health brands, customers can make a simple decision without having to snake around different aisles.

3. EMBRACE NOOTROPICS AND ADAPTOGENS

Laura also asserts that the products with a hugely promising future are those with functional ingredients such as nootropics and adaptogens. 

“We are an increasingly stressed society and consumers are looking for products to help their health and immunity. Natural alternatives to help with these concerns are increasingly popular. Adaptogens – such as rhodiola or siberian ginseng – can be really helpful. People can have vitamin deficiencies but also mineral deficiencies so mineral rich supplements such as Evolution Botanicals Himalayan Shilajit or Supercharged Food Fulvic Humic Concentrate are popular.

We haven’t even scratched the surface on nootropics in Australia but these ingredients may help with focus, productivity and reducing brain fog.”

4. OFFER HEALTHY SNACKING

Keto and healthy snacks are two categories that Laura can see have a big future in the Australian market. With the popularity of keto diets and consumers reaching for convenience, brands and products that combine the two, such as Keto Naturals, HeroCup or VitaWerx, are ones you want to have on your shelves.

“Anything keto and any healthy, clean snacks are huge in health retail right now,” says Laura. “Consumers are looking for the convenience of being able to reach for snacks and products that they know are good for them. Other wellness products such as The Ginger People Ginger Shots and Alchemy Elixirs are also popular. 

“Consumers are looking for products that offer a boost to their health and that’s what our range of brands and products can offer.”

YOUR TRUSTED ADVISOR IN HEALTH RETAIL

At Unique Health Products we distribute hundreds of health and wellness brands across Australia. Whether you are trying to reach new customer segments or have existing customers crying out for more natural, organic, fair-trade and eco-friendly products, we stock the best. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

OPPORTUNI-TEA KNOCKS WITH CONSUMER DEMAND FOR TEA

Australia is a nation of tea drinkers. Or to be more precise, almost half of the population is. Research by Roy Morgan revealed that 47.6% of Australians drink tea. Predictably, the largest group of tea drinkers are Baby Boomers (61.1%) but surprisingly, 32.3% of Generation Z (born between 1991 – 2005) drink hot tea. In fact, Gen Z are more likely to drink hot tea than coffee or hot chocolate.

But there is also another trend towards functional formulations that is set to shake up consumer perception and interest in tea. Research by Mintel revealed that consumers will be looking for more functional beverages to help with overall wellbeing – specifically, focus and relaxation. 

By their very nature, many teas are functional without even trying. Consider the restful properties of chamomile tea, the digestive benefits of peppermint tea or the antioxidants in a cup of green tea.

Tea ticks multiple boxes for consumers. It is accessible, affordable and increasingly, as tea manufacturers become more adventurous in how they embrace healthful herbs in their tea blends, it leans into the growing functional beverage category. 

At Unique Health Products we have an extensive range of premium, wholesale tea brands and products. With World Tea Day just around the corner on 21 May, expand your tea offering and get your customers excited about the possibilities of the humble cuppa.

BUDDHA TEAS

Buddha Teas use organic and wild harvested ingredients to keep the range of teas as natural as possible. The teas were inspired by founder, John Boyd’s, interest in the use of herbs as alternative medicine. From single-ingredient organic herbal teas, such as Ashwagandha or Elderberry to organic herbal blends, including Zen Cleanse Blend and Sleepy Temple Blend, all of the teas are packaged in bleach-free tea bags inside 100% recyclable cartons.

YOGI TEA

Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic healing philosophy, the extensive Yogi Tea range of tea blends combine the health benefits of herbs with flavours distinct to the Yogi Tea brand. Each of the blends in the range is developed with intention to support both mind and body, using the finest spices and botanicals from around the globe. From the on-trend Echinacea Immune Support to Comforting Chamomile, Yogi Tea is committed to sustainability and responsible sourcing. 

YOUR TEA

The vegan-friendly teas from Your Tea use traditional Chinese herbal ingredients to create blends targeted at a particular functional aim. From Energy to mood (Happy), Sleep, and digestion (Antioxidant; Grumpy Gut), the teas are designed for mind, body and soul. Your Tea has a fair-trade supply chain and uses consumer demand to drive new product innovation.

