SIX OF AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST HEALTH FOOD TRENDS RIGHT NOW

Today’s busy lifestyles, over-ambitious to-do lists, and constant push to spread ourselves far too thin has us struggling to take a moment to stop.

As a result, convenience foods continue to take over the retail shelves and consumers can’t get enough.

But regular snack foods no longer cut it.

Consumers are demanding more nutritious options, more functional health benefits, and more snacks that suit their dietary preferences. They’re expecting far more than just something to tide them over until dinner time.

So what has consumers coming back for more? A little category we’re calling “Goodness on-the-go”. This includes health-focused snacks, wholesome mini meals and hydration that are designed for quick and easy consumption and pack a tonne of goodness into every mouthful.

These six trends fit smack bang in this category and are well and truly integrating into our daily lives. Have you got these hot sellers on your shelves?

SIX HEALTH FOOD TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW

WELLNESS SHOTS

Right on target with goodness-on-the-go, nutrient-rich juice shots provide a natural boost of nutrition in quick grab n’ go bottles. Popular in fresh juice bars and wellness cafes, these pint-sized drinks pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and caters to the demand for more functional food. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

The Ginger People have Ginger Shots which are 30% ginger juice combined with creamy coconut. They’re available in Wild Turmeric with anti-inflammatory turmeric and black pepper (for better absorption), or Lemon & Cayenne for a fiery boost to the metabolism. The 60ml glass bottles are tucked neatly into a shelf-ready CDU and retail at only $4.95. 

PROTEIN-PACKED SNACKS

High-protein snacks have been a hit with health enthusiasts for years but the innovation in this space is really ramping up! You can find protein packed into all kinds of snacks including chips, chocolate, ice cream, yoghurts, spreads and of course, the OG of convenient protein snacks, the protein bar! 

Far from a brick that will break your teeth these days, the original gym-junkie protein bars have been reincarnated with numerous makeovers, ingredient overhauls and formulations. Plant-based protein bars and those with minimal ingredients are captivating a much wider market and come as a fresh alternative to whey protein based bars. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:  

RXBARs are protein bars made with a few simple ingredients that are perfect for breakfast on the go, as protein-packed snack bars, or as a pre/post-workout fuel. They use egg whites for protein, dates to bind and nuts for texture.

Each delicious bar packs 12g of protein and 5g of fibre in just under 220 calories and is a combination of only 8 ingredients or less! They are available in six tempting flavours and have an enticing RRP of only $3.95!

PEANUT EVERYTHING!

Peanuts are going beyond the much-loved peanut butter spread and are appearing in everything from baked goods, protein powders and snack bars. According to Mintel research, the fastest growing peanut ingredients in new products include peanut flour, peanut butter and peanut flavour.

Peanuts offer the perfect trifecta for taste, texture and nutrition, offering protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals to keep hunger pangs at bay. They appeal to plant-based foodies and bump up the protein for a clean, wholesome ingredient list that customers love.

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

It doesn’t get much more dedicated to peanuts than Macro Mike. They have a range of Protein Powders, just-add-water Cookie and Brownie Baking Mixes, Powdered Peanut Butters, and Protein Bars that hero the humble peanut!

Macro Mike impressively combines the need for convenience and the demand for high-protein without compromising on taste in the slightest. The entire range is vegan and retails from $4.50 to $69.95.

MINI MEALS

A Neilsen study revealed 45% of global respondents consume snacks as a meal alternative – 52% for breakfast, 43% for lunch and 40% for dinner. Thanks to our busy schedules, this snackification movement is rapidly becoming the norm with “heat and eat”, “just-add-water”, and “ready in minutes” product claims sounding like music to your customer’s ears! 

 The truth is, snacks are no longer filling gaps between more wholesome meals. They are the replacement for those meals.  

When you can offer your customers a mini meal that requires very little time and effort, has a great taste and a wholesome ingredient list – then you’re onto a winner! 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

Upbeat packs a tonne of plant-based protein into a convenient range of grab n’ go porridge and meals. Suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they contain 20-25g of protein per serve, include gluten-free and vegan options, are low in sugar and ready in five minutes!

They’re a health-conscious, quick fix meal solution with an awesome RRP of only $4.60-$5.70! 

