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.

WHAT’S INSIDE THE $6000 LOGIES 2018 WINNER’S GIFT BAG

Celebrity & Hollywood Gifting have gifted Most Popular Actor, Ray Meagher,  Gold Logie Winner, Grant Denyer, and Most Popular Actress, Jessica Marais, a goodie bag full of products to the value of $6000 each to celebrate their Logie wins!

The amazing bag of products featured some of our very own health and wellness brands:

As well as an impressive line up of other products:

  •  A Holiday to Bali staying at the Bali Dynasty Resort. Which includes:
    • 3 nights’ Accommodation for two adults and daily Breakfast.
    • A gift voucher to use at the Finns Beach Club in Canggu which includes the use of a Day Bed, Free Wi-Fi, Towels and a Dining & Beverage Voucher.
    • A day at FINNS Recreation Club, with entry to Splash Water Park, Canggu Club Fitness Centre, Bounce Trampoline and Strike Ten Pin Bowling.
    • A visit to Body Temple Spa where they will indulge in a Scrub and Wrap with a 60-minute Massage.
  • A Have You Packed Yet Deluxe Grab n Go Beauty Case packed with a range of Sukin products and essentials perfect for travelling.
  • A stunning Kallure MOTUS Diamond Pendant necklace.
  • A Pure Aesthetics gift card for cosmetic treatments.
  • 4 in 1 convertible bag perfect for life on the go from CEEQ.
  • A stunning artwork from Tracie Eaton.
  • Unlimited entry to Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World, Wet N Wild and Paradise Country on the Gold Coast for 12 months as well as entry to White Christmas at Movie World and Entry to Carnival at Sea World.
  • A 700ml bottle of Here’s Looking at You Kid Wild Rose Gin and Vodka.
  • An Organic Lip Balm Company book titled One Million Kisses, International Beauty Balm, Blokes Balm and Plump and Smooth Balm.
  • A Jute Bag full of amazing products from The Source Bulk Foods including a Marble Look Stainless steel Insulated drink bottle, The Source insulated wood look stainless steel coffee cup, a jar of bath bliss, chocolate freeze dried strawberries, marbled chocolate honey roasted moon macadamias, old style conversation heart lollies and a jar of gold local gold coast honey.
  • A stunning George the Label royal encrusted Clutch perfect for a red carpet event.
  • JING and Beauty Beauty Blend from Superfeast.
  • Homepeel moisturiser.
  • A Chanel Scented candle, Body scrub and room scented diffuser from Mooch & Me.
  • Koala Karma beverage.
  • Chai Latte gift pack from Bondi Chai which includes Bondi Chai Vanilla Honey and Club Cinnamon Creamy tea latte products, a latte mug and latte cup.
  • Books from Genuinely You including:
    • Thriving Not Surviving – The 5 Secret Pathways to Happiness, Success and Fulfilment.
    • International Millionaire Feng Shui by Alisse Bradley.
    • Up The Ladder in a Skirt By Maggie Georgopoulos.
    • Never Give Up by Jean Clare.
    • Know your Real Risk of Heart Attack by Dr Warrick Bishop.
    • Motivation 2 Conquer.
    • My Secret is Your Secret.

Congratulations to all the winners on the night! We hope they love our wonderful brands as much as we do and enjoy the wide range of goodies inside their bags.

Keep an eye out on their social media pages for mentions and don’t get caught out with no stock! Make an order online today, or give us a call 1800 787 904. Not yet registered with us? Register here!

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!

Get Sales Going Gaga in An $66.8 Billion Category with ACURE Organics

THIS YEAR THE GLOBAL BABY CARE MARKET IS ESTIMATED BY STATISTA (2016) TO REACH $66.8 BILLION IN SALES. DO YOU WANT TO TAP INTO THIS HUGE MARKET? ARMED WITH THESE FACTS, YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE ADDITIONAL ACURE ORGANICS PURCHASES IN YOUR STORE.