MINISTRY OF TEA

Using the best-quality, organic ingredients, Ministry of Tea is on a mission to provide consumers with a cracking cuppa, every time. From the classic English Breakfast to the Moroccan Mint Tea and Herbal Infusions, such as Lemon & Ginger or Spicy Liquorice, every box of Ministry of Tea is beautifully packaged with a competitive price point.

KINTRA FOODS

With both Herbal Tea Bags and Loose Leaf Teas, Kintra Foods is one of the last local Australian tea manufacturers. Every tea in the range is developed with a purpose. Whether it is to Calm & Relax, Detox & Cleanse or help with Sleep, Immunity or Energy, Kintra Foods is committed to ethically sourcing materials and minimising their impact on the environment. 

BYRON CHAI

Byron Chai has been brewing Chai tea since 1996. The popular Indian Spiced Tea blend is made with caffeinated black tea and finely ground spices including ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander seed, fennel seed, star anise and cloves and is popular with health-conscious consumers. 

EGYPTIAN RED

Available in both loose leaf and tea bag varieties, Egyptian Red is a premium grade Hibiscus Sabdariffa, grown in the silt rich soil of upper Egypt. It is reported that Hibiscus Sabdariffa was the preferred drink of the pharaohs for its health benefits. Egyptian Red is 100% organic and free from pesticides, herbicides, artificial and chemical fertilizers. 

MATCHA MAIDEN

Sourced directly from the lush hills of Kyoto, Japan, Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder is certified organic and naturally gluten free. The vegan-friendly, 100% pure, stone-ground blend is a premium quality tea that offers many potential benefits for immunity, metabolism and general wellbeing. 

PLANET ORGANIC

Planet Organic uses certified organic ingredients, grown as nature intended. With a heavy focus on their environmental impact, they value quality and flavour, ethically sourced ingredients and choosing sustainable packaging wherever possible. The range includes both Herbal Tea Bags and Loose Leaf Teas featuring herbs such as Oolong, Nettle, Lemon Balm and Ginger, among many others. 

SYMINGTONS

Made from naturally-grown, roasted dandelion root, Symington’s Dandelion Tea is delicious – and caffeine free! Dandelion is rich in vitamins and minerals and may aid digestion. Dandelion has been used all over the world for centuries to treat a variety of health concerns and is still popular in modern herbal medicine. 

THE FRESH CHAI CO.

The range of fair-trade and organic Chai from The Fresh Chai Co. includes Honey Soaked Chai and Fresh Sticky Chai in a variety of Caffeine Free, Chocolate, Vegan and Golden Turmeric blends. Ethically sourced to minimise food miles and lovingly crafted, The Fresh Chai Co. is committed to creating products that are good for people and the planet. 

EXTENSIVE WHOLESALE TEA RANGE

You can purchase each of these wholesale tea products and ranges from us at Unique Health Products. We proudly distribute these leading tea brands and many more organic and fair-trade products to retailers right across Australia. You can order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you are new to Unique you can register an account here.

NATURALLY GOOD 2021

Since 2015, Naturally Good has been the preeminent place to discover and connect with leading brands in the natural health and wellbeing industry. After an unavoidable disruption to the schedule in 2020, you can expect that Naturally Good 2021 is going to be bigger and better than ever before!

NATURALLY GOOD 2021 – ALL THE DETAILS

In 2021, Naturally Good is returning to the ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour. Running over two days, 30-31 May, the show will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days. 

There is no other expo like Naturally Good. Under one roof you can explore the latest brands making waves and the newest natural products your customers will be looking for on your shelves. 

As the largest expo of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, Naturally Good is dedicated to all things healthy, natural and organic. More than just discovering innovations and industry news, you can also access education at the Speaker Series during the event and at the Business Summit before the expo on Friday 28 May. 

UNIQUE AT NATURALLY GOOD

That’s right! We’ll be there. The Unique team will be back at Naturally Good 2021. We’ll be celebrating 25 years in business too, so be sure to pop by and say hello at stall i32! There will be plenty to sample and discover!

