Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.
IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.
This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping.
But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences.
Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.
The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers.
What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice.
There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind.
In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options.
Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around.
STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH HEALTHY INDULGENCES
At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy indulgences online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!
Each year, Coeliac Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the disease for the 284,000 undiagnosed sufferers. By shining a spotlight on the disease, they hope to encourage people who are suffering from symptoms to get tested.
Whether people are following a gluten-free diet as a way to manage their coeliac disease, or they are removing gluten due to an intolerance or other health reasons, there is now an abundance of gluten-free products available to support their diet.
Over the last decade, the market has expanded exponentially, and that is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, the gluten-free products market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.8% in the period 2020 – 2025.
This year, Coeliac Awareness Week runs from the 13th-20th of March. Explore our large range of gluten-free wholesale products to help you cater to those with Coeliac disease as well as the increasing number of consumers who are choosing to eliminate gluten from their diets!
Traditionally, breakfast is a gluten-filled meal – from the standard staples of toast and cereal to some of the more indulgent breakfast options like pancakes and waffles.
But not anymore! There is an increasing number of alternatives that have none of the gluten and all of the flavour, and even offer healthier alternatives to some traditional options:
Eclipse Organics Gluten Free Light and Crisp and Gluten Free Nutty Clusters both include organic, gluten-free cereal flakes, puffs and chia seeds for a delicious cereal alternative.
With a mission to create health food products from ‘real food’, KOJA Protein Pancakes – available in Cacao, Cinnamon or Coconut & Maca – are light and fluffy pancakes that are free from gluten, dairy and sugar.
2die4 Live Foods
Made from organic, premium quality, activated ingredients, the 2die4 Live Foods Organic Activated Muesli contains a blend of organic and activated almonds, pecans, pepitas and pistachios with buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth, making it a delicious gluten-free option for the breakfast table.
Gluten-free baking is a category that has seen huge innovation, both in raw ingredients such as flours as well as baking mixes. Some of our top-selling gluten-free baking brands include:
The Gluten Free Food Co.
The range of flour blends and baking and bread mixes from The Gluten Free Food Co. is quite ground-breaking. As well as being 100% plant based with only organic ingredients, each product uses wholesome flours and seed meals, and no nut meal.
There are two flour blends in the range – a Grain Free Flour and a Wholemeal Flour. They can both be used in a 1:1 substitution ratio for regular all purpose wheat flour.
There is also a Quick Bread Mix using a blend of seed, vegetable and grain flours and meals, a Quick Pizza Base Mix and a Soft & Flexible Wrap Mix.
For the sweet tooths, there are three varieties – Banana Bread, Chocolate Cake and a Quick and Easy Cupcake Mix. All are easy to make with minimal additional ingredients required.
In addition to the Green Banana Baking Flour, which is rich in prebiotic fibre resistant starch, the Natural Evolution range includes gluten-free mixes for Banana Bread, All Purpose Dough, 5-minute Chocolate Cake, Caribbean Cake and Vanilla Pancake & Waffle Mix.
Another innovative nutrient-dense, gluten-free flour from Natural Evolution is their Gold Sweet Potato Flour, made from Queensland-grown gold sweet potatoes.
PBCo. was born out of a desire to provide low-carb, low-sugar options for consumers so they can still enjoy baking at home… with a healthier twist.
The products in the Low Carb and Protein ranges are all gluten free. In the Protein range, this includes the Bread, Muffin, Pancake, Pizza Base, 6 Seeds Bread, Cookie and Banana Bread Mix.
The Low Carb range includes Cookie, Chocolate Cupcake, Pancake & Pikelet, Sunflower & Linseed Bread, Vanilla Cupcake Mixes and a Low Carb Crumb in three varieties – Original, Medium and Hot & Spicy.
In the Macro Mike range of baking mixes, there are a large number of gluten-free products. This includes the Macro Friendly Double Choc Protein Brownies, Salted Caramel Brownies, Choc Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie, Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie and White Choc Chip Cookie as well as the Almond Protein Waffle and Banana Bread Baking Mixes.
PASTA AND SAUCES
From dried pasta to gnocchi and convenience meals, we have a wide range of wholesale gluten-free pasta products.
