DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS IS ON THE RISE

In Australia there are two conversations converging to drive growth in an expanding feminine care purchasing trend. Not only are consumers more aware of the environmental impact of the products they are using, but conversations about women’s health and menstruation are increasingly becoming less taboo. 

As shoppers trend towards reusable and sustainable sanitary products, educating already eco-conscious shoppers presents a large opportunity for health and beauty retailers.

A HIGH GROWTH MARKET

In a 2018 study from the Global Sustainability Institute in the UK, researchers found that all but 14% of survey participants were unaware of or had previously not considered the environmental impact of menstrual products. And that impact is not an insignificant one.

Most reusable period products are made of plastic which can take between 500-800 years to break down in landfill. Considering that the average person will use up to 12,000 sanitary products in their lifetime, that is a lot of plastic making its way to landfill, or even worse, our oceans. 

According to research by Research and Markets, the feminine care market is expected to grow at a global Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2020 to 2025. The largest growth segment within the market is forecast to be reusable products, such as menstrual cups. 

EDUCATION IS KEY

Menstrual cups were actually developed in the 1930s at around the same time as tampons. However, It took them more than 80 years to really enter popular use. 

That popular use amounts to a global menstrual cup market that is predicted to hit AUD $1.29 billion by 2026. 

But menstrual cups aren’t the only sustainable option available for conscious consumers. There are now a range of biodegradable disposables that are a more sustainable choice. 

Retailers can play a big role in education on the availability and benefits of these products. From posters to shelf wobblers, eDMs and social media content, talking about the environmental and sustainability benefits of these products opens the door to more opportunities for sales in this market. 

At Unique Health Products we stock a range of sustainable options, both reusable and disposable, to help you meet the rising demand. 

The Hello Cup

THE HELLO CUP

Designed by two women (one of them a registered nurse) The Hello Cup is a menstrual cup made from medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer. It contains no BPA, latex, silicone, heavy metals, rubber, beach or other nasties. 

The Hello Cup comes in a range of certified food-grade colours – Black, Blue, Lilac and Blush. A single Hello Cup will last for at least five years and is the equivalent of more than 2000 single use tampons or pads.

Another reusable option from The Hello Cup is Reusable Liners which can be used as an alternative to single-use panty liners or as a backup for The Hello Cup. There is also a Hand and Hello Cup Cleanser available.

TOM Organic

TOM ORGANIC

The TOM Organic range of Tampons, Pads and Panty Liners is made using GOTS certified organic cotton. The tampons – available in Super, Regular and Mini – are 100% biodegradable and packed in recyclable packaging with no plastic outer wrapping. The applicator tampons – available in Super and Regular – also have a cardboard applicator, rather than the plastic used in many other disposable brands. 

TOM Organic Pads – available in Regular, Super, Overnight and Maternity – are also 100% biodegradable, hypoallergenic, breathable and free from chlorine and dioxin bleach. There is also a period cup in the range which is made from 100% medical-grade silicone following sustainable manufacturing principles.

Innovative and trending TOM Organic Period Briefs are made with soft, organic cotton, and are breathable and reusable for a practical sustainable solution. They look and feel like regular underwear but the 4-layer leak proof design can hold up to three tampons’ worth of fluid. 

Lunette

LUNETTE

Founded in 2005, Lunette is a menstrual cup pioneer. As a trusted brand they are committed to sustainability education and empowering choices for period care. Lunette Menstrual Cups are made from soft, medical-grade silicon, and are BPA and chemical free. They are a comfortable, safe and odourless.

The Lunette range is available in a variety of colours, including Clear, Blue, Orange, Yellow and Violet. They also produce a Menstrual Cup Cleaning and Disinfecting Wipes. 

Tsuno

TSUNO

Every one of the Tsuno eco-friendly period products comes in beautiful and recyclable artist-designed packaging.

The Natural Bamboo Pads – Regular, Super, Overnight – and Natural Bamboo Panty Liners have a natural bamboo and corn fibre top sheet with a biodegradable sleeve wrapper. 

