THE BANANA CHIP TREND – GUT FRIENDLY, SAVOURY SNACKS WITH A POTATO CHIP TASTE!

Savoury snacks are the emerging fast food category in the global market and banana chips are offering the top performing products a run for their money.

According to MarketWatch, the global market for savoury snacks was valued at $140 billion AUD in 2016 and is expected to reach $203.7 billion AUD by 2023 at a CAGR of 7.20%. 

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market, largely driven by changing lifestyles and food consumption habits, the rise in disposable incomes and increasing food convenience.

Various products within the category include potato chips, extruded snacks, nuts, and seeds, traditional snacks, popcorn, and pretzels. 

Potato chips are highest in demand, however, market capturing opportunities include the rising popularity of innovative products with different types of flavours and organic based savoury products. 

SAVOURY BANANA CHIPS

Capitalising on low customer loyalty, high shifting habits and consumer demand for innovation in this market, savoury banana chips are beginning to tempt consumer taste buds with a ‘better-for-you’ alternative to regular potato chips. 

What is a savoury banana chip?

The sweet, thick cut varieties may first come to mind, and while some types bear a little resemblance to these, the savoury versions are made from unripe bananas and coated in mouthwatering herbs, spices and natural flavours to cater to consumer demand for more grain free, savoury snacks. And they’re proving very popular! 

According to SPINS Data, Bubba’s Fine Foods ‘Nana Chips have seen 240+% growth in only 7 months at Whole Foods Market and a total of 470% product sales increase in the past year! 

BUBBA’S FINE FOODS ‘NANA CHIPS VS BANANA JOE’S BANANA CHIPS

Here at Unique, we distribute two very different types of banana chips as an alternative offering in this rapidly growing market – Bubba’s Fine Foods and Banana Joe’s

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Bubba’s Fine Foods was founded by Jared Menzel and Jeff Schmidgall, two former addicts of Doritos & Chex Mix, who switched to Paleo diets to manage their Diabetes & Crohn’s disease.

After a few years of eating grain-free, Jared and Jeff missed the crunchy snacks of their youth. The market didn’t have a solution, so they made it themselves.

The green, low-sugar bananas are kettle cooked and seasoned with real spices and seasonings so they taste like potato chips and satisfy salty snack cravings. Schmidgall, Bubba’s CEO says, “We’re going to get you your naughty taste, but we’re going to do it with really nice ingredients.”

Bubba’s Fine Foods – Key Selling Points

  • Thick cut
  • Loaded with flavour
  • Great grab ‘n go snack pack
  • A natural prebiotic for gut health
  • Vegan 
  • Paleo
  • Grain free
  • Gluten free
  • All natural
  • Non-GMO
  • Cooked in coconut oil
  • No added sugar
  • No soy
  • No dairy

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Banana Joe’s Banana Chips are made with sustainably grown green Hom Thong bananas that are finely sliced and seasoned before cooking and tossed with probiotics, offering a first-to-market synbiotic chip with pre- and probiotic benefits for gut health. 

Co-founders, Joe Vachiravich Sirichokvanich and Nat Meechubot are longtime friends who love to eat great food. Nat said “we decided that functional snacks were not so abundant on the market, nor did they offer the same taste as regular snacks—hence, a huge compromise.” So they took it upon themselves to source the finest ingredients and utilise the latest in innovative technology to fill the gap.

The bananas are picked fresh and packed on the same day for extra freshness and 10% of profits go towards small scale farmers in support of organic, sustainable, fair-trade agriculture. 

Banana Joe’s – Key Selling Points

  • Thin & Crispy hand-cut wafer-like slices
  • 1 billion probiotic cultures per pack
  • Full of flavour
  • All natural
  • Cooked in rice bran oil
  • No preservatives 
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free

Offer your customers a gut-friendly, on-trend alternative and order your banana chips via our online store or give our friendly sales team a call – 1800 787 904. If you haven’t yet registered an account with us, you can do so here.

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!

