The Rise and Rise of At-Home Baking

Whilst at-home baking has always been a popular pastime, the exponential increase in this culinary “hometainment” hobby has exploded in recent times, with consumers searching for more and more ways to bake at home.  

At-home baking continues to be a trend for 2022 and beyond, boosted by the influence of social media, an increase in accessible online baking classes and the need for people to ‘find their tribe’ and connect with those who share the same interests. 

Couple this with an ever-increasing awareness of health and wellbeing, and this is where an abundance of better-for-you healthy baking products come into their own.

Ibisworld reports that Australians are favouring healthier snacking options over traditional biscuits and treats. However, they are still looking to satisfy their sweet cravings. Today, it’s not just about meeting a craving, consumers are wanting indulgent-style products that still meet their nutritional needs and don’t derail their health goals. 

With at-home baking becoming more popular, consumers are increasingly becoming curious about using innovative products in their baking to create a better-for-you twist on old favourites or something new entirely.

Luckily, there are a number of manufacturers that are meeting the demand for these fulfilling, comforting, yet functional foods, with a wide range of innovative baking products ready for you to stock on your shelves.

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Better baking basics

Better-for-you products encompass the ever-growing preference towards more natural ingredients. This also extends into the baking world. 

BRAGG Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a multipurpose baking staple that adds the heart health benefits of olive oil into cakes. It’s also certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. 

Their Apple Cider Vinegar is also a top-selling, household staple, that’s hugely versatile and is often used in baking for its leavening and flavour enhancing properties, creating a better crumb. 

One of the most common baking basics are choc buttons! So it’s no surprise that the decadent Vego Fine Hazelnut Chocolate Melts are ‘the’ melts for more indulgent at-home bakes. Tasting like the centre of a Ferrero Rocher and 100% vegan, it’s a chocolate-lovers baking essential. They are certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, fair trade and can be used both in traditional baking and as a comforting hot chocolate drink. 

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Functional flours

Gone are the days of limited choice when it comes to flours. With the realisation that many people struggle with food intolerances and restrictive diets, there has been an abundance of suppliers who provide alternative flours for innovative baking. The Gluten Free Food Co. provides both a gluten-free, grain-free flour blend and a gluten-free, wholemeal flour blend. They are both organic and high in fibre, featuring a helpful recipe for consumers to try on the packaging.

Australian grown and made, Green Banana Baking Flour from Natural Evolution is 100% gluten free, made from green bananas and grown in tropical North Queensland. Boasting impressive gut-health benefits thanks to its resistant starch content, it’s an on-trend addition that’s easily added to most baked goods.

Another great gluten-free flour alternative is Sensory Mill’s Apple Flour, it is made of 100% carefully milled dried apples and can substitute ¼-½ of the flour amount required for most baking recipes. It provides an excellent source of fibre, is 98% fat free and is vegan friendly. It also adds a touch of sweetness, allowing consumers to use less sugar in their recipes. 

Better-for-you baking mixes

Make it with a mix

Gold Coast company, Macro Mike, born from a personal search for inclusive products, has continued to push boundaries with a range that delivers on quality and taste using all-natural ingredients. 

Their baking mixes cater to those who require gluten-free, vegan-friendly options that still allow them to meet their daily macros. Hugely popular, with a loyal social media following, Macro Mike’s baking mixes include decadent and stand-out flavours such as Blueberry White Choc Chip Almond Protein Muffin Baking Mix and Maple Cinnamon White Choc Chip flavour Protein Donut Baking Mix. 

Better-for-you baking also carries across in the grab n’ go, convenient options. Botanika Blends Marvellous Mug Cakes perfectly combines quality ingredients in a convenient ‘just add water’ mix. The plant-based treat is packed with all-natural ingredients and is vegan, vegetarian and dairy free. Consumers will love this as an easy and quick cake option.

Created with ease in mind, PBCo. Mixes are low carb with clean ingredients and no sugar added. Australian made, the range includes gluten-free options – Chunky Choc Chip Cookie Mix, Choc Chip Muffin Mix and Apple & Cinnamon Muffin Mix – as well as other favourite flavours – Oat & Raisin Cookie Mix and Banana Oat Muffin Mix. With 50% less packaging than conventional baking mix packs, they are a great option for consumers wanting to whip up a healthy lunch box treat.