The porridge flavours include Blueberry Coconut, Chai Spiced Apricot & Buckwheat, Chocolate and Three Grain Raspberry. The savoury selection includes Creamy Mushroom Buckwheat, Thai Curry Lentils and Coconut Curried Lentils. 

CAULIFLOWER

According to Nielsen data, packaged cauliflower products have grown by 71% over the past year. 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. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

Keto Naturals have 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 and 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. They RRP for only $4.95!

ECO HYDRATION

Single-use plastic water bottles are getting the flick with an influx of stylish, reusable alternatives taking their place.

Now used as a fashion accessory, hydrating in an environmentally friendly way is right on trend. The rise of the ‘VSCO girl’ has seen Hydro Flask bottles become a teenage girls’ statement drinking piece, while celebrities and the like are forking out $8,500 for a designer Chanel reusable bottle, because they can.

Healthier hydration is yet another way consumers can showcase their status and highlight their environmentally-friendly stance to the world. And it’s a fashion item that’s not going out of style any time soon. The global reusable water bottles market is expected to be valued at AUD$17.9 billion by 2029!

 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

Hydro Flask insulated bottles are for life’s exciting moments. All while fighting the war on waste and looking great doing so.

They redefine the hydration experience excelling in temperature control with TempShield™ technology. As well as taste management with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel that protects against flavour transfer. Plus, they have a slip-free, durable grip thanks to the proprietary powder coat. Hydro Flask deliver unexpected refreshment each and every time. Their double-insulated bottles RRP from $46.95. 

Australian health food trends are colliding with convenience now more than ever. So ramp up your goodness-on-the-go offering with these items and hundreds more by stocking your shelves with Unique Health Products?!

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7 TRENDS SET TO SHAPE HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN 2020!

What seven trends are set to kick off 2020?

2019 saw major growth in both the eco-friendly and plant-based lifestyle segments.

Thanks, at large, to consumers becoming increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on their health and the environment. 

In a nod to the previous 20’s era, the continuing shift of social and cultural values will see those categories remain strong sellers.

However, these seven innovation-infused trends are hyped to hit the top-seller lists right alongside them.

Get ready for the snackification movement to seriously jazz up your shelves!

 

1. Puffed SnacksSpokes

 

Better-for-you puffed snacks will be taking their prime position on the savoury snacking shelf. A report by IRI found that puffed and extruded snacks saw 4.45% dollar sales growth from April 2016-2017 making up 36% of the $36.8 billion AUD salty snacks category. These puffed-up, crunchy snacks are in demand due to consumer desire to eat better, including cleaner ingredients, added protein and fibre or nothing artificial.

 

 

 

2. Peanut Everything

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The rise in healthy snacking and plant-based foods are fuelling the growth of nuts, seeds and of course, the ever-so-versatile peanut. As consumers continue to be more health conscious, the focus on the functional benefits that food can offer are driving sales for functional foods and beverages that work harder for consumers. According to Mintel, the fastest growing peanut ingredients in new products include peanut flour, peanut butter and peanut flavour. Peanuts offer the perfect trifecta for taste, texture and nutrition, offering protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

 

 

 

3. Keto FriendlyKeto Naturals

Natural Products Expo West and Expo East are two of the largest health food trade shows in the world. Last year, low sugar, dairy free and full-fat products reigned supreme. The clear direction for food innovation was plant based and keto friendly! More specifically, the surge in snacks, convenience foods and beverages that suit this trending diet! These products are loaded with oils, nuts and seeds to help consumers achieve ketosis, a metabolic state linked with weight loss and performance benefits.

 

 

 

4. Gut Friendly

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Gut health is one of the hottest topics in wellness. Innovative temperature-stable probiotics have expanded the ways in which manufacturers can utilise these healthful bacterial strains, leading to a host of functional foods including sweet and savoury snacks and convenient, food-based supplements. By 2020, BBC Research expects the probiotic market will be valued at $74 billion AUD.

 

 

 

 

5. Plant-Based SnacksBubbas 'Nana Chips

The plant-based trend isn’t exactly a new one but it’s not slowing down anytime soon thanks to an increased interest in health, social and environmental issues. The predicted value of the vegan snack market alone is estimated to reach $108 billion AUD by 2028! This is not surprising considering 1 Australian every 5 minutes decides to eat less meat or go meat free! Researchers contribute the boom to growing consumer awareness about plant-based, natural products and the rise in per capita disposable income leading to increased snacking. 

