Sustainable Gifts for Eco-minded Consumers

Current consumption habits carry a worrying environmental cost. To combat this, more and more shoppers are looking for ways to make eco-friendly choices, including buying sustainable gifts. They’re choosing to buy from eco-friendly brands, even if they have a higher price tag.

A global study, carried out by Ipsos found that Australians’ top three environmental issues are:

  • Global warming/climate change (44%)
  • Dealing with the amount of waste we generate (38%)
  • Future energy sources and supplies (35%)

Brands and businesses that embrace sustainability and innovate with eco-friendly products and packaging stand out from the competition.

The sustainable gifts category is a growing one. Particularly so for female shoppers who are looking for sustainable, ethical gifts for their loved ones and for themselves!

For retailers that want to increase their range of sustainable gifts, we’ve curated some of our top-selling brands. From Mother’s Day gifting to birthday gifts and everything in between, there are sustainable choices all year round.

Beauty and skincare

Eco luxe, eco beauty or eco friendly, whatever term is used, ‘eco’ is definitely ‘in’ when it comes to what consumers are choosing to put on their skin. Consumers are choosing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products which are also kind to the planet over other alternatives.

ACURE continues to stay on-trend, with in-demand products that are innovative and consumer-led. With different ranges for a variety of skincare concerns, they use the most potent, cutting edge, natural ingredients, to develop vegan skincare and hair care products that achieve visible results.

Regenerative brand Ethique has plenty of gifting options to choose from. The recyclable and compostable lip balm range makes perfect sustainable gifts. They also have dedicated gift bundles that each contain two top-selling solid bars plus the cute mini range, which are heart-shaped solid bars.

The range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products from the Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the products cater to a wide market of consumers who are interested in luxurious self-care and beauty.

Gifts for the home

The home gifting space has also had an eco makeover! From stylish reusables to 100% natural ingredients, the trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

For meaningful, sustainable gifts that gardeners will love, the Australian brand, Sow ‘n Sow, is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are quick and easy to grow, and make a great impulse sale at the registers. There are also Pop Up Pots and Tags, all with beautiful illustrations and made using environmentally-friendly materials. These thoughtful gifts are lightweight for convenient mailing.

Luvin Life’s range of products includes Crystal Water Bottles which appeal to health-conscious water lovers. Delightfully presented in retail-ready cylinders, they make ideal presents and stand out on the shelves.

Ever Eco continues to innovate with the use of on-trend colours and packaging, creating gifting opportunities with a range of premium, yet affordable personal and home care products, such as the first reusable straw for the Australian market, which remains a top-seller today.

Baby and kids

Consumers are searching for more and more sustainable products as a solution to the huge problem of pollution and plastic ending up in landfill. Parents can help to raise eco-aware children by choosing environmentally friendly gifts, which are safe for the earth as well as safe for little ones.

An ideal gift for kids is the Arigato Box, a bento-style lunchbox that is made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. It’s BPA free, leakproof and available in three different eye-catching, coastal designs.

For fuss-free gifting, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware which is fun and on-trend, with neutral and pastel tone options available. The platter plates and bright silicone straws make great gift options for younger kids and babies.

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. With brightly-coloured, recyclable packaging, the products are free from harsh chemicals and enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin.

Foodie gifts

For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for edible fair trade or sustainable gifts, we have you covered.

New Zealand brand, Bennetto is known for its decadent, premium chocolate which is organic, fair trade and vegan. The packaging is biodegradable and compostable and beautifully illustrated, providing a striking presence on the shelf and making a mouth-watering gift!

Buddha Teas uses fresh, high-quality ingredients to explore nature’s best qualities and enrich the lives of tea drinkers everywhere. The fresh, organic herbs and tea leaves allow the teas to stay pure and natural and free from chemicals. Minimal processing and eco-friendly packaging help to honour and protect the earth with every tea they make.

Chocolate lovers will adore Vego’s Vegolino Fine Nougat Pralines which are made using high quality ingredients such as Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream. Vego has crafted what they call the world’s tastiest chocolate which is dairy free, vegan, gluten free, certified organic and Fairtrade.

