ARE YOU READY FOR ‘MEAT FREE WEEK’ THIS SEPTEMBER?

Plant-based eating is the biggest worldwide food shift of this decade, particularly in Australia. With nearly 10 million Aussies cutting back on red meat, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

According to Google Trends, Australia tops the world for searching “vegan” online. In February 2004, “vegan” queries hovered at 15 (out of 100); but now sits at 92 and has steadily risen for 14 years. 

This year, why not encourage a plant-based lifestyle by promoting Meat Free Week? 

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Meat Free Week (23-29 September) challenges participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.

Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity for your customers to start thinking about how much meat they eat and the potential health impacts of eating too much. 

Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund show bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and that bowel cancer risk increases by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.

Whether your customers are meat eaters, vegetarian or vegan, the Meat Free Week challenge can help them discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference, including some delicious plant-based recipes! 

So why not highlight some of your plant-based meat alternatives front and centre this month?

One of the most versatile, meat-style vegan products comes from the widely recognised US brand, Upton’s Naturals.  

Upton’s Naturals was the first to market with a range of heat-and-eat, pre-seasoned Jackfruit. Jackfruit are the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, and when harvested young and unripe, they can be prepared savory, as a meat alternative. With a naturally meaty texture, this whole food meat alternative makes a simple swap for pulled pork, shredded poultry, and even fish.

They currently offer three lines in Australia – Jackfruit, Real Meal Kits and Ch’eesy Macs. Consumers love eating the Bar-B-