SPEED SCRATCH… the latest buzz word in cooking

TIME-POOR CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING THE TREND, USING CONVENIENCE PRODUCTS LIKE MIXES, READY-TO-EAT AND PRE-PREPARED FOODS THAT CALL FOR ONLY A HANDFUL OF FRESH INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FAST, HEALTHY MEALS.

This means sales opportunities abound!

With winter pushing consumers into the kitchen, seeking warmth in baking and cooking, ensure you’ve stocked the shelves with a selection of easy to use, healthy speed scratch products and nutritious wholefood ingredients to help them battle the cold and the clock.

Take a look at our top pantry picks to satisfy both sweet and the savory cravings this winter!

SWEET

1. Teff Tribe Pancake Mix–  Easy and nutritious!
2. Bake Mixes Banana Muffin Mix – Certified organic!
3. Wholesome Chow Brownie Mix – No refined sugar!
4. Fit Mixes Choc Chia Protein Ball Mix – High in protein!

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5. The Whole Foodies Rice Malt Syrup – Fructose free!
6. Power Super Foods Cacao –  Superfood!
7. Organic Times Little Gems – Fair trade!
8. Nirvana Liquid Stevia –  Zero calories or carbs!
9. Perfect Sweet Xylitol –  Low GI!

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10. Niugini Coconut Oil – Cholesterol free!
11. 2die4 Walnuts – Activated nuts!
12. Matakana Coconut Butter – Creamed coconut meat!
13. The Ginger People Bare Ginger – Sustainably farmed!

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SAVOURY

1. Protein Bread Co Savoury Muffins – High in protein!
2. Monica’s Mixes Pizza Base Mix – Wholesome ingredients!
3. Sol Organics Dahl Mix – Easy to prepare blend!
4. Mingle Seasoning – Tasty and simple spice mixes!

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5. Forbidden Foods Rice –  Certified organic!
6. Niulife Sweet Chilli – Just four natural ingredients!
7. The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles – Ready to eat!
8. Bragg Nutritional Yeast – Delicious, healthy addition to most dishes!

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9. Nakula Coconut Milk – Perfect base for Asian dishes!
10. Nutritionist Choice Noodles – Wholesome instant noodles!
11. Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste – Ready to use fresh turmeric!
12. Planet Organic Spices – Convenient shakers!
13. Redmond Real Salt – Unrefined mineral salt!

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If you’d like to stock up on these hot winter essentials, easily add them to your next online order.

Don’t already have a Unique Helath Products account? Get started here and gain access to thousands of popular, in-demand and on-trend products from national and global brands.

Naturally Good Expo 2017 Proves a Knock Out

KNOWN FOR BRINGING TOGETHER RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS, BRAND OWNERS AND NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRY EXPERTS, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2017 DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

This year Unique went bigger and better, bringing hundreds of brands and thousands of products to display. The team also offered hours of tastings and sampling, countless amounts of generous goodies bags and Dale (UHP Managing Director) and the team shared the wealth of knowledge gained from being in the industry for over three decades.

For those who were amongst the 6,322 who attended The Naturally Good Expo in Sydney, it was fantastic to meet you and discuss our industry trends and what’s new!

As the biggest trade show in the Southern Hemisphere for everything healthy we were thrilled to be surrounded by like-minded professionals.

For those who unfortunately were unable to make it this year, we’ll catch you up on what you missed.

Naturally Good 2017 is the ONLY place to see, taste, sample and order the newest, latest-trending and in demand products your customers want!

Every year we aim to bring Unique’s diversified, fun culture, expert customer service and strong business ethics to the expo. For those of you that have toured our Sunshine Coast headquarters, you’d know it’s not an easy task!

With over 300 exhibitors, it was one busy environment. We designed our stand specifically to create a space that was easy for our visitors to see, touch, taste and interact with our company and the brands we represent. From the green foliage to the clear signage, the space was designed to help our visitors find exactly what was needed while also understanding our natural origins and what we stand for.

We had every category covered: active nutrition, grab n’ go, healthy snacks and drinks, superfoods, natural remedies, pantry and body + hair care.

What was available for tasting and sampling?

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Our tasting and sampling booth was a huge hit!
Top-selling brands travelled as far as Indonesia, Japan and the USA to showcase their ranges of delicious, nutritious food and innovative natural beauty, body care and remedies at Unique’s Naturally Good Expo stall.