Keto is one of the biggest diet trends we’ve seen in recent years. To meet demand for keto product innovation, Low Carb Life has created a range of keto-friendly baking mixes that are gluten free and contain no added sugar. The mixes contain a blend of sweeteners that combine for a natural flavour, with no lingering aftertaste. Australian made from quality ingredients, the range includes favourites such as Lemonlicious Slice, Rich Chocolate Brownies and Raspberry White Chocolate Slice.

The icing on the cake

Many would agree that sweet and creamy icing is the best part of baking – and often the naughtiest! To help health-conscious consumers have their cake and eat it too, The Monday Food Co. has created vegetarian, keto-friendly icing! Flavours like Coconut Buttercream and Chocolate Buttercream are sure to entice. Plus, they are all-natural, made with organic ingredients, gut friendly and easy to make! 

Stock your shelves for the at-home baker

At Unique Health Products we stock some of the biggest natural health brands in Australia. We are proud of the innovation and leading market position of our brands and the way they drive natural product packaging trends. 

You can purchase from hundreds of brands 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.

The Age of the Conscious Consumer

Price is king when it comes to purchasing decisions. Or is it?

While 37% of Australian consumers still put affordability first, they are fast becoming a minority against a new breed of conscious consumer. According to consumer research, more than 50% of consumers put either health, social or environmental concerns first when making choices around which products to buy.

Driven by a trend towards more mindful living and greater awareness of the need for environmental sustainability and social responsibility, consumers are evolving. The challenge for those on the other side of the transaction is to keep pace and make it easier for consumers to make the mindful choices they’re looking for.

Defining the conscious consumer

For the conscious consumer, their purchasing habits are intertwined with their values. They consider social, environmental and ethical concerns as they choose which brands and products to buy.

A conscious consumer understands that purchases don’t happen in a vacuum. Every product has a life cycle that includes the supply chain and business model of the brand and how the product and its packaging are disposed of. This life cycle is one of the considerations they use when making a decision. 

They’ll ask themselves questions. Is the purchase necessary? Does the product contain ingredients or materials that are unethical or not eco-friendly? Do the brands values align with their own values?

Does conscious consumerism spell the end of retail?

Conscious consumerism isn’t anti-consumerism. Instead, it’s about purchasing well. Conscious consumers look for high-quality products that will last. They are mindful in their purchases and take the time to research what they buy. 

The thing is, not all conscious consumers are the same. Some will rank environmental concerns highly while others are more concerned with fair working conditions for the people who make the product. Farming practices, the treatment of animals, human rights, climate change, plastic waste are just some of the things a conscious consumer may consider. 

This isn’t the end of retail. This is a consumer-led retail evolution. 

Three opportunities for retailers

To continue to attract and market to the conscious consumer, it may require a rethink in your strategy. A shift in approach to bring your values to the fore. In the midst of the change, there are a number of opportunities for retailers and brands alike.

1. Mindful living

Conscious consumerism and mindful living go hand in hand. Mindful living is all about being present in the moment. Mindfulness is one element of mindful living but so is consciously making decisions to enjoy the little things.

Home cooking, exercise, meditation, kindness, enjoying nature, slowing down, eating slowly and journaling are all examples of mindful living. Much like conscious consumerism, mindful living is intentional and values driven.

2. The Joy of Missing Out

You’re familiar with FOMO. The fear of missing out is often associated with mindless consumerism. But the joy of missing out is the new trend. JOMO has been described as “a ‘refusal’ to engage in hyper-consumption, and to instead engage in meaningful consumption.” 2 With JOMO there is more joy in the meaning of the purchase and using or gifting the product than in the actual purchase itself. 

There is also another element to JOMO and that is the JOMO of reclaiming your time as your own. Consumers find joy in shunning social events in favour of staying in to indulge in self-care.

3. Eco essentials

Research shows that ‘Eco Actives’, i.e. people who consistently take active steps to reduce their environmental footprint, make up 20% of consumers. A further 39% of consumers are ‘Eco Considerers’ who take some steps but not as consistently as Eco Actives.3

With plastic waste a big concern, eco conscious consumers are looking for low-waste options. They are concerned with the impact of the entire supply chain and like to buy from brands that are transparent in their sustainability commitments and actions.

