Naturally Good highlights 2019 – A discovery of innovation

The Unique team showcased innovative hot new products and best sellers to hundreds of retailers, category managers and buyers at this year’s Naturally Good expo earlier this week.

Naturally Good is Australia’s only trade show for natural, organic and healthy products and continues to grow year-on-year! Held at the world class ICC Sydney in beautiful Darling Harbour across two days, the must-attend event gives retailers a chance to meet the makers, touch the products and get a feel for a diverse range of brands. Visitors from around Australia (and 18 other countries!) had the opportunity to ask questions about the best of our range in food and drinks, beauty and personal care, natural health and home and living.

Naturally Good is the leading event where retailers can physically discover and source the best Australian and global brands entering the market and meet with dozens of suppliers – something that could take weeks to do otherwise and can be challenging when absorbed in the day-to-day running of a store. In hot demand this year – the latest in plant-based and vegan products, healthy snacks, supplements for gut health, emerging ingredients, and the latest natural beauty, just to name a few.

If you missed the event – here is a quick recap of the highlights:

OUR HOTTEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Retailers visit Naturally Good to help differentiate their offering and grow sales by sourcing new, unique, innovative and on-trend products their customers want.

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Dale Parkes with the My Magic Mud team.

As always, the Unique stand ensured that our diverse and fast-selling range of brands stood out in the crowded expo hall. Visitors to the Unique stand were treated to a pre-launch of some of our best new products, beauty demos and food sampling from our top-selling ranges, including Mei Sann Yong’s Turban Chopsticks, who served up tastings of their top-selling speed scratch meal bases to 2000+ visitors!

Retailers enjoyed meeting Steve Grossman and Ritu Mathur from CLIF Bar, USA; Bernie Walker and Sabine Muir from Little Zebra; Aaron Fishman from East Bali Cashew Company; Mat Stillone from Protein Supplies Australia and Botanika Blends; Mike Watts-Searle from Blue Dinosaur; Paul Stokes from Grin; Kresho Sprem from Kresho Bar, the newest vegan almond nougat chocolate; and Jessica Arman from My Magic Mud who showcased how to use the new clay and charcoal masks.

Favourites across the two days included the new savoury banana chips from Banana Joe; our new vegan white chocolate Vego; Upton’s Naturals Real Meal Kits delicious Massaman Curry; The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Shots; The Whole Foodies Native Cashews; and a special sneak peek at one of July’s hottest new products – Nelsons Naturals Crush & Brush!

This year’s Unique showbag (valued at more than $150) was a hit and included CLIF Bar’s favourite flavour of 2019 – Peanut Butter Banana and an assortment of our top-selling products. Unique giveaways also included hundreds of Cheeki stainless steel bottles and ACURE Travel Packs!

 

NEW CONNECTIONS

Naturally Good is the heartbeat of the industry across Australia and South East Asia and is a great opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers and to meet new ones.

We caught up with hundreds of retailers across the two days! Visitors to the Unique stand may have also met renowned US natural products consultants, Bob Burke from Natural Products Consulting and Tim Sperry, former Whole Foods Purchasing Manager.

 

INSIDER INTEL AND FREE BUSINESS EDUCATION

The free education program was in high demand this year with standing room only at all theatres! Several free trends sessions helped visitors understand what to look out for when walking the expo floor – with much of this information exclusive to the sessions and not available anywhere else.

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Unique’s sponsored water refill station.

Visitors learnt about factors influencing healthy FMCG in Australia; what consumers want in food and drink, and natural, organic and clean beauty; what’s next in hemp and CBD oil; and the future for Australia from North America’s $200 billion+ natural products market. There were also more than 20 sessions across two days to help retailers get the edge in business by some of Australia’s foremost experts in social media, e-commerce, digital marketing and business strategy.

Expo visitors were welcomed to the usual friendly and fabulous customer service from Unique. The Unique team partnered with Cheeki and flew the pink and green flag at Naturally Good this year, helping create a more sustainable planet with our sponsored free water refill stations in three convenient locations throughout the show. In doing so we helped expo visitors to stay hydrated and saved 1,357 plastic bottles.

