THE BANANA CHIP TREND – GUT FRIENDLY, SAVOURY SNACKS WITH A POTATO CHIP TASTE!

Savoury snacks are the emerging fast food category in the global market and banana chips are offering the top performing products a run for their money.

According to MarketWatch, the global market for savoury snacks was valued at $140 billion AUD in 2016 and is expected to reach $203.7 billion AUD by 2023 at a CAGR of 7.20%. 

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market, largely driven by changing lifestyles and food consumption habits, the rise in disposable incomes and increasing food convenience.

Various products within the category include potato chips, extruded snacks, nuts, and seeds, traditional snacks, popcorn, and pretzels. 

Potato chips are highest in demand, however, market capturing opportunities include the rising popularity of innovative products with different types of flavours and organic based savoury products. 

SAVOURY BANANA CHIPS

Capitalising on low customer loyalty, high shifting habits and consumer demand for innovation in this market, savoury banana chips are beginning to tempt consumer taste buds with a ‘better-for-you’ alternative to regular potato chips. 

What is a savoury banana chip?

The sweet, thick cut varieties may first come to mind, and while some types bear a little resemblance to these, the savoury versions are made from unripe bananas and coated in mouthwatering herbs, spices and natural flavours to cater to consumer demand for more grain free, savoury snacks. And they’re proving very popular! 

According to SPINS Data, Bubba’s Fine Foods ‘Nana Chips have seen 240+% growth in only 7 months at Whole Foods Market and a total of 470% product sales increase in the past year! 

BUBBA’S FINE FOODS ‘NANA CHIPS VS BANANA JOE’S BANANA CHIPS

Here at Unique, we distribute two very different types of banana chips as an alternative offering in this rapidly growing market – Bubba’s Fine Foods and Banana Joe’s

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Bubba’s Fine Foods was founded by Jared Menzel and Jeff Schmidgall, two former addicts of Doritos & Chex Mix, who switched to Paleo diets to manage their Diabetes & Crohn’s disease.

After a few years of eating grain-free, Jared and Jeff missed the crunchy snacks of their youth. The market didn’t have a solution, so they made it themselves.

The green, low-sugar bananas are kettle cooked and seasoned with real spices and seasonings so they taste like potato chips and satisfy salty snack cravings. Schmidgall, Bubba’s CEO says, “We’re going to get you your naughty taste, but we’re going to do it with really nice ingredients.”

Bubba’s Fine Foods – Key Selling Points

  • Thick cut
  • Loaded with flavour
  • Great grab ‘n go snack pack
  • A natural prebiotic for gut health
  • Vegan 
  • Paleo
  • Grain free
  • Gluten free
  • All natural
  • Non-GMO
  • Cooked in coconut oil
  • No added sugar
  • No soy
  • No dairy

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Banana Joe’s Banana Chips are made with sustainably grown green Hom Thong bananas that are finely sliced and seasoned before cooking and tossed with probiotics, offering a first-to-market synbiotic chip with pre- and probiotic benefits for gut health. 

Co-founders, Joe Vachiravich Sirichokvanich and Nat Meechubot are longtime friends who love to eat great food. Nat said “we decided that functional snacks were not so abundant on the market, nor did they offer the same taste as regular snacks—hence, a huge compromise.” So they took it upon themselves to source the finest ingredients and utilise the latest in innovative technology to fill the gap.

The bananas are picked fresh and packed on the same day for extra freshness and 10% of profits go towards small scale farmers in support of organic, sustainable, fair-trade agriculture. 

Banana Joe’s – Key Selling Points

  • Thin & Crispy hand-cut wafer-like slices
  • 1 billion probiotic cultures per pack
  • Full of flavour
  • All natural
  • Cooked in rice bran oil
  • No preservatives 
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free

Offer your customers a gut-friendly, on-trend alternative and order your banana chips via our online store or give our friendly sales team a call – 1800 787 904. If you haven’t yet registered an account with us, you can do so here.

SIX ON-TREND GIFT CATEGORIES FOR EASY MERCHANDISING

Christmas is right around the corner and the hunt for the perfect gift is well underway. Delight your customers by establishing displays in themes that are right on-trend and make gift giving a breeze. These are our top six on-trend gift categories to get you started!

If gifting is not part of your end-of-year promotional strategy, the food options double as great last-minute entertaining options for those with special diets!