Cater to the conscious consumer

At Unique Health Products we proudly make it easier for you to meet the needs of your conscious consumers. We have a huge range of top-selling, sustainable brands, and products for you to add to your shelves. Shop online 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you’re a new Unique Health Products customer, you can register your account here.

Sources:

1. EY, 2021

2. Macquarie University, 2021

3. Kantar, 2020.

5 Natural Beauty Trends for 2022

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.

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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. 

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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 13 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.

The latest addition to the Ethique range are highly-pigmented, long-lasting lipsticks in 100% home compostable tubes. The lipsticks have a satin finish in a range of on-trend colours and are also vegan friendly and palm oil free.

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.

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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. 

Natural 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. 

Botanika Blends Beauty Potion is another option for beauty from within. Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients, including plant-based amino acids, vitamin C, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more – it’s designed to support the production of collagen in the body. The vegan-friendly Beauty Potion has a berry flavour and contains nothing artificial.

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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.

ACURE also has a range of sheet masks that target different skin concerns. Much like the rest of the range, the vegan-friendly masks are also free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, paraffins and formaldehyde.

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.

The Trend Towards Personalised Nutrition and Health

The natural health consumer is sophisticated. They aren’t looking for a one-size-fits-all approach in the products they buy. Instead, they’re looking to tailor the products they buy to meet their health and nutrition goals.

This trend towards personalised nutrition and health is supported by research into tailored dietary advice. The research has shown that dietary recommendations that are personalised to the individual are more effective than generic dietary advice.1 This advice can be based on what people eat, their genetics or health concerns.

This is a trend that will continue to grow and evolve. Are you ready to meet the demand?

The opportunity on shelves

As consumers seek more personalised nutrition and health advice, they’ll then turn to grocery shelves for products to support this. In fact, 44% of consumers are already using specific foods to address certain medical needs.2 

Your customers aren’t just looking for a single health product. They’re looking for choices and options to tailor their shopping basket to their dietary needs. This may come in the form of convenience meals and snacks or individual functional ingredients and pantry staples

What does that mean for your shelves? A broader offering will make it easier for your customers to meet their personalised nutrition and health goals with brands like:

  • Boostball as a keto snacking alternative in addition to high protein options such as CLIF Bar
  • The range of Botanika Basics from Botanika Blends for high-quality individual, natural ingredients such as Acai Powder or Maca Powder.
  • Flour alternatives like Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour or PBCo. Almond Flour. 

Supplement considerations

Rather than buying broad supplement products, consumers are seeking supplements that are tailored to their health goals and needs.3

This personalisation of supplements can be in the form of specific ingredients. Or it may be the supplement format that meets the individual’s preference, e.g. powder, liquid or capsule.

Consumers are taking a holistic approach by considering both the food and supplements that align with their health and nutrition goals.

These wholesale supplements brands offer greater choice for personalised health and nutrition:

  • IMUNI evidence-based, practitioner-quality, vegan-friendly supplements to target a range of different wellness concerns.
  • Evolution Botanicals high-potency medicinal mushrooms, adaptogens and herbal extracts.
  • FijiKava stress relief, sleep support and relaxation supplements made from certified Fijian Noble Kava.
  • Eden Healthfoods premium wholefood nutritional supplements crafted from pure and effective organic ingredients.

Tailoring the shopping experience

Personalised health and nutrition isn’t only about the products you have available on your shelves. It’s also about how easy you make it for your customers to meet their goals.

In health retail, the trend towards integration helps to achieve this. Natural health products sit alongside the rest of your range to simplify the decision-making process. As natural health continues to trend towards the mainstream, consumers will expect this integration, which is already happening in large grocery retailers.

Today, more than ever, you also have data at your fingertips to facilitate increased interest in personalised health and nutrition. Through your sales data you can tailor promotions of complementary products that your customers are already purchasing. Alternatively, this may be an opportunity to educate your customers about higher-quality options or the benefits of particular products.