Products that were featured in our tastings included:

CLIF Bar – New Cool Mint Chocolate Bar
Little Zebra Chocolates – Sugar-free chocolate range
Vego – The best vegan chocolate in the world
Monica’s Mixes – Protein Patty Mix
The Protein Bread Co – Low carb, high protein bread
Alps Water Filter – A consistent top-selling water purifier
East Bali Cashews – Sustainable flavoured cashews
Seaweed Superfood Co. – Spiced Turmeric Popcorn
2die4 Live Foods– Activated Tamari Almonds
Minor Figures – Award-winning cold-pressed coffee
The Ginger People – Gin Gins and Ginger Rescue
Pure Fields – Coconut Chips
Alter Eco – Fair Trade Chocolate
Bounce – Plant Power Balls
Zen Green Tea– Matcha Green Tea Powder
Natural Evolution –  Green banana flour and resistance starch
The Whole Foodies – Kelp Noodles
Alchemy Cordials – Kyoto Matcha Elixir
Golden Grind – Turmeric Blend
Nakula – Coconut Water

Products that were featured in our sampling included:

Acure Organics – Natural skincare
Amazing Oils – Magnesium range
Cellfood – Remedies
My Magic Mud – Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

What was in our goodies bags?

On top of all our tastings and sampling, generous goodies bags were given out filled with our top-selling and new products. Full sized products, sample sizes and brochures filled with information, they really had it all!

Brands that featured in our goodies bags included Little Mashies, Tooshies By Tom, ACURE Organics, Nature’s Gate, The Whole Boodies, My Magic Mud, Alchemy, Redmond, Amazing Oils, Mingle, Comvita, Dr Superfoods, The Natural Family Co., The Ginger People, Epic, Power Super Foods, Protein Supplies Australia, Dr Organic, Hanami, Cellfood, Nuun, CLIF Bar, Bragg, Health 2U, Point Pharma, Amazonia, Skin B5, Giovanni,  Minor Figures and Essential Oxygen.

All the new brands and products received lots of hype, in particular, Upton’s Naturals, East Bali Cashews Granola, Chef Soraya, Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix as well as the new ACURE Organics facial wipes and My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste.

Golden Grind even won best beverage product at The Naturally Good Expo 2017!

The Naturally Good Expo

Trends that proved to be booming at the expo included vegan snacks, nutrient-dense foods, healthy grab n’ go and healthy speed scratch.

If you did miss us this year, you may want to know – will Unique be back? It’s a definite for us!

We can’t wait to do it all again. Next year will be bigger and better again, and we look forward to bringing our new exciting products along for you to taste, touch, try and discover!

Naturally Good Expo is the one place where retailers can research all the different products and trends in our industry in just two days. Even if you had to travel from the other side of the country, we highly recommend it!

Find out more about the Naturally Good Expo here.

The Bragg Family Tree

IT’S THE FAMOUS FAMILY TREE, THE LIQUID GOLD OF OUR INDUSTRY – BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Paul Bragg and his daughter Patricia have been health pioneers for decades, providing iconic products from a family grown, internationally loved company, Bragg!
While huge celebrities like Katy Perry endorse Bragg which boosts demand, the solid support has always been thanks to the high-quality reputation that Bragg has built over the decades. Bringing back customers again and again is what they do best!

Staying true to providing exceptional health food staples, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar continues to be our top seller in Australia and a top seller across the world. So, what is it that separates Bragg from other brands?

When asked to tell us a little more about why so many consumers love the brand, Bragg’s team was happy to share it all and even give Bhima our Purchasing Manager and Alyssa our Product Coordinator a tour of the picturesque Bragg farm in California!

So what was it that inspired the development of Bragg products all those decades ago? It was one huge positive that was built from an awful illness. As a young Man Paul Bragg was stricken with tuberculosis, which led him on a path of learning about natural healing. He dedicated his life to health crusading, giving lectures, writing books, and later developing healthy food products, including his famous apple cider vinegar.

Paul originated, named, and opened the first health food store in America.

It wasn’t always smooth, with a very bumpy start in the early days. There was very little education or even interest in nutrition by the average person when Bragg launched. Before TV and the internet, information was obtained by reading, radio or speaking events. The World Wars and rationing were on people’s minds, not nutrition, this was Bragg’s biggest struggle – spreading the word and educating.

Now as nutrition, health and transparency stick in the forefront of consumers’ food concerns and education is as easy as a google search or a scroll on social media, it’s all upward sales for the brand.