We’ll be joined by some of our suppliers to give you the chance to meet them face-to-face and finally catch up with our team. We’ll have samples of some of our top sellers and you’ll have the opportunity to get a sneak peek at new products before anyone else and take advantage of the great deals we’ll have on offer. Our Product Acquisition team has been working overtime to bring you the latest on-trend products we know your customers will love!

TREND WATCH

Naturally Good is always an incredible opportunity to discover new trends in the industry. As you’re exploring over the course of the show, there are a few trends you might want to be on the lookout for.

  1. People and planet. The trend towards eco alternatives, reusables and zero-waste is tremendous. We’ll have a selection of these products at the show including from brands such as Ever Eco, Ethique and Patch.
  2. Plant-based diets. Veganuary 2021 saw a record number of sign ups as people increasingly make the switch to plant-based eating. Some of the plant-based brands we’ll have at Naturally Good include Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods
  3. Natural beauty. The natural beauty market is growing at twice the predicted CAGR of the beauty industry as a whole. From cruelty-free beauty to bioactive and functional ingredients, the natural beauty brands we’ll have at the show include ACURE, Dr Organic and Alaffia
  4. Protein on-the-go. Protein snack bars are consistent top sellers and a trend that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Stop by our stand to learn about our protein snack bar brands including CLIF, RXBAR, Botanika Blends and Macro Mike
  5. Nootropic ingredients. Products that use nootropics are set to dominate the natural market over the coming years. We have a large range of brands that utilise these powerful cognitive performance enhancing ingredients, including Evolution Botanicals, Kintra Foods, Blue Dinosaur and Buddha Teas.

Want to join us at Naturally Good? Register for your free ticket here!

Of course, we would love to see you at Naturally Good 2021. However if you can’t make it, you can browse and order from our range of hundreds of health and wellness brands in our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you’re new to Unique, you can register your wholesale account here.

KINTRA FOODS: A CUP OF GOOD HEALTH

‘While there is tea, there is hope’ is the Kintra Foods motto and we couldn’t agree more!

Located in Sydney’s Terrey Hills, Kintra Foods is a 100% Australian family-owned business specialising in premium and unique tea products specifically developed for health-conscious consumers. 

FLAVOUR WITH A PURPOSE

Of course taste is a big factor in the development of the Kintra Foods teas, but every tea is also developed with a specific health purpose in mind. Whether it’s dandelion for the liver or rooibos for antioxidants, the ingredients are carefully selected for their health benefits. 

Those ingredients are purchased directly from the farm and processed in-house at their Terrey Hills manufacturing plant where you will find numerous tea bag and sachet machines, blenders and fillers as well as lines for cans, pouches and glass jars. 

In a market dominated by imports, Kintra Foods is one of the last local Australian tea manufacturers. This allows them to offer exceptional quality, freshness and the best value in the market. 

SUSTAINABILI-TEA

Kintra Foods is conscious of minimising their impact on the environment and has committed to the ethical sourcing of all raw materials. They also preference organic and wild harvest ingredients where possible. 

To further boost their focus on sustainability they also:

  • Use recycled packaging
  • Have taken steps to reduce packaging
  • Switched to naked teabags by removing all printed envelopes, strings, tags and glue from teabags.

These actions have saved millions of tonnes of waste and firmly positioned the brand as an eco-leader.

Kintra Foods tea range

THE KINTRA FOODS RANGE

The range of teas from Kintra Foods is diverse with a selection of Loose Leaf Teas, Herbal Tea Bags, Granular Blends and Powders.

Kintra Foods is one of the hundreds of brands we distribute at Unique Health Products. To stock this Australian brand on your shelves, you can order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you are new to Unique you can register an account here.

5 NATURAL BEAUTY TRENDS FOR 2021

In their Future of Beauty Report, Nielsen identified natural beauty and skincare as key drivers for the future of the industry. Mintel called it a “Beauty Eco-lution” that is driven by eco-ethical and conscious purchasing decisions.