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THE VEGAN FOODIE

This plant-based selection offers something for every taste.  You could suggest customers’ create a gourmet hamper, use a few treats as stocking fillers, or cater to their vegan guests with delicious options ready in a flash. 

  1. East Bali Cashews – Chilli Lime Cashew Snack 
  2. Upton’s Naturals – Thai Curry Noodle Real Meal Kit
  3. Vego Chocolate Bar – Hazelnut, White Almond Bliss and Dark Nuts & Berries
  4. J. Luehders – Red Berries
  5. The Whole Foodies – Native Cashews Turmeric & Black Pepper
  6. Dandies – Vegan Marshmallows
  7. Bubba’s Fine Foods – Savoury Original Grain Free Snack Mix
  8. The Fresh Chai Co – Vegan Original Blend Long Soaked Chai

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THE ADVENTURER

For the outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and adventurers at heart. These items are designed to support an active way of living, no matter where life takes you. Ideal to highlight for holiday season, you could easily switch this category to be ‘Travel Essentials’ if that resonates with your target customers more.

  1. Ever Eco – Silicone Bent Straws
  2. CLIF Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter
  3. Protein Supplies Australia – Raspberry Lemonade Hydration Recovery Drink
  4. Cheeki – Coffee Mug Topaz
  5. Nelson Naturals – Crush & Brush Mint Charcoal Tablets
  6. Hydro Flask – 32oz Wide Mouth Black (946ml)
  7. Eco – Face Sunscreen

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THE ECO WARRIOR

Catering to the eco-conscious consumer, this collection offers planet-friendly alternatives to everyday items without skimping on style or quality. Add them to your existing eco-friendly display or showcase them in a creative display of their own. 

  1. Niulife – Coconut Shell Bowl Natural and Polished
  2. Apple Green Duck – Reusable Shopping Bag – Grocer
  3. Fruity Sacks – Reusable Fruit & Veg Shopping Bags
  4. Ever Eco – Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads
  5. Woohoo – Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick
  6. Honeybee Wrap – Beeswax Kitchen Collection Pack
  7. That Red House – Stainless Steel Pegs 316 Marine Grade

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THE ACURE OBSESSED

This number #1 natural seller in the US is consistently popular, offering simple, cruelty-free, skin, body and hair care products that work. The packaging is ideal to create a standout colour blocked display and the price point makes these items perfect for adding a little something extra to finish off a gift. 

  1. Radically Rejuvenating – Under Eye Hydrogel Mask
  2. Seriously Soothing – Blue Tansy Serum Stick
  3. Brightening –  Facial Scrub
  4. Foil-Time Mask – Firming Gold Foil Mask
  5. Seriously Soothing – Seriously Soothing Solid Serum 3 in 1 (Reviewed in Bondi Beauty!)

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ECO-HOME & KITCHEN

Bring the kitchen to life with these funky dishcloths, DIY essential oil cleaning kit, and all-in-one Grow Kits for out of the box gift ideas that bring a sense of accomplishment and happiness – no green thumb required! Grow a kit in store to showcase how easy it is and generate interest in these living gift ideas!

  1. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Cow
  2. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Bees
  3. RetroKitchen –  Stainless Steel Cutlery Set – Colour Splash
  4. RetroKitchen – Make Your Own Cleaning Kit
  5. Urban Greens – Grow Your Own Tea Kit – Peppermint
  6. Urban Greens – Grow Kit – Culinary Flowers
  7. Urban Greens – Windowsill Grow Kit – Microgreens

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PAMPER DIY

From organic sheet masks and DIY clay masks to Australian nature-inspired wheat bags, sleep kits and magnesium that helps you sleep like a baby. These gift ideas are perfect to treat someone to a little TLC. Add some of them together to create a pamper hamper. Or switch on a diffuser with relaxing scents nearby for a multi-sensory shopping experience that gets shoppers in the self-care mood!

  1. Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask – Greek Yogurt, Anti-aging, Vitamin C
  2. Amazing Oils – Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion
  3. My Magic Mud – Calcium Bentonite Clay
  4. Wheatbags Love – Sleep Gift Pack – Waratah
  5. Wheatbags Love – Wheatbag – Seaside
  6. Wheatbags Love – Eyemask – Banskia

You can order all of these and more great gift ideas 24/7 in our online store or via our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Simply look for the ‘Gift Ideas‘ banner on the store homepage to go straight to all of the products listed above.

