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.

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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.

THE TOTAL WELLNESS CATEGORY IS THRIVING!

The global wellness economy is now worth AUD$6.2 trillion. But this ever-evolving category is no longer just about diet and fitness, more and more consumers are searching for a range of mind, body and spirit solutions to improve their total wellness and wellbeing. Help your customers reach their goals by stocking these top-selling natural wellness products.

Naturally Effective

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Nutrient-rich drops

Cellfood’s Oxygen, Minerals & Aminos, contains 78 ionic minerals, 34 enzymes, 17 amino acids, electrolytes, and dissolved oxygen to provide an unsurpassed source of nutrients. This proprietary formulation comes in a convenient, on-the-go 30ml concentrate that consumers simply mix with water or juice daily. Each bottle offers a 30-day supply.

Pure goodness

Sourced from the finest plantation in Thailand, Nakula Organic Coconut Water is known for its pure taste and quality. This certified organic coconut water has nothing else added and appeals to the ever-growing socially conscious consumer thanks to its ethical source. It’s the perfect summer quencher!

Gut cleanse

Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder, from wellness influencer, Lee Holmes, is a naturopathic grade, organic diatomaceous earth that may help to clean out the accumulated build-up of waste, toxins, metals and mucous in the digestive tract. This 100% natural, vegan and gluten-free powder is a regularly sought-after addition to many total wellness routines. 

Beauty Boosters

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Detoxify and brighten

Assist your customers to obtain that refreshed new year glow with ACURE’s Brightening Facial Scrub. Combining sea kelp super-nutrients to soften and detoxify, lemon peel and French green clay to cleanse and Madonna lily to bring the brightness —this well-rounded, refreshing facial scrub is a top seller for a reason.

Vegan beauty potion

Botanika Blends’ Beauty Potion is completely vegan friendly, containing no animal derivatives. Instead, it has been carefully crafted to naturally support the body’s ability to produce collagen thanks to its antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from superfoods, as well as probiotics and key amino acids.

Healing clay

Aztec Secret is a cult sensation in the USA with a huge following that applauds it as the ‘world’s most powerful facial’. The 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Facial Clay offers deep pore cleansing without any fragrances or additives. This vegan product is effective and affordable skincare at its best. 

Wellness Warriors

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Immune support

Rich in antioxidants and containing an abundance of essential fatty acids, Hab Shifa TQ+ Activated Black Seed Oil is a high potency, cold-pressed oil, formulated from 100% pure certified organic black seed. This Australian made and owned product is the ideal health supplement to support and maintain a healthy immune system.

Pure charcoal powder

Made from ultra-fine coconut shell fibre, Eden Healthfoods Activated Charcoal Powder is steam activated to enhance its absorption capacity. This medical-grade powder is 100% natural and can be used in various ways to neutralise and adsorb harmful toxins from the body.

Prebiotic and probiotic in one

Guthealth+ 3-in-1 MultiFibre may be the most advanced natural fibre supplement to hit the market and it’s right on trend. A synergy of three prebiotic fibre groups and added probiotics create a symbiotic effect for the ultimate in gut health support. Sustainably grown and manufactured in Australia, the blend is vegan, gluten free and shelf stable.

Sleep Solutions

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Sleep lotion

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 vegan, cruelty free and easy to use. And it smells heavenly!

Restful rituals

Assist your customers to soothe their mind and body to achieve the ultimate night’s sleep with The Goodnight Co. Ceramic Diffuser and Pure Essential Oil Goodnight Blend. The diffuser uses ultrasonic technology allowing the mist to be delivered through vibrations, for a safe, heat and noise-free alternative.

While the Pure Essential Oil Goodnight Blend contains key ingredients, lavender, sweet orange and sweet marjoram to prepare the mind and body for a deep, healing sleep. 

TUNE INTO TOTAL WELLNESS

You can tap into consumer demand for mind and body total wellness products by ordering all of your stock from our online store 24/7 or by calling 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.

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Are your customers looking to cut down on sugar? Shake up your convenience food aisle with these 7 healthy and satisfying salt snacks instead!

Consumers have officially elevated the humble snack into a meal occasion in itself. In 2020, the ‘snackification’ movement is stronger than ever, and the salty snack category is continuing to thrive. 

Despite their love for chocolate, Australians prefer to consume savoury snacks over sweet treats with 41% of Aussies tucking into potato chips, and 37% are snacking on nuts, on an average week. 

Satisfy the salty snack demand, and stock up on these innovative category heroes that entice consumers with their assortment of new flavours!

