INDULGENCE EVOLVED. BETTER-FOR-YOU TREATS THAT CUSTOMERS LOVE

Comfort foods offer us a trip down memory lane and a nourishment of the soul unlike any of the usual fare. It transports us back to moments of our childhood, celebratory milestones in our lives and remind us of memories with those we love. 

Yet, despite our gravitation towards these foods, consumers are more conscious than ever about the ingredients, ethics and sustainability of their food choices. 44% of Australian consumers avoid sugar, 67% are willing to pay more for natural or organic options, and 34% prefer products that are sustainably sourced. 

This shift has driven innovative manufacturers to create better-for-you indulgences that cater to a variety of dietary needs and conscious consumerism concerns. From all natural, organic and vegan to sugar free, gluten free and keto-friendly. There’s something for everyone so now customers can have their cake and eat it too.

Bake Easy

High protein, gluten free, low carb, macro friendly and sugar free… Baked treats aren’t what they used to be! They’re even better! Most of these mixes only need water added for a deliciously satisfying snack baked in a flash. All are made with natural, gluten-free ingredients, and between them cater to a whole range of dietary needs. 

better-for-you baking convenience

Chocolate Temptations

The smooth, velvety texture and creamy, bittersweet taste of chocolate has been capturing hearts since the Mayan times. Australians alone consume 32kg of chocolate per person, per year! Today, there is a plethora of choice in the chocolate world. Sustainability and ethical concerns have highlighted organic and fair trade chocolate options, while vegan and gluten-free choices are becoming clear winners in the health space too. Our wide selection has something for everyone! 

better-for-you chocolates

Candy Crushin’

Vegan, indulgence and delicious never really seemed to meet in the same sentence circa 5-10 years ago. Confectionery such as gummies, marshmallows and ooey-gooey chocolate bars were off the menu thanks to their reliance on animal products. However, the ever-increasing demand for vegan alternatives has generated some vegan-friendly, classic confectionery options with just as much “squish” factor as the originals! 

better-for-you vegan treats

Clever Crisps

Comfort foods aren’t limited to the sweet shelves either. A quintessential staple for the Aussie backyard get together, a big bowl of chips is the ‘watercooler’ of the party and breaks the ice at work events all over the nation. For those looking for a better-for-you alternative, these innovative brands bring all the flavourful crunch, without compromising your customer’s health goals.

better-for-you salty snacks

Make sure you’re making the most of this healthier indulgence trend by stocking up on these popular products. While you’re placing your order, take a look at our extensive range of healthier pantry staples as well!

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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!).

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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

morlife-chocolate-coated-snacks

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.

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SWEET OR SALTY SNACKS? AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER PREFERENCES REVEALED!

KNOWING WHAT DRIVES A CONSUMER TO PICK UP ONE SNACK OVER ANOTHER IS VITAL TO STAYING COMPETITIVE IN THE $374 BILLION WORLDWIDE SNACKING INDUSTRY.

More and more Australian’s are skipping lunch for a snack and snacking more often. But what do they really want to snack on?

Australian consumers’ snack choices at a glance*:

  • 96% of Australians say they regularly consume snack food,
  • 63% of Australians prefer snack foods that contained ‘no artificial colours’ or ‘no artificial flavours’,
  • 55% of those who snack opt for ‘low in fat’ choices,
  • 30% of those who snack favour gluten-free snacks,
  • and 62% of Australian consumers opt for chocolate as a sweet snack, ranking second between fresh fruit and a mid-meal sandwich as their go-to snack idea.

Despite their love of chocolate (and fresh fruit), Australian consumers’ tend to prefer savoury snacks over sweet. In an average seven day period, 41% of Australians snack on potato chips, 37% snack on nuts, and 32% snack on savoury biscuits or crackers.

SNACKS THEY CAN’T RESIST

Need to revamp your snack shelves with some fresh new options?

These newcomers are ‘better-for-you’, packed with flavour and tick all the right boxes for healthier grab n’ go snacking ideas!

bennetto-chocolate

Organic Dark Chocolate

Bennetto is an organic, fair-trade, carbon neutral, vegan chocolate range with a high cocoa ratio (60-75%) and no additives. With appealing packaging and competitive price (100g just $5.99 RRP), we challenge you to try and keep this beautifully creamy chocolate on your shelf! Flavours include Intense Dark, Mint and Cocoa Nibs, Orange with Chilli and Toasted Hazelnut.

 

chow-cacao-chocolate

Raw Treats

Chow Cacao handmake raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, fair-trade chocolate that’s high in magnesium and antioxidants. Made in Byron Bay, it’s stone ground, has a long shelf life and comes with a display box perfect for your shelf or counter.

Available in Creamy Coconut Milk, Dark Crunchy Mint, Dark Orange Almond, Peanut Butter Slab, Smooth Pure Dark and Sour Cherry Coconut.

 

Little-zebra-chocolate-co-carob-buds

Carob Buds

Made in a nut, soy, gluten and dairy-free facility with no added sugar, Little Zebra Food Co. Carob Buds are an indulgent low-GI treat even for those with intolerances, allergies or on special diets.

They are Australian made with organic carob, so they have the ‘chocolate’ taste but without the caffeine or stimulants. The products are also free from theobromine, MSG and palm oil.

Little Zebra Food Co. are the first and only carob manufacturer to use organic avocado oil in place of palm oil.  Available in Coconut, Dark, Mint and Orange.

Little Zebra Food Co. have also launched Dark Chocolate Crunch Buds, made from vegan chocolate with no added sugar and crunchy carob nibs. The buds are available in Coconut, Dark, Mint, and Orange and are free from nuts, soy, dairy, MSG, palm oil and gluten, and come in convenient resealable stand-up pouches!

 

x50-vegetable-chips

X50 Vegetable Chips

According to Roy Morgan research, in an average seven-day period, 41% of Australians snack on potato chips.

X50 Broccoli Chips and the new Sweet Potato Chips in Barbeque, Sea Salt or Spicy, are now available at Unique. Made from real vegetables, they’re the perfect tasty, guilt-free, low-calorie snack.

They’re vacuum fried for crispness and nutrient retention, and in high-demand with health-conscious consumers. The X50 investment in consumer marketing means speedy sales from these salty snacks.

 

gimme-seaweed-snacks

Organic Seaweed Snacks

Complete your GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snack range with the new classic flavour – Olive Oil.

They’re certified organic, GMO-free and made with only three natural ingredients – seaweed, olive oil and sea salt – perfect for health-conscious customers on-the-go.

Available in 10g packs or lunchbox-sized 6 x 5g packs!

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*Neilsen, 2014