Grow your natural health range

At Unique Health Products, we’ve been at the forefront of natural health products for more than 25 years. Our range includes hundreds of quality brands that meet the rising consumer demand for personalised health and nutrition.

You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Not yet a wholesale customer? You can register for a wholesale account here.

Sources:

1. The Conversation, 2021

2. Davidson, 2021

3. Nutritional Outlook, 2022

Warming Drinks to Stock This Autumn

As autumn approaches and the cooler weather sets in, the demand for warming drinks that not only taste great but also support health and wellness, ramps up.

Your customers have a thirst for beverages that are both functional and delicious, in fact, the global functional beverage market size was estimated at nearly $120 billion (USD) in 2021 and, according to researchandmarket.com, is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.49%, reaching $198.1 billion by 2026.*

Let’s explore some of the best warming drinks to enjoy during this autumn and beyond.

Buddha Teas

Nourishing and energising, each of the new Buddha Teas Organic Herbal Tea Bags contain nothing unnatural or artificial – just high-quality tea and herbs. The new flavours include antioxidant Astragalus Root, cleansing Milk Thistle, calming Passion Flower, relaxing Valerian Root and invigorating Zenergy Blend.

Yogi Tea

Combining turmeric, lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger, the Sweet Ginger Citrus Turmeric Vitality Herbal Tea Bags from Yogi Tea produce a warm and citrusy tea. Traditionally used in Ayurveda, turmeric is known for its abundant health-promoting qualities. Each bright and colourful box contains 16 caffeine-free tea bags.

Botanika Blends

Magikal Mushroom Mix Cacao supports immunity, digestion, cognitive function, skin and overall good health. Taken from the flower bodies of the mushroom, it is a carefully crafted and indulgent blend of certified organic mushrooms and cacao. Botanika Blends innovates with food science and botany to create in-demand foods and drinks.

The Ginger People

Stomach-soothing Gingerade is gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. Made with antioxidant-rich ginger, lemon and wild turmeric, then sweetened with just the perfect amount of honey, the tonics can be served chilled or warm. The Ginger People make a delicious addition to those wanting to add both health and pleasure to their day.

Macro Mike

Made from almond protein, this delicious luxe hot chocolate blend from Macro Mike is smooth, creamy and packs a protein punch! With added probiotics, it’s the ultimate healthy warm drink to nourish the body and soul. It is 100% natural, gluten free, vegan, gut friendly and low carb. 

Your Tea 

Your Tea combines the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the modern world. Creating tea blends to nourish the body, with each tea working to balance a different ailment. Grumpy Gut is specifically made to help support digestive balance, with ingredients such as ginger which helps to warm the system.

Ministry of Tea

Ministry of Tea offers an exceptional range of organic teas and herbal infusions sourced from around the world. With an array of flavours, the extraordinary Ayurvedic blends are a boutique selection of teas at an affordable price, flavours like the turmeric, liquorice and ginger blend, will delight your customers’ senses. 

Vego

Using high-quality ingredients such as Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream, Vego has crafted incredibly moreish products pleasing chocolate lovers all over the globe. Their Fine Hazelnut Chocolate Melts can be used in baking or melting down for a decadent and creamy hot chocolate.

Cater to the demand for warming drinks

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock many leading beverage brands, both from within Australia and abroad. We have hundreds of brands and thousands of products that consumers are searching for. You can purchase our range online 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.

Sources: 

*Linchpin SEO

The Better-For-You Chips to Stock Today

For the average Australian, life is busy. Despite being known for our laid-back and relaxed attitude, life for many Aussies is bustling with work, family commitments and a hectic schedule. And it is this busy lifestyle that is fuelling demand for convenient snacks to eat on-the-go.

The humble packet of chips has been a long-time favourite, with recent Roy Morgan data showing they are the most popular snack food. In fact, almost 90% of Australians consume packaged snack food in a week, with ‘savoury’ topping the list as the most popular snack category (Roy Morgan).

According to Mintel, more and more time-pressed Australians are replacing traditional meals with frequent snacks, with 31% of Australian consumers sometimes eating snacks instead. 

However, it is not just convenience that consumers seek from their snacks. They want health benefits, or at the very minimum, a snack that they believe won’t hinder their health goals, all without compromising on flavour… the perfect fusion of taste and nutrition.