In a highly demanded category and a highly competitive one, ACURE Organics has ensured their brand holds strong (not to mention many) unique selling points. Whether it’s questions your customers have already asked or whether you’d rather be proactive and share the facts before they ask – this blog is full of ACURE Organics’ answers to frequent questions in the baby range category.

Which ACURE Organic products are most-loved by Mums?

Brightening Facial Scrub and Brightening Face Mask are a treat for the complexion during pregnancy. Argan Oil Towelettes also make a healthy cleanse quick and easy for on-the-go Mums.

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ACURE Organics range of different Argan Oils help a growing baby bump to keep cellular fluidity in abundance and ward off stretch-marks.

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4-in-1 Foamers are loved by Mums because of their versatility. They’re shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and hand soap, all in one. Made with fermented sugar soap they effectively cleanse and foam while leaving the skin’s delicate pH intact.

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What ingredients should a mother be looking to avoid during and post-pregnancy?

ACURE Organics avoid certain ingredients to ensure their products are safer for your customers.
The following ingredients are never used in any of their products:

BETA HYDROXY ACIDS:
While the most commonly seen is salicylic acid, other beta hydroxy acids also include 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid. They can also be listed as related substances like salicylate, sodium salicylate and willow bark extract.

NOTE: Alpha hydroxy acids like lactic and glycolic are not Beta Hydroxy Acids and are safe for effectively helping address blemishes.

RETINOL:
During and post pregnancy ACURE Organics recommend avoiding retinol which includes vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin.

SOY:
Soy has isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen found in plants, aka plant estrogen. It mimics and blocks estrogen and luteinizing hormone and suppresses testosterone in the human body.

HARMFUL CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS:
ACURE Organics suggests that your customers avoid any sunscreen that contains avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene. Instead encourage them to stick with the mineral based alternatives like non-nano zinc-oxide.

ALUMINUM CHLORIDE HEXAHYDRATE:
Quite commonly found in antiperspirant, Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate can also be listed as aluminium chlorohydrate.

HYDROQUINONE:
Used as a lightening agent, ACURE Organics suggests you encourage customers to avoid hydroquinone, idrochinone and quinol/1-4 dihydroxy benzene/1-4 hydroxy benzene.

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES:
Toluene, Phthalate (diethyl and dibutyl especially) and Formaldehyde (also seen as quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate or 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) should also be avoided.

DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA):
Usually Diethanolamine or DEA is found in hair and body products. It may also be listed as diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA on ingredient labels.

DIHYDROXYACETONE (DHA):
This ingredient is unfortunately found in all kinds of cosmetics, bath products, hair products and spray self-tanners but thankfully isn’t found in any ACURE Organic products.

PARABENS:
ACURE Organics suggests that preservatives listed as propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens on labels should not be used by your consumers during and post pregnancy.

What ingredients should a Mum be looking to use during and post-pregnancy?

As all sorts of issues with skin and hair arise during the hormone changes of pregnancy. During this time your customers may be looking to alter their normal regimes to cater for the changes and help solve the issues that do arise.

While altering a regular beauty routine may prove difficult, reassure your customers that it can be successfully done if using high quality, trusted brands like ACURE Organics.

ACURE Organics products are made with nutritious ingredients that ensure the end products have a bold effect on the skin and hair.

During and post pregnancy, ACURE Organics suggest that your customers use products with the following ingredients:

PROBIOTICS:
Probiotics in skincare offer anti-inflammatory properties, and can also act as antimicrobials, which help with skin issues including acne and rosacea.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS:
Essential fatty acids like borage, argan, rosehips, pumpkin seed oils and vitamin E are helpful ingredient for the skin and hair and are used across ACURE Organics range.

SUPERFOOD ACTIVES:
Including superfood actives like Chlorella Growth Factor from blue-green algae, fruit and tea-based antioxidants as well as vitamin C in their formulas makes ACURE Organics range highly nutritious for the skin.

