Snackification. The Changing Face of Australian Mealtimes

Consumers’ eating patterns have undergone fundamental changes. Instead of a traditional format of three meals at predetermined times each day, many consumers are moving towards a much more flexible pattern of snacking and grazing, eating at any time that is convenient.

Say hello to the health-conscious snackification movement!

What is snackification?

Research from Roy Morgan reveals that nearly 90% of Australian adults consume packaged snack food in an average week. While the healthy snack category, including items such as muesli bars, breakfast bars and rice crackers, is on the rise, the popularity of the sweet biscuits category has seen the biggest decline.

The snackification trend was originally driven by convenience food in general. Consumers demanded quick and easy food and drink to support their chaotically-busy lives. Fast-forward to today, and the interest in health and nutrition has spun the convenience industry on its head. Convenient food options no longer need to simply taste good, they also need to help consumers meet their nutritional goals.

Snacks are now so much more than a gap-filler between wholesome meals. They are replacing those meals.

There are no hard and fast rules for snackification. The same food may be an in-between meal snack one day, a lunch the next and an afternoon treat another day.

In essence, the definition of what a snack is has changed. The snack landscape is rapidly changing and now includes wholesome meal replacements, single-serve mini-meals, healthy snack bars, as well as heat & eat options, both savoury and sweet.

According to Euromonitor, the global health and wellness snacks market is forecast to reach $98 billion by 2025, growing at a rate of CAGR 5.8% between 2020 and 2025. The health and wellness sector is on the rise and is set to continue growing as attitudes towards snacks and health change.

Taste, nutrition and convenience are the three most important factors in choosing a snack. With this in mind, we’re seeing an industry-wide conscious effort to reduce sugar content; an increase in functional ingredients such as turmeric, hemp and ginger; lower carbohydrate options; plant-based mini-meals, protein-packed snacks and products designed to support a healthy gut.

Top-selling snacks

Top-selling snacks

Make sure you’re making the most of the snackification trend by stocking up on these top-selling snacks:

  • CLIF Bar – The CLIF Bar range is plant-based, on-trend and made with organic ingredients, making it the perfect grab n’ go energy bar.
  • Vege Chips – A globally recognised and much-loved brand that produces delicious, gluten-free, better-for-you snacks.
  • gimMe – With massive consumer demand for low calorie, nutrient-rich snacks, gimMe answers the call with high quality, irresistible healthy seaweed snacks.
  • Keto Naturals – The innovative snacks from Keto Naturals provide convenience and choice, with simple, clean ingredients. They’re vegan, low carb and gluten free, offering the ‘keto dieter’ and health enthusiasts a snack option for both sweet or savoury tastes
  • Upton’s Real Meal Kits – Ready in one minute, Upton’s Real Meal Kits are vegan friendly, made with real, recognisable ingredients and are available in two classic meals.
  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable company produces a range of mouth-watering, plant-based nutty snacks in attractive packaging with a great price point!
  • Botanika Blends – From their range of deliciously flavoured Plant Proteins to the high-protein, probiotic porridge range, Botanika Blends has meal-time convenience covered.
  • Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky – These high protein eats are made from premium marinated and seasoned tempeh for an all natural, non-GMO, plant-based snack.

Make the most of the snackification trend

We stock these leading brands and hundreds more to help you stay ahead of the trends. Simply order online anytime! You can view our entire range of snack items by selecting ‘Snacks’ in the categories menu. Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

Sources: Roy Morgan, 2020, Euromonitor International, 2021

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.

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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!

5 Signs Natural Health has Turned Mainstream

25 years ago, natural health was considered niche or boutique. Natural health products were found in health food speciality stores. The health food section of other stores, if there was even one at all, likely consisted of just a handful of products. 

Today, it’s a completely different story. The natural health industry has undergone quite the transformation. Don’t just take our word for it. Here are five signs that the tide has turned to take natural health to the mainstream.

Aisles are integrating

The health food aisle has long been a staple of grocery stores. Not anymore. As we’ve been talking about for some time now, retailers of all sizes, such as Coles, are integrating natural health products throughout their stores. 

You can now find the likes of brands such as Bragg, Upton’s Naturals and Banana Joe integrated into the regular grocery aisles.

Consumers can more easily find the products they’re looking for and discover new, healthier alternatives. And retailers can benefit from increased visibility and sales of the natural health products on their shelves. 

Packaging is evolving

Alongside the move towards integration, natural product packaging has also made a mainstream shift.

As the products themselves have become more mainstream, the packaging has stepped up with bold colours, sophisticated designs and a fresh take on what natural health can look like.