 

 

 

6. Active Nutrition

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Sports nutrition is no longer a place for the elite, but now encompasses weekend warriors, sports enthusiasts, adventurers and even active seniors! While the performance benefits are still there, the taste, texture and variety of flavours have improved astronomically. Health and nutrition are now top-of-mind for consumers buying these products, and they’re driving the global sports nutrition segment to a potential $35.5 billion AUD by 2022!

 

 

 

7. TransparencyPATCH Strips

While it’s not a specific food trend, more and more consumers are looking for brands that align with their own values. They want to be able to express their personal values through the products they purchase – whether that’s supporting the environment, women’s or animal rights, or something else. Consumers are demanding brands increase transparency and stand for something that brings about positive change. The rapid rise in companies becoming B Corp certified are a sign of this movement. It has never been more important for brands and businesses to have carefully articulated values. 

Are you ready for these seven trends in your store? With more than 3,500 health and wellness products expertly curated with trends and top selling potential in mind, you can confidently shop with us either online 24/7 or by giving our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register here.

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!

AUSTRALIANS 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.

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ARE YOU READY FOR ‘MEAT FREE WEEK’ THIS SEPTEMBER?

Plant-based eating is the biggest worldwide food shift of this decade, particularly in Australia. With nearly 10 million Aussies cutting back on red meat, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

According to Google Trends, Australia tops the world for searching “vegan” online. In February 2004, “vegan” queries hovered at 15 (out of 100); but now sits at 92 and has steadily risen for 14 years. 

This year, why not encourage a plant-based lifestyle by promoting Meat Free Week? 

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Meat Free Week (23-29 September) challenges participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.

Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity for your customers to start thinking about how much meat they eat and the potential health impacts of eating too much. 

Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund show bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and that bowel cancer risk increases by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.

Whether your customers are meat eaters, vegetarian or vegan, the Meat Free Week challenge can help them discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference, including some delicious plant-based recipes! 

So why not highlight some of your plant-based meat alternatives front and centre this month?

One of the most versatile, meat-style vegan products comes from the widely recognised US brand, Upton’s Naturals.  

Upton’s Naturals was the first to market with a range of heat-and-eat, pre-seasoned Jackfruit. Jackfruit are the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, and when harvested young and unripe, they can be prepared savory, as a meat alternative. With a naturally meaty texture, this whole food meat alternative makes a simple swap for pulled pork, shredded poultry, and even fish.

They currently offer three lines in Australia – Jackfruit, Real Meal Kits and Ch’eesy Macs. Consumers love eating the Bar-B-Que Jackfruit on a bun with coleslaw, or using the spicy Chilli Lime for tacos.

Original, unseasoned Jackfruit provides a blank slate for the more experienced cook, while Thai Curry, Sweet and Smoky, and Sriracha are meant to inspire those who are new to this unique ingredient.

While the products are shelf-stable, they’re most successfully merchandised in the fridge with other refrigerated meat alternatives.

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The company’s Real Meal Kits feature wholefood ingredients and come in four Thai-inspired varieties: Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, Thai Spaghetti, and Thai Curry Noodle. Each complete meal is ready in just a few minutes, and can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave – simply mix the pouches, and heat.

Despite containing no preservatives, these meals are shelf-stable, and are generally sold alongside other Asian meal kits, or quick meal kits.

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Another quick-cooking vegan line from Upton’s Naturals are the Ch’eesy Mac varieties – Ch’eesy Bacon Mac and original Ch’eesy Mac. The packages contain ready-to-eat large and ridged macaroni noodles alongside a pouch of prepared nutritional yeast-based cheese.

These 100% vegan products are low in sugar while being completely free from nuts, dairy, oil, trans fat, cholesterol, GMOs and artificial flavours. Typically found with other boxed mac and cheese in stores, these are ready to eat in as little as 60 seconds. 

Other great plant-based pantry staples for easy, meat-free meals include: 

Make sure you’re ready for the increase in demand from September 23rd! Top up your plant-based meat alternatives and more via our online store or give one of our friendly sales team members a call on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered? Create an account here.

For recipe inspiration to give your customers, visit Meat Free Week or try some of these delicious Upton’s Naturals recipes at an in-store tasting!