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Nutrient-Dense Snack

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Seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet! Perfect for lunchboxes, Gimme Seaweed Snacks are vegan and gluten free, and made from premium organic seaweed that’s seasoned in four mouth-watering flavours.

Low calories!

Gut-friendly Banana Chips

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Banana Joe Banana Chips are the first pre-probiotic chip on the market! With the same taste and texture as a traditional potato chip, these savoury snacks are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. Three delicious varieties are available.

 10% of profits go towards sustainable agriculture!

Cashew Snack Pack

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Bursting with flavour and goodness, East Bali Cashews snacks are vegan, gluten free and made from high quality ingredients. At a great price point of $2.95 RRP, pop a CDU at the register and watch them fly out the door!

Wild harvested and sustainably sourced!

Stacked Chips

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Certified gluten free, The Good Crisp Company potato chips contain no artificial colours or flavours. The stacked chips are non-GMO, and available in two canister sizes and three delicious flavours – Original, BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion.

Super low RRPs from $1.95!

Pure Kale Chips

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Handmade in Byron Bay, Extraordinary Foods PURE Kale Chips are not only deliciously nutritious, they also contain probiotics for a healthy gut! Made with local organic Kale, they are vegan, gluten free and available in three yummy flavours.

Air dried with no added oil!

Vegan Jerky

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Premium marinated and seasoned, Noble Jerky is made from non-GMO soy protein and is available in four mouth-watering flavours, including Original, Sweet BBQ, Teriyaki and Chipotle. Easily clip stripped, they make a quick impulse sale.

Marinated and seasoned non-GMO soy protein 

Native Cashews

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The Whole Foodies Native Cashews retain their natural skin which makes them higher in fibre and antioxidants, and lower in calories than a roasted cashew. Vegan and gluten free, they make a moreish addition to your grab n’ go section. 

Dry roasted with on-trend flavours!

Tame your customers’ 3pm cravings. Order these better-for-you, satisfying snacks and thousands more items via our online store! Not yet registered with a wholesale account? Sign up here!

LIFT SALES THIS SUMMER WITH FITNESS-FOCUSED ESSENTIALS

BOOST YOUR SALES THIS SUMMER BY HELPING CUSTOMERS REACH THEIR GOALS WITH THIS SEASON’S FITNESS-FOCUSED FAVOURITES!

Make the most of the New Years Resolution boom and stock up on these must-have items to help support your customers and give your bottom line a healthy start to 2018.

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BEFORE, DURING & AFTER

Support your customers in their fitness efforts with sustained energy from wholesome foods to feed their adventures, proper hydration and sweat-wicking deodorant to keep them fresh. Then help them recover with the impressive power of magnesium.

CLIF Bar Cool Mint Chocolate

Sustained, wholesome energy for athletes, adventurers and active customers.

Nuun Boost

Instant, natural hydration tablets + caffeine – ready to go for busy lifestyles.

Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick

Award-winning natural deodorant – hard-working ingredients for even the most active athletes.

Blue Dinosaur Super Bites

Paleo, natural and vegan superfood bars for a quick boost at brilliant grab n’ go prices.

Amazing Oils Recover Spray

100% Australian magnesium oil with wintergreen and menthol for sports enthusiasts.

PUT A LITTLE PEP IN THEIR STEP

From natural fat burners that help your customers reach their goals faster, to natural pre-workout elixirs, fast release protein and caffeinated chocolate – stock up on the hottest health products to naturally boost energy and support an active lifestyle- and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Protein Supplies Australia WPI Honeycomb

Honeycomb deliciousness in a powerful complete natural protein, without any unwanted additives!

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PROTEIN AND FATS  TO SUIT ALL DIET TRENDS

We understand it can be tough keeping up with all the latest diet trends, especially during Summer when customers are keen to try something new. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with our wide range of plant-based proteins that are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. Plus, with Niulife‘s Coconut Endurance MCT Plus+ oil, you’ll be able to offer low carb, high fat and keto diet followers an energy boost, perfect for their Bulletproof Coffees.

Eden Ultimate Protein

Organic sprouted and bio-fermented wholegrain brown rice protein – perfect for vegans!

Enviro 2.2L Drink Bottle

Huge 2.2L BPA-free, reusable, light-weight, durable and recyclable bottle.

Zen Spray

Joint and muscle relief – in a handy natural spray.

Niulife MCT Endurance

Nature’s power fuel – made with a fuller profile of MCTs for sustaining energy and stamina.