Why apple cider vinegar?

Paul C. Bragg came from a farming background and his father taught him that apple cider vinegar gave him the energy, immunity and cleansing needed for the physical demands of working in the fields. The first Bragg Live Foods products included Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is still the number one selling product of the brand’s today.

Since launching apple cider vinegar, Bragg continued to provide the world with high quality health food staples including apple cider vinegar drinks, popular liquid aminos, organic coconut liquid amino seasoning, olive oil and more.

The Bragg team explained that Patricia Bragg never wants her name on a product that contains harmful toxins, so you can assure customers that all products are GMO free and crops are sourced from organic growers. At the headquarters in Santa Barbara, the Bragg organic farm is certified organic. They use no pesticides or chemical cleaners and have multiple solar panels providing electricity.

A little more about the Bragg family farm

The Bragg farm sits in a canyon across from the ocean in Goleta, California. It’s a total of 110 picturesque acres and the site for all Bragg offices which are spread out between 3 buildings that surround a beautiful fountain. They also have a shipping and receiving warehouse, as well as a call centre on the farm.

Being at the Bragg farm, is like being in a tranquil paradise, a true reflection of their quality products. The farm is filled with all sorts of fruit trees in a lower and upper orchard and a man-made pond.

The Bragg team shared with us the love that Patricia Bragg has for roses, which explains why the farm is also filled with just about every rose you can imagine. Patrica has also filled it with stunning plaques and pieces of art that she’s collected over the years to beautify every corner you look.

Take a look at the Bragg farm photos here.

How is the famous Bragg apple cider vinegar made?

Fresh apples are used to make Bragg apple cider vinegar. The apples are pressed and the ‘mash’ ferments with the ubiquitous yeast, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, producing alcohol which is then consumed by the bacteria, Acetobacter Aceti, during a second fermentation. Vinegar is the end product of the fermentations and is then aged for 2 to 3 months before bottled and sold as Bragg apple cider vinegar.
A motto Patricia Bragg loves to live by and spread is “You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do!” She doesn’t create products that she doesn’t use herself and isn’t proud to have under the Bragg family tree. She is a living and breathing testament to what the Bragg can do to keep your customers healthy and energetic! Check out the photos of when she visited Unique Health Products.

Discover more about the liquid gold of our industry and the history of Bragg here.

To purchase Bragg products you can easily sign up for a retailer account or if you are already a Unique customer, order online anytime.
Due to the extreme popularity of this brand and the time Bragg need to ensure a quality product, stock is not always guaranteed.

Please contact our friendly customer service team to ensure supply before placing your order.

Generating Sales For Every Generation

WITH EACH GENERATION THERE ARE VARYING REASONS FOR WHAT HEALTHY FOODS ARE BOUGHT AND WHY.

While general research suggests that the younger generations are the prime target for health food purchases and are willing to pay more for such foods, it doesn’t mean you throw the towel in on sales from Generation X, Baby Boomers or the Silent Generation.

Learning more about the wants of each generation can help you increase your market knowledge and therefore understand how and what to sell to each target group. Below we’ve taken a closer look at each generation’s purchase decision barriers with healthy food and where they place their importance in the category.

 

GENERATION Z – AGED UNDER 22

30% of Generation Z see healthy food products as very important and 31% are very willing to pay a premium price for them.

BARRIERS
These consumers are not fond of the ‘one-stop-shop’ concept and will shop at several locations for specific goods.

OPPORTUNITIES 
41% are willing to pay a premium for sustainable products and 37% for gluten free products.

TRY THIS
Offer in store tastings of gluten free, sustainable products to get them in store and to increase their purchases, merchandise companion products together.

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MILLENNIALS – AGED 23-36

Millennials, these are the consumers that are changing food as we know it and driving demand for natural healthy foods. They are willing to pay a premium for such products and their focus is on quality over price.

BARRIERS
This consumer group have a strong need for simplicity and transparency with their food choices.

OPPORTUNITIES 
90% of this group use social media with a third saying it’s their preferred means of communication with a business. This consumer group are particularly interested in specialty foods with specific attributes, such as organic or natural.

TRY THIS
Use social media to create hype around the organic and natural products you stock.

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GENERATION X – AGED 37-51

For Generation X healthy attributes as very important and 50% of these consumers will read the nutritional panel before they purchase.

BARRIERS
74% are not willing to pay a premium for products that offer healthy attributes.