Brands like Ethique, Amazing Oils, Acure and Keto Naturals are all shelf stand outs and leading the way in the future of mainstream natural health. 

Consumer demand is growing

You need only look at some of the wellness trends data to see what is happening. Consumer demand for natural health products is growing… and it’s growing fast. 

Personalised nutrition is driving consumers to seek out more products that help them to achieve their health and wellbeing goals. 

Innovation is thriving

The natural health industry is innovative by its very nature. But as brands and products have made the shift into the mainstream spotlight, the level of innovation has hit new heights. 

Adaptogenic and nootropic ingredients, such as ashwagandha, reishi, rhodiola and ginseng are appearing in more and more products on the grocery shelves. Leaders in this space include Evolution Botanicals and The Ginger People. Brands such as Macro Mike and Botanika Blends are also continually innovating with flavour and product formulations. 

The way these products have been embraced in the mainstream has facilitated even greater growth in innovation.

Eco-friendly is an expectation

Consider these statistics:

Natural health brands have a head start on sustainability. They are generally more conscious of the ingredients they use and the impact of their packaging on the environment. This is now a broader expectation across the board. 

Brands like CLIF, East Bali Cashews and Koala Eco focus on sustainably sourced ingredients and reducing the environmental footprint of their packaging and operations. 

Top-selling natural health brands

At Unique Health Products we are proud to stock hundreds of leading and top-selling natural health brands. Over the last 25 years we have played an important role in bringing these products to the mainstream and we are focussed on continuing to do so into the future. Shop our range online 24/7, or alternatively you can 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.

THE FEEL GOOD FUTURE OF RETAIL

Growing awareness around ethical and environmental issues is driving the rise in mindful consumption with consumers increasingly searching for products that match their values. More people are choosing to vote with their dollar, supporting brands, products and retailers who embrace transparency, social, ethical and environmental responsibility.

The ‘green movement’ and ever-increasing demand for ‘feel good’ products is predominately driven by sustainably-minded millennials. This generation is likely to pay more for brands and products that reflect their values from retailers they trust across all categories, including food and drink, beauty and personal care, and cleaning products.

Not sure where to start? Delight your customers with a range of feel good products that fit into the following eight main areas.

1) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The ABC series, War on Waste, highlighted the consequences of single-use straws and plastics driving demand for a range of products that help reduce, reuse and recycle.

Since the series’ debut, there has been an unprecedented demand for products including wax lunch wraps, fabric food pouches, cotton shopping and produce bags, reusable drink bottles, stainless steel food containers and on-the-go reusable non-spill cups!

2) Sustainable Packaging

A growing number of shoppers are consciously making purchasing decisions based on a products’ lifecycle including packaging material, its perceived recyclability, and the brand’s corporate commitments to sustainability. The health-conscious shopper is now focused on choosing packaging that aligns with their health and environmental values – healthy packaging for healthy foods and beverages, and recyclable packaging for natural and organics.

 

3) Fairtrade

Consumers are not only mindful of packaging, but also want to know where their food and beauty products come from, with half of Australians now recognising the fairtrade mark, according to Fairtrade Australia New Zealand. Some of the commonly sought after fairtrade products include coffee, chocolate and oils.

 

4) Social Responsibility

In today’s socially conscious environment, customers place a premium on spending their money with businesses that prioritise social responsibility. Many companies have adopted socially responsible elements in their business strategies to help a community via beneficial services and products.

Look out for palm oil free or sustainable palm oil in food and beauty products, and brands that support local farmers and communities with social responsibility programs.

5) Organic and sustainable farming

Increased environmental awareness is driving demand for certified organic products, with sales up $300 million on last year. Some 55% of Australian organic buyers now say they look for a certification logo on labels to check if a product is actually organic, according to new research released by Australian Organic. Consumers cite the main benefits of buying organic as chemical free (80%), environmentally friendly (71% – up from 65% since 2016) and additive free (65%).

 

6) Vegan and cruelty-free alternatives

Concerns over animal welfare are not just about food and drink, with vegan and cruelty free now a baseline requirement in beauty and personal care products. An ever-increasing number of ethical consumers are taking into consideration animal rights and the safety of ingredients before making a purchase. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global market for vegan cosmetics is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2025.

7) Buying Local

There is an increasing demand for authentic Australian-made products produced and manufactured to our high standards. Consumers are growing tired of the globalised clamour of mass-produced products and yearn for the simplicity of local economy and quality products crafted with care. According to Roy Morgan research, 90% of Australians say they are more likely to buy products made in Australia.


