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!

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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.

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!