OPPORTUNITIES 
With a third of this group wanting to cook more and 63% of Generation X females express they have a love for cooking, products that nurture this will help break their purchase barriers.

TRY THIS
Host a cooking demonstration using good value, healthy convenience products. Hand out recipe cards and offer a discount on the products used.

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BABY BOOMERS – AGED 52-66

Unlike millennials who are less married to the ‘one-stop-shop’ concept of shopping, Baby Boomers tend to purchase at one store for everything. They’re your big buyers and they’re also loyal.

BARRIERS
A majority (87%) of Baby Boomers don’t shop for premium brands and almost half (49%) shop on price.

OPPORTUNITIES 
They are willing to pay more for foods that are GMO free, have no artificial colours or flavours and are marketed as all natural.

TRY THIS
Create an eye-catching end of aisle display with a variety of quality, trusted, natural and affordable products.

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THE SILENT GENERATION – AGED 67+

Between now and 2050 the number of Australians aged over 65 is expected to more than double and will account for an estimated 25% of the population. So although Millennials may be driving the health food trends, you shouldn’t forget the Silent Generation.

BARRIERS
They don’t see health attributes as important, nor are they willing to pay more for them.

OPPORTUNITIES 
What they do see value in though, are low sugar products. These consumers (33%), along with Baby Boomers (37%) places more importance on sugar-free and low-sugar products than any other consumer group.

TRY THIS
Use wobblers and clear signage to point out sugar free products.

The Silent Generation - Products

For further assistance on point of sale material or tips on attracting consumers contact us or read top tips to get seen, heard and selling.

Sources:
Nielson, 2016.
Forbes, 2015.
Euromonitor, 2016.

The Naturally Good Expo Exceeds Expectations

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

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

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

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

This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.

For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!

 

Mark it on your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!

You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.

Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

2016’s HOTTEST Health Lifestyles – Helping the ‘New Year, New Me’ Consumer

THE NEW YEAR SIGNIFIES A FRESH START FOR MANY. IT’S STEREOTYPICALLY THE TIME OF YEAR THAT FUTURE GOALS ARE REASSESSED AND RESET.

It’s inevitable that your customers will be making New Year’s resolutions. Vowing for healthier, happier lifestyles in 2016, they will be actively seeking help to achieve their goals and stay on track. An insight into the healthy lifestyle trends predicted to be favourites for 2016 can help you stay up to date with consumer needs and expectations.

Many successful health lifestyles from 2015 will continue to be in focus this year: quitting sugar, living a paleo lifestyle, following a 5:2 diet, going vegan, eating raw, detox and cleanses as well as living a healthier lifestyle.


QUITTING SUGAR

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Usually referring to the elimination of fructose from our diet, this trend is highly driven by the international best-selling author and health advocate, Sarah Wilson.

  1. Sarah Wilson’s research has identified that some benefits of quitting sugar include a decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes, slowed aging, a decreased risk of cancer and a healthier weight.
  2.  The average Australian consumes a massive 30 teaspoons of sugar (from both added and natural sources)*. This is about 6 times the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of just 5-6 teaspoons daily.
  3. 75% of the sugar we eat comes from processed and pre-packaged foods and drinks*. These aren’t just from sugary soft drinks, but are also surprisingly hidden in perceived ‘healthy’ foods such as low fat yogurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals.

*Government of South Australia, SA Health.

 

LIVING PALEO

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Eating paleo has been pushed to the mainstream with the support of health advocates such as author and chef Pete Evans. It’s generally based on eating as our ancestors did during the Paleolithic era, which eliminates processed foods, grains and dairy.

  1. Advocates of the paleo lifestyle reason that it decreases the risk of chronic diet-related disease and improves human performance.
  2. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, omega-3 and other polyunsaturated fats, which are said to improve our body’s ability to make use of food rather than store it as fat.
  3. Paleo is not just about what you eat, it’s a full lifestyle rethink. There is a focus on nutrition, sufficient sleep, water, exercise, stretching, sunshine, positive thinking and living a happy life.

FOLLOWING 5:2

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The 5:2 diet is about eating sensibly for five out of seven days and then restricting calorie intake on the remaining two days to about 500 calories, a quarter of your recommended daily intake*.