As a result, the Australian snacking industry has experienced a significant rise in consumer preference for ‘healthy’ snacks over the last decade. Roy Morgan research shows the ‘healthy snack’ category saw the largest growth of 3.2% across the last ten years, securing its position as the second most popular snack category. 

With so many consumers making the switch to healthy snack options when the craving calls, the demand inevitably grows for better-for-you alternatives to regular potato chips.

All that and a bag of chips

At Unique Health Products, we stock a wide selection of healthy chips that cater to the snack lovers who are snacking for pleasure and wellbeing.

Health Guru

Health Guru – Cauliflower Puffs

Made from 50% real cauliflower, Health Guru Cauliflower Puffs are a tasty new addition to the better-for-you-snack category. These moreish baked puffs are free from trans-fat and refined sugar and are available in five delicious flavours – Sea Salt, Salt & Vinegar (with Apple Cider), Just BBQ, Bangkok Sriracha and Vegan Cheddar. Packed with flavour, they are an indulgent way to get a daily dose of veggies!

  • Vegan
  • Natural
  • Gluten free

Vege Chips, Deli Crisps and Rice Crackers

For more than 30 years, Vege Chips has been producing delicious, better-for-you snacks. What started in 1990 as a local business selling gluten-free snacks at the markets is now a globally recognised and much-loved brand. 100% Australian-owned Vege Chips brand continues to innovate in the plant-based snack category. The entire range of Chips, Crisps and Crackers are:

  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Non-GMO

The Good Crisp Company – Stackable Potato Crisps

For the team at The Good Crisp Company, good taste wasn’t enough. They wanted to combine great taste with good ingredients in a better-for-you alternative to regular stacked chips. Available in a range of crowd-pleasing flavours to cater to different tastes, the products meet the ongoing consumer demand for tastier snacks without the nasties regularly found in potato chips.

  • Certified gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • No MSG

Banana Joe – Banana Chips

Tasting like a traditional potato chip, Banana Joe’s hand-crafted banana chips are made with the highest-grade, sustainably grown Hom Thong bananas. The first symbiotic chip on the market, they contain prebiotic fibre and probiotics, to help support digestive health, immune function and increase protein absorption. The range includes three tasty flavours, Hickory BBQ, Sea Salt and Thai Sweet Chili.

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Non-GMO

Nudus Bites – Kale and Zucchini Chips

The ultimate natural chip, Nudus Bites’ range of Kale and Zucchini chips are the ideal blend of crunchy, tasty and nutritious. Made from real, all-natural Australian ingredients, these vegetable chips are slowly air-dried to ensure the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes are intact. Available in convenient packs for healthy snacking on-the-go, the range includes Cracking Sea Salt and Cheeky Cheesy Vegan flavours in both Kale and Zucchini Chip options.

  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Keto friendly

Keto Naturals – Crispy Cauli Bites

These innovative snacks offer the ‘crunch’ of a regular chip with the health benefits of cauliflower. Convenient and delicious, Keto Naturals Crispy Cauli Bites are low carb and made with a simple list of clean ingredients, including a full head of cauliflower. Available in three mouth-watering, savoury flavours: Barbeque, Garlic & Herb and Sea Salted.

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Keto friendly

Keto Naturals – Cracker Thins

Air popped and super crispy, Keto Naturals’ Cracker Thins are the latest low-carb, savoury snack. Made from 100% natural and organic ingredients, they are also rich in protein and free from fillers, artificial flavours and preservatives. Extremely versatile, wholesome and convenient, Cracker Thins come in a range of flavours including, Sour Cream & Spring Onion, Salt & Vinegar and Teriyaki.

  • Gluten free
  • Keto friendly
  • Low carb

Extraordinary Foods – Kale Chips

Created to share the health benefits of clean eating, Extraordinary Foods Pure Kale Chips are a delicious, healthy, handmade snack. Founded in Byron Bay, NSW, these chips are made with local organic Australian kale, air-dried with no added oil, and are available in three delectable flavour combinations, Garlic and Spices, Dill and Onion, and Cashew Vegan Cheese.