The range of Organic Cotton Tampons – Mini, Regular and Super – are made from GOTS certified organic cotton and are free from chlorine and dioxin bleach. They use bamboo for its softness, absorbency, breathability and sustainability credentials. 

Natracare

NATRACARE

Natracare produces sustainable period products without the synthetic chemicals, chlorine and plastic that are used in so many disposables.

The Natracare Pads come in a range of sizes and styles – Ultra Pads (Regular with Wings, Super with Wings, Long with Wings and Super Plus), Ultra Extra Pads (Normal with Wings), Maxi Pads (Regular, Super and Night Time), Maternity Pads and Panty Liners (Mini, Curved, Ultra Thin and Long). They are all plastic, chlorine and perfume free and made using only sustainable materials.

The tampons are available with applicators (Regular and Super) or non-applicator (Regular, Super and Super Plus). They are made from certified organic cotton and are 100% compostable. The applicators are made from biodegradable cardboard and also compostable.

Natracare also has both a point of sale counter unit and floor display for displaying the range in store. 

MEET THE DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS

Each of these products are available for wholesale order in the Unique Health Products online store. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register your account here. Otherwise you can order online 24/7 or contact our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904.

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 over the last year, with consumers searching for more and more ways to bake at home.  

At-home baking continues to be a trend for 2021 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 more 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. 

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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.

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 WITH ON-TREND BETTER FOR YOU AT HOME BAKING PRODUCTS

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.

HEALTHY INDULGENCE: HELPING CONSUMERS HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.

IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.

This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping. 

But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences. 

BAKING MIXES

Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.

Brands such as Low Carb Life, Get Ya Yum On, The Monday Food Co and PBCo. each caters to different macro and dietary choices or requirements such as keto friendly, gluten free or low carb. 

CHOCOLATE TREATS

The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers. 

What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice. 

SAVOURY SNACKS

There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind. 

2die4 Live Foods has a huge range of savoury nuts and other snack options. For more of a chip-style treat, brands such as Banana Joe, Keto Naturals and Nudus Bites each have an innovative and top-selling offering.

HEALTHIER DESSERTS

In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options. 

Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH HEALTHY INDULGENCES

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy indulgences online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!

AWAKEN SALES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

Consumers are increasingly turning to organic and natural sleep aids to help with poor sleep quality.

Up to 45% of Australian adults don’t get enough sleep due to a number of lifestyle and environmental factors including stress, increased pressures and work patterns. This is leading to a sharp rise in demand for natural sleep solutions. What was once a sleepy market is now waking up to create some major sales growth.

Maximise potential with these curated natural solutions.

Natural sleep aids to consume

CONSUME

RELAXING ORGANIC TEA

Made from 100% organic ingredients, the Sleepy Temple Blend from Buddha Teas contains a blend of lavender, chamomile flower, liquorice root, skullcap and spearmint to create a mellow and soothing flavour in a bleach-free tea bag.

AROMATIC AND CALMING SLEEP TEA

Sleep Tea by Your Tea draws on Chinese herbal wisdom and contains a blend of rose, hgan cao (liquorice), bulbus liluu and Chinese red date, hong zao and wu wei zi (schisandra berry). With a sweet and smooth taste, each box contains a one-week supply of tea bags. 

WESTERN HERBAL TINCTURE

Passionflower is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to promote sleep and ease restlessness and sleeplessness. The PPC Herbs Snoozeze Herbanica Herbal Tincture uses Australian grown herbs to create an organic and vegan formulation, free from gluten and dairy to help promote good sleep. 

SLEEPY HERBAL INFUSION

Naturally caffeine and preservative free, Kintra Foods Loose Leaf Sleepy Tea contains a blend of organic chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, linden flowers, passionflower, hops flower and lavender in an eye-catching, recyclable glass jar.

CARAMEL BEDTIME TEA

Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea contains a delightful blend of chamomile flower, skullcap and L-theanine. The sustainably-sourced rooibos combines with other ingredients to create a sweet, caffeine-free bedtime tea. Each packet contains 16 tea bags. 