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS:
While ACURE Organics do suggest that salicylic acid is avoided, they say that Alpha Hydroxy Acids like lactic and glycolic are amazing for skin during and post pregnancy.

PLANT STEM CELLS:
Using plant stem cell science, ACURE Organics are able to amplify the potency of the ingredients used in the range. This method helps to drive skin care performance by supporting the skin’s dermal stem cell activity and optimal protection of cellular regeneration, collagen and hydration without any chemical or hormonal disruption.

What are the specific ingredients Mums should avoid using on their baby?

ACURE Organics avoids using any harmful ingredients in their baby care range, so your customers can rest assure that none of the following ingredients will ever be found in the range:

SYNTHETIC INGREDIENTS:
Ingredients like parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals (including petroleum jelly and mineral oil), dyes and synthetic fragrances can become estrogenic in the body and cause toxic load. Because they can’t be easily metabolized by the body, even in adults, ACURE Organics suggests that the use of these ingredients in your customers’ baby care regime is avoided.

HARMFUL CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS:
ACURE Organics only recommend using mineral sun block like Zinc Oxide on babies and all other harsh chemical sunscreens should be avoided.

EIGHT COMMON ALLERGENS:
Milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy are the eight common allergen and will never be found in the ACURE Organics range to lessen the chance of an allergic reaction.

Are there any uncommonly known ingredients that should be avoided during and post pregnancy?

PHYTOESTROGENIC INGREDIENTS:
These are naturally-occurring plant nutrients but they exert an estrogen-like action on the body.

Ingredients like lavender and tea tree essential oils as well as soy, which exist even in other natural baby care brands are not present in the ACURE Organics baby care range.

While these phytoestrogenic ingredients can play a beneficial role later in life (e.g. during menopause), for a developing fetus and baby, excessive estrogen while developing may lower birth weight, affect subtle neurohormonal and behaviour changes, sex organ development and timing of the onset of puberty.

What are the key ingredients Mums should be using on their baby?

ACURE Organics suggest your customers use simple, nourishing and soothing ingredients like aloe, shea butters and non-nut oils like olive, pomegranate, borage and pumpkin seed oils that are high in beneficial essential fatty acids and vitamin E on their baby.

Non-nano zinc oxide is also a fantastic ingredient that can help with sun protection and to heal broken and irritated skin, like diaper rash.

 

As customers start to pay more attention to ingredients when buying personal care for their children and during pregnancy, the natural category including brands like ACURE Organics have grown further in popularity.

Items that are multifunctional and healthy while at an affordable price are ACURE Organics best-sellers across the baby range, as they offer customers ease and affordability in one.
ACURE Organics always focuses on formulas that are affordable and effective but most importantly healthy for the body, no matter what stage in life your customers are at.

“We wanted to create a line of baby care products that are extremely multi-functional, to eliminate excess product and packaging, while keeping it very simple and light for the family budget” – ACURE Organics.

All ACURE Organics baby formulas are USDA and NSF certified organic, free of all eight common allergens and are non-estrogenic, leaving out any trace of even lavender, tea tree and soy-based phytoestrogens.

To learn more about the ACURE Organics range you can contact our customer service team.
If you’d like to add the range to your order you can do so easily anytime on our online shop.

Not a Unique Health Products customer? It’s easy to start your prepaid or credit account with us online here.

4 Sustainable Brands to Grow Greener Sales

CUSTOMERS ARE EXPOSED TO THE WORDS SUSTAINABLE AND SUSTAINABILITY ALMOST DAILY. SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO BE SUSTAINABLE AND DO CUSTOMERS ACTUALLY CARE ENOUGH TO BE BUYING SUSTAINABLE BRANDS?

Sustainable living is following a lifestyle that doesn’t harm society or culture by living within the means of the environment. It’s about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the needs of future generations.