Sustainable gifts sorted

You can stock your shelves with a selection of sustainable gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime 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.

Premium Wholesale Chocolate – What Consumers Want

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.

Wholesale chocolate gifting

Chocolate gifting

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 snacks

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.

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. 

Choc-coated wholesale chocolate

Choc-coated 

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.

Vegan chocolate wholesale

Vegan chocolate

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.

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.

Celebrating Female Founders for International Women’s Day 2022

#BreakTheBias. That’s the theme for International Women’s Day 2022. When we do break down bias and stereotypes, we can move towards gender equality.

Research by Boston Consulting Group has shown that boosting the number of female entrepreneurs to be in line with male entrepreneurship would boost the Australian economy. That boost would be something to the tune of between $71 and $135 billion.1 Interestingly, there is also a known multiplier effect that happens when businesses have a diverse supplier strategy in place.2 

Across the world, women-owned businesses make up approximately 25-33% of all privately-owned businesses.3 In Australia, roughly 38% of businesses have female founders.4 

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud that many of the brands we stock are women-owned businesses with female founders. We know that when we collectively, as a business community and individuals, support women-owned businesses, we’re making an investment in the economy.

This International Women’s Day we want to shine the spotlight on a handful of the female founders we partner with and showcase the incredible brands they’ve built.

Ethique

Brianne West founded Ethique in 2012 when there wasn’t as much concern about the impact of plastics in the environment. In the early days of Ethique, she was mixing formulas in her kitchen. Now, Ethique sells concentrated, plastic-free Solid Bars for beauty and home in 24 different markets around the world. Through it all she has stayed true to her values as a leader in regenerative business. 

Plantasy Foods

Monica Topliss and Fran Leman are the female founders behind plant-based wholefood brand, Plantasy Foods. After experiencing their own frustrations at the lack of quality ‘free from’ alternatives available, they joined forces to produce a range of healthy, plant-based convenience foods. This includes the top-selling Mac ‘n Cheez.

The Goodnight Co.

Fighting their own exhaustion while trying to balance work and family life is what led best friends, Shea Morrison and Danielle Knight, to start The Goodnight Co. They wanted to help others make the most of the sleep they do get to be the best version of themselves and now sell a range of Essential Oils, Diffusers and Homoeopathic Drops for sleep. 

Anna’s

A popular product for women’s wellbeing, Anna’s Wild Yam Cream was originally founded by a husband and wife duo. But in 2020, Harmony Rutledge, an avid Anna’s user and brand advocate, took over the reins of the brand. Harmony is continuing the brand vision of supporting and connecting women. 

Turban Chopsticks

After struggling to easily find the flavours of her Malaysian Chinese upbringing, Mei Yong started Turban Chopsticks. She was a busy professional and spotted a gap for a convenient range of Curry Pastes, Chutneys and Jams that made cooking authentic flavours at home much easier.

The Broth Sisters

Sisters, Linda Vantaggiato and Jane Crawford, started The Broth Sisters to recreate the broth recipes of their ‘farm to table’ upbringing. The business has grown from a desire to bring their family recipes to the community and is driven by a passion for health and nutrition. The range includes innovative Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags and Stock Concentrates. 

Summer Salt Body

Sarah Howe started making salt scrubs to sell at the local markets as a hobby but it quickly grew into a fully fledged business – Summer Salt Body. In line with her vegan values, all of the Summer Salt Body products – including Essential Oils, Salt Soaks and Crystal Soaps – are vegan and made with 100% natural ingredients.

Bennetto

Lucy Bennetto went from high school drama teacher to chocolatier when she started luxe, fairtrade chocolate brand, Bennetto. Driven by a desire to not only produce decadent, delicious chocolates, Lucy also strives to do good for the planet and the people that work along the Bennetto supply chain.

Koja

Kate Johansson started KOJA over her frustration at “health food” that was packed with fillers, preservatives and other nasties. So she set about “making healthy simple” with a range of plant-based, nutrient-dense wholefood snacks with no hidden ingredients, nasties or excess sugar. 