SNACKIFICATION: THE PRODUCTS YOU NEED, NOW.

Snackification is driven by Millennials and taken up by the time-poor. Australians are adopting the idea of snacking their way through the day instead of sitting down to the traditional three square meals a day.

Snacks are no longer used as a treat to simply hold off hunger until the next meal. They are becoming the meals themselves! As a result, consumers are demanding way more healthier options.

Grab n’ go healthy snacking has never been so popular. Maximise on this opportunity by introducing your customers to a whole range of new, delicious and healthy items.

The benefit? Snacks take up minimal shelf space, you can place them in high traffic areas to bump up your average basket sale amount and if they meet the current market demands, they have a guaranteed high turnover.

Take a look at the latest to arrive at Unique below.

BETTER-FOR-YOU TREATS

BennettoSINGLE ORIGIN GOURMET CHOCOLATE

Bennetto chocolate fans will rejoice with these new additions! Expanding on the success of the mini Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bars, this popular flavour is now available in 100g blocks in shelf-ready, 13-piece CDUs, as well as newcomer, Amaranth & Sea Salt.

Committed to their ethics, the entire range is organic, fairtrade, and carbon neutral wrapped up in recyclable packaging. It’s chocolate you can feel good about!

Alter EcoGOT ANY DARKER?

Alter Eco expands their dark chocolate range with Superdark Cacao Truffles in a display pack of 60 pieces, and replaces the 60% cacao Crisp Mint (AE65) block with new 90% cacao Organic Dark Crisp Mint. They also ramp up the chocolate factor on their Coconut Clusters with the new Double Chocolate flavour!

Little ZebraCOCONUTTY CAROB

The delightful Little Zebra Food Co. vegan Carob Buds are made with Criollo cacao butter & Australian avocado oil for a creamy, sugar-free treat.

They’re FODMAP-friendly, free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, and palm oil, and are now available in a moreish Coconut variety.

KreshoVEGAN NOUGAT BAR

Kresho has created an Almond Nougat Bar that’s vegan, irresistibly chewy and ideally sized and priced for an impulse purchase! Australian made and created in a workshop powered by renewable energy, the decadent nougat filling is generously sprinkled with slow roasted almonds and coated in fairly traded, pure couverture dark chocolate.

 

keto-white-chocolateKETO WHITE CHOCOLATE

Little Zebra Chocolates have expanded their range with all new Keto White Chocolate and Keto White Chocolate Crunch! The smooth white chocolate is made with the goodness of organic coconut milk and creamy cacao butter, with real cacao nibs added for the crunchy variety. These allergy-friendly chocolates are free from dairy, gluten, nuts, soy and palm oil!

 

SAVOURY TEMPTERS

Banana JoesGUT-FRIENDLY BANANA CHIPS

Way more than just a potato chip alternative, Banana Joe’s Banana Chips are handmade from Hom Thong green bananas, and contain both pre- and probiotics with at least 1 billion cultures per serve!

Each pack has multiple merchandising options and is a low-risk buy-in with only six per CDU. Affordably priced ($3.95 RRP!), the chips are available in three bold and balanced flavours – Hickory BBQ, Thai Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt. They’re power-packed snacks that taste just like a regular potato chip!

Gluten free and vegan!

The Whole FoodiesCRISPY, CRUNCHY CASHEWS

The Whole Foodies are back with a bang! Shake up snacktime with all natural, crispy Native Cashews. Dry roasted in their skins and delicately seasoned with either Sea Salt, Kimchi or Turmeric & Black Pepper. These 70g snack packs are great value at $4.95 RRP. Wild harvested, gluten free, non-GMO and preservative free, they’re the ultimate wholesome snack!

They’re vegan!

SNACKING STAPLES

EM WholefoodsPUDDING PRE-MIXES

EM Wholefoods extend their range with nutrient-dense Hemp Chia Pudding Pre-Mixes in both Chocolate and Vanilla. This multipurpose blend can be used as a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert or as a cereal topper. Using only 100% natural ingredients, including Australian grown hemp and chia seeds, they are easy to prepare and offer a convenient solution for your customers.

