7 TRENDS SET TO SHAPE HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN 2020!

What seven trends are set to kick off 2020?

2019 saw major growth in both the eco-friendly and plant-based lifestyle segments.

Thanks, at large, to consumers becoming increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on their health and the environment. 

In a nod to the previous 20’s era, the continuing shift of social and cultural values will see those categories remain strong sellers.

However, these seven innovation-infused trends are hyped to hit the top-seller lists right alongside them.

Get ready for the snackification movement to seriously jazz up your shelves!

 

1. Puffed SnacksSpokes

 

Better-for-you puffed snacks will be taking their prime position on the savoury snacking shelf. A report by IRI found that puffed and extruded snacks saw 4.45% dollar sales growth from April 2016-2017 making up 36% of the $36.8 billion AUD salty snacks category. These puffed-up, crunchy snacks are in demand due to consumer desire to eat better, including cleaner ingredients, added protein and fibre or nothing artificial.

 

 

 

2. Peanut Everything

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The rise in healthy snacking and plant-based foods are fuelling the growth of nuts, seeds and of course, the ever-so-versatile peanut. As consumers continue to be more health conscious, the focus on the functional benefits that food can offer are driving sales for functional foods and beverages that work harder for consumers. According to Mintel, the fastest growing peanut ingredients in new products include peanut flour, peanut butter and peanut flavour. Peanuts offer the perfect trifecta for taste, texture and nutrition, offering protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

 

 

 

3. Keto FriendlyKeto Naturals

Natural Products Expo West and Expo East are two of the largest health food trade shows in the world. Last year, low sugar, dairy free and full-fat products reigned supreme. The clear direction for food innovation was plant based and keto friendly! More specifically, the surge in snacks, convenience foods and beverages that suit this trending diet! These products are loaded with oils, nuts and seeds to help consumers achieve ketosis, a metabolic state linked with weight loss and performance benefits.

 

 

 

4. Gut Friendly

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Gut health is one of the hottest topics in wellness. Innovative temperature-stable probiotics have expanded the ways in which manufacturers can utilise these healthful bacterial strains, leading to a host of functional foods including sweet and savoury snacks and convenient, food-based supplements. By 2020, BBC Research expects the probiotic market will be valued at $74 billion AUD.

 

 

 

 

5. Plant-Based SnacksBubbas 'Nana Chips

The plant-based trend isn’t exactly a new one but it’s not slowing down anytime soon thanks to an increased interest in health, social and environmental issues. The predicted value of the vegan snack market alone is estimated to reach $108 billion AUD by 2028! This is not surprising considering 1 Australian every 5 minutes decides to eat less meat or go meat free! Researchers contribute the boom to growing consumer awareness about plant-based, natural products and the rise in per capita disposable income leading to increased snacking. 

 

 

 

6. Active Nutrition

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Sports nutrition is no longer a place for the elite, but now encompasses weekend warriors, sports enthusiasts, adventurers and even active seniors! While the performance benefits are still there, the taste, texture and variety of flavours have improved astronomically. Health and nutrition are now top-of-mind for consumers buying these products, and they’re driving the global sports nutrition segment to a potential $35.5 billion AUD by 2022!

 

 

 

7. TransparencyPATCH Strips

While it’s not a specific food trend, more and more consumers are looking for brands that align with their own values. They want to be able to express their personal values through the products they purchase – whether that’s supporting the environment, women’s or animal rights, or something else. Consumers are demanding brands increase transparency and stand for something that brings about positive change. The rapid rise in companies becoming B Corp certified are a sign of this movement. It has never been more important for brands and businesses to have carefully articulated values. 

Are you ready for these seven trends in your store? With more than 3,500 health and wellness products expertly curated with trends and top selling potential in mind, you can confidently shop with us either online 24/7 or by giving our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAVOURY BANANA CHIPS

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

What is a savoury banana chip?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bubba’s Fine Foods – Key Selling Points

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

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

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

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

Banana Joe’s – Key Selling Points

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

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

SIX ON-TREND GIFT CATEGORIES FOR EASY MERCHANDISING

Christmas is right around the corner and the hunt for the perfect gift is well underway. Delight your customers by establishing displays in themes that are right on-trend and make gift giving a breeze. These are our top six on-trend gift categories to get you started!

If gifting is not part of your end-of-year promotional strategy, the food options double as great last-minute entertaining options for those with special diets!