  1. Valter Longo, a biologist at the University of Southern California has found evidence that suggests that when calories are restricted, not only may you live longer, but the prevalence of diseases goes also decreases considerably.
  2. You start burning off your fat reserves only after you’ve used up the emergency glycogen stores in your liver. This is why there’s no point doing half measures or drip feeding on fasting days. It’s said that using up your restricted calories on your fasting days in one or two meals is most effective.
  3. Intermitted Fasting is based on years of research with studies going back over 80 years.

* Australian Healthy Food Guide recommends an average of approximately 2000 calories daily.

 

GOING VEGAN

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Veganism is a lifestyle that removes any animal products including meat, eggs and dairy from the diet, also clothing, skincare and anything else that is recognised to cause an animal to suffer during production. Veganism is followed for health and ethical reasons.

  1. Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn conducted a study that found a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that are associated with disease*.
  2. Approximately 95 litres of water is needed to produce 500 grams of wheat, while around 9,500 litres of water is needed to produce 500 grams of meat.
  3. Vegans get their protein from products like lentils, black beans, veggie burgers, tofu, nuts, peanut butter and soy milk.

*Based on Elizabeth Blackburn’s ‘Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study’.

 

EATING RAW

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The premise behind eating raw is that heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is bad because enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease.

  1. Raw Foodists say they have experienced benefits including clearer skin, increased energy and weight loss, as well as reports that eating raw helps to reduce the risk of disease.
  2. You can use blenders, food processors, and dehydrators to prepare foods, as long as it’s not heated above 50 degrees Celsius.
  3. There are many subcategories of raw foodists. Some include Fruitarian (people who consume mostly fruits), Sproutarian (people who consume mostly sprouts) and Juicearian (people who consume mostly fresh juice).


CHOOSING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

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Customers wanting to transition into a healthier life may be looking for more general information about improving their overall health and wellbeing. FMTV (Food Matters TV) offers these consumers over 400 health and wellbeing documentaries, recipe videos and expert interviews available to watch online at any time.

  1. Food Matters already has over 1.6 million people that have joined them on a path to wellness by connecting with their Facebook Page.
  2. Chair of the Cancer Council’s Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair, has identified through studies that a quarter of Australian teenagers are overweight or obese.
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle has said to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and illnesses.

4 Realities That Prove Non-GMO Has Made It To Mainstream

NON-GMO – MOST OF US ARE NOW FAMILIAR WITH THE TERM, BUT HOW MUCH DO THE MAINSTREAM KNOW AND MORE INTERESTINGLY WHAT DO THEY THINK? ARE THEY ADDING NON-GMO PRODUCTS INTO THEIR TROLLIES?

Firstly, let’s go back a few breaths. What’s Non-GMO? It stands for non-genetically modified organisms. When a product contains GMOs, it means that organisms in the product were created in a laboratory using genetic modification/engineering techniques.

Only a few years ago, anti-GMO activists would have only dreamt they’d see the day that non-GMO went mainstream. Fast-forwarding to 2015, that same dream has clearly become more than a reality! Non-GMO has made it to the mainstream! Check out the four reasons we’ve found that prove this.

1. Non-GMO Verification is on the incline
Scientists and consumer and environmental groups have been actively spreading the many health and environmental risks that are associated with foods containing GMOs. With the cons of GMOs being pushed into the public, many around the world are demanding non-GMO foods, specifically looking for products that hold the Non-GMO Project Verified logo. These products have gone through a rigorous verification program to ensure that their risk of GMO contamination is minimal. In just five years, the Non-GMO Project had grown to verify more than 14,000 products by 2013, which has since jumped to 35,000 products currently in 2015.

2. Sales are up and up and up
The sales of verified products reached $5 billion in 2013. Packaged Facts has also projected that by 2017 non-GMO products will make up around 30% of total food and beverage sales, with a value of about $264 billion – massive right?!

3. The movement is fuelled with force
Growth of the non-GMO movement has been fuelled by several major developments in the past year. Huge companies are seeing the profit potential in the movement, with retailers stocking more non-GMO foods to keep up with demand and even more suppliers pushing their products to qualify for the Non-GMO Verification. GMO Inside has also been a big force behind continually pushing non-GMO beyond its niche market and into the mainstream by educating the masses.

4. The mainstream now want their food clear as day
According to the Emerging Faith in Food Production whitepaper about 65% of consumers want their food to be more transparent. The rise of non-GMO like the rise of organic stems from the consumers primal desire to better understand where their food comes from and through food purchases, endorse the kind of farming they believe improves their health, wellness and the environment.