THE BIG SLEEP 

Each pack of Ministry of Tea’s The Big Sleep has 20 herbal tea bags with a combination of 100% certified organic chamomile, rooibos, cinnamon bark, valerian root, lemon balm and natural orange flavour. 

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CRYSTAL-INFUSED OIL 

The Sleep Essential Oil Roller from luxe brand Summer Salt Body is infused with amethyst crystals and a calming blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, cedarwood and chamomile essential oils to relax the body for sleep. And, makes an ideal gift thanks to its beautiful packaging. 

THE POWER OF MAGNESIUM

Amazing Oils Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion is a fast-acting targeted way to treat sleep-related issues and ailments. The effective combination of relaxing ingredients works synergistically to relieve sleeplessness in one single, affordable lotion that is easy to use. 

SLEEP SPRAY

The Goodnight Co. Sweet Dreams Sleep Mist contains cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, lavender, chamomile and sweet orange to help calm the mind and body for sleep. The mist contains all-natural ingredients and is vegan friendly. It is available in two sizes – a convenient 10ml size for travelling and a larger bedside 100ml.

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VEGAN SLEEP MASK

Cruelty free and vegan, the Dream Eye Mask from Summer Salt Body is available in two colours – Midnight and Rose. Made from a satin and spandex blend, it is designed to improve the quality of sleep while also protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

AROMATHERAPY FOR SLEEP

Using ultrasonic technology, The Goodnight Co. Ceramic Diffuser is a safer way to bring the benefits of aromatherapy into the home. With a stylish appearance, the diffuser can be paired with The Goodnight Co. range of essential oils including Calm and Goodnight as a complete natural sleep solution. Also available in Black and Stone Grey. 

THE GIFT OF SLEEP

The Sleep Gift Packs from Wheatbags Love include a wheat bag eye pillow infused with organic lavender to soothe tired eyes, a natural sleep balm with lavender, rosewood and vanilla essential oils as well as a set of earplugs. The gift packs are handmade in Australia and available in Grevillea, Banksia Sky, Heart Gum and Wattle designs. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

You’ll find these natural sleep aids, alongside hundreds of other products, in our online store. Register for a wholesale account with us today! If you already have an account, you can place an order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.

KEY INGREDIENTS FOR IMMUNE HEALTH

The topic of immune health is one that has had a meteoric rise over recent years. This trend has seen the global market for immune supplements grow from AUD$27 billion in 2021 to a predicted AUD$42 billion by 2028. 

Consumers want products, especially supplements and food, that they can use to support their immune system naturally. Learn more about the key ingredients found in these products and how they combine to provide powerful immune support. 

QUERCETIN

Quercetin is a flavanol, or naturally occurring flavonoid polyphenol compound, found in several fruits and vegetables. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Trials have shown that, in particular scenarios, Quercetin can reduce the incidence of viral upper respiratory tract infection. Namely, during periods of high mental stress or in the immediate post-exercise period following intensive exercise. These two scenarios are established as times when immune function is decreased and the incidence of viral infections is higher. 

ZINC 

Zinc has antiviral properties and also plays a role in immune function regulation. Adequate levels of zinc are also crucial for the development and function of particular cells in the body linked to immunity. 

Similarly to Vitamin D, there is widespread Zinc deficiency in our population. An Australian study conducted with adults in Tasmania found that as many as 30% of men are deficient in this important mineral. 

Research has shown that zinc can reduce the symptoms and severity of cold and flu. It has also been shown to play a role in reduced incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. 

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is essential for normal immune function. Why? It’s an immune modulator. That’s to say it can modify the immune system to help improve its function.

The number of Australians who suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency is significant at 31%. For women, the proportion jumps to 39% with a deficiency. This number increases in winter.

One large study of more than 10,000 people found that daily Vitamin D3 oral supplementation can prevent acute respiratory tract infection. These benefits were more visible in those with a Vitamin D deficiency, although there were positive impacts for those people with normal Vitamin D levels. 