Mingle

When female founder, Jordyn Evans, launched Mingle, she wanted to shake up the spice aisle. She has certainly done that and then some, taking her no-nasties approach to the sauce aisle too! The bright and colourful range of Meal Bases, Natural Seasoning Blends and Better For You Sauces are giving new life to home cooking.

Supercharged Food

Lee Holmes is an accredited Clinical Nutritionist, wholefoods chef and yoga and meditation teacher. She’s also the founder of Supercharged Food where she helps people make healthy lifestyle changes with a range of naturopathic products, including the Love Your Gut Powder and Negative Ion Candles. 

The Monday Food Co.

When Indi Sutton started The Monday Food Co., she drew on her background in naturopathy and raw food production. With a passion for gut health, she initially created a range of nourishing, small batch Granola. This has since been joined by Keto Cake and Bread Mixes as well as a Keto Mug Cake Mix.

Wotnot

In 2004, Sinead Roberts and Sioned Guard joined forces to create Wotnot Naturals. As mothers, they wanted to combine their passions for caring for their families and their environment. The range includes eco-friendly baby, beauty and suncare products that are loved by mums, bubs and the planet. 

Charlie Societé

Natalie Arendale and Alanah Nuzzo created Charlie Societé after two years of development for the perfect natural-looking tan. They only use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients for a lightweight and nourishing formula that leaves skin with a sun-kissed glow. 

Support female founders and women-owned businesses

You’ll find all of these brands and many more in our online store. You can shop online, anytime or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

Sources:

1. SMH, 2019.

2. EthniFacts, 2021.

3. EY, 2021.

4. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, 2021.

21 Products for Crafting a Crowd-Pleasing, Healthy Snack Platter

Snack and grazing platters always command a presence at events. Their rise in popularity over the years is likely a combination of:

  • the Snackification of meal times 
  • the increasing diversity of everyone’s dietary needs 
  • a human desire for more connection (which you can get over a communal plate) 
  • a lack of time to prepare a traditional multi-course meal for guests
  • and because… let’s face it, they look good on social media

Inspire your customers in-store and online with a spotlight (and even an in-store sampling or workshop!) on how to make a healthy, crowd-pleasing snack platter this entertaining season and beyond.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite better-for-you, on-trend additions below to get your creativity flowing!

Wholesale crackers for healthy snack platters

Healthy Crackers

KETO NATURALS Crispy Cauli – Sea Salted Bites

Not a cracker at all, but a cracker savoury addition! These vegan Keto Naturals Crispy Cauli Bites add an extra serving of vegetables to the spread without any artificial ingredients. They’re gluten free, low in carbs, keto friendly and contain one full, fresh cauliflower head per pack. Available in three tempting flavours for a surprising burst of crunch. 

KETO NATURALS Almond Flour Crackers – Rosemary & Garlic

Keto Naturals’ gluten-free, low-carb ‘lavosh-style’ Almond Flour Crackers are keto friendly and packed with flavour. Their small size makes them great for share platters amongst cheese and dips, yet their moreish taste is enough to want to keep them all to yourself. Available in three flavours. 

KETO NATURALS Cracker Thins – Salt & Vinegar

These gluten-free, all-natural Keto Naturals Cracker Thins are made from black soybeans making them ridiculously low in carbs, keto friendly and a source of protein. Available in three flavours (one of which is vegan friendly), these air-popped, extra crispy crackers suit a variety of dietary needs.

Wholesale chocolate for healthy snack platters

Quality Chocolates

VEGO Dark Chocolate Bar – Nuts & Berries

For a chocolate inclusion that’s a little fruity, the VEGO Nuts & Berries Dark Chocolate Bar is a great vegan option. Packed with crunchy almonds and hazelnuts as well as blueberry, raspberry and cranberry pieces, this bar combines sweet and savoury in the best way and is certified organic, gluten free and Fairtrade.

ALTER ECO Chocolate (Organic) – Dark Sea Salt Truffles

These organic Alter Eco Dark Sea Salt Truffles combine the subtle crunch of a dark chocolate shell studded with fleur de sel de Guérande with a rich, melt away truffle centre. Each truffle is gluten free, Fairtrade and wrapped in a plant-based, compostable wrapper that adds a pop of colour to the board.  