Naturally sweetened with stevia!

EveryMite ALLERGY-FRIENDLY SUPERSPREAD

EveryMite is the Vegemite for food-allergy sufferers! Free from gluten, soy, yeast, grain, nut, egg, dairy, sugar, preservatives, and thickeners, it spreads on like a dream and tastes divine with avocado on toast! While it’s technically not a snack by itself, it can be used as a dip with veggies or as a condiment on crackers and bread. Made using only natural ingredients, it’s available in three varieties – The Original, Fodmap Friendly and Low Aussie Salt!

ANTIOXIDANT BLISS

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Morlife’s range of decadent, moreish snacks are highly nutritious, gluten free, antioxidant-rich and great for gifting! The range includes a Dried 5 Berry Mix and a range of dark chocolate coated delights including ginger, goji berries, macadamia nuts, tart cherries and coffee beans.

PROTEIN POWERED

Botanika BrekkyBREAKFAST AND BEYOND

A world first, instant probiotic protein porridge, Botanika Brekky combines organic oats, hemp, chia, plant protein, prebiotic fibre and probiotics to create a nutritious on-the-go breakfast option! This vegan-friendly breakfast is made with natural and organic ingredients, has up to 17g of protein per serve, and is free from refined sugars. Tempt your customers’ tastebuds with Vanilla Dream, Cacao Crunch and Grandma’s Apple Pie. Available in both a 1kg bag and a 12-pack shelf-ready CDU of 60g sachets.

UPGRADED SNACK BARS

Naked PaleoNOTHING TO HIDE

Naked Paleo Bars are 100% organic, vegan and, of course, paleo. They’re a satisfying 65g bar and are free from gluten, dairy, preservatives and nothing artificial or refined. Each bar is packed with nutrition and on-trend ingredients to please everyone from the health and fitness enthusiasts to the busy executives on the go! Available in seven delicious flavours including Minty Matcha and Turmeric Ginger and packaged in shelf-ready CDUs of 10.

GomacroA CHOCOLATE LOVER’S PROTEIN BAR

The latest flavour from GoMacro, Dark Chocolate + Almonds, blends Peruvian dark chocolate with roasted almonds for 10g of protein in a guilt-free, yet indulgent, snack bar. Free from soy, gluten and dairy, these clean bars are organic, vegan and come in a biodegradable shelf-ready CDU.

game-changer-protein-barTHE GAME CHANGING PROTEIN BAR

The Game Changer Protein Bar by Macro Mike contains 10 grams of all-natural, plant-based protein and only 164 calories per bar. It’s vegan, tastes amazing and is jam-packed with real ingredients including dates and rice malt syrup to naturally sweeten. Gluten free, dairy free, and gut-friendly, these bars have no artificial ingredients or sugar alcohols and they come ready to go in an eye-catching CDU!

luv&co probiotic barsPROBIOTIC GOODNESS

Luv&Co Pro.Biotic Nut Bars keep your customers feeling full as they’re a good source of protein and fibre. These gluten-free bars contain around 1 billion good bacteria and come in three tasty flavours: Cookies’n Cream and two vegan-friendly varieties, Coconut Crunch and Peanut Butter Jelly. Luv&Co also make delicious No Bake Cookies and Luv Sum Protein, Energy and Paleo Balls!

eclipse-raw-paleo-barsRAW PALEO DELIGHTS

Eclipse Organics Raw Paleo Bars are designed to tickle taste buds and satisfy hungry tummies, using only natural, wholesome ingredients. Available in shelf ready and attractive CDUs of 12, they’re perfect to pop onto the counter for a healthy grab n’ go sale! Available in six flavours: Berry Ripe, Chocolate Brownie, Choc Orange Fudge, Cacao Mint, Coconut Rough and Manuka & Nut.

Want more information about Snackification movement? Take a look at our previous blog here!

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