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 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.
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 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 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.
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.