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.

Wholesale chocolate snacking

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.

The decadent HeroCup chocolate cups are naturally-sweetened, vegan snack alternatives made with dairy-free dark chocolate. HeroCup also caters to the thriving keto market with keto options available.

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. 

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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

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.

The Humble Vegan is a colourful brand, both in the look of the packaging and how they showcase their vegan values. With six different flavours, each product uses ethically sourced ingredients with only natural flavours and colours. They are all free from dairy, gluten and nuts.

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.

Give Gluten-Free Customers a Grinch-Free Holiday Season

FOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE CUSTOMERS, GUARANTEEING A TASTY DELIGHT WITHOUT BEING THE ONE THAT BRINGS IT OR MAKES IT IS OFTEN QUITE UNLIKELY. THIS IS TRUE ON ANY OCCASION, LET ALONE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Most would be able to recall an ‘oh, I can’t… I don’t eat gluten’ comment. Yes?

It’s not that these potential customers don’t want a slice of delicious cake, a crunchy cracker or a melt-in-the-mouth biscuit – trust me they want it as much as anybody! This is why year-after-year we see the gluten-free industry in a state of exponential growth. Not just in monetary value or demand but also in variety.

There are almost endless options available now for customers who are avoiding or are sensitive to gluten. There’s cakes, crackers, biscuits, breads, sauces, dressings, DIY bake mixes… the list goes on. We’ve also got our hands on some gluten-free Christmas recipes that your customers will brag about, but we’ll get to those.

First let’s talk about gluten, or in this case the absence of it.

According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global gluten-free food market was valued at US$2.84 billion in 2014 and is projected to reach US$4.89 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2015 to 2021.

Gluten-free is surely on the rise, with those not only sensitive to gluten opting for such options but also health conscious consumers following the same path.

A study from Monash University revealed that 78% of those who purchase gluten-free products say they do so for some sort of health reason.

It also identified that younger generations are the majority responsible for the industries growth. 38% of Generation Z and 32% of millennials said they are willing to pay more for gluten-free products.

These types of consumers are a lot more loyal than your bargain hunting customers and tend to be influenced mostly by quality and customer service.

So what to do now? Don’t hide from all those consumers seeking convenient, gluten-free options over the silly season. Show them the stock and enlighten them with all the potential holiday treats they may have missed before gluten-free popularity boomed.

Snacks are among the top gluten-free foods these consumers demand, so stock up on some favourites that still have the holiday feel like Dr Superfoods Super Cherries, Chimes Toasted Coconut Toffee and The Ginger People Crystallised Ginger.

With the healthy convenience trend still shaping up strong, it’s also a good idea to stock up on brands like Monica’s Mixes Baking Mixes and offer recipes that suit the season. We’ve added a couple delicious favourites from Monica Topliss below for you to share.

 

GLUTEN FREE FRUIT MINCE TARTS

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INGREDIENTS

FRUIT MINCE
50g each sultanas, inca berries, currants, mixed peel
50g each dried figs and glace cherries, chopped
1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
25g each almonds and pecans, chopped (optional)
200g rapadura or coconut sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
3 tbls orange juice
2 tbls cold grated coconut oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1 small unpeeled cooking apple, grated

PASTRY
130g frozen grated coconut oil
240g Monica’s Gluten Free Flour Mix
50g sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
110ml ice cold water

 

METHOD

FRUIT MINCE
1. Mix together.
2. Best if you allow mixture to sit for up to 7 days.

PASTRY
1. Place coconut oil in freezer until hard.
2. Then grate and return to freezer until you are ready to begin the pastry.
3. Place the frozen grated coconut in a bowl with the flour, sugar and salt.
4. Using a fork, give the mixture a quick stir. Avoid overheating the mixture as you want the shreds of frozen coconut oil to remain very cold.
5. Add the egg and water, and using your fork, mix well. Lastly using your hands, bring the dough together to form a ball.
6. Roll out the dough and cut 6 x 10cm pieces with a round cookie cutter.
7. Place the circles into bases of a muffin tin and blind bake for 10mins at 180oC.
8. Roll out the scraps of dough and cut small stars or hearts to top the tarts.
9. Fill with fruit mince, top with star or hearts and brush tarts with egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes.
10. Enjoy!
TIP! Bottle what fruit mince is left and use throughout the festive season…mix through vanilla ice-cream and make a lovely frozen pudding!

 

MONICA’S MIXES CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE

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INGREDIENTS
200g mixed dried fruit of choice
75 ml fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 x packet Monica’s Mixes Banana Bread Mix
½ cup (125ml) mild flavoured oil
½ cup (125ml) water
250g apple puree
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
50g glace cherries
50g raw almonds
3 tablespoons orange marmalade

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 150oC and line a deep, 15cm round cake tin with baking paper.
2. Place the dried fruit, juice, orange zest and goji berries into a small pot and bring to the boil.
3. Boil for 30 seconds, remove from heat and set aside.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the apple puree, oil and water until smooth.
5. Add the Banana Bread Mix and whisk until smooth.
6. Fold through the plumped fruit and juice mix.
7. Combine well and spoon the batter into prepared cake tin.
8. Arrange the glace cherries and almonds on top of the cake.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
10. To glaze add 1 tablespoon of water to marmalade in a small pot and warm over low heat until liquefied.
11. Use a pastry brush to glaze the top of the cake.
12. Store in cool spot in an airtight container.

 

APPLE & PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS

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INGREDIENTS
1 tbls golden flaxmeal or chia
3 tbls water
1 cup grated apple
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Monica’s Mixes Paleo Flour

METHOD
1. Mix flaxmeal or chia and water and let sit while you place the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add the flax mixture and mix to combine and make a stiff dough.
3. Press out the dough to a disc 2cm thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter.

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4. Bake at 180oC for approx. 20 minutes until golden.
5. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

NOTE! Monicas Mixes Paleo flour is grain free and contains coconut flour, green banana flour, sesame flour – great for shiny coats and good digestion!

 

For more festive season stocking tips and tricks, or to open an account, contact us anytime using using our online contact form or give our team a call during office hours.

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!