Customers may think grabbing a plastic bottle from a café seems like a great idea for today, but fast forward hundreds or even thousands of years and that same plastic bottle is still sitting in landfill, still not decomposed. It’s not a very environmentally conscious decision. Many do know the hard truths. It’s simply that consumers want what benefits their needs today.

Sustainable advocates want customers to think more about where their food, clothes, energy and other products come from and where they’ll end up. In an ideal world, priority would lie here, over price or customer benefit. Although we know this is not the case with the majority.

Most customers make purchase decisions based firstly on the benefits that a product can offer them. However, what’s great news is that sustainability is also high on the list of what consumers want.

65% of customers say “they feel a sense of responsibility to purchase products that are good for the environment and society”.*

Not only are they opting for products that benefit themselves as well as the environment, consumers are also willing to pay more for sustainable products.

A recent Nelson survey identified that 50% of global consumers would choose a brand that have implemented programs to give back to society over non-sustainable competitors, even if the price was higher.

So what does this mean for sustainability and more notably what does it mean for you and your business?

It’s clear consumers are interested in sustainable products, but be selective with what you offer to ensure it first benefits the customer, then benefits the environment. Four brands that do this extremely well are Acure, Eco Store, Cheeki and Organic Essence.

 

AS ACURE SAY ‘IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE NATURAL, IT ALSO HAS TO WORK’.
Acure’s range offers customers high quality facial, body and hair care, combining natural ingredients with the latest in plant stem cell science. On top of offering quality products, Acure is committed to sustainable practices.

They have planted over 20,000 trees, the office is ‘paperless’ and is 100% solar and wind powered. All Acure products are 100% biodegradable, with green packaging and are free from harmful plastic microbeads.

On top of this, the brand supports many charities that are dedicated to protecting our environment such as Teens Turning Green, Trees for the Future, Water.org and BEAT THE MICRO BEAD.

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ECOSTORE HAVE EARNT THEIR NAME AS AN ECO-BRAND
Ecostore offer a huge range of natural and sustainable cleaning, body and
baby care products.

When developing their products, they use sustainably-sourced plant and mineral based ingredients over petrochemical ingredients whenever possible. All of their ingredients are assessed for sustainability, biodegradability, safe environment ratings and suitability for septic tanks and greywater systems. On top of this, the packaging is made from a mix of recycled and recyclable materials.

Ecostore also carry ISO14001, Diamond Enviromark and carboNZero certifications that guarantee that their products are made with respect and care for
the environment.

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IT’S ALWAYS A GREEN DRINK WITH CHEEKI
Behind these Cheeki, brightly designed re-usable bottles is a sustainable solution to one-use plastic bottles. Healthy, environmentally friendly and cost effective, Cheeki bottles are great example of a brand that benefits the consumer as well as
the environment.

The brand offers BPA free, reusable stainless steel bottles, insulated bottles, sports bottles, protein shakers, coffee mugs and insulated flasks in heaps of different
eye-catching designs. Cheeki has also been working with charities such Take 3 and Two Hands, who are committed to cleaning up our environment and
reducing plastic.

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ORGANIC ESSENCE IS MAKING DEODORANT THAT SMELLS CLEANER
THAN EVER
The USDA certified organic range of deodorants from Organic Essence are free from synthetic chemicals, GMOs, nanoparticles, parabens, propylene glycol, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, aluminium, EDTA, Triclosan and petro-chemicals.

Organic Essence products are also completely cruelty free and packaged in eco green, biodegradable, home compostable packaging.

On top of their countless efforts to develop a highly sustainable deodorant, Organic Essence offers customers all day protection with natural bacteria fighting, odour neutralising and natural conditioning ingredients.

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Passionate about sustainability ourselves, Unique loves to support eco-friendly brands. Browse on our brands page to discover them all.

We also follow sustainable practices throughout our entire business, from using recycled toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap, through to printing our catalogues using vegetable-based inks on paper sourced from sustainably managed forests.