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THE FASCINATING ALCHEMICAL PROCESS BEHIND REMEDY HERBALS

Remedy Herbals’ tea, tonics and compounds are hand-crafted, natural products designed to assist the body with detoxification, digestion, vitality, stress, sleep, and cold and flu. 

Established by Prof. Junius and Dr Kumar, who were instrumental in bringing Ayurveda to Australia in 1982, the range is the culmination of the combined knowledge and understanding of Herbalism and Plant Alchemy from both the Eastern and Western traditions. 

So, as you’d expect, these products are not simply your regular cup of tea. Each item is expertly manufactured using an ancient process known as the Spagyric Method

What is the Spagyric Method?

The Spagyric Method is an alchemical process based on the concepts of Separation, Purification and Reunification of the active components within a plant, in order to produce a natural essence of the entire plant’s healing properties. 

Unlike the more common pharmacologically isolated way of extracting active ingredients for tinctures and infusions, Spaygric preparations utilise the entire plant in a holistic, synergistic way. 

Through successive phases of extraction, using safe and natural solvents, all of the active principles within the plants are released, including the water solubles, essential oils, minerals, salts and trace elements. 

In the final stage, the fibrous remains of the plants are calcinated to a white ash. The ash is then filtered into a water solution which is potentiated and added to the other extracts to purify and energize the final product which works in a holistic manner to support the body as a whole and highly complex system.

The Spagyric Method adheres to the philosophy that whole foods ideally complement our digestive make up which results in a superior absorption of the nutrients that are required to maintain and/or correct healthy bodily functions.

As an example, Remedy Herbals Trim Tea is prepared from a special blend of herbs including Senna Pods, Chapparal, Uva Ursi, Gotu Kola, Juniper Berries & Elderflower to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways. 

Thanks to their intensive preparation process, these potent blends are incredibly convenient for the consumer allowing them to make a purifying tea in moments with no mess or waste. 

Each tea in the range also offers great value as it only requires one teaspoon per cup! That’s forty cups of tea per bottle!

Give your customers the choice of holistic, hand-crafted convenience that supports the body naturally. Order your Remedy Naturals products online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. Don’t have an account with us yet? You can register here!

AUSTRALIAN’S CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS MEAT-FREE BRAND!

Australia’s interest in plant-based alternatives is high with 1 in 3 Australians actively reducing their meat intake!

One brand that continues to shine in the meat-free spotlight is Upton’s Naturals.

This year the brand has been featured in a number of retail and consumer-focused publications, including Ocean Road Magazine, Nourish Magazine, Female, Girl, The Australian Retailer, Live KindlyFood and Drink Business, and Onya magazine!

Pioneers in the meat-alternative market, Upton’s Naturals caters to demand with seasoned jackfruit packets and Ready Meal Kits that tap into the consumer-driven convenience category while offering better-for-you, plant-based alternatives to regular meal kits.

Founder, Dan Staackmann says “doing what we believe in is the best part of this business, and to us, success is creating 100% vegan products that can inspire meat-free meals,” shared Staackmann.

“Unripe jackfruit is the source of an incredibly versatile and healthful meat alternative that is relatively foreign to the [Australian] market. We’ve made jackfruit easier to enjoy and more accessible to the everyday consumer, and the response from vegans and non-vegans alike has been amazing.”

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A WIN FOR PLANT-BASED FOODS

Pioneers in the vegan food products industry, Upton’s Naturals are not afraid to stand up to those who are feeling threatened by the plant-based alternative industry either.

In early July, Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to sue the state of Mississippi for violating the First Amendment right of companies to label food in ways that consumers understand.”

The company stated “Our First Amendment suit in Mississippi has forced the state to propose a new regulation making it clear that companies can sell veggie “burgers” and vegan “bacon.” This is a win for clear labelling and a loss for meat producers who wanted to cripple their competition.”

The Institute for Justice stated, “our lawsuit made it clear that subjecting plant-based food companies to possible criminal prosecution for using common terms on their labels would be a violation of their free speech rights. Mississippi has made the wise decision to change those regulations so that companies will be free to continue selling vegan and vegetarian burgers and other meat alternatives in the Magnolia State.”

