CONSUMER DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED GOODS IS A BOOMING $4.2 BILLION INDUSTRY

According to the most recent SPINS’ analysis, the ‘plant-based’ goods industry is projected to be worth $4.2 billion by the end of 2018 after growing 18 percent in the year ending July 15, 2018.

SPINS estimates that the plant-based sector will grow to $6 billion in sales by 2020, which would be a 100 percent increase over just six years!good-food-insights-8-31-chart1

 

According to New Hope and SPINS data, the rapid growth of the plant-based product sector has been a four-stage process:

  1. The widespread adoption of the more broadly appealing term “plant-based” for products that often were labeled (or characterized) in the past as “vegan.” Vegan, to many consumers, is a lifestyle completely free of animal-sourced products (or nearly so), which only a small percentage of all consumers have adopted. But a much greater percentage of eaters are seeking more plants and less meat and dairy in their diets, and they have a higher comfort level with “plant-based.”
  2. Rapidly increasing distribution. Overall growth rate appears to be accelerating as products such as these become more available in a greater number of stores. “More retailers are adopting and incorporating plant-based into their assortment sets, and this distribution growth is apparent,” said Dries Zender, a SPINS client growth solutions principal. “Retailers need to pay attention to the plant-based shopper, as they spend 60 percent more in their basket than the average shopper.”
  3. Packaging. Improved packaging that draws attention and makes plant-based alternatives much more appealing.
  4. Successful plant-based products taste good. “You even see plant-based brands that are continuing to innovate with their taste profile,” said Alice Mintz, business growth solutions manager at SPINS. “That’s great, because people are continuously adventuring, and brands are adventuring and they’re trying to offer the best-tasting product. They’re not giving people a reason to step away from plant-based. If anything, it’s giving people a reason to dig further in.”

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At Unique, we pride ourselves on our extensive plant-based selection of health and wellness products.

Some of the biggest trends we’re seeing in this particular category include the following:

READY TO EAT PLANT-BASED FOODS

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  • Upton’s Naturals – Real Meal Kits and Marinated Jackfruit are quick and easy options that continue to prove popular.
  • The Gluten Free Food Co – ‘Just add water’ Vegan Mac N Cheez range is a hot seller!

PLANT-BASED ACTIVE BARS

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  • CLIF Bar – CLIF Bars and CLIF Nut Butter Bars fuel the adventures of both non-plant-based eaters and vegans alike!
  • The Health Food Guys – A healthy & nutritional raw protein bars range that contains raw superfoods, plus they’re vegan vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy free.

BETTER-FOR-YOU SNACK OPTIONS

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  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable, fairtrade company produces a range of mouthwatering, plant-based delights in attractive packaging with a great price point!
  • Little Zebra Chocolates & Little Zebra Food Co – Little Zebra Food Co make sugar-free chocolates that feature popular superfoods including hemp seeds! Their Carob Buds are also loved by consumers looking for a delicious caffeine-free alternative.
  • Alter Eco – The always-coveted Alter Eco range has expanded with these plant-based Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters in three incredibly moreish flavours.
  • Manitoba Harvest (featured in header image) – This innovative brand is taking hemp to a whole other level with their Hemp Bites providing a mix of healthful omega-3s and protein for hungry consumers on the run.

Make sure you’re making the most of the plant-based boom by stocking up on these popular products as well as our other collections.

Simply order online anytime! You can select which items are vegan-friendly with a single click of a button (see below)!

Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

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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!

Brand News – Autumn 2018

STAY INFORMED WITH THE LOOP – THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY UNIQUE.

Each quarter we update you with major product news including changes to packaging, formulations and more. Everything you need to know is right here.

For any brand change queries that aren’t covered below please contact us.

Your must-know product changes for Autumn 2018 are as follows:

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ALTER ECO

MULTI-WAY CDU

The new cardboard display also showcases their fresh new branding, keep an eye out as the whole range transitions!

HANAMI

NEW FORMULA

Hanami’s vegan, ‘ten free’ nail range now has an even better, water-permeable, breathable formulation that encourages healthy nails and growth.

KLEAN KANTEEN

A FRESH FINISH

Klean Kanteen are rolling out a superior finish on all their products. This new chip-resistant coating is produced using the safest, most environmentally friendly products available and is 4 x more durable than the original. When ordering, make sure to use the new barcodes and order codes.