8) Brands That Give Back

Brands that value sustainability, ethics and helping others as their main ethos take the post-purchase ‘feel good’ vibes to a whole other level. Whether it be through sourcing sustainable materials or donating profits to charity, consumers are looking for brands that give back to people or the planet. This powerful philanthropical approach to business is earning major brownie points with conscious consumers and doing a world of good at the same time.

The feel good future of retail is here and we proudly stock a whole range of brands that bring good back to the world. Order these products and more via our online store! Not yet registered with a wholesale account? Sign up here!

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Are your customers looking to cut down on sugar? Shake up your convenience food aisle with these 7 healthy and satisfying salt snacks instead!

Consumers have officially elevated the humble snack into a meal occasion in itself. In 2020, the ‘snackification’ movement is stronger than ever, and the salty snack category is continuing to thrive. 

Despite their love for chocolate, Australians prefer to consume savoury snacks over sweet treats with 41% of Aussies tucking into potato chips, and 37% are snacking on nuts, on an average week. 

Satisfy the salty snack demand, and stock up on these innovative category heroes that entice consumers with their assortment of new flavours!

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Nutrient-Dense Snack

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Seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet! Perfect for lunchboxes, Gimme Seaweed Snacks are vegan and gluten free, and made from premium organic seaweed that’s seasoned in four mouth-watering flavours.

Low calories!

Gut-friendly Banana Chips

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Banana Joe Banana Chips are the first pre-probiotic chip on the market! With the same taste and texture as a traditional potato chip, these savoury snacks are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. Three delicious varieties are available.

 10% of profits go towards sustainable agriculture!

Cashew Snack Pack

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Bursting with flavour and goodness, East Bali Cashews snacks are vegan, gluten free and made from high quality ingredients. At a great price point of $2.95 RRP, pop a CDU at the register and watch them fly out the door!

Wild harvested and sustainably sourced!

Stacked Chips

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Certified gluten free, The Good Crisp Company potato chips contain no artificial colours or flavours. The stacked chips are non-GMO, and available in two canister sizes and three delicious flavours – Original, BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion.

Super low RRPs from $1.95!

Pure Kale Chips

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Handmade in Byron Bay, Extraordinary Foods PURE Kale Chips are not only deliciously nutritious, they also contain probiotics for a healthy gut! Made with local organic Kale, they are vegan, gluten free and available in three yummy flavours.

Air dried with no added oil!

Vegan Jerky

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Premium marinated and seasoned, Noble Jerky is made from non-GMO soy protein and is available in four mouth-watering flavours, including Original, Sweet BBQ, Teriyaki and Chipotle. Easily clip stripped, they make a quick impulse sale.

Marinated and seasoned non-GMO soy protein 

Native Cashews

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The Whole Foodies Native Cashews retain their natural skin which makes them higher in fibre and antioxidants, and lower in calories than a roasted cashew. Vegan and gluten free, they make a moreish addition to your grab n’ go section. 

Dry roasted with on-trend flavours!

Tame your customers’ 3pm cravings. Order these better-for-you, satisfying snacks and thousands more items via our online store! Not yet registered with a wholesale account? Sign up here!

BRAND TRANSPARENCY DEMAND IN AUSTRALIA

It’s Time To Reveal All!

Today’s consumers are more educated and empowered than ever. Whether you’re a company, brand, or personal brand, it’s time to drop the curtains on your business, take a stand for something and let the world know. Otherwise, you’re about to get lost in the crowd…

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100% of Niulife profits go towards erasing poverty and empowering lives in some of the world’s poorest remote coastal communities.

The retail space is more cut-throat than ever, with brands desperate to find their ‘edge’ amongst the competition.

Many companies are used to getting away with ‘green-washing’, making misleading claims and hiding not-so-forgivable actions behind closed doors in order to make a sale.

Fortunately, those tactics are losing effectiveness. Consumers are far more switched-on and are desperately calling out for increased brand transparency in the marketplace.

77% of Australian consumers say it’s important. They are really interested in the journey and transparency and want to know ‘where has this product come from?

What is brand transparency?

Brand transparency incorporates taking an open and honest stance about what your brand is and does – for better or worse. Taking a proactive approach to sharing this information, instead of simply confessing when ‘caught out’. 

It’s no longer possible to leave a gap between what your brand says and what you actually do. 

While the transparency ‘trend’ certainly isn’t new, it’s now imperative for a brand to stay afloat in today’s connected world. Consumer’s are realising the power they harness and are increasingly choosing to purchase a product or shop at a certain store that aligns with their own personal ethics and values. 

