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!

What are Aussies eating right now? (And how to stock your shelves!)

According to Neilsen Homescan research, in the four weeks ending 22 March 2020, the volume sales for long-life meals, bread mix, rice, flour and pasta have more than doubled! 

These numbers mean the average Australian pantry is stocked with enough of these items to last two to three months. But they’re continuing to buy! 

“Our recent analysis highlights some clear themes in consumer behaviour we can expect to see over the next few months,” says Managing Director of Nielsen Connect, Bernie Hughes.

“More time at home will give rise to more cooking and baking from scratch as consumers find creative ways to use up their pantry staples; but an increase in sales for convenient meal options also cater to smaller person households or those that are juggling the various demands of working from home and homeschooling.”

HOW TO PREP YOUR SHELVES FOR CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND:

The Post-Carb Loading Diet Craze

The average Australian household has enough rice to see them through 65 days, pasta to last 63 days and enough noodles to last 55 days.

Due to the heavy carb storing, Mr Hughes predicts that, “Brands that focus on health and fitness in the future are likely to see strong demand from consumers who see a renewed sense of importance in staying healthy.”

Have these low carb and keto-friendly options on standby:

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  • Herocup Keto Peanut Butter Cup
  • Lakanto Monkfruit and Erythritol Sweetener
  • PBCo Low Carb Crumbs & Lower Carb Rice
  • Slim Secrets Bare Bar
  • Botanika Blends Protein Powders
  • Macro Mike Brownie Mix
  • The Monday Food Co Keto Cake Mix
  • Vitawerx Keto Mayo

Creativity SpikeS

Australian households are likely to make more of an effort to cook from scratch and attempt to make meals outside of their usual repertoire.

Nielsen Digital Content Ratings data shows that on the last weekend of March, Australians spent 71% more time online with food and cooking content when compared to the last weekend of February.

“We anticipate that shoppers will begin to think more creatively about how they cook over the next few weeks,” explains Mr Hughes.

Let your customers get creative with these easy additions to new and exciting dishes:

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  • Mingle Seasonings
  • Essential Hemp Hemp Seeds
  • Nuilife Coconut Sugar
  • Nutritionist Choice Sushi Nori
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dandies Mini Vanilla Marshmallows
  • Natural Evolution Dough Mix
  • Organic Times Choc Drops

Convenience continues

Since many families are juggling the challenges of working from home and looking after children – shoppers have also stocked up on quick-and-easy meal solutions, including prepared meals, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce.

Instant, effortless or really easy. These products tick the boxes for healthy convenience:

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  • Uptons Naturals Ready Meal Kits
  • Nutritionist Choice Instant Noodles
  • Difatti Gnocchi
  • Plantasy Foods Mac n Cheez
  • Upbeat Instant Meals
  • Plantasy Foods Gravy Mix
  • Turban Chopsticks
  • Spice Girlz
  • Nuilife Teriyaki Sauce

SPRING CLEANING IN AUTUMN

Toilet paper and hand sanitiser are still very hard to come by in-store and online. However, Australian shoppers are also stockpiling other household products including general cleaners, disinfectants and dishwashing detergent.

Disinfectant sales are up 102% on a year-over-year basis.

Try these popular, natural brands:

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  • Planet Luxe
  • Koala Eco
  • Kin Kin
  • Bon Ami
  • Euco Clean

“Consumer habits tend to change over time, but the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing Australian consumers to reconfigure their lives, their habits and their spending patterns at a speed and scale we have never seen.

“With households now in lockdown and experiencing what it means to have restricted movement, limited access to physical stores and expanded reliance on digital connectivity, it is important to continue to monitor these trends as we adjust to a new normal,” concludes Mr Hughes.

Ready to stock your shelves with proven top sellers in this unpredictable time? Head to our online store. It’s open 24/7! Not yet registered with us? Register for your wholesale account here. Excerpts from this article have been reproduced from the original article published on Retail World Magazine.

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. 

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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! 

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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! 

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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.

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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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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.

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