ECOSTORE

PRODUCT CHANGES

Ecostore have revamped their personal care product packaging, updated their ingredients and switched up their barcodes. So, if you are ordering their body and hand washes, make sure to use the new codes!

 

KOMBUCHA MAX

TOTAL OVERHAUL

All Kombucha Max flavours now come in a convenient 350ml amber bottle with a drop down in price to $2.95 RRP. Barcodes have also changed so look out for the new order codes!

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MONICA’S MIXES

GETS A MAKEOVER

Monica’s Mixes have rebranded to The Gluten Free Food Co, with all new packaging that’s taller and slimmer to sit better on shelves. Some of the products have changed names and the Chocolate Cake now comes in a 500g pack.

Haven’t ordered with us before? Register your business here and place and order either in our online store or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.

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.

Guest Blog: More To Monica’s Mixes

Monica BioMONICA TOPLISS IS AUSTRALIA’S LEADING GLUTEN FREE CHEF.

Diagnosed with coeliac disease as a child, Monica has dedicated her working life to the development of truly delicious, gluten free recipes – from wholesome breads and wraps to mouth-watering cakes and tarts.

Using her skills and the experience of a lifetime spent in kitchens across the globe, Monica has created a range of gluten free recipes and wholefood baking mixes that tastes as good, if not better than the ‘real thing’.  With a passion for maintaining optimum health, Monicas Mixes are nutrient dense, nut-free and vegan. Take a read of the latest recipes she has lined up for your customers.  

 

Inspired by wholesome food, that’s gluten free and packed with nutrients, I’m always finding new ways to transform on-trend recipes to create healthier versions that are still super easy for anyone to follow.  That’s why the Monica’s Mixes range now includes three new mixes – Bread Maker Bread Mix, Chocolate Cake and
Banana Cake.

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Who wouldn’t love a chocolate cake that’s nutrient dense?!

One recipe that’s been in the spotlight recently is Food Matters Gluten Free Zucchini Bread. I have slightly altered this popular recipe to create a paleo, vegan and nut free version.

I’ve swapped in Monica’s Mixes Paleo Flour and removed the almond meal and eggs. It’s totally delicious toasted for breakfast and makes a hearty lunchbox addition. My go-to is a zucchini bread sandwich with cashew cheese, sliced avo, baby spinach and semi dried tomatoes. Your coeliac, vegan, even your health conscious and time aware customers will love this recipe!

GLUTEN FREE, PALEO, NUT-FREE ZUCCHINI BREAD

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INGREDIENTS
3 tbls golden flax meal
¾ cup water
2 large zucchini, finely grated
2 ½ cups Monica’s Mixes Paleo flour
2 tbls chia seeds
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tbls fresh chopped rosemary
1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup coconut or nut milk
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180º C and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Mix the flax meal and water and allow to gel while you prepare the remaining recipe.
3. Combine the dry ingredients together in one bowl, add the grated zucchini and toss to coat with the flour,
4. Whisk the wet ingredients, including the flax gel.
5. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Spoon into the tin and bake for 30-40 mins or until golden and cooked through.

 

Another go-to, that’s always a popular hit – for birthdays or any occasion, is a dense chocolate cake. It doesn’t get any easier with my decadent chocolate cake mix and ganache recipe! This ganache is the perfect finish for your customers’ (or your) Monica’s Mixes Chocolate Cake and incorporates all those good fats found in the superfood everybody can’t get enough of – coconut!

 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE GANACHE 

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INGREDIENTS
100g Alter Eco Dark Black Out Chocolate
8 tablespoons coconut cream
pinch of salt

METHOD

1. Chop the chocolate and place in a bowl with the coconut cream and salt.
2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water.
3. Whisk until melted.
4. Refrigerate until needed.

Note: The ganache will solidify but come back to a manageable consistency very quickly when removed from the fridge.

 

I’m regularly posting lots of gluten and grain free versions of popular recipes on my Instagram that you can easily share with your customers. Or post your own Monica’s Mixes creations and use the hashtag #glutenfreemonica to show your customers how they can experiment with the mixes and help them to expand their kitchen repertoire.

The Naturally Good Expo Exceeds Expectations

ONLY IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO WAS YET AGAIN AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!

Over 3,000 people flocked to Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries to attend Australia’s largest business event for the natural products industry on 1-2 May, 2016.