But the natural beauty market is as diverse as it is fast-growing. It has almost twice the predicted CAGR of the beauty market as a whole! In the plethora of products available, there are key natural beauty trends that are driving the growth.

Here are the five key natural beauty trends you should know to have your finger on the pulse for your eco-conscious customers.

Cruelty-free beauty

1) CRUELTY FREE

According to What’s New in Healthy Products, consumers are starting to consider vegan and cruelty-free credentials as a baseline requirement for skincare brands. 

ACURE is a brand that is leading the market in highly innovative and effective skincare that also adheres to its vegan and cruelty-free values. For ACURE this means no animal-testing, ever, and drawing on powerful super nutrients for skin wellness. 

From Facial Scrubs to Cleansing Gels, Face Masks, Serums, Moisturisers, Treatments, Oils and more, every product in the ACURE range is 100% vegan. 

Zero-waste beauty

2) ZERO WASTE

Plastic packaging – and more specifically plastic packaging winding up in landfill – is an undeniable issue facing our planet. Since 1960, the amount of plastic packaging used in the USA has increased over 120 times. While this figure isn’t limited to the beauty industry, globally, the beauty and personal care industry accounts for more than AUD $30 billion in plastic packaging sales.

Ethique is an impressively-sustainable brand playing an active role in reducing plastic packaging. The brand and products are 100% plastic free. In fact, Ethique has saved more than 6.5 million plastic bottles from entering landfill with their sustainable paper packaging, compostable Storage Containers, Concentrates and Solid Beauty Bars.

While Ethique started with Shampoo Bars, there are now Solid Face Cleansers, Solid Face Scrubs, Solid Face Serums as well as a range of home, pet, hair and body care bars.

Another brand providing zero-waste solutions is Ever Eco. Their passion for eradicating single-use plastics started with the humble drinking straw and has now extended to include a beauty range. Beauty products include Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads to replace single-use cotton pads as well as Muslin Facial Cloths and Konjac Facial Sponges.

Functional and bioactive ingredients - natural beauty trends

3) FUNCTIONAL AND BIOACTIVE INGREDIENTS

As much as functional ingredients are driving food trends, they are also a force in natural beauty trends.

Functional and bioactive ingredients have been used for centuries in traditional medicine, and now the natural beauty industry is embracing the transformational power of nature.

Dr Organic doesn’t just use bioactive ingredients. Their ranges are each built around a powerful bioactive to ensure each product is truly functional. Whether it is Organic Aloe Vera, Activated Charcoal, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Manuka Honey, Organic Reishi or one of the other many bioactives in the range, every product is designed to draw on the power of nature to get serious skin results.

ACURE is another brand that uses functional ingredients such as ashwagandha, reishi, holy basil, cordyceps and melatonin. Despite their use of quality, effective plant-based bioactives and functional ingredients, they are incredibly accessible and affordable for the everyday consumer looking to ‘clean up’ their beauty routine. 

Beauty supplements

4) BEAUTY FROM WITHIN

In line with the food as medicine trend, there are an increasing number of beauty supplements focusing on nourishing skin from within with the idea that beauty starts on the inside.

Supercharged Food, known for their Love Your Gut Powders and Capsules, has recently launched the Earth and Sea Beauty Capsules. The capsules contain a blend of silica, iodine and iron. The 100% Australian-sourced silica may aid in collagen production for healthy hair, skin and nails. The iodine in the blend is sourced from Tasmanian kelp and may help to repair damaged skin cells. 

Natural sheet masks

5) SHEET MASKS

Sheet masks are certainly a trend that is here to stay! The natural beauty trend for sheet masks is in natural and organic ingredients and eco-friendly materials.

Orgaid produced the world’s first organic sheet mask. They use the patented Ecoderma sheet mask fabric along with organic ingredients and scientifically-backed formulations to create highly-effective sheet masks.

The Orgaid sheet mask range includes three varieties – Anti-aging & Moisturizing, Vitamin C & Revitalizing and Greek Yogurt & Nourishing.

BRING NATURAL BEAUTY TRENDS TO YOUR CUSTOMERS

You can find each of these brands and their trending products – plus many more – in the Unique Health Products online store. You can shop online 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register for one here.