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

Christmas Charity – The Daniel Morcombe Foundation

In lieu of Secret Santa or the exchange of Christmas gifts, the team at Unique host fundraising for a local charity each year.

This year, our chosen charity was the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Inc. is committed to Keeping Kids Safe.

Established by parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe in 2005 after their son Daniel was abducted and murdered in December 2003 while waiting to catch a bus on the Sunshine Coast.

The Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and now has two main aims; to educate children on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment and to support young victims of crime.

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In the lead up to the event, Uniquers were invited to donate a prize for the charity raffle. Our clever team of Uniquers submitted handmade jewellery, massages, Australia Zoo vouchers, artworks, facials, dinner vouchers and so much more!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the team, we were able to donate more than $700 to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation!

On the day, Uniquers were invited to wear red, bring along a plate of food to share and a gold coin donation.

Holly Brennan, the CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was greeted with a sea of red outfits, an array of mouthwatering morning tea items, and an incredibly supportive and appreciative welcome from all!

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On behalf of the team here at Unique, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe, look after one another and if you’d like to donate to this incredible charity, you can do so here.

Charity Clothing Rummage 2018

Who doesn’t love a bargain? At Unique, we’re all about celebrating and supporting a good cause, especially when it leads to a new wardrobe item for as little as a gold coin donation!

After spring cleaning our closets for pre-loved items to share, Uniquers rummaged over two lunch breaks to find some new favourites at our annual Pre-Loved Clothing Charity Day!

As always, the proceeds from the event directly support our long-term charity, Sandi Pani Muni School. Any leftover items would typically be donated to the local op-shop. However, this year, we had a wonderful opportunity to assist another great cause as well…

One of our sales team superstars, Amy, is on a mission to raise funds for Love Mercy, an incredible charity that seeks to empower communities in Northern Uganda to overcome poverty caused by the horrors of war.

Amy is aiming to raise $7500 to help build and maintain a well for one of the local communities in Uganda.

Sparked by having to walk only 500m to fill up water bottles from a tap while on a school camp, Amy couldn’t fathom the challenge of having to walk kilometres on end to seek out clean water for daily living.

Needless to say, we fully support Amy’s mission and all remaining clothing was donated to Amy to support the cause.

The generosity and compassion that we see, hear and experience from the staff at Unique never ceases to amaze us, and we couldn’t be more proud.

NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 – BY THE NUMBERS

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

Each year we attend as a platinum partner to showcase our top sellers to the most influential people in the industry and work to build mutually beneficial connections with retailers and our suppliers. This year we unveiled our biggest stand yet – the largest at the show!

In case you missed it, here’s how our Naturally Good Expo 2018 experience happened – by the numbers!

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1. ONE CRITICAL PERSON

It takes a whole lot of planning, coordination and project management to transform our original ideas into a real-life masterpiece at the Naturally Good Expo. Thankfully, we have one incredible team that makes all the late nights, early mornings, last minute hiccups and hours spent on emails and phone calls integrate into a seamless, successful event!

While we couldn’t do it without many hands on deck, there is always one person in particular that plays a pivotal role in our Naturally Good experience – our Marketing Executive extraordinaire, Carol. Thank you for all that you do!

2. TWO MAJOR STALL SPACES

This year the Unique stand took up two of the largest sites at the expo. The updated stand was dotted with sampling booths, decorated with hot new products and buzzing with staff, suppliers and retailers – it was a sight to see and the energy was incredible!

3. THREE HOUR PACK DOWN

With the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition looming the following weekend, most of the team had already returned to the Sunshine Coast by the time the event ended. The staff and suppliers that remained (thank you, East Bali Cashews and Natural Evolution!) packed down the stall in a record time of 3 hours!

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4. FOUR SIGMATIC, MY MAGIC MUD, UPTON’S NATURALS & MORE!

This year, when it came to sampling and showcasing our amazing product range, the team had a little extra help…

Award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest, must-have health products joined us as part of our ‘Meet the Makers’ event – including Four Sigmatic, My Magic Mud, Manitoba Harvest and Upton’s Naturals!