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THE VEGAN FOODIE

This plant-based selection offers something for every taste.  You could suggest customers’ create a gourmet hamper, use a few treats as stocking fillers, or cater to their vegan guests with delicious options ready in a flash. 

  1. East Bali Cashews – Chilli Lime Cashew Snack 
  2. Upton’s Naturals – Thai Curry Noodle Real Meal Kit
  3. Vego Chocolate Bar – Hazelnut, White Almond Bliss and Dark Nuts & Berries
  4. J. Luehders – Red Berries
  5. The Whole Foodies – Native Cashews Turmeric & Black Pepper
  6. Dandies – Vegan Marshmallows
  7. Bubba’s Fine Foods – Savoury Original Grain Free Snack Mix
  8. The Fresh Chai Co – Vegan Original Blend Long Soaked Chai

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THE ADVENTURER

For the outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and adventurers at heart. These items are designed to support an active way of living, no matter where life takes you. Ideal to highlight for holiday season, you could easily switch this category to be ‘Travel Essentials’ if that resonates with your target customers more.

  1. Ever Eco – Silicone Bent Straws
  2. CLIF Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter
  3. Protein Supplies Australia – Raspberry Lemonade Hydration Recovery Drink
  4. Cheeki – Coffee Mug Topaz
  5. Nelson Naturals – Crush & Brush Mint Charcoal Tablets
  6. Hydro Flask – 32oz Wide Mouth Black (946ml)
  7. Eco – Face Sunscreen

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THE ECO WARRIOR

Catering to the eco-conscious consumer, this collection offers planet-friendly alternatives to everyday items without skimping on style or quality. Add them to your existing eco-friendly display or showcase them in a creative display of their own. 

  1. Niulife – Coconut Shell Bowl Natural and Polished
  2. Apple Green Duck – Reusable Shopping Bag – Grocer
  3. Fruity Sacks – Reusable Fruit & Veg Shopping Bags
  4. Ever Eco – Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads
  5. Woohoo – Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick
  6. Honeybee Wrap – Beeswax Kitchen Collection Pack
  7. That Red House – Stainless Steel Pegs 316 Marine Grade

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THE ACURE OBSESSED

This number #1 natural seller in the US is consistently popular, offering simple, cruelty-free, skin, body and hair care products that work. The packaging is ideal to create a standout colour blocked display and the price point makes these items perfect for adding a little something extra to finish off a gift. 

  1. Radically Rejuvenating – Under Eye Hydrogel Mask
  2. Seriously Soothing – Blue Tansy Serum Stick
  3. Brightening –  Facial Scrub
  4. Foil-Time Mask – Firming Gold Foil Mask
  5. Seriously Soothing – Seriously Soothing Solid Serum 3 in 1 (Reviewed in Bondi Beauty!)

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ECO-HOME & KITCHEN

Bring the kitchen to life with these funky dishcloths, DIY essential oil cleaning kit, and all-in-one Grow Kits for out of the box gift ideas that bring a sense of accomplishment and happiness – no green thumb required! Grow a kit in store to showcase how easy it is and generate interest in these living gift ideas!

  1. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Cow
  2. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Bees
  3. RetroKitchen –  Stainless Steel Cutlery Set – Colour Splash
  4. RetroKitchen – Make Your Own Cleaning Kit
  5. Urban Greens – Grow Your Own Tea Kit – Peppermint
  6. Urban Greens – Grow Kit – Culinary Flowers
  7. Urban Greens – Windowsill Grow Kit – Microgreens

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PAMPER DIY

From organic sheet masks and DIY clay masks to Australian nature-inspired wheat bags, sleep kits and magnesium that helps you sleep like a baby. These gift ideas are perfect to treat someone to a little TLC. Add some of them together to create a pamper hamper. Or switch on a diffuser with relaxing scents nearby for a multi-sensory shopping experience that gets shoppers in the self-care mood!

  1. Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask – Greek Yogurt, Anti-aging, Vitamin C
  2. Amazing Oils – Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion
  3. My Magic Mud – Calcium Bentonite Clay
  4. Wheatbags Love – Sleep Gift Pack – Waratah
  5. Wheatbags Love – Wheatbag – Seaside
  6. Wheatbags Love – Eyemask – Banskia

You can order all of these and more great gift ideas 24/7 in our online store or via our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Simply look for the ‘Gift Ideas‘ banner on the store homepage to go straight to all of the products listed above.

Not yet registered with us? No problem! You can get started here.