UP YOUR SALES GAME WITH THESE PROTEIN BAR BRANDS

Australians love their protein bars. The snack bar market in Australia has been growing steadily over the last five years and is expected to reach more than AUD $900 million by 2025

In fact, there is quite a long-standing protein phenomenon happening. Even back in 2018, research out of Nielsen and The George Institute found that while total grocery growth sat at 2%, items described as containing protein saw a sales boost of 22.3%. 

Take your customers’ protein-packed snack game to the next level with these top-selling bars:

Clif Bars

CLIF BARS

In 1992, CLIF Bar and Company launched with a mission to develop an energy bar that combined convenience and great taste without compromising on quality, natural and organic ingredients. In the years since, they’ve gone on to become the number one energy bar in the United States and Canada.

CLIF Bar is crafted by athletes for athletes using real, vegan ingredients to fuel and nourish the body. Inside every one of the nine delicious CLIF Bar flavours you will find:

  • Between 9-11g protein (varies by flavour)
  • 11 vitamins and minerals
  • 70% organic ingredients
  • Slow-releasing carbohydrates for energy 
CLIF Builders Bars

CLIF BUILDERS BARS

Builders Bars are the number one plant-based protein bar in the United States. 

They are designed to both sustain workouts and help build muscle repair. With an impressive 20g of protein in each bar they are popular with athletes, fitness fanatics, body builders and tradies who need energy to fuel a physical day or work.

The low-GI Builders Bars have: 

  • 20g of complete plant-based protein
  • Essential amino acids to repair and rebuild muscles
  • Natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients
  • No artificial flavours
  • A real chocolate bar taste
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Three flavours – Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter
RXBAR

RXBAR

RXBAR is a brand built on absolute transparency. They are incredibly picky about the ingredients they use, and each of those ingredients are displayed front and centre on their packaging. Their no B.S. approach to creating simple, nutritious and flavoursome protein bars has garnered them a cult following of half a million on social media.

The RXBAR range has:

  • All natural, non-GMO and paleo-friendly ingredients
  • 12g protein from egg whites in every bar
  • 5g fibre per bar
  • Seven flavours – Blueberry, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Mint Chocolate
Botanika Blends protein bars

BOTANIKA BLENDS PROTEIN BARS

Botanika Blends brings together botany and food science to create plant-based, organic and health-conscious products. From their home base in Brisbane they are passionate about selecting sustainable food sources that promote better health for all. 

The Botanika Blends Protein Bars are:

  • Vegan friendly with no collagen, dairy or eggs
  • Gluten free with gut-friendly pre/probiotics
  • Packed with 10g protein and less than 5.5g carbs
  • Free from artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, dates and rice malt syrup
  • Australian made
  • Six flavours – Apple Pie, Blueberry Pancake, Choc Chip Peanut Butter, Choc Hazelnut, Lemon Cheesecake, Vanilla Cake Batter
Macro Mike protein bars

MACRO MIKE PROTEIN BARS

Born from a desire to create the best-tasting vegan protein on the planet, Macro Mike has now created a range of baking mixes, powdered peanut butter, plant-based protein blends and protein bars. The entire range is macro and vegan friendly as well as gluten and dairy free, made from the best wholefoods from around the world. 

The range of Macro Mike Protein Bars are:

  • Made with plant-based protein
  • 100% natural 
  • Gluten and dairy free
  • Gut and macro friendly
  • Packed with 10-11g protein per bar
  • Four flavours – Almond Scrumptionator Cheezecake Choc Chip, Blueberry Muffin, The Game Changer Cheezecake Choc Chip Peanut, We Jammin’ Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam Donut

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH THE TOP PROTEIN BAR BRANDS

To order from our range of protein bar brands, you can apply for a wholesale account with us here. If you already have an account, you can place your order online 24/7 via the online shop or call the sales team on 1800 797 904.

THE GROWING DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED MEAT ALTERNATIVES

In the year 2000, 2% of Australians reported being vegetarian. By 2019, that number had jumped by more than 10%. Australia’s demand for vegan products positions us as one of the fastest-growing vegan markets in the world.