If they don’t know what your values are or what your company stands for, you will rapidly become nothing more than an easily tradable commodity. 

Transparency creates the grounds for trust and relationship building with your customers. This strong, positive relationship is what builds brand loyalty and without loyalty, you become open to substitution. 

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Alaffia empowers local community members with work opportunities and gives back via the Alaffia Foundation, which is funded by the sale of their products.

So many of our amazing brands here at Unique are actively practicing transparency.

RXBAR lists the key ingredients front and centre on the packaging and proudly claim no B.S.; while Protein Supplies Australia and Botanika Blends actively call out misleading claims within the industry and stand by their adherence to using the best quality, safest ingredients. There’s nothing to hide.

Beyond this, many are also taking a stand on something that matters more than profit.

Social enterprises, East Bali Cashews, Alaffia, Niulife and Tsuno are great examples of this, giving back to incredible causes with every purchase. 

By actively standing for something and using business as a means for good, these brands are resonating with their target consumers on a more emotional level.

It also provides an opportunity for potential customers to strengthen their alliance with the brand, and ultimately helps the brand to build a loyal customer base.

The ‘feel good’ future of retail is here and it’s time to embrace transparency and purpose. So, tell us, what do you stand for?

Are you a retailer? Give your customers those ‘feel good’ vibes by simply doing their usual shop. Order your items online 24/7 or contact our friendly sales representatives via 1800 787 904. Don’t have a wholesale account with us? No problem, you can register 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.

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AUSTRALIA’S EVER-GROWING APPETITE FOR VEGAN PRODUCTS (INFOGRAPHIC)

Plant-based products have been trending all year. But the rise in popularity for meat-free alternatives and cruelty-free, vegan beauty products in Australia shows Aussies are far ahead of the curve! 

What does it mean to be Vegan?

Veganism includes dietary and lifestyle choices that avoid the use of animal-derived products. A vegan diet excludes meat, eggs, dairy, and all other animal-derived ingredients including cheese, honey, butter and gelatine. 

Many vegans also choose to avoid foods processed using animal products, and avoid the use of personal and household products that are tested on animals or use animal-derivatives such as leather, fur and wool. 

Australian’s demand more plant-based alternatives

While not everyone is turning vegan, many consumers are focused on adding more meat-free meals to their diet. 

This increase in demand has seen manufacturers across the globe jump to offer more plant-based alternatives and as a result, it’s never been easier to go meat-free. 

Australian’s are Googling ‘vegan’ more than anyone else in the world! 

So, if you’re not offering plant-based options for your customers, you’re missing out on major sales! 

As a comparison, Australian’s are big adopters of the ‘free-from’ category including gluten and dairy-free items, with the industry seeing major growth in this category and an expanding range of products on offer.

However, the search for ‘vegan’ is far greater! 

Going meat-free might not be the norm, but it’s no longer not normal. 

According to the Financial Review, a Woolworths spokesperson said demand for plant-based options in its stores has grown across cities, coastal and regional areas around Australia.

“There has been double-digit growth in demand for vegan products in the past year. This isn’t all about customers deciding to go vegan or vegetarian, but part of a broader trend where Australians are looking to add more vegetables and plant-based foods into their weekly shop,” the spokesperson said.

The increasing availability and affordability of vegan and vegetarian products then self-perpetuates the trend even further. 

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In the US, the $4.5 billion USD plant-based market has grown five times the amount of total food sales this year!

There’s a major opportunity for more Australian-made, plant-based product manufacturers too.

“We’re facing a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for Australia to become a global plant-protein powerhouse, and the great news is we already have the intellectual and infrastructure assets to seize it,” Food Frontier CEO, Thomas King said.

According to the report, Australian farmers have a potentially lucrative opportunity to grow crops for the plant-based meat supply chain and secure market share from imported products, demonstrating how the emerging sector complements Australian agriculture.

According to the CSIRO, the global consumer trend for plant-based protein alone is predicted to reach $25 billion AUD by 2030. This is led by increasing interest in sustainable, ethical and healthy food products combined with a growing demand from export markets who are buying into Australia’s reputation for clean and green products. 

WORLD VEGAN MONTH

November is World Vegan Month – a time when plant-based, vegan-friendly products are at the top of conscious consumers’ shopping lists. Make sure to have plenty of supplies in stock with our top-selling, vegan-friendly brands and get ready to embrace the plant-based boom!