The new proposed regulation reverses course from the law banning plant-based foods from using meat product terms like “burger,” “bacon” and “hot dog” on their labels, as well as the Department’s July 1 proposed regulation giving force to the ban. The Department’s July 1 proposed regulation has now been withdrawn.

PLANT-BASED LABELLING IN AUSTRALIA

Many states in the US have passed or are considering implementing similar restrictions on how plant-based foods can be labelled. In Australia, both dairy and meat farmers are calling for transparency through labelling by creating a similar restriction on labelling terms, including a ban on calling nut milks ‘milk’, and limiting potentially ‘misleading’ terms on meat-free alternatives such as vegan ‘bacon’ or plant-based ‘burger patties’.

The CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation in Australia, Tony Mahar states, “the two products – meat and plant-based proteins – can coexist, but we want people to be informed about what they are buying through accurate and honest product labelling.”

It’s a debate that we anticipate will be happening for some time. Yet, regardless of how plant-based alternatives are labelled, there’s no denying that the demand for this exciting category is on the rise!

Order your plant-based, vegan-friendly alternatives including Upton’s Naturals via our online shop! Not yet registered with us? No problem, you can do that here

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE: THE AMBASSADORS DRIVING MAJOR SALES AND A MASS SOCIAL FOLLOWING FOR HAPPY WAY

When your marketing strategy heavily falls upon conquering the realm of Instagram, it’s a no-brainer that a critical step to business growth is fostering mutually beneficial relationships with very influential ambassadors. Enter Exhibit A, Happy Way. 

The creative, innovative team behind this natural lifestyle supplement company knows a thing or two about social media. Harnessing the power of social media and building strong, long-term relationships with likeminded influencers, Happy Way have seen their Instagram following grow to 163,000+. They also have a 50k strong following on their Facebook page.

Their diverse range consists of grass-fed whey protein powders, vegan protein powders, fat burners, BCAAs and greens powders, and kids snack bars. Using only the finest quality, natural ingredients, and crafted with superfoods known to support busy women, the range makes healthy living that little bit easier and a whole lot more fun. 

Happy Way’s influencers also create amazing recipes with their products making for great social content and inspiration to encourage their customers to get creative in the kitchen and enjoy the products in a variety of ways. So who have they got on their ambassador team? Take a look at a handful of them below. You’re bound to be inspired!

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ASHY BINES – 895k followers

A source of inspiration for Happy Way co-founders Ben and Hien, Ashy embodies the very principles that the brand was built on. An ethos based on being real, being vulnerable, working hard and showing that we all have a superwoman waiting to be unlocked within us.

 

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SOPHIE GUIDOLIN – 396k followers

Sophie is a nutritionist, IFBB Bikini Pro, personal trainer, published author, influencer and mother of four. Her mission is to support and encourage mums to never feel alone in their health & fitness goals by providing them with the right tools, without the jargon to ensure they get the results they want.

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DANIELLE BONNOR – 166k followers

A mother, wife, model, yogi and influencer, Dani has become a source of daily inspiration to her 160 thousand strong social media followers. Having grown into one of the most sought after content creators in the yoga and fitness world, Dani has collaborated with some of the nation’s most respected brands. 

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CASS OLHOLM – 125k followers

As one of their long-standing ambassadors, she was recently the inspiration behind the launch of their all-natural BCAA range. In true spirit of her sheer determination and work ethic, when Cass couldn’t find a natural product she loved on the market, she collaborated with Happy Way to make one happen. As a nutritionist, recipe developer and fitness influencer, she has long inspired her dedicated followers to lead a balanced and active lifestyle. 

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KRYSTAL HIPWELL – 128k followers

Krystal Hipwell is a mum, a wife, a fitness trainer, an influencer, a self-confessed exercise addict and a wearer of many hats. Having gone through her own love/hate relationship with her body and exercise, nowadays Krystal has learnt to nourish and fuel her body, rather than punish it. A journey she shares with her dedicated followers on her namesake blog and Instagram account.

There has never been a better time to order Happy Way! The weather is heating up, the influencers are actively doing what they do best – inspiring sales, and we’re on the cusp of active living season! Ready to boost your sales? Do so the Happy Way!

Order your stock online 24/7 with our online shop. Haven’t yet registered an account with us? No problem, you can do so here

Images: Sourced from each influencer’s Instagram account.

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! 

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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.

Looking to have PATCH bamboo bandages in your store? Add them to your online order here! Not yet registered with us? Sign up here

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!