Each supplier that joined our stand had the opportunity to promote and sample their products at their very own sampling booth. This allowed the suppliers to strengthen their retailer relationships and cement their place as a leading brand in the health and wellness space. Something we’re beyond proud to help facilitate!

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5. FIVE HUNDRED HEALTH PRODUCTS AND GOODIE BAGS

The stand was full to the brim with more than 500 natural health and wellness products on display! Plus, we handed out 500+ goodie bags to industry influencers, retail leaders, and key stakeholders filled with:

6. SIX MONTHS PREP TIME

The entire event took our team, Carol in particular, a grand total of six months to prepare for. From supporting the Naturally Good Expo team with our Platinum Partner duties, to coordinating stock, and logistics of the stand set up and staff involved, there was so much to be done and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and what they’ve achieved!

7. SEVEN THOUSAND ATTENDEES

Across two huge days, we served up thousands of product samples to 7000+ health-focused expo attendees – also known as a lot of chopping!

Sampling allowed retailers and industry leaders to gain better insights into the suppliers products, build stronger connections, learn the backstory, and discover what niche the product can fill in their stores. It’s a super important step towards long-term success in stores!

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8. MORE THAN EIGHTY HOT NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

An entire section of our stand was dedicated to over 80 hot new products launched at the expo! Brands included:

9. NINE HOUR SET UP

While the pack down was somewhat of a breeze, Rome wasn’t certainly not built overnight. Our largest stand ever took a whole lot of teamwork and around nine hours to set it all up!

10. TEN HUGE PALLETS DELIVERED

That nine hours of set up involved the unpacking and merchandising of 10 full pallets of product, equipment and stall materials!

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

4 MAJOR REASONS TO ATTEND THE APP EXPO THIS WEEKEND!

AFTER A FUN DAY OF SET UP YESTERDAY, WE’RE READY FOR AN EPIC APP EXPO! FIND OUT ALL THE DETAILS INCLUDING 4 MAJOR REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THIS INDUSTRY-ONLY EVENT!

What is APP?

APP stands for The Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition. It is the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual national conference and the largest pharmacy conference and trade show in Australia.

The event offers attendees a comprehensive four-day educational program, exciting social activities and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, services, and industry information.

The conference and trade exhibition is being held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) and kicked off last night with a welcome event. The exhibition and conference will continue until Sunday 6 May 2018, so it’s not too late to register at the door and make the most of this weekend!

Who Should Attend?

The event is aimed directly at those in pharmacy including:

  •   Community pharmacists
  •   Hospital pharmacists
  •   Accredited pharmacists
  •   Intern pharmacists
  •   Pharmacy assistants
  •   Students and new graduates
  •   Pharmacy industry service providers
  •   Educators
  •   Government officials and representatives
  •   Pharmacy trade press
  •   Other pharmaceutical and health-related industry professionals

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4 Major Reasons Why You Should Be There!

1. There will be over 400 trade stands showcasing the latest industry products and services.
Including us! We’ve set up a Unique stall, representing all things natural and organic. If you want to be ahead of the competition, the trade exhibition is where you need to be to find the latest products and the items your customers are crying out for in store!
2. Most conference sessions will be eligible for CPD points.
As health professionals and educators, it’s essential to keep up your continued education. Use the event sessions to earn yourself CPD Accreditation & Credits. The APP team will be able to provide you with a summary that outlines how many credits have been allocated to each session.
3. There will be over 70 international and national guest speakers.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, you’ll find it at APP! Hear from a large range of inspiring and educational speakers including Ita Buttrose (Businesswoman), John Batistich (Amazon Expert), and Dr David Jacka (Addiction Medicine Specialist).
4. We’re launching new products into the pharmacy channel!

At our exhibition stall, you’ll be able to chat to us about the fastest-selling natural health products and be one of the first to discover exciting new ranges, including the incredibly popular Manitoba Harvest hemp food range of hemp seeds, snacks, and smoothies.