BENNETTO Organic Dark Chocolate – Intense Dark

Bennetto’s Organic Intense Dark Chocolate block is vibrant and pure with the natural and subtle fruity notes characteristic of the Peruvian cocoa bean. This gift-worthy chocolate is vegan, gluten free and made without soy. Perfectly paired with savoury offerings on a typical snack platter, this elegantly-patterned block can be broken into shards for a high-quality chocolate inclusion.

Wholesale chocolate coated for healthy snack platters

Choc-Coated Crunch

NAKED CHOCOLATE CO. Freeze Dried Raspberries – Dark Chocolate

Australian-owned and made, Naked Chocolate Co. Dark Chocolate Freeze Dried Raspberries combine decadent Belgian chocolate and premium dried raspberries for a tangy crunch. Crafted with 100% natural ingredients, they are gluten-free and vegan-friendly crowd pleasers. 

DR SUPERFOODS Wild Blueberries – Dark Chocolate

Dr Superfoods Dark Chocolate Wild Blueberries are vegan friendly and gluten free. These antioxidant-packed morsels are one of their top sellers. Coated in a smooth, premium Belgian chocolate shell, they look great scattered amongst fresh, colourful produce on a platter. 

DR SUPERFOODS Roasted Almonds – Amber Chocolate

Dr Superfoods have also coated premium, Australian-grown, roasted almonds in a smooth shell of Amber Belgian Chocolate. Amber chocolate is created by putting white chocolate through a gentle and slow conching process that results in a caramel-like flavour reminiscent of Dulche de Leche. This caramel, crunchy roasted almond combination offers a moreish, all-natural, gluten-free alternative to milk or dark chocolate-coated treats. 

Wholesale healthy chips for healthy snack platters

Better Chips

NUDUS BITES Zucchini Chips – Cracking Sea Salt

A different take on adding vegetables to the plate; Nudus Bites Zucchini Chips are air-dried and made by gently tossing fresh Australian-grown zucchini slices with handcrafted dressings. The result? An intensely flavoursome and nutrient-dense crunchy snack. 

BANANA JOE Banana Chips – Sea Salt

A brilliant snack platter needs a mix of sweet and savoury. These Sea Salt Banana Chips from Banana Joe add a dose of probiotics and prebiotics for gut health delivered via a savoury snack that tastes just like a regular potato chip! Proudly sustainably grown and made from Hom Thong bananas, these thin and crispy chip alternatives are a surprisingly better-for-you addition. Plus, they’re naturally gluten free, vegan friendly and available in two other flavours – Thai Sweet Chili and Hickory BBQ.

EXTRAORDINARY FOODS Pure Kale Chips – Cashew ‘Cheese’

Made with natural, Australian-grown ingredients, Extraordinary Foods Pure Kale Chips with Cashew ‘Cheese’ are dehydrated at 46 degrees Celsius for 14 hours to help retain the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. They’re made with organic kale and contain added probiotics for a nutrient-rich mix into a healthy platter. They are available in three flavour-packed varieties. 

Wholesale nuts for healthy snack platters

Sweet and Salty Nuts

2DIE4 LIVE FOODS Organic Activated Almonds – Cinnamon Maple

2DIE4 Live Foods have crafted incredibly moreish Cinnamon Maple Organic Activated Almonds. Their ever-popular activated almonds are coated in organic cinnamon and maple syrup offering a delicate sweetness that works in perfect harmony with many common gourmet platter additions. Available in two sizes – 100g and 250g.

THE WHOLE FOODIES Native Cashews – Sea Salt

Made with two simple ingredients, cashews and sea salt, The Whole Foodies Sea Salt Native Cashews are dry roasted in their skins for an extra crunchy take on a classic snack platter inclusion. They are wild harvested, gluten free, vegan and higher in fibre than regular cashews and are available in two other flavours – Turmeric & Black Pepper and Kimchi. 

EAST BALI CASHEWS Wild Harvested Cashew Nuts Sea Salt

Wild harvested, single origin and ethically sourced Sea Salt Cashew Nuts from East Bali Cashews are made with three simple ingredients, cashews, coconut oil and sea salt. The 35g foil snack packs keep the cashews fresh and crunchy and offer multiple merchandising options in store. They have a great low RRP and each pack supports a social enterprise that gives back to the local community in Bali. 