  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free

For these innovative snacks and the latest, trending brands in natural health, register for a wholesale account with us today!

Already have an account? Fantastic! Take advantage of consumer demand and stock your shelves with a healthy savoury snack collection to suit all tastes. You can place an order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.

Sustainable Gifts for Eco-minded Consumers

Current consumption habits carry a worrying environmental cost. To combat this, more and more shoppers are looking for ways to make eco-friendly choices, including buying sustainable gifts. They’re choosing to buy from eco-friendly brands, even if they have a higher price tag.

A global study, carried out by Ipsos found that Australians’ top three environmental issues are:

  • Global warming/climate change (44%)
  • Dealing with the amount of waste we generate (38%)
  • Future energy sources and supplies (35%)

Brands and businesses that embrace sustainability and innovate with eco-friendly products and packaging stand out from the competition.

The sustainable gifts category is a growing one. Particularly so for female shoppers who are looking for sustainable, ethical gifts for their loved ones and for themselves!

For retailers that want to increase their range of sustainable gifts, we’ve curated some of our top-selling brands. From Mother’s Day gifting to birthday gifts and everything in between, there are sustainable choices all year round.

Beauty and skincare

Eco luxe, eco beauty or eco friendly, whatever term is used, ‘eco’ is definitely ‘in’ when it comes to what consumers are choosing to put on their skin. Consumers are choosing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products which are also kind to the planet over other alternatives.

ACURE continues to stay on-trend, with in-demand products that are innovative and consumer-led. With different ranges for a variety of skincare concerns, they use the most potent, cutting edge, natural ingredients, to develop vegan skincare and hair care products that achieve visible results.

Regenerative brand Ethique has plenty of gifting options to choose from. The recyclable and compostable lip balm range makes perfect sustainable gifts. They also have dedicated gift bundles that each contain two top-selling solid bars plus the cute mini range, which are heart-shaped solid bars.

The range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products from the Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the products cater to a wide market of consumers who are interested in luxurious self-care and beauty.

Gifts for the home

The home gifting space has also had an eco makeover! From stylish reusables to 100% natural ingredients, the trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

For meaningful, sustainable gifts that gardeners will love, the Australian brand, Sow ‘n Sow, is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are quick and easy to grow, and make a great impulse sale at the registers. There are also Pop Up Pots and Tags, all with beautiful illustrations and made using environmentally-friendly materials. These thoughtful gifts are lightweight for convenient mailing.

Luvin Life’s range of products includes Crystal Water Bottles which appeal to health-conscious water lovers. Delightfully presented in retail-ready cylinders, they make ideal presents and stand out on the shelves.

Ever Eco continues to innovate with the use of on-trend colours and packaging, creating gifting opportunities with a range of premium, yet affordable personal and home care products, such as the first reusable straw for the Australian market, which remains a top-seller today.

Baby and kids

Consumers are searching for more and more sustainable products as a solution to the huge problem of pollution and plastic ending up in landfill. Parents can help to raise eco-aware children by choosing environmentally friendly gifts, which are safe for the earth as well as safe for little ones.

An ideal gift for kids is the Arigato Box, a bento-style lunchbox that is made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. It’s BPA free, leakproof and available in three different eye-catching, coastal designs.

For fuss-free gifting, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware which is fun and on-trend, with neutral and pastel tone options available. The platter plates and bright silicone straws make great gift options for younger kids and babies.

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. With brightly-coloured, recyclable packaging, the products are free from harsh chemicals and enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin.

Foodie gifts

For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for edible fair trade or sustainable gifts, we have you covered.

New Zealand brand, Bennetto is known for its decadent, premium chocolate which is organic, fair trade and vegan. The packaging is biodegradable and compostable and beautifully illustrated, providing a striking presence on the shelf and making a mouth-watering gift!

Buddha Teas uses fresh, high-quality ingredients to explore nature’s best qualities and enrich the lives of tea drinkers everywhere. The fresh, organic herbs and tea leaves allow the teas to stay pure and natural and free from chemicals. Minimal processing and eco-friendly packaging help to honour and protect the earth with every tea they make.

