There is no denying the sales power of chocolate. It’s a market that’s valued at more than AUD $1.83 billion with a predicted CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7% by 2026.
However, much like other snack trends, consumer tastes are changing. In the chocolate market, this is largely driven by a preference for premium chocolates as well as an overall general trend towards healthier alternatives.
At Unique Health Products, we have a range of wholesale chocolate brands that tick all the right boxes. From vegan, plant-based options to premium gifting brands, we distribute a large variety of wholesale chocolate options to help you cater to growing consumer interest.
The focus on premium chocolates is not only due to the health benefits of dark varieties. It’s also largely driven by an evolving tradition of gifting.
The Alter Eco range of organic, fairtrade Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are made with non-GMO ingredients with no preservatives added. Sustainable packaging is also a big focus of Alter Eco as they are working towards 100% recyclable or compostable packaging across all of their products. The Chocolate Truffles in particular represent a great gifting product made from premium ingredients with standout packaging.
Bennetto is another premium gifting chocolate with packaging that looks as good as the chocolate tastes. The products are organic, fairtrade, gluten free, climate positive, vegan and delicious. The stunning packaging features Peruvian birds in a nod to the Bennetto sustainability and environmental goals.
HEALTHY CHOCOLATE SNACKING
According to Roy Morgan research, 90% of Australians are regular snackers, with 48.1% of people snacking on chocolate in an average week. At the same time, the uptake of healthy snacks is also on the rise. Brands that can marry the two to create healthy chocolate snacks are flying off shelves.
The decadent HeroCup chocolate cups are naturally-sweetened, vegan snack alternatives made with dairy-free dark chocolate. HeroCup also caters to the thriving keto market with keto options available.
For the growing market of protein snackers, Vitawerx hits the spot. The innovative Protein Chocolate is available in a range of Bars and Choc-coated offerings. Keto-friendly and with no gluten or added sugar, the range is high in protein for a clean-eating snack.
For some interesting flavour combinations with dark and white chocolate options, the Little Zebra Chocolates range is a winner. The Australian-made products are hand crafted in a dedicated dairy and nut-free facility. They are keto-friendly and free from sugar, palm oil and gluten.
Combining the flavour of quality chocolate with other ingredients, such as fruit, nuts and even licorice, these products hit the spot for the better-for-you chocolate consumer.
Dr Superfoods isn’t just a chocolate brand, but they do chocolate well! The Chocolate Coated range includes Almonds, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Raspberries and more coated in premium quality Belgian chocolate.
Naked Chocolate Co is the go-to for gluten-free, chocolate-coated freeze-dried fruits. Using premium quality white and dark Belgian chocolate and 100% real fruit pieces, the products contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavours. The dark chocolate options are also vegan friendly.
Another brand with a delicious range of chocolate-covered treats, including Licorice, Ginger, Coffee Beans, Macadamia Nuts and Strawberries, is Organic Times. Using organic and fairtrade chocolate, the range is free from palm oil and GMOs.
With the rise of plant-based diets, it’s only natural that vegans and plant-based devotees will look for vegan alternatives to their favourite treats.
The Humble Vegan is a colourful brand, both in the look of the packaging and how they showcase their vegan values. With six different flavours, each product uses ethically sourced ingredients with only natural flavours and colours. They are all free from dairy, gluten and nuts.
All Vego chocolates are fairtrade certified and manufactured under fair conditions, without compromise. The growing vegan range uses ingredients like Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream to create a moreish taste.
The Kresho Bar from Desert Island Confectionary is chewy nougat and roasted almonds wrapped in pure, vegan, fairly traded couverture chocolate. The brand is committed to mitigating their impact on the natural environment and ensuring that all operations are vegan, not just their chocolate.
SHINE THE LIGHT ON YOUR CHOCOLATE OFFERING
With World Chocolate Day around the corner on 7 July, now is the time to review your chocolate offering and ensure your shelves meet your customers’ needs. You can purchase our ranges of wholesale chocolate online with us 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.