  • Little Zebra Chocolates
    • Dark Supreme 90% And 100%, Keto White Chocolate and Carob Buds.
  • Naked Paleo
    • Paleo Bars in a variety of tempting flavours.
  • Bennetto
    • Organic Dark Chocolate in gorgeous ‘gift-inspiring’ packaging.
  • Vego
    • The Cult-Status White Chocolate Almond Bliss Bar.
  • Botanika Blends
    • Plant Protein in a mix of sizes and innovative flavours
  • Protein Supplies Australia
    • PeaPro Raw Pea Protein in classic flavours perfect for smoothie season!
  • Upton’s Naturals
    • Convenient marinated Jackfruit flavours, Ch’eesy Mac and Thai Spaghetti Real Meal Kits.
  • J. Luehders
    • Soft Vegan Candy in a mix of mouth-watering flavours!
  • CLIF Bar
    • CLIF Bars, Bloks and Shots to fuel every adventure, naturally.
  • Banana Joe
    • Banana Chips that taste like a savoury potato chip but are packed with pre and probiotics for gut health!
  • ACURE
    • Award-winning natural skin, hair and body care!
  • East Bali Cashews
    • Wild harvested nuts in delicious snack and breakfast mixes.

To celebrate World Vegan Month, we have some great deals on the brands above and more. Make sure to take advantage of these deals while they last (ends Oct 31st!).

Add them to your order online here or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904! Not yet registered with us? You can do that here!

CONSUMER DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED GOODS IS A BOOMING $4.2 BILLION INDUSTRY

According to the most recent SPINS’ analysis, the ‘plant-based’ goods industry is projected to be worth $4.2 billion by the end of 2018 after growing 18 percent in the year ending July 15, 2018.

SPINS estimates that the plant-based sector will grow to $6 billion in sales by 2020, which would be a 100 percent increase over just six years!good-food-insights-8-31-chart1

According to New Hope and SPINS data, the rapid growth of the plant-based product sector has been a four-stage process:

  1. The widespread adoption of the more broadly appealing term “plant-based” for products that often were labeled (or characterized) in the past as “vegan.” Vegan, to many consumers, is a lifestyle completely free of animal-sourced products (or nearly so), which only a small percentage of all consumers have adopted. But a much greater percentage of eaters are seeking more plants and less meat and dairy in their diets, and they have a higher comfort level with “plant-based.”
  2. Rapidly increasing distribution. Overall growth rate appears to be accelerating as products such as these become more available in a greater number of stores. “More retailers are adopting and incorporating plant-based into their assortment sets, and this distribution growth is apparent,” said Dries Zender, a SPINS client growth solutions principal. “Retailers need to pay attention to the plant-based shopper, as they spend 60 percent more in their basket than the average shopper.”
  3. Packaging. Improved packaging that draws attention and makes plant-based alternatives much more appealing.
  4. Successful plant-based products taste good. “You even see plant-based brands that are continuing to innovate with their taste profile,” said Alice Mintz, business growth solutions manager at SPINS. “That’s great, because people are continuously adventuring, and brands are adventuring and they’re trying to offer the best-tasting product. They’re not giving people a reason to step away from plant-based. If anything, it’s giving people a reason to dig further in.”

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At Unique, we pride ourselves on our extensive plant-based selection of health and wellness products.

Some of the biggest trends we’re seeing in this particular category include the following:

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  • Upton’s Naturals – Real Meal Kits and Marinated Jackfruit are quick and easy options that continue to prove popular.
  • The Gluten Free Food Co – ‘Just add water’ Vegan Mac N Cheez range is a hot seller!

PLANT-BASED ACTIVE BARS

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  • CLIF Bar – CLIF Bars and CLIF Nut Butter Bars fuel the adventures of both non-plant-based eaters and vegans alike!
  • The Health Food Guys – A healthy & nutritional raw protein bars range that contains raw superfoods, plus they’re vegan vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy free.

BETTER-FOR-YOU SNACK OPTIONS

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  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable, fairtrade company produces a range of mouthwatering, plant-based delights in attractive packaging with a great price point!
  • Little Zebra Chocolates & Little Zebra Food Co – Little Zebra Food Co make sugar-free chocolates that feature popular superfoods including hemp seeds! Their Carob Buds are also loved by consumers looking for a delicious caffeine-free alternative.
  • Alter Eco – The always-coveted Alter Eco range has expanded with these plant-based Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters in three incredibly moreish flavours.
  • Manitoba Harvest (featured in header image) – This innovative brand is taking hemp to a whole other level with their Hemp Bites providing a mix of healthful omega-3s and protein for hungry consumers on the run.

Make sure you’re making the most of the plant-based boom by stocking up on these popular products as well as our other collections.

Simply order online anytime! You can select which items are vegan-friendly with a single click of a button (see below)!

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