* Sustainable Advantage Group Australia, 2015.

Insight: Feeding the Skin

THE INCREASING DESIRE FOR SUPERFOOD NUTRIENTS THAT CAN BE ABSORBED VIA THE SKIN IS DRIVING THE GROWTH OF THE PLANT STEM CELL SKIN CARE MARKET.

It is not just Baby Boomers who are seeking out healthy, nutrient-rich products and foods to help them look and feel younger. Health conscious consumers with disposable incomes of all ages are driving the superfoods super-growth, which Global Industry Analysts identified would exceed AUS$170 billion in 2015 and is expected to continue this rapid growth throughout 2016.

As awareness of superfoods increases, consumers are no longer just ingesting these power-houses for health benefits. They are also seeking products that contribute superfood nutrients which can be absorbed via the skin. It’s no surprise that consumers desire nutrient-rich products to take care of their skin, as it’s the body’s biggest living organ, weighing on average 11kg.

Products that are supported by scientific research are increasingly gaining consumer trust. Plant stem cell research dates back over more than a decade and uncovers the substantial nutrient benefits they offer the skin. Each plant stem cell contains every nutrient of the plant.

The plant stem cell scientific process allows these powerful cells to be selected, reproduced and amplified up to 1000 times their bioavailability.

Some benefits identified with plant stem cells in skin care are their ability to provide protection from environmental elements and anti-aging properties. These findings, coupled with the projection that the anti-aging skin care market will be worth AUS$261.66 billion by 2019, identifies that plant stem cells have a stronghold in the future market*.

 

WHAT PLANT STEM CELL SUITS YOUR CUSTOMERS’ SKIN?

Aging skin:
Looking to: Boost collagen, fight lines and wrinkles, firm, soften, regenerate and renew dormant cells.
Try: Gota Kola, Butterfly Bush, Gardenia, Edelweiss, Sweet Iris, Alpine Rose, Apple Fruit Stem Cell Culture.

Dry Skin:
Looking to: Sooth and balance skin by hydrating and oxygenating.
Try: Echinacea, Lotus Plant, Mexican Poppy

Oily Skin:
Looking to: Diminish acne and inflammation.
Try: Lilac

Dull skin:
Looking to: Improve skin tone and pigmentation by lightening and brightening the skin.
Try: Poet’s Daffodil, Madonna Lily.

Sensitive Skin:
Looking to: Find protection from environmental elements and soothe irritated skin.
Try: White Horehound, Date Leaf Cell Extract, Peony.

 

The most commonly used plant stem cells are obtained from Swiss apples, edelweiss, roses, date palms and gotu kola, due to their ability to stay fresh for an extended period. Jennifer Linder, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and biomedical engineer, has identified that a 0.1% concentration of stem cells extracted from Swiss apple stimulates the proliferation of human stem cells by 80%.

Consumers’ desires to better feed their skin, together with these scientific findings, are driving the demand for skin care ranges that contain nutrient-rich plant stem cells. This has seen more brands adding products and in some cases, full ranges that contain beneficial plant stem cells.

Check out the plant stem cell products from ACURE!

*Transparency Market Research, 2013

2016’s HOTTEST Health Lifestyles – Helping the ‘New Year, New Me’ Consumer

THE NEW YEAR SIGNIFIES A FRESH START FOR MANY. IT’S STEREOTYPICALLY THE TIME OF YEAR THAT FUTURE GOALS ARE REASSESSED AND RESET.

It’s inevitable that your customers will be making New Year’s resolutions. Vowing for healthier, happier lifestyles in 2016, they will be actively seeking help to achieve their goals and stay on track. An insight into the healthy lifestyle trends predicted to be favourites for 2016 can help you stay up to date with consumer needs and expectations.

Many successful health lifestyles from 2015 will continue to be in focus this year: quitting sugar, living a paleo lifestyle, following a 5:2 diet, going vegan, eating raw, detox and cleanses as well as living a healthier lifestyle.