Order the full range of sports and fitness products available in our online store today and turn up the heat on this season’s sales! Need an account with us? Apply online here.

Travel Season Essentials, Trends and Treats!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! AS THE WEATHER BEGINS TO HEAT UP, YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE READY TO WELCOME ANOTHER WARM TRAVEL SEASON IN AUSTRALIA.

Taking a trip, whether it be a road trip, beach escape or stay-cation, customers will be seeking out essentials and treats to complement their journey. Stocking a range of trending, popular products, suited to travel will help you to capitalise your sales this season.

Based on holiday popularity, we’ve created seven groups to help you stock up on the products your customers need to make the most of their chosen travel style.

Road Trip Ready

These are your ‘pack up the car and get going’ customers who believe the journey is just as exciting as the destination. Fuel them up for the road ahead with lots healthy snacks, treats to share, drinks and of course gum. For those who tend to get queasy in the car, don’t forget to recommend soothing ginger products for happy tummies.

Spring Essentials

1. Bounce Balls Plant Power
2. The Ginger People Ginger Rescue
3. East Bali Cashews Popcorn
4. Xylichew Gum
5. Kombucha Max
6. Enviro Water Bottle

Happy Camper

Camping is a fantastic way to relax in the great outdoors and with some essentials packed and ready, your customers’ trips back to nature will be pleasant ones to remember. Offer them outdoor protection, easy meal and cleaning options and of course chocolate to enjoy around the camp fire. Encourage them to keep the outdoors beautiful by swaying away from single use plastics and packing reusable options instead.

Spring Essentials

1. Bug-Grrr Off Insect Protection
2. Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit
3. Eucoclean wipes
4. Chef Soraya Eat a Bowl
5. Ever Eco Bento Box & Straws
6. Vego Chocolate

Adventure Seeker

Far, high, on or off land, there’s some serious adventures to be had in our stunning country. For those customers planning to tackle them, nutrition and hydration is very important. Offer your adventurers high-quality energy bars, snacks, protein and electrolyte tablets. Help keep them feeling fresh with effective natural deodorant and ensure they’ve bought convenient recovery wipes to recoup after each day.

Spring Essentials

1. CLIF Bar
2. Nuun hydration
3. Protein Supplies Australia single serve sachets
4. Amazing Oils Recovery Wipes
5. WooHoo Urban Deo
6. 2die4 Live Foods nuts

Jet Setting

When heading overseas, the 100ml rule doesn’t mean your customers need to settle for generic, nasty chemical-filled brands in their toiletries bag. Ensure you have a range of natural, flight-friendly wipes, washes, hair care and oral care products to offer them, and don’t forget natural calming remedies for nervous flyers too.

Spring Essentials

1. ACURE Organics travel pack
2. Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse
3. The Natural Family Co. toothbrush
5. Giovanni Dry Shampoo Powder
6. Martin and Pleasance Rescue Remedy

Beach Break

Swimming in the surf and soaking in some rays is an ideal holiday for many Australians, especially after a cold winter. Get ready for your beach essentials to fly off the shelves, as customers look to slip, slop, slap and relax with a good read and some healthy snacks.

Spring Essentials

1. Nakula Coconut Water
2. Eco Sunscreen
3. Aloe Pura After Sun Lotion
4. Bass Brushes Wide Tooth Comb
5. The Happy Life by Lola Berry
6. Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bar

The Stay-cation

For some customers, the ideal escape may just mean some designated ‘me-time’ at home. These customers want products that will help them feel relaxed, detoxed, rejuvenated and healthy. Think everything from beauty masks, hair treatments, mineral salts and nail polish to hot teas and indulgent treats.

Spring Essentials

1. Charcoal Me Charcoal + Bentonite Clay Mask
2. 24K Goddess Perfecting Active Gold Eye Masks
3. Dr Organic Argan Oil Hair Treatment
4. Dead Sea Warehouse Bath Salts
5. Hanami nail polish
6. Taka Turmeric Golden Latte

Family Vay-cay!

Holidaying as a family is all about getting out and having a wild time together. With sweet and salty snacks, the right sized water bottle for little ones and all the wet wipes your customers can get their hands on, they’ll be ready to tackle the madness and make family memories!

Spring Essentials

1. GimMe Seaweed Snacks
2. Organic Times Little Gems
3. Little Mashies Food Pouches
4. Klean Kanteen 300ml Bottle
5. Wotnot Travel Wipes
6. Jack n’ Jill Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Sleepover Storage Bag

If you’d like to order any of this seasons essentials, you can easily add them to your online order here, or contact us.