Wholesale protein products for healthy snack platters

High-Protein Hit

VITAWERX Protein White Chocolate Bar

A Vitawerx Protein White Chocolate Bar is a low-sugar, keto-friendly, low-carb, gluten-free version of regular, creamy white chocolate. Catering to a wide range of diets and gentle on the stomach with an added digestive enzyme, it’s a better-for-you alternative that looks and tastes like the real thing! Consumers can break the bar into pieces or serve as a white chocolate dip for fresh fruit on the platter.

CLIF Builders Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter

A Chocolate Peanut Butter CLIF Builders Bar is a multi-layered, protein-packed snack bar. It offers the taste and texture of other, popular chocolate bars but is created with natural and organic ingredients to fuel and recover from workouts and busy schedules. Loaded with 20g of plant protein, it’s a great addition to balance out the snack platter with some satisfying but sweet protein options. Simply chop into bite-sized pieces for a ‘chocolate bar’ with hidden benefits. Available in three flavours. 

MACRO MIKE The Game Changer Protein Bar – Cheezecake Choc Chip Peanut Flavour

You might wonder how The Game Changer Protein Bar by Macro Mike fits on a snack platter. The taste resembles a peanutty, caramel-style ‘cheezecake’ fudge sprinkled with choc chips. So when chopped into bite-sized pieces, it’s essentially a healthier, protein-packed version of a Jersey Caramel! Plus, they’re all natural, gluten free and vegan friendly.

A Savoury Extra: NOBLE JERKY Vegan Jerky – Teriyaki

Complimentary to the flavours of both vegan and regular kinds of cheese, Noble Jerky’s Teriyaki Vegan Jerky is flavourful, chewy and made entirely from all-natural ingredients. Created using premium, non-GMO tempeh and marinated with spices, these snackable strips are high in protein with a meaty texture and flavour. Available in five flavours.

Wholesale better for you sweet products for healthy snack platters

Something Sweet

DANDIES Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows

Dandies Marshmallows are vegan, vanilla flavoured alternatives to regular marshmallows. Customers can add an element of fun to a sweets-focused platter with these fluffy pillows. Place some bamboo skewers or toothpicks beside them on the shelf to hint at the idea of mini fruit kebabs too. They are made with no artificial flavours or colours and are free from corn syrup, gelatine and gluten. Dandies also offer Mini Marshmallows for a more subtle addition to the board. 

EAST BALI CASHEWS Salted Caramel Popcorn with Cashews

Popcorn is a fun extra to add to either a sweets board or a mixed platter. The Salted Caramel Popcorn with Cashews from East Bali Cashews is a sweet and salty match made in snack heaven. Crispy caramel popcorn mixed with pieces of crunchy cashews make for a delectable snack worthy of going back for more. Made with sustainably-sourced, natural ingredients, it’s a better-for-you take on an indulgent treat. 

J.LUEHDERS Soft Vegan Candy – Red Berries

Another better-for-you, vegan-friendly option is a packet of the J.Luehders Red Berries Soft Candy. They’re made with 20% real fruit juice from pomegranate, apple, elderberries and blackberries, are completely free from gelatine, and contain no artificial colours or flavours. These delicious soft gummy candies from Germany are available in three tasty varieties – Exotic Fruits, Red Berries and Fruity Flowers that are loved by kids and adults alike.

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH A SMORGASBORD OF HEALTHY SNACKS

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy snack platter additions online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!

Eco Christmas Gifts

Christmas is big business. Roy Morgan predicts that Australian consumers are set to spend more than $11 billion on Christmas gifts this year. 70% of people are planning to spend more on festive season gifts than they did last year.

At the same time, research continues to show that consumers are embracing sustainable brands in a big way. According to one global study, Australians are more concerned about climate change and dealing with the amount of waste we generate than the people of any other country. 

Not only are consumers keen to make more eco-friendly purchases, but they’re also willing to pay more to do so. With this trend towards sustainable purchasing, it’s wise to include eco-gifting options in your Christmas range. 