QUITTING SUGAR

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Usually referring to the elimination of fructose from our diet, this trend is highly driven by the international best-selling author and health advocate, Sarah Wilson.

  1. Sarah Wilson’s research has identified that some benefits of quitting sugar include a decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes, slowed aging, a decreased risk of cancer and a healthier weight.
  2.  The average Australian consumes a massive 30 teaspoons of sugar (from both added and natural sources)*. This is about 6 times the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of just 5-6 teaspoons daily.
  3. 75% of the sugar we eat comes from processed and pre-packaged foods and drinks*. These aren’t just from sugary soft drinks, but are also surprisingly hidden in perceived ‘healthy’ foods such as low fat yogurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals.

*Government of South Australia, SA Health.

 

LIVING PALEO

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Eating paleo has been pushed to the mainstream with the support of health advocates such as author and chef Pete Evans. It’s generally based on eating as our ancestors did during the Paleolithic era, which eliminates processed foods, grains and dairy.

  1. Advocates of the paleo lifestyle reason that it decreases the risk of chronic diet-related disease and improves human performance.
  2. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, omega-3 and other polyunsaturated fats, which are said to improve our body’s ability to make use of food rather than store it as fat.
  3. Paleo is not just about what you eat, it’s a full lifestyle rethink. There is a focus on nutrition, sufficient sleep, water, exercise, stretching, sunshine, positive thinking and living a happy life.

FOLLOWING 5:2

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The 5:2 diet is about eating sensibly for five out of seven days and then restricting calorie intake on the remaining two days to about 500 calories, a quarter of your recommended daily intake*.

  1. Valter Longo, a biologist at the University of Southern California has found evidence that suggests that when calories are restricted, not only may you live longer, but the prevalence of diseases goes also decreases considerably.
  2. You start burning off your fat reserves only after you’ve used up the emergency glycogen stores in your liver. This is why there’s no point doing half measures or drip feeding on fasting days. It’s said that using up your restricted calories on your fasting days in one or two meals is most effective.
  3. Intermitted Fasting is based on years of research with studies going back over 80 years.

* Australian Healthy Food Guide recommends an average of approximately 2000 calories daily.

 

GOING VEGAN

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Veganism is a lifestyle that removes any animal products including meat, eggs and dairy from the diet, also clothing, skincare and anything else that is recognised to cause an animal to suffer during production. Veganism is followed for health and ethical reasons.

  1. Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn conducted a study that found a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that are associated with disease*.
  2. Approximately 95 litres of water is needed to produce 500 grams of wheat, while around 9,500 litres of water is needed to produce 500 grams of meat.
  3. Vegans get their protein from products like lentils, black beans, veggie burgers, tofu, nuts, peanut butter and soy milk.

*Based on Elizabeth Blackburn’s ‘Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study’.

 

EATING RAW

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The premise behind eating raw is that heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is bad because enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease.

  1. Raw Foodists say they have experienced benefits including clearer skin, increased energy and weight loss, as well as reports that eating raw helps to reduce the risk of disease.
  2. You can use blenders, food processors, and dehydrators to prepare foods, as long as it’s not heated above 50 degrees Celsius.
  3. There are many subcategories of raw foodists. Some include Fruitarian (people who consume mostly fruits), Sproutarian (people who consume mostly sprouts) and Juicearian (people who consume mostly fresh juice).


CHOOSING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

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Customers wanting to transition into a healthier life may be looking for more general information about improving their overall health and wellbeing. FMTV (Food Matters TV) offers these consumers over 400 health and wellbeing documentaries, recipe videos and expert interviews available to watch online at any time.

  1. Food Matters already has over 1.6 million people that have joined them on a path to wellness by connecting with their Facebook Page.
  2. Chair of the Cancer Council’s Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair, has identified through studies that a quarter of Australian teenagers are overweight or obese.
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle has said to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and illnesses.