VITAMIN C

Long lauded for its antiviral properties and its ability to support the immune system, Vitamin C plays a role in enhancing various immune cell functions. 

Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to shorten and alleviate symptoms of the common cold. 

Interestingly, when taken concurrently with Quercetin, there is evidence to show that Vitamin C may have a synergistic effect, increasing the efficacy of the Quercetin to optimise its antioxidant and antiviral effects. 

IMUNI Immune Defence

IMUNI IMMUNE DEFENCE

The first in a range of practitioner-quality health supplements, Immune Defence from IMUNI draws on scientific evidence on the efficacy of the above ingredients. The powerful combination of nutrients creates a nutraceutical that contains optimal ingredients at the right therapeutic doses.

This blend of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids is specifically formulated to prevent respiratory infections and reduce the symptoms and severity of common colds and flu. It works by replenishing vital nutrients and minerals to protect against oxidative stress in the event of infection. It also helps to neutralise cell-damaging toxic chemicals to enhance the body’s immune response.  

Immune Defence is a plant-based supplement. It contains Vitashine™, the world’s only Vegan Society & Vegetarian Society registered, 100% plant-sourced Vitamin D3 ingredient. It also uses the purest and most effective ingredients, including QU995™ The World’s Purest Quercetin™ with superior bioavailability and unmatched purity. 

For more information regarding the science behind these nutrients, you can visit IMUNI’s website. The IMUNI team have also come up with a variety of ways to engage your consumers with evidence-based nutrition and healthy living tips via their blog ‘The Journal‘ and their Facebook group. The brand is also active on social media across Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

CATER TO CONSUMER INTEREST IN IMMUNE HEALTH

When your customers are looking for products to support their immune health, a high-quality product such as IMUNI Immune Defence, is the answer they are looking for. Immune Defence is available alongside a wide range of immune-supportive products in the Unique Health Products online store. You can shop 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

3 NATURAL PRODUCT PACKAGING TRENDS

Packaging matters. It’s often the first impression a customer will have of a product. And it can mean the difference between a product flying off the shelves… or a hidden gem sitting stagnant.

Understanding the trends in natural product packaging can help you to merchandise your store to maximise the sales opportunity. We share our insights into what’s hot in natural product packaging and why it matters to you. 

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GREEN… AND RED AND PINK AND BLUE…

Traditionally when people think of natural product packaging, they think green and brown. How else will people know a product is natural if the packaging isn’t green or brown?

The industry and its consumers have come a long way. Consumers are more sophisticated and educated about the benefits of natural health products. The evolution of natural product packaging reflects this shift.

Amazing Oils is one of the latest natural health brands to modernise their packaging with a bright and bold new look. Featuring colour blocks of red, blue and purple, the packaging is easy to read and presents a streamlined look on the shelf.

As you browse the shelves of our online shop, you’ll see other brands such as Ethique, Happy Way and Eden Healthfoods that are all embracing the rainbow as leaders in the industry.

With more and more retail stores moving towards the integration of natural health products alongside non-health products, including major grocery chains such as Coles, this packaging trend only serves to help natural products stand out more on shelves, boosting your sales in the process.

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CALLING OUT HEALTH AND NATURAL CLAIMS

If an objection to integration is “how will people be able to identify natural health products if they are scattered through the aisles?” The answer is in the packaging.

Despite their ability to now blend somewhat seamlessly into the shelves alongside regular grocery or beauty products, natural products have a powerful tool in their arsenal. And they’re not afraid to use it.

That is, they can use their packaging to be clear about their ingredients, sustainability or natural health claims.

The packaging of ACURE skin and hair care products is simple and clean. The colour block design draws the eye of the consumer… and then they see the words “100% vegan”. Right on the front of the packaging. 

It’s a similar case for Keto Naturals. While the name of the brand does give away the keto-friendly nature of the products, the front of the packaging showcases the benefits of the products – keto and paleo friendly, vegan and gluten free among them. 