Chocolate lovers will adore Vego’s Vegolino Fine Nougat Pralines which are made using high quality ingredients such as Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream. Vego has crafted what they call the world’s tastiest chocolate which is dairy free, vegan, gluten free, certified organic and Fairtrade.

Sustainable gifts sorted

You can stock your shelves with a selection of sustainable gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime 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.

Keto 101: What Retailers Need to Know

Rising global health awareness has continued to enhance the popularity of the ketogenic ‘keto’ diet as we soar through 2022 and with this comes an inevitable rise in demand for keto-friendly products.

Holding onto its #1 position as Google’s most searched diet since 2020, the global keto market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% to a value of AUD$20.1 billion by 2027. And according to Insight Market, the fastest growth is occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.

Put simply, the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating plan that forces the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis, where it burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. 

Despite its recent surge in fame, the keto diet is not new. Having been historically used to help treat epilepsy in the 1920s and 30s, it is now recognised for its weight loss and health benefits. An attractive diet to a wide range of people, keto’s popularity can be derived from its easy accessibility and ability to continue eating popular, high-fat “naughty” foods whilst achieving health goals.

However, the diet requires a person to limit their intake of carbohydrates to only 20-50g per day to keep them in ketosis. This drastically shrinks their choice of foods. 

So a major challenge with doing the keto diet is having access to healthy, keto-friendly snacks and meals on-the-go. As a result, the popularity of the diet has skyrocketed demand for keto-friendly foods, paving the way for new, innovative and convenient on-the-go products. 

For this very reason, Unique Health Products’ keto-friendly range is wide, forever growing, and is sure to have your customers coming back for more.

Boostball keto snacks

Boostball

Boostball Burners – Keto Bites are an innovative and tasty snack for keto devotees. Each pack contains four Boostball Burners. With a maximum of 2.8g carbs per pack, they are low in sugar and made from 100% natural, organic and nutritious ingredients.

Keto Naturals keto-friendly snacks

Keto Naturals

An innovative offering of convenient snack choices that caters for both sweet and savoury tastes. Keto Naturalsrange of cauli bites, cookies and crackers are the perfect on-the-go snack for the ‘keto dieter’ and health enthusiasts. Full of flavour and made with a simple list of clean ingredients, they are not just keto friendly, but also gluten free and vegan.

Lakanto keto-friendly sweetener

Lakanto

Those with a sweet tooth don’t have to miss out with Lakantos innovative range of keto-friendly sugar replacements. A proprietary blend of high-purity monkfruit extract and erythritol, Monkfruit Sweetener is the ideal low-calorie product, with both a Golden and Classic variety to replace brown and white sugar in recipes for no-added-sugar baking. In addition to this, their monkfruit-sweetened Chocolate and Caramel Flavoured Toppings and Maple Flavoured Syrup are a delicious, sugar-free treat option.

Naked Keto snacks

Naked Keto

Looking for a wholesome sweet snack with no nasties? Look no further than Naked Paleo Keto Bars. Keto friendly and free from gluten, dairy and preservatives, these handy little treats are available in Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Double Choc Brownie and Lemon Cheesecake. 

PBCo. low carb and keto friendly products

PBCo.

Fun food can still be keto friendly with PBCo’s convenient low carb crumbs, bread, pizza base, cookie, pancake and a range of other mixes. Low fat, protein packed and gluten free with no added sugar, this is the ultimate keto-friendly pantry staple range.

Keto bread in a mug

Get Ya Yum On

Convenient, well-priced and created with a clean ingredients list, the Keto Bread in a Mug and Keto Slice from Get Ya Yum On are versatile and delicious. The quick-and-easy keto mixes cook in just 90 seconds and are also plant based and gluten free.

The Broth Sisters keto-friendly products

The Broth Sisters

A keto-friendly snack or flavourful addition to any meal, The Broth Sisters’ Sipping Broth Bags and Stock Concentrates are jammed full of nourishment. Made with 100% natural ingredients, this keto-friendly range is also gluten free and vegan. There is a wide range of Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags on offer for a hearty snack, plus three stock concentrates varieties, Vegetable FODMAP Friendly, Asian Veggie with Turmeric and Superfood Mushroom with Lions Mane.