You’re in the right place for a taste of what’s trending in the world of eco Christmas gifts. Below you’ll find the brands that are topping consumer Christmas wish lists. Plus, to make it even easier, you can shop from our curated Christmas gift guide in the Unique Health Products online store

Beauty and skincare Christmas gifts

BEAUTY AND SKINCARE

We’re in the midst of a natural beauty “eco-lution”. Eco-luxe is definitely in when it comes to what consumers are choosing to use on their skin. They are preferencing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products over other alternatives.

This year ACURE has added a range of exciting, consumer-led products to the range. From Vitamin C Brightening products to a 100% Plant Squalane and the plant-based retinol alternative Bakuchiol Serum, these new products are on-trend and in-demand.

Regenerative brand Ethique also has a gifting collection. Each Gift Bundle contains two top-selling Ethique Solid Bars. The Minis are heart-shaped Solid Bars which also make excellent stocking stuffers. 

The Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products cater to a wide market interested in self care and beauty. 

Home eco Christmas gifts

HOME GIFTS

From stylish reusable alternatives to 100% natural ingredients, the home gifting space has also had an eco makeover. The trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

Ever Eco created the first reusable straw for the Australian market and it is still one of their top-sellers today. The rest of the range also offers great gifting opportunities with premium, powder-coated, stainless steel insulated mugs and a range of personal and home care products.

For meaningful gifts that travel well, Sow ‘n Sow is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are lightweight and make for easy counter sales. There are also Pop Up Pots and Gift Tags, all with beautiful illustrations, that complement the Gifts of Seeds range. 

For stylish Diffusers and quality Essential Oil blends, The Goodnight Co. offers the gift of sleep. With fans such as Miranda Kerr, The Goodnight Co. is much-loved with a strong brand following. 

Eco Christmas gifts for kids

BABY AND KIDS

According to research from Unicef, 59% of children are concerned about climate change as a threat to their safety. 64% of 14-17 year olds are very concerned about plastic pollution. This is a generation of children who are very eco-aware and keen to see real change across the board… including in their Christmas stocking. 

Arigato Box is a new lunchbox alternative, made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. This is an ideal Christmas gift that carries well into back-to-school shopping post-Christmas. 

For younger kids and babies, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware in on-trend, neutral and pastel tones. Top-sellers all year round, they are simple to package up in Christmas bundles for fuss-free gifting. 

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. WIth brightly-coloured packaging, the products are enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin. 

Foodie eco Christmas gifts

FOODIE GIFTS

What’s Christmas without delectable treats? For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for fair trade or sustainable alternatives to gifts, we have you covered.

The Alter Eco range of Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are fair trade and organic, made with sustainably-sourced cocoa beans and premium ingredients. The new packaging redesign also helps the range to stand out on shelves with a bold new look. 

Another one for chocolate lovers is New Zealand brand, Bennetto. The organic, fair trade and vegan chocolate blocks feature beautiful illustrations on the packaging with a range of decadent flavours to cater to different tastebuds. 

With beautiful glass packaging, the Extraordinary Foods Pimp My Salad range is for a different kind of foodie. These salad toppers are vegan and keto-friendly and made from ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

YOUR ECO CHRISTMAS GIFTS RANGE SORTED

You can stock your shelves with a selection of eco Christmas gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime 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.

Healthy Indulgence: Helping Consumers have their Cake and Eat it too

Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.

IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.

This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping. 

But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences. 

Baking mixes

Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.

Brands such as Low Carb Life, Get Ya Yum On, The Monday Food Co and PBCo. each caters to different macro and dietary choices or requirements such as keto friendly, gluten free or low carb. 

Chocolate treats

The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers. 

What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice. 

Savoury snacks

There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind. 

2die4 Live Foods has a huge range of savoury nuts and other snack options. For more of a chip-style treat, brands such as Banana Joe, Keto Naturals and Nudus Bites each have an innovative and top-selling offering.

Healthier desserts

In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options. 

Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around. 

Stock your shelves with healthy indulgences

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy indulgences online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!

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!).

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

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.

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

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