We’ll be showcasing our top sellers and natural pharmacy range recommendations including an eco-friendly staple for health-conscious mums – Wotnot Biodegradable Baby Wipes! Plus, Dr Organic’s new, on-trend Charcoal range will be on display, as well as the new look ACURE natural body care collection!

How do I register?

Registrations will be available onsite at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from Thursday 3 May 2018.

We’re ready and waiting to meet you, so come and say hi before it’s too late!

MEET THE MAKERS AT THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018

JOIN US AT THIS YEAR’S NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 TO MEET THE MAKERS OF THE HOTTEST PRODUCTS IN HEALTH AND SAMPLE NEW ITEMS BEFORE THEY HIT THE SHELVES!

Hosted at the ICC in Darling Harbour, Sydney on the 29-30 April, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

As a platinum partner and exhibitor, we will be launching over 80 hot new products including completely new brands and exciting range extensions from some of Australia’s most popular wellness companies including CLIF Bar, Alter Eco, and Melrose!

But the best part of the weekend, if we do say so ourselves, is that we will have award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest must-have health products spending time at our stall.

You’ll have the chance to meet many special guests, including the founders of My Magic Mud and Upton’s Naturals!


Gain first-hand knowledge, sample the items and discover the passion behind the products that are flying off the shelves. The Unique Health Products stall will be an unmissable hive of activity!

You can find us at stalls i28 & j28 in the Exhibition Hall. Secure your tickets here.

We hope to see you there!

Naturally Good Expo 2017 Proves a Knock Out

KNOWN FOR BRINGING TOGETHER RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS, BRAND OWNERS AND NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRY EXPERTS, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2017 DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

This year Unique went bigger and better, bringing hundreds of brands and thousands of products to display. The team also offered hours of tastings and sampling, countless amounts of generous goodies bags and Dale (UHP Managing Director) and the team shared the wealth of knowledge gained from being in the industry for over three decades.

For those who were amongst the 6,322 who attended The Naturally Good Expo in Sydney, it was fantastic to meet you and discuss our industry trends and what’s new!

As the biggest trade show in the Southern Hemisphere for everything healthy we were thrilled to be surrounded by like-minded professionals.

For those who unfortunately were unable to make it this year, we’ll catch you up on what you missed.

Naturally Good 2017 is the ONLY place to see, taste, sample and order the newest, latest-trending and in demand products your customers want!

Every year we aim to bring Unique’s diversified, fun culture, expert customer service and strong business ethics to the expo. For those of you that have toured our Sunshine Coast headquarters, you’d know it’s not an easy task!

With over 300 exhibitors, it was one busy environment. We designed our stand specifically to create a space that was easy for our visitors to see, touch, taste and interact with our company and the brands we represent. From the green foliage to the clear signage, the space was designed to help our visitors find exactly what was needed while also understanding our natural origins and what we stand for.

We had every category covered: active nutrition, grab n’ go, healthy snacks and drinks, superfoods, natural remedies, pantry and body + hair care.

What was available for tasting and sampling?

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Our tasting and sampling booth was a huge hit!
Top-selling brands travelled as far as Indonesia, Japan and the USA to showcase their ranges of delicious, nutritious food and innovative natural beauty, body care and remedies at Unique’s Naturally Good Expo stall.

Products that were featured in our tastings included:

CLIF Bar – New Cool Mint Chocolate Bar
Little Zebra Chocolates – Sugar-free chocolate range
Vego – The best vegan chocolate in the world
Monica’s Mixes – Protein Patty Mix
The Protein Bread Co – Low carb, high protein bread
Alps Water Filter – A consistent top-selling water purifier
East Bali Cashews – Sustainable flavoured cashews
Seaweed Superfood Co. – Spiced Turmeric Popcorn
2die4 Live Foods– Activated Tamari Almonds
Minor Figures – Award-winning cold-pressed coffee
The Ginger People – Gin Gins and Ginger Rescue
Pure Fields – Coconut Chips
Alter Eco – Fair Trade Chocolate
Bounce – Plant Power Balls
Zen Green Tea– Matcha Green Tea Powder
Natural Evolution –  Green banana flour and resistance starch
The Whole Foodies – Kelp Noodles
Alchemy Cordials – Kyoto Matcha Elixir
Golden Grind – Turmeric Blend
Nakula – Coconut Water

Products that were featured in our sampling included:

Acure Organics – Natural skincare
Amazing Oils – Magnesium range
Cellfood – Remedies
My Magic Mud – Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

What was in our goodies bags?

