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CONVENIENCE HITS $8.8 BILLION. HERE ARE THE TRENDS THAT SELL.

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Whether you have a convenience store or offer a grab n’ go section in your retail store – consumers value convenience!

According to the AACS State of the Industry Report, the Australian convenience industry saw a sales lift of 2.1% to $8.8 billion last year driven by a strong performance in food and beverages.

Food sales rose nearly 6% to $4.04 billion last year, while Non-Food categories fell more than 1% from 2018.

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BEVERAGES

On average, the report found that more than 70% of convenience shopping baskets included a beverage. Packaged Beverages grew 4.4% over the year to deliver the greatest dollar value contribution of any convenience category of $79 million.

Stock your fridge or store these on shelf (they’re all shelf stable!) for a healthy thirst-quencher on the go:

  • Kombucha Max
    • Low calorie
    • Low sugar
    • Gut friendly
    • On trend
    • 4 delicious flavours
  • The Ginger People Ginger Shots
    • Vegan
    • Gluten free
    • Caffeine free
    • 30% ginger juice
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
    • Globally recognised brand
    • Certified organic ingredients
    • Convenient popular health drink
  • Nakula Organic Coconut Water
    • Certified organic
    • Australian owned
    • Sustainably produced
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GRAB N’ GO MEALS

The Food on the Go category was the second fastest-growing category in convenience in 2019, accounting for 38% of total channel growth and total sales of $659 million for the year.

Healthy Grab n’ Go items are consistently increasing in popularity as people search for time saving options that still meet their nutritional needs.

These top brands tick all the right boxes:

  • Upbeat Protein Meals
    • Gluten-free options
    • Vegan options
    • Sweet and savoury choices
    • Convenient
    • Just add water
  • Uptons Ready Meal Kits
    • Vegan
    • Bold packaging
    • Convenient meal
    • Ready in 1 minute!
  • Botanika Brekky Protein Porridge
    • Vegan
    • No added sugar
    • Pre and probiotics
    • All natural
    • Convenient single serve sachets
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BETTER-FOR-YOU CONFECTIONARY

Across other food categories, Confectionery was up 2.1%, Snack foods rose 4.1% and Ice Cream grew 5.6%.

These better-for-you confectionary items hit the sweet spot for those looking for vegan delights that are made with quality ingredients:

  • Dandies Vanilla Marshmallows
    • Vegan
    • Gelatine free
    • Gluten free
  • Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bars
    • Vegan
    • Certified organic
    • Fairtrade
    • They have a cult following!
  • HeroCup Peanut Butter Cups
    • Vegan
    • Gluten free
    • Organic
    • Fair trade
  • Kresho Almond Nougat Bar
    • Vegan
    • Non-GMO
    • Australian made
    • Only $2.99 RRP!

SWEET SNACKS

In the past decade, healthy snacks have seen the largest growth in consumption (3.2%), with savoury snacks receiving a 1.6% increase. Healthy snacks are defined as products including muesli bars, snack bars, rice crackers, and breakfast bars.

Based on the Mondelez State of Snacking Report, despite the increased desire for healthier snacks, consumers are still wanting their indulgent snacks to enjoy.

When indulgent taste and better-for-you ingredients combine, this can be a winning combo for health-conscious consumers, especially for the younger generations who tend to prefer mood-enhancing, brain-boosting and gluten-free snacks.

For the health-conscious snacker with a sweet tooth, upgrade your snack bar options with these hot sellers:

  • Blue Dinosaur Bites
    • Nationally recognised brand
    • 4 new indulgent flavours
    • Paleo friendly
    • Gluten free
  • RXBAR
    • Paleo friendly
    • 6 enticing flavours
    • 12g protein per bar
    • 8 ingredients or less
    • Exclusive to Unique Health Products
  • Macro Mike Protein Snack Bars
    • Three varieties
      • Almond Scrumptionator (peanut free)
      • Game Changer (peanut base)
      • We Jammin’ (peanut base)
    • Vegan
    • Gluten free
    • High protein
    • Macro friendly
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SAVOURY SNACKS

According to Roy Morgan research, almost nine out of 10 Australians have been found to be regular snackers with savoury snacks holding a clear lead. Plus, two-thirds of adults eat a savoury snack in an average week! Tempt tastebuds with this on-trend selection:

  • Keto Naturals – Crispy Cauli Bites – Barbecue
    • Keto
    • Paleo friendly
    • 5g net carbs
    • 3 flavours
    • 1 head of cauliflower per pack
  • East Bali Cashews – Sea Salt Cashew Nut Snack Pack
    • Wild Harvested
    • Sustainably sourced
    • Plant based
    • Preservative free
    • Single Origin
  • Noble Jerky – Vegan Jerky
    • Good source of protein
    • 4 flavours
    • Hangsell packaging
    • All natural
  • Banana Joe – Banana Chips
    • Contains pre- and probiotics
    • 3 great savoury flavours
    • Thin and crispy
    • Tastes like a potato chip!

Up your convenience game with a range of these nutritious products that meet current consumer demands. Order your stock via our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you haven’t yet created a wholesale account with us, you can do so here.

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