Macro Mike is another example of a brand that doesn’t hesitate to use prime real estate on packaging to highlight the gut-friendly, 100% natural, plant-based benefits (just to name a few) of their products.

The rising number of vegans and consumers who care about what’s inside the products they buy are looking for these claims. 

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THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PACKAGING

According to the Trivium Packaging 2021 Global Buying Green Report, the sustainability of product packaging is a huge concern for consumers.

The report found that:

  • 54% of consumers factor the sustainability of product packaging into their buying decisions
  • 52% of consumers actively seek information on the sustainability of product packaging 
  • 73% of consumers are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to pay more for eco-friendly packaging

This is where natural product packaging has the upper hand. Like the recycled plastic packaging of Koala Eco. Or the compostable packaging of Ethique. Or the recycled cardboard tubes that house the PATCH bandages. 

Brands in the natural health industry have been considering and innovating the sustainability of their packaging for many years. This is a trend that has been driven by conscious brands answering to consumer demand. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH TREND NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS

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.

5 SIGNS NATURAL HEALTH HAS TURNED MAINSTREAM

25 years ago, natural health was considered niche or boutique. Natural health products were found in health food speciality stores. The health food section of other stores, if there was even one at all, likely consisted of just a handful of products. 

Today, it’s a completely different story. The natural health industry has undergone quite the transformation. Don’t just take our word for it. Here are five signs that the tide has turned to take natural health to the mainstream.

AISLES ARE INTEGRATING

The health food aisle has long been a staple of grocery stores. Not anymore. As we’ve been talking about for some time now, retailers of all sizes, such as Coles, are integrating natural health products throughout their stores. 

You can now find the likes of brands such as Bragg, Upton’s Naturals and Banana Joe integrated into the regular grocery aisles.

Consumers can more easily find the products they’re looking for and discover new, healthier alternatives. And retailers can benefit from increased visibility and sales of the natural health products on their shelves. 

PACKAGING IS EVOLVING

Alongside the move towards integration, natural product packaging has also made a mainstream shift.

As the products themselves have become more mainstream, the packaging has stepped up with bold colours, sophisticated designs and a fresh take on what natural health can look like.

Brands like Ethique, Amazing Oils, Acure and Keto Naturals are all shelf stand outs and leading the way in the future of mainstream natural health. 

CONSUMER DEMAND IS GROWING

You need only look at some of the wellness trends data to see what is happening. Consumer demand for natural health products is growing… and it’s growing fast. 

Personalised nutrition is driving consumers to seek out more products that help them to achieve their health and wellbeing goals. 

INNOVATION IS THRIVING

The natural health industry is innovative by its very nature. But as brands and products have made the shift into the mainstream spotlight, the level of innovation has hit new heights. 

Adaptogenic and nootropic ingredients, such as ashwagandha, reishi, rhodiola and ginseng are appearing in more and more products on the grocery shelves. Leaders in this space include Evolution Botanicals and The Ginger People. Brands such as Macro Mike and Botanika Blends are also continually innovating with flavour and product formulations. 

The way these products have been embraced in the mainstream has facilitated even greater growth in innovation.

ECO-FRIENDLY IS AN EXPECTATION

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Natural health brands have a head start on sustainability. They are generally more conscious of the ingredients they use and the impact of their packaging on the environment. This is now a broader expectation across the board. 

Brands like CLIF, East Bali Cashews and Koala Eco focus on sustainably sourced ingredients and reducing the environmental footprint of their packaging and operations. 

TOP-SELLING NATURAL HEALTH BRANDS

At Unique Health Products we are proud to stock hundreds of leading and top-selling natural health brands. Over the last 25 years we have played an important role in bringing these products to the mainstream and we are focussed on continuing to do so into the future. Shop our range online 24/7, or alternatively you can 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.

PREMIUM WHOLESALE CHOCOLATE – WHAT CONSUMERS WANT

There is no denying the sales power of chocolate. It’s a market that’s valued at more than AUD $1.83 billion with a predicted CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7% by 2026. 

