IN-DEMAND PLANT-BASED PANTRY STAPLES

Since the launch of the EAT-Lancet report in 2019, there has been a steady rise in interest around plant-based eating. Alongside the 12.1% of Australians who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, there has also been a rise in flexitarianism and consumers who are actively eating more plant-based foods.

What does this mean for you and the products you stock on your shelves? Well, over the past year, the number of plant-based items on Australian grocery shelves has doubled.

Savvy consumers are more aware of what they’re putting on their plate. They are reading food labels and searching for natural alternatives and more transparency around the entire product lifecycle. 

In this shift, consumers are increasingly reaching for plant-based pantry staples to meet their dietary and lifestyle preferences. You may be familiar with many of these products while others may be completely new to you. 

Discover some of our top-selling, plant-based pantry staples and why you need to stock them on your shelves.

Nutritional yeast

NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Nutritional yeast is a great vegan alternative for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has a similar flavour to cheese so can be used as an alternative to the popular dairy product. But also, Nutritional Yeast is very nutritious. It’s a good source of protein, B vitamins and trace minerals, which may all be particularly beneficial for people who follow a vegan diet. 

Bragg Nutritional Yeast is a top-selling option that can be sprinkled on pasta, soups, popcorn or even added to sauces as a thickener. 

Another option is the Cashew Parmesan from Extraordinary Foods. It contains nutritional yeast, cashews and other natural ingredients for a nuttier option with a texture similar to parmesan cheese.

Seasonings

SEASONINGS

Did you know that traditional seasonings can contain dairy products? Not to mention added refined sugar, fillers, sodium, preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients. 

Mingle Seasonings are all-natural alternatives using only plant-based ingredients and they’re shaking up every category they enter!

The Cheezoning range from Flexible Foods is another all-natural seasoning option that also contains nutritional yeast for added flavour and nutrition benefits. 

Broth and stock

BROTH AND STOCK

Broth and stock are traditionally made from meat and often packed with additives, many of the vegetable or plant-based options included.

The Broth Sisters produce a range of plant-based vegetable Stock Concentrates as well as Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags. Using premium, fresh ingredients, the products are handcrafted in small batches and packed with flavour. 

Plant=based meat alternatives

MEAT ALTERNATIVES

Plant-based meat is a growing category as consumers look for plant-based protein alternatives. The benefit of many of these modern options is that they are shelf stable so have a longer life and easier pantry storage.

Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit range isn’t a high-protein option but it is a delicious meat alternative. With a texture like shredded chicken, it’s a good base to build a meal as it works with so many different flavours.

For a “meatier” plant-based option, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods both produce meat-free mince as higher-protein alternatives. 

Convenience meals

CONVENIENCE MEALS

Convenience is the word of the moment. People want to eat well. They want to follow a plant-based diet. But they want it to be easy and convenient. 

From the Keto Bread in a Mug mixes from Get Ya Yum On to the popular Plantasy Foods Mac ‘n Cheez, The Good Soup ranges and the Botanika Blends Botanika Brekky Probiotic Porridge, there are many grab n’ go options for plant-based convenience. 

GROW YOUR PLANT-BASED PANTRY STAPLES

At Unique Health Products, we distribute hundreds of plant-based and vegan pantry staples. You can order online, anytime in our online shop or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904 If you’re a new Unique Health Products customer, you can register your account here.

HEALTHY INDULGENCE: HELPING CONSUMERS HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.

IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.

This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping. 

But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences. 

BAKING MIXES

Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.

Brands such as Low Carb Life, Get Ya Yum On, The Monday Food Co and PBCo. each caters to different macro and dietary choices or requirements such as keto friendly, gluten free or low carb. 

CHOCOLATE TREATS

The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers. 

What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice. 

SAVOURY SNACKS

There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind. 

2die4 Live Foods has a huge range of savoury nuts and other snack options. For more of a chip-style treat, brands such as Banana Joe, Keto Naturals and Nudus Bites each have an innovative and top-selling offering.

HEALTHIER DESSERTS

In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options. 

Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH HEALTHY INDULGENCES

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 indulgences 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!