The four Difatti Gnocchi varieties are all gluten free… and delicious! They include Plain, Pumpkin and Quinoa, and Spinach and Tomato, which are all made from premium potatoes, corn and rice flours and designed to be a kitchen cupboard staple.
The range of Instant Pasta Meals from Flexible Foods are all part of the brand’s mission to make plant-based eating fun, nutritious and accessible.
There are three varieties in the range – Cheezy Garlic Herb, Creamy Mushroom and Tomato Basil, all of which are both dairy and gluten free.
The founders of Plantasy Foods – Monica Topliss and Fran Leman – are on a mission to produce healthy and convenient gluten-free, plant-based wholefood.
Everything except the Creamy Cheez Sauce Mix is gluten free. From the Plant-based Protein and Protein Patty Mixes to the seven flavours in the Good Soup range and Vegetable Gravy Mix.
Plantasy Foods also as a strong gluten-free pasta offering with four varieties of dried pasta – ABC (Alfabeto), Little Stars (Stelline), Mini Macaroni (Vegeroni) and Sea Shells (Conchiglie), as well as the popular Mac N Cheez, available in Original Cheez, Cheez N Chive, Chilli Cheez, Porcini Cheez and Mac N Go.
For coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance, soy sauce is off-limits as it contains gluten. Bragg Coconut Liquid Aminos is a gluten-free and healthier alternative to soy sauce. Another gluten-free winner is the Nutritional Yeast Seasoning which can be used as a “cheezy” topping on practically everything and as an alternative to thicken soups and sauces with an added health boost.
Gluten-free snacks are also in high demand, particularly for their grab n’ go convenience factor. Here are some options to fire up your customers’ taste buds.
Byron Bay Cookies
In the Byron Bay Cookies Gluten Free range, there are four flavours – Maple & Pecan, Sticky Date & Ginger, Triple Choc Fudge and White Choc Macadamia. The Triple Choc Fudge and White Choc Macadamia are also available in Gluten-free Cookie Bites.
From the wizard at Botanika Blends comes a new collection – Botanika Bickies. These Vegan Protein Cookies are available in three flavours – Birthday Cake, Choc Chip and Choc Choc Boom.
Also in the Botanika Blends range is the Vegan and Gluten Free Pancake Mix – a plant-based option that uses brown rice flour, sorghum flour and corn flour for a naturally tasty alternative.
STOCK UP ON GLUTEN-FREE WHOLESALE FAVOURITES
This is just a small selection of the gluten-free wholesale products we have available at Unique Health Products. We distribute hundreds of health and wellness brands nationwide. To place an order, visit our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you are new to Unique Health products, you can register your wholesale account here.
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!
SET ON THE BEAUTIFUL NEW SOUTH WALES COAST AT BYRON BAY, 2DIE4 LIVE FOODS ARE EXACTLY WHAT THE BRAND’S NAME PROCLAIMS.
The 100% Australian company produce a ‘to die for’ range of raw, activated,
organic nut and seed combinations.
Their enticing flavours include Tamari Almonds, Activated Pistachios, Paleo Muesli, Activated Buckwheat, Activated Vegan Mix and their Ow! Cacao mix, which is a delicious blend of nuts, seeds, a touch of sweet cacao powder and a kick of spicy cayenne pepper.
So how did such heavenly snacks come about? It dates back decades!
After living in India for 15 years, Clive Lawler developed a strong interest in food – in particular super crunchy nuts. When he returned to Australia, he was determined to create healthy snacks as irresistible as those he’d learned to love in India.
With lots of home kitchen experimenting and determination, Clive launched 2die4 Live Foods to Byron Bay locals. In no time, demand for the 2die4 products was far surpassing supply.
This is when Clive reached out and partnered with Jon Henning.
Together they grew the business further, developing the product range and packaging to keep up with commercial demand.
Today, Clive has retired, but Jon and the growing 2die4 team flawlessly continue his legacy of producing nothing short of the tastiest nuts you can imagine.
All long soaked and slowly dehydrated, they are easier to digest, noticeably lighter, crunchier, tastier, more nourishing and free of bitterness. Discover more about 2die4 Live food’s activating process on their website.
This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.
For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!
Mark it on your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!
You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.
Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!