However, much like other snack trends, consumer tastes are changing. In the chocolate market, this is largely driven by a preference for premium chocolates as well as an overall general trend towards healthier alternatives.

At Unique Health Products, we have a range of wholesale chocolate brands that tick all the right boxes. From vegan, plant-based options to premium gifting brands, we distribute a large variety of wholesale chocolate options to help you cater to growing consumer interest.

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CHOCOLATE GIFTING

The focus on premium chocolates is not only due to the health benefits of dark varieties. It’s also largely driven by an evolving tradition of gifting

The Alter Eco range of organic, fairtrade Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are made with non-GMO ingredients with no preservatives added. Sustainable packaging is also a big focus of Alter Eco as they are working towards 100% recyclable or compostable packaging across all of their products. The Chocolate Truffles in particular represent a great gifting product made from premium ingredients with standout packaging.

Bennetto is another premium gifting chocolate with packaging that looks as good as the chocolate tastes. The products are organic, fairtrade, gluten free, climate positive, vegan and delicious. The stunning packaging features Peruvian birds in a nod to the Bennetto sustainability and environmental goals.

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE SNACKING

According to Roy Morgan research, 90% of Australians are regular snackers, with 48.1% of people snacking on chocolate in an average week. At the same time, the uptake of healthy snacks is also on the rise. Brands that can marry the two to create healthy chocolate snacks are flying off shelves.

The decadent HeroCup chocolate cups are naturally-sweetened, vegan snack alternatives made with dairy-free dark chocolate. HeroCup also caters to the thriving keto market with keto options available.

For the growing market of protein snackers, Vitawerx hits the spot. The innovative Protein Chocolate is available in a range of Bars and Choc-coated offerings. Keto-friendly and with no gluten or added sugar, the range is high in protein for a clean-eating snack. 

For some interesting flavour combinations with dark and white chocolate options, the Little Zebra Chocolates range is a winner. The Australian-made products are hand crafted in a dedicated dairy and nut-free facility. They are keto-friendly and free from sugar, palm oil and gluten. 

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CHOC-COATED 

Combining the flavour of quality chocolate with other ingredients, such as fruit, nuts and even licorice, these products hit the spot for the better-for-you chocolate consumer.

Dr Superfoods isn’t just a chocolate brand, but they do chocolate well! The Chocolate Coated range includes Almonds, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Raspberries and more coated in premium quality Belgian chocolate. 

Naked Chocolate Co is the go-to for gluten-free, chocolate-coated freeze-dried fruits. Using premium quality white and dark Belgian chocolate and 100% real fruit pieces, the products contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavours. The dark chocolate options are also vegan friendly. 

Another brand with a delicious range of chocolate-covered treats, including Licorice, Ginger, Coffee Beans, Macadamia Nuts and Strawberries, is Organic Times. Using organic and fairtrade chocolate, the range is free from palm oil and GMOs.

Vegan chocolate

VEGAN CHOCOLATE

With the rise of plant-based diets, it’s only natural that vegans and plant-based devotees will look for vegan alternatives to their favourite treats.

The Humble Vegan is a colourful brand, both in the look of the packaging and how they showcase their vegan values. With six different flavours, each product uses ethically sourced ingredients with only natural flavours and colours. They are all free from dairy, gluten and nuts.

All Vego chocolates are fairtrade certified and manufactured under fair conditions, without compromise. The growing vegan range uses ingredients like Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream to create a moreish taste. 

The Kresho Bar from Desert Island Confectionary is chewy nougat and roasted almonds wrapped in pure, vegan, fairly traded couverture chocolate. The brand is committed to mitigating their impact on the natural environment and ensuring that all operations are vegan, not just their chocolate.

SHINE THE LIGHT ON YOUR CHOCOLATE OFFERING

With World Chocolate Day around the corner on 7 July, now is the time to review your chocolate offering and ensure your shelves meet your customers’ needs. You can purchase our ranges of wholesale chocolate 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 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 Australian’s 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.

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.