SPEED SCRATCH… the latest buzz word in cooking

TIME-POOR CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING THE TREND, USING CONVENIENCE PRODUCTS LIKE MIXES, READY-TO-EAT AND PRE-PREPARED FOODS THAT CALL FOR ONLY A HANDFUL OF FRESH INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FAST, HEALTHY MEALS.

This means sales opportunities abound!

With winter pushing consumers into the kitchen, seeking warmth in baking and cooking, ensure you’ve stocked the shelves with a selection of easy to use, healthy speed scratch products and nutritious wholefood ingredients to help them battle the cold and the clock.

Take a look at our top pantry picks to satisfy both sweet and the savory cravings this winter!

SWEET

1. Teff Tribe Pancake Mix–  Easy and nutritious!
2. Bake Mixes Banana Muffin Mix – Certified organic!
3. Wholesome Chow Brownie Mix – No refined sugar!
4. Fit Mixes Choc Chia Protein Ball Mix – High in protein!

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5. The Whole Foodies Rice Malt Syrup – Fructose free!
6. Power Super Foods Cacao –  Superfood!
7. Organic Times Little Gems – Fair trade!
8. Nirvana Liquid Stevia –  Zero calories or carbs!
9. Perfect Sweet Xylitol –  Low GI!

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10. Niugini Coconut Oil – Cholesterol free!
11. 2die4 Walnuts – Activated nuts!
12. Matakana Coconut Butter – Creamed coconut meat!
13. The Ginger People Bare Ginger – Sustainably farmed!

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SAVOURY

1. Protein Bread Co Savoury Muffins – High in protein!
2. Monica’s Mixes Pizza Base Mix – Wholesome ingredients!
3. Sol Organics Dahl Mix – Easy to prepare blend!
4. Mingle Seasoning – Tasty and simple spice mixes!

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5. Forbidden Foods Rice –  Certified organic!
6. Niulife Sweet Chilli – Just four natural ingredients!
7. The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles – Ready to eat!
8. Bragg Nutritional Yeast – Delicious, healthy addition to most dishes!

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9. Nakula Coconut Milk – Perfect base for Asian dishes!
10. Nutritionist Choice Noodles – Wholesome instant noodles!
11. Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste – Ready to use fresh turmeric!
12. Planet Organic Spices – Convenient shakers!
13. Redmond Real Salt – Unrefined mineral salt!

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If you’d like to stock up on these hot winter essentials, easily add them to your next online order.

Don’t already have a Unique Helath Products account? Get started here and gain access to thousands of popular, in-demand and on-trend products from national and global brands.

Summer Lovin’…Outdoors!

THIS SEASON IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE, LONG DAYS AND FRESH AIR.

Whether your customers prefer going on a solo run or enjoying the outdoors with good food and great company, they will be coming into your store looking for the hottest products.

To help get your sales sizzling, we’ve identified six types of summer lovin’ customers and the products they will be seeking.

 

THE SUN WORSHIPPER

Hello sunshine means hello sunscreen. A Sun Worshipper’s first stop will be your display of sun protection products.  During summer, place it where it’s easily seen and fill it with an assortment of brands, as well as cosmetics and face lotions that contain UV protection. Some top selling brands in this category include KosmeaWotnot, UV Natural and ECO.

 

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THE NATURE LOVER

With the sun shining, what can be better than exploring our great outdoors? This is exactly what your Nature Lover customers will be doing. Help protect them from any nasty bites and stings, and from chemicals like deet. Offer them a selection of natural outdoor protection products from brands like Neeming Australia, Eco Kid, Biologika and Lemon Mytle.

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THE HAPPY HOST 

Think of those people who bring the baguettes to most brunches, the ones who host all the lunches, the pedantic picnic takers and BBQ delight makers. These are your Happy Host customers. Help them to delight their guests by offering a gourmet range of staples from brands like Niulife, Bragg, Mingle,  Forbidden and The Whole Foodies.

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THE ON-THE-GO SNACKER

From families to single road trippers, On-the-Go Snackers tend to ‘refuel their tank’ while out and about.  They want something quick, nutritious and tasty. Influence them to impulse buy at the point of purchase by keeping a selection of eye-catching brands like East Bali Cashews, GimMe, Extraordinary Foods, Bounce and Blue Dinosaur near your counter.