The Monday Food Co. keto products

The Monday Food Co.

For a quick and easy keto-friendly breakfast, The Monday Food Co.’s tasty Keto Gourmet Granola has only 4g of carbs per serve. Made from all-natural ingredients in beautiful Byron Bay, this convenient breaky is also gut friendly, nutrient rich, and is available in both 300g and 800g sizes.

Your customers can have their cake and eat it too with The Monday Food Co.’s Keto Cake Mix. Crafted with all-natural organic ingredients, and plenty of sweet flavours that tickle the taste buds and nourish the body.

Keto noodles

The Whole Foodies

Noodle lovers who enjoy a keto lifestyle can’t go past The Whole Foodies’ nutritious, mineral-rich Kelp Noodles. A healthy and wholesome pantry staple that is 100% Australian-owned, 100% delicious and 100% natural. Extremely versatile, raw and gluten free, they are the perfect addition to soups, salads and stir-fries.

Vitawerx keto chocolates and mayonaise

Vitawerx

Condiments complement a meal and Vitawerx’s Keto Mayos are no exception. These Australian-made, keto-friendly mayonnaises are also gluten, dairy and egg free and come in three delicious flavours: All Day Lay Classic, Smokin’ Aussie BBQ and Living on the Edge Turmeric, Ginger & Garlic.

But it doesn’t stop there! Vitawerx offers an innovative range of chocolate treats that are the ideal fusion of healthy and tasty. Fan favourites include Protein Milk and White Chocolate Bars and a selection of Protein Milk and White Chocolate Coated Snacks.

Cater to your keto customers

Discover the wide range of keto-friendly products on offer at Unique Health Products and stock your shelves up today. 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 Health Products, register for an account here.

Trending in Health: Cauliflower

Riced, powdered, blended, roasted as a ‘steak’ or completely transformed into a vegan-friendly creamy sauce, grain-free pasta or crispy pizza base. Is there anything the humble cauliflower can’t do?! 

It seems that one of the most detested veggies of our childhoods has managed to sneak its way into practically everything and today’s health-conscious consumers are obsessed. 

Industry growth

The rise of cauliflower is coinciding with a shift towards healthier snacking. The way people eat is changing and now 64% of people say that they prefer to eat many small meals in a day rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner.*

Consumers are turning to cauliflower because of its low carbohydrate nutrient profile, mild flavour and versatility. Cauliflower-containing recipes have spread like crazy across social media, appearing in everything from muffins and cakes to gnocchi, pizza and “Mac N’ Cheese” inspired casseroles!

Consumers love cauliflower

Experts are attributing the rise in cauli-love to a broader increased interest in low carb, keto and paleo diets. As well as an increased awareness about the health benefits of vegetables and desire to eat more of them, especially those following flexitarian, vegan, gluten-free and plant-based diets. 

Clever manufacturers are capitalising on the popularity and adding the element of convenience for a winning combination that pleases a wide range of consumers. 

The increased innovation in packaged cauliflower products also provides exciting new options for parents in the never-ending battle to get their kids to eat more vegetables!

Cauliflower – a game changing snack

Health Guru Cauliflower Puffs are a guilt-free indulgence with 50% freeze-dried cauliflower. Vegan and gluten free, the baked snacks are free from trans fat and refined sugar. The Cauliflower Puffs are available in five delicious flavours:

  • Sea Salt
  • Salt & Vinegar with Apple Cider
  • Just BBQ
  • Bangkok Sriracha
  • Vegan Cheddar

With quality ingredients and a strong brand identity, these are a standout on shelves.

Right on trend, Keto Naturals has a range of Crispy Cauli Bites that are keto and paleo friendly, gluten free and vegan. They’re non-GMO, have 5g net carbs and come in 8-pack, shelf-ready CDUs. Flavours include:

  • Barbecue
  • Garlic & Herb
  • Sea Salted

Each pack contains a full head of cauliflower and is slow cooked using a simple list of clean ingredients without any fillers or artificial flavours.

Capitalise on cauli

With the cauliflower trend on the rise, these products, along with many more healthy snack brands, are available to order wholesale via our online store or by giving our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered with us? You can sign up here

Source: Mondelez, 2021.