AUSTRALIA’S EVER-GROWING APPETITE FOR VEGAN PRODUCTS (INFOGRAPHIC)

Plant-based products have been trending all year. But the rise in popularity for meat-free alternatives and cruelty-free, vegan beauty products in Australia shows Aussies are far ahead of the curve! 

What does it mean to be Vegan?

Veganism includes dietary and lifestyle choices that avoid the use of animal-derived products. A vegan diet excludes meat, eggs, dairy, and all other animal-derived ingredients including cheese, honey, butter and gelatine. 

Many vegans also choose to avoid foods processed using animal products, and avoid the use of personal and household products that are tested on animals or use animal-derivatives such as leather, fur and wool. 

Australian’s demand more plant-based alternatives

While not everyone is turning vegan, many consumers are focused on adding more meat-free meals to their diet. 

This increase in demand has seen manufacturers across the globe jump to offer more plant-based alternatives and as a result, it’s never been easier to go meat-free. 

Australian’s are Googling ‘vegan’ more than anyone else in the world! 

So, if you’re not offering plant-based options for your customers, you’re missing out on major sales! 

As a comparison, Australian’s are big adopters of the ‘free-from’ category including gluten and dairy-free items, with the industry seeing major growth in this category and an expanding range of products on offer.

However, the search for ‘vegan’ is far greater! 

Going meat-free might not be the norm, but it’s no longer not normal. 

According to the Financial Review, a Woolworths spokesperson said demand for plant-based options in its stores has grown across cities, coastal and regional areas around Australia.

“There has been double-digit growth in demand for vegan products in the past year. This isn’t all about customers deciding to go vegan or vegetarian, but part of a broader trend where Australians are looking to add more vegetables and plant-based foods into their weekly shop,” the spokesperson said.

The increasing availability and affordability of vegan and vegetarian products then self-perpetuates the trend even further. 

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In the US, the $4.5 billion USD plant-based market has grown five times the amount of total food sales this year!

There’s a major opportunity for more Australian-made, plant-based product manufacturers too.

“We’re facing a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for Australia to become a global plant-protein powerhouse, and the great news is we already have the intellectual and infrastructure assets to seize it,” Food Frontier CEO, Thomas King said.

According to the report, Australian farmers have a potentially lucrative opportunity to grow crops for the plant-based meat supply chain and secure market share from imported products, demonstrating how the emerging sector complements Australian agriculture.

According to the CSIRO, the global consumer trend for plant-based protein alone is predicted to reach $25 billion AUD by 2030. This is led by increasing interest in sustainable, ethical and healthy food products combined with a growing demand from export markets who are buying into Australia’s reputation for clean and green products. 

WORLD VEGAN MONTH

November is World Vegan Month – a time when plant-based, vegan-friendly products are at the top of conscious consumers’ shopping lists. Make sure to have plenty of supplies in stock with our top-selling, vegan-friendly brands and get ready to embrace the plant-based boom!

  • Little Zebra Chocolates
    • Dark Supreme 90% And 100%, Keto White Chocolate and Carob Buds.
  • Naked Paleo
    • Paleo Bars in a variety of tempting flavours.
  • Bennetto
    • Organic Dark Chocolate in gorgeous ‘gift-inspiring’ packaging.
  • Vego
    • The Cult-Status White Chocolate Almond Bliss Bar.
  • Botanika Blends
    • Plant Protein in a mix of sizes and innovative flavours
  • Protein Supplies Australia
    • PeaPro Raw Pea Protein in classic flavours perfect for smoothie season!
  • Upton’s Naturals
    • Convenient marinated Jackfruit flavours, Ch’eesy Mac and Thai Spaghetti Real Meal Kits.
  • J. Luehders
    • Soft Vegan Candy in a mix of mouth-watering flavours!
  • CLIF Bar
    • CLIF Bars, Bloks and Shots to fuel every adventure, naturally.
  • Banana Joe
    • Banana Chips that taste like a savoury potato chip but are packed with pre and probiotics for gut health!
  • ACURE
    • Award-winning natural skin, hair and body care!
  • East Bali Cashews
    • Wild harvested nuts in delicious snack and breakfast mixes.

To celebrate World Vegan Month, we have some great deals on the brands above and more. Make sure to take advantage of these deals while they last (ends Oct 31st!).

Add them to your order online here or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904! Not yet registered with us? You can do that here!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!