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THE QUICK QUENCHER

With the temperature rising, it’s inevitable that cool, refreshing drink sales will rise. Quick Quencher customers are looking for something to satisfy their tastebuds, while still hydrating and nourishing their bodies. Ensure your fridge is full of a cool, refreshing drink selection to satisfy their needs. Customer love coconut water from Nakula and Merito,  as well as Minor Figures cold pressed coffee, Necta maple water and Kombucha Max green tea kombucha drinks.

 

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THE ACTIVE SPIRIT 

Those looking to participate in all-things-energetic are your Active Spirit customers. Mountain climbing, surfing, bike riding, these kinds of customers will be pushing their bodies and burning the calories, so offer them a range of products for before, during and after their high energy bursts. CLIF Bar, Protein Supplies Australia and Potes offer energy filled on the go products, while nuun replenishment drink tablets assist with hydration and endurance. For any muscle aches, pains and injuries send customers to Zen Sports Spray from Martin and Pleasance.

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We know you’re tough on time – running a business takes a lot! So let us do all we can to help.

With over 30 years in the industry and the support of our dedicated products team constantly tracking national and global trends, trust us to help you order the best, most in-demand products for your seasonal based displays and ask for our suggestions on what products are best suited to your retail environment. It’s as easy as contacting us.

Give Gluten-Free Customers a Grinch-Free Holiday Season

FOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE CUSTOMERS, GUARANTEEING A TASTY DELIGHT WITHOUT BEING THE ONE THAT BRINGS IT OR MAKES IT IS OFTEN QUITE UNLIKELY. THIS IS TRUE ON ANY OCCASION, LET ALONE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Most would be able to recall an ‘oh, I can’t… I don’t eat gluten’ comment. Yes?

It’s not that these potential customers don’t want a slice of delicious cake, a crunchy cracker or a melt-in-the-mouth biscuit – trust me they want it as much as anybody! This is why year-after-year we see the gluten-free industry in a state of exponential growth. Not just in monetary value or demand but also in variety.

There are almost endless options available now for customers who are avoiding or are sensitive to gluten. There’s cakes, crackers, biscuits, breads, sauces, dressings, DIY bake mixes… the list goes on. We’ve also got our hands on some gluten-free Christmas recipes that your customers will brag about, but we’ll get to those.

First let’s talk about gluten, or in this case the absence of it.

According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global gluten-free food market was valued at US$2.84 billion in 2014 and is projected to reach US$4.89 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2015 to 2021.

Gluten-free is surely on the rise, with those not only sensitive to gluten opting for such options but also health conscious consumers following the same path.

A study from Monash University revealed that 78% of those who purchase gluten-free products say they do so for some sort of health reason.

It also identified that younger generations are the majority responsible for the industries growth. 38% of Generation Z and 32% of millennials said they are willing to pay more for gluten-free products.

These types of consumers are a lot more loyal than your bargain hunting customers and tend to be influenced mostly by quality and customer service.

So what to do now? Don’t hide from all those consumers seeking convenient, gluten-free options over the silly season. Show them the stock and enlighten them with all the potential holiday treats they may have missed before gluten-free popularity boomed.

Snacks are among the top gluten-free foods these consumers demand, so stock up on some favourites that still have the holiday feel like Dr Superfoods Super Cherries, Chimes Toasted Coconut Toffee and The Ginger People Crystallised Ginger.

With the healthy convenience trend still shaping up strong, it’s also a good idea to stock up on brands like Monica’s Mixes Baking Mixes and offer recipes that suit the season. We’ve added a couple delicious favourites from Monica Topliss below for you to share.

 

GLUTEN FREE FRUIT MINCE TARTS

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INGREDIENTS

FRUIT MINCE
50g each sultanas, inca berries, currants, mixed peel
50g each dried figs and glace cherries, chopped
1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
25g each almonds and pecans, chopped (optional)
200g rapadura or coconut sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
3 tbls orange juice
2 tbls cold grated coconut oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1 small unpeeled cooking apple, grated

PASTRY
130g frozen grated coconut oil
240g Monica’s Gluten Free Flour Mix
50g sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
110ml ice cold water

 

METHOD

FRUIT MINCE
1. Mix together.
2. Best if you allow mixture to sit for up to 7 days.

PASTRY
1. Place coconut oil in freezer until hard.
2. Then grate and return to freezer until you are ready to begin the pastry.
3. Place the frozen grated coconut in a bowl with the flour, sugar and salt.
4. Using a fork, give the mixture a quick stir. Avoid overheating the mixture as you want the shreds of frozen coconut oil to remain very cold.
5. Add the egg and water, and using your fork, mix well. Lastly using your hands, bring the dough together to form a ball.
6. Roll out the dough and cut 6 x 10cm pieces with a round cookie cutter.
7. Place the circles into bases of a muffin tin and blind bake for 10mins at 180oC.
8. Roll out the scraps of dough and cut small stars or hearts to top the tarts.
9. Fill with fruit mince, top with star or hearts and brush tarts with egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes.
10. Enjoy!
TIP! Bottle what fruit mince is left and use throughout the festive season…mix through vanilla ice-cream and make a lovely frozen pudding!