On top of all our tastings and sampling, generous goodies bags were given out filled with our top-selling and new products. Full sized products, sample sizes and brochures filled with information, they really had it all!

Brands that featured in our goodies bags included Little Mashies, Tooshies By Tom, ACURE Organics, Nature’s Gate, The Whole Boodies, My Magic Mud, Alchemy, Redmond, Amazing Oils, Mingle, Comvita, Dr Superfoods, The Natural Family Co., The Ginger People, Epic, Power Super Foods, Protein Supplies Australia, Dr Organic, Hanami, Cellfood, Nuun, CLIF Bar, Bragg, Health 2U, Point Pharma, Amazonia, Skin B5, Giovanni,  Minor Figures and Essential Oxygen.

All the new brands and products received lots of hype, in particular, Upton’s Naturals, East Bali Cashews Granola, Chef Soraya, Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix as well as the new ACURE Organics facial wipes and My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste.

Golden Grind even won best beverage product at The Naturally Good Expo 2017!

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Trends that proved to be booming at the expo included vegan snacks, nutrient-dense foods, healthy grab n’ go and healthy speed scratch.

If you did miss us this year, you may want to know – will Unique be back? It’s a definite for us!

We can’t wait to do it all again. Next year will be bigger and better again, and we look forward to bringing our new exciting products along for you to taste, touch, try and discover!

Naturally Good Expo is the one place where retailers can research all the different products and trends in our industry in just two days. Even if you had to travel from the other side of the country, we highly recommend it!

Find out more about the Naturally Good Expo here.

Flash Mob Farewell

You’re looking at an amazing bunch of people that I am fortunate to call my adorable staff.  They contrived to stage a fake evacuation procedure that suddenly converts into a flash mob and is then artistically topped off with a spontaneous breakdance performance, by none other than the only person in the video that didn’t know this was going to happen.

Welcome to the world of Unique.  You see Pavel, our IT Manager, was leaving us on this very day after 5½ years of devoted service to our health product distribution business here on the Sunshine Coast in beautiful Queensland, Australia. It just so happens that Pavel is also a top Australian B-boy dancer.

So, a plan was hatched by Donna, Unique’s head of People & Culture and beautifully embraced by all 150 staff from goods receiving to customer service.  What followed was about six weeks of clandestine dance practise (all done after “Elvis had left the building” of course.

The result…..well, as you can see, it was quite simply awe-inspiring. In a world that is often struggling to hold itself together, this is a feel good story about a super nice soul and a bunch of friends who wanted to show him how much they cared.

Thank you.

Dale
Unique Health Products Founder

4 Paws Animal Rescue Fundraising

THE UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS PEOPLE AND CULTURE TEAM REGULARLY ORGANISE LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES FOR ALL STAFF TO HAVE THE CHOICE TO SUPPORT NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS.

Our ongoing charity partnership is with the beautiful girls at Sandipani Muni School, but this time the good will was passed to our furry little friends at 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

4 Paws Animal Rescue provides refuge for homeless dogs and cats on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and beyond.

The local, non-profit organisation is run entirely by volunteers and relies solely on donations, both monetary and goods.

Over several weeks Unique staff sorted through linen, filled their shopping carts and emptied their pennies, all to help as many disadvantaged cats and dogs as possible.

The team were able to raise hundreds of dollars and donate baskets and baskets of needed goods including animal food, flea and worm treatments, towels, leads and more.

The 4 Paws Animal Rescue Team including adorable pomeranians Billy Ray and Miley Sue, accompanied by 4 Paws Animal Rescue founder Julie Penlington, came to visit Unique and collect the donations over a celebratory morning tea.