Whether they are choosing a vegetarian diet for the health benefits or because of a personal stance against cruelty to animals, more and more people are turning to plant-based food options.

MODERN PLANT-BASED EATING

In 2019, The Heart Foundation changed its recommendations on the consumption of meat, suggesting a limit of less than 350 grams of unprocessed meat – approximately three meals – per week. In 2021, a record number of people signed up to Veganuary, committing to follow a vegan diet for the month of January.

When it comes to eating a plant-based diet, it’s not necessarily an all or nothing approach. While many consumers will be dedicated vegans, others adopt a flexitarian style where they follow a mostly vegetarian diet, eating minimal animal products in moderation.

For plant-based devotees – whether that is a full-time or a part-time commitment – the range of products available to them goes well beyond tofu and veggie burgers. One of the recent category additions is plant-based meat that offers a similar texture to regular meat, but is instead made from plant-based protein sources.

Research by Food Frontier shows that one in three Australians has tried this new generation of plant-based meat products. Their forecasts predict that growth in the category is likely to see the sector generate close to AUD $3 billion in retail sales by 2030.

That growth is already accelerating fast. According to a report in Retail World, the category doubled in size from 2019 to 2020. And while early growth was from the early adopter market, the report also revealed a prediction, “We expect the scale of the category to continue to grow through mainstream shoppers looking for alternative protein options for a range of reasons including health and sustainability.”

Plant-based meat is a relatively new and fast-growing market that has the potential to reach a broad consumer base. Meet the market by adding plant-based alternatives to your range with these top-selling brands.

Plant-based meats - Upton's Naturals Jackfruit

UPTON’S NATURALS

Whilst it is not your typical meat replacement as it contains a very minimal amount of protein, jackfruit originates from tropical locations where it is abundant and popular for its high level of antioxidants. 

It’s very popular in the vegan community as a versatile plant-based meat alternative. It has a texture akin to shredded chicken or pork and soaks up the flavour from herbs, spices and sauces.

The Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit range includes five varieties. Original which has no added flavouring to be used as a base for plant-based dishes, or the five flavoured varieties – Bar-b-que, Chilli Lime Carnitas, Sweet & Smoky and Thai Curry. 

The range is highly versatile, able to be used in a variety of recipes to create delicious vegan meals. Each of the flavours in the range is low-GI, gluten free and low in saturated fat.

Flexible Foods plant-based meat alternatives

FLEXIBLE FOODS

The Plant-based Mince and Patties from Flexible Foods are made from texturised pea protein, considered one of the most sustainable plant-based proteins. 

The Australian-made range is non-GMO, gluten free, preservative free, low fat and low carbohydrate. They are a good source of iron, protein and fibre.

The Plant-based Patties include 14g of protein per patty with 3.1mg of iron and includes chia meal, nutritional yeast and flavoursome spices.

There are four varieties of the Plant-based Mince – Original, A Taste of India, A Taste of Italy and A Taste of Mexico. Each is high in protein with regional flavours added to create delicious meat-free meals.

Plantasy Foods plant-based meat alternatives

PLANTASY FOODS

The Plantasy Foods Protein Patty Mixes were the first of their kind to launch in Australia, are made from premium ingredients and are gluten free. With three flavours in the range – Original, Mexican Fiesta and Fresh Thai – the products were designed to mix with water and then be shaped into patties or rissoles.

Plantasy Foods also has a diverse range of other plant-based protein options including the innovative Nut Roast with Cranberries (baking pan included) and the versatile Walnut & Lentil Mince.  

As well as three Plant-based Protein mixes – a Soy Free option made from 100% texturised pea protein and the Natural and Dark made from defatted soy flour (with the addition of cacao for the Dark).

JOIN THE GROWING PLANT-BASED MEAT TREND

Stock your shelves with this new generation of plant-based meat alternatives with Unique Health Products. You can call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904 or place your order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the convenience of our online store. If you are a new Unique Health Products customer, you can register your account here.