 

MONICA’S MIXES CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE

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INGREDIENTS
200g mixed dried fruit of choice
75 ml fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 x packet Monica’s Mixes Banana Bread Mix
½ cup (125ml) mild flavoured oil
½ cup (125ml) water
250g apple puree
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
50g glace cherries
50g raw almonds
3 tablespoons orange marmalade

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 150oC and line a deep, 15cm round cake tin with baking paper.
2. Place the dried fruit, juice, orange zest and goji berries into a small pot and bring to the boil.
3. Boil for 30 seconds, remove from heat and set aside.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the apple puree, oil and water until smooth.
5. Add the Banana Bread Mix and whisk until smooth.
6. Fold through the plumped fruit and juice mix.
7. Combine well and spoon the batter into prepared cake tin.
8. Arrange the glace cherries and almonds on top of the cake.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
10. To glaze add 1 tablespoon of water to marmalade in a small pot and warm over low heat until liquefied.
11. Use a pastry brush to glaze the top of the cake.
12. Store in cool spot in an airtight container.

 

APPLE & PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS

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INGREDIENTS
1 tbls golden flaxmeal or chia
3 tbls water
1 cup grated apple
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Monica’s Mixes Paleo Flour

METHOD
1. Mix flaxmeal or chia and water and let sit while you place the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add the flax mixture and mix to combine and make a stiff dough.
3. Press out the dough to a disc 2cm thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter.

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4. Bake at 180oC for approx. 20 minutes until golden.
5. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

NOTE! Monicas Mixes Paleo flour is grain free and contains coconut flour, green banana flour, sesame flour – great for shiny coats and good digestion!

 

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Green Clean

NOW THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING AND THE SUN IS SHINING, YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL BE SPENDING LESS TIME CURLED UP IN THEIR SLEEPY WINTER DENS AND MORE TIME SOCIALISING.

And so starts the season to be clearing the clutter and cleaning their way to a brighter, cleaner home.

Help make the prospect of a spotless home a lot more enticing, by offering your customers eco-friendly, green cleaning solutions to their dirty dilemmas. They’ll cut their cleaning time, while also cutting the chemicals!

3 MAIN BENEFITS OF GREEN CLEANING

1. Reduces exposure to airborne dust and toxic chemicals.

2. Reduced incidents of asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens.

3. Reduces the negative environmental effects of toxic household cleaning products.

THE TOP 8 TOXINS FOUND IN COMMON, NON-NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

1. Phthalates
Found in fragranced products such as air fresheners and dish soap.

2. Perchloroethylene or ‘Perc’
Found in spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners.

3. Triclosan
Found in many liquid dishwashing detergents.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or ‘Quats’
Found in fabric softener liquid/sheets and antibacterial household cleaners.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

6. Ammonia
Found in glass cleaner and polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewellery.

7. Chlorine
Found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers and laundry whiteners.

8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in oven cleaners and drain openers.

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THE TOP 5 THINGS  CUSTOMERS LOOK FOR IN A CLEANING PRODUCT

1. Performance
Products need to help complete the task quickly and to a high standard.

2. Cost-effectiveness
Those that effectively balance performance and cost are the products that will succeed best.

3. Ease-of-use
Anything that make cleaning quick and easy is favoured.

4. Environmental awareness
Customers are looking for greener products to help minimise their wider impact.

5. Fragrance and packaging
Differentiators such as attractive packaging or pleasant fragrances can influence purchasing decisions.

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3 FINAL CLEANING FACTS  YOU SHOULD SHARE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS

1. Since World War II, around 85,000 new chemicals have entered the market by way of various products.^

2. Almost 70% of typical non-natural cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. ^

3. There are 62 toxic chemicals to be found in the average home. ^

^ Amorq, 2016.

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Check out Unique’s huge range of eco cleaning products from natural brands like Eco Store, Cinderella, Safix, Ecologic, Earthwise, Lemon Myrtle, Kin Kin Naturals, Eucoclean and Vrindavan. They’ll help your customers get the tough jobs done without the nasty chemicals.