It brought the latest innovations in natural, organic and healthy products, plus industry experts together to reveal what’s to come in the industry.

Occupying one of the largest stands at the event, Unique was so incredibly proud to have the space to showcase such a huge array of amazing products from hundreds of our brands including CLIF Bar, 2die4 Live Foods, Acure Organics, Alter Eco, Amazing OilsBragg, Blue Dinosaur, Bounce,  Cellfood, Chimes, Comvita, Dr Organic, Dr SuperfoodsEast Bali Cashews, Epic,  Eco Teas, Eden Health Foods, Extraordinary FoodsFood Matters, Gimme, Giovanni, Hope’s ReliefKombucha Max, Monica’s Mixes, My Magic MudNatracareNakula, Natural EvolutionNecta, NTS Health, Protein Supplies Australia, Power Super Foods, ProTingsPure Sports NutritionSchmidt’s, SilvercareSpreyton Fresh,  Teff Tribe, The Chocolate Yogi, Wholesome Chow, Wotnot, Yogi Tea, Zen Matcha Green Tea and lots more!

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!

Guest Blog: Retailer Rates Wholesome Chow

Essentially Health logoESSENTIALLY HEALTH IS ONE OF OUR DRIVEN ONLINE RETAILERS THAT SELL A RANGE OF HEALTHY, ORGANIC, NATURAL AND VEGAN PRODUCTS.

Delicia, owner of Essentially Health, has built the business around customer satisfaction and only commits to selling products she and her team have tried and tested. With many of her customers looking for gluten free, vegan options, she gave Wholesome Chow’s range a go. Have a read at what she thought of the range. 

Fair warning, this post may speak strongly to your sweet tooth!

 

Avoiding wheat and gluten a few years ago left me feeling like I was missing out on the nice things in life. Delicious treats we all like to have every now and again like cakes, biscuits and bread.

When I’d attempt to make gluten free/wheat free alternatives, it was always a bit of a mission. Like many of my customers, making such treats meant I had to use copious amounts of ingredients and it would end up costing me more than the monthly mortgage (well, almost) especially if I wanted organic. And after all the hard work, I was never happy with the results.

This left me thinking, what about my customers? Would they give up on baking products, on cooking, on opting for healthy gluten free options? Would they be so unhappy with the lack of convenience in gluten free baking that they’d just never purchase again from my store? I never liked the thought of my customers being unsatisfied.

So I went searching for a solution.
What I found, was Wholesome Chow.

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I’d seen a lot of pictures of ‘drip cakes’, so I gave making one a go using Wholesome Chow products.

HOW TO MAKE A WHOLESOME CHOW DRIP CAKE

First, I made four, seven-inch chocolate cake mixes. I only had to add apple cider vinegar, non-dairy milk and oil to the Wholesome Chow cake mixes, it could not be any simpler (although I still managed to get my kitchen looking like a tornado had been in there)!

It literally took 10 minutes to mix the batter and then 25 minutes in the oven to bake.

While they cooled, I made the Wholesome Chow Vanilla frosting to go in-between each layer and then I used Wholesome Chow Chocolate Frosting to cover the outside and the top. All I had to add was vegan butter and milk.

I put the cake in the fridge for around 15 minutes to set.

Next, I melted some Alter Eco Dark Sea Salt with a 1/4 cup of Nakula Coconut Cream and let that drizzle over the top and down the sides of the cake and now I was getting excited!!!

I broke up some vegan honeycomb and placed it on the top and the side of
the cake.

In-between I placed The Chocolate Yogi frothy Toffee, Alter Eco quinoa and Black Out and mixed in some Rawganic coconut chocolate.

To add a little texture I sprinkled some Niulife flaked coconut and topped it off with a few organic strawberries.

I was really pleased with the result! Everybody loved it. The cake was light and fluffy, it was tasty and not artificial or dry (which is common for gluten free cakes).

This is a really special cake to make, but honestly, the mixes made it incredibly easy. It would be even easier for customers to whip up a regular cake using Wholesome Chow mixes!

Wholesome Chow have changed our world – my customers and my own!

 

After trying and testing it, creating a drip cake, we can now confidently recommend these amazing products to our valued customers.

Wholesome Chow make gluten free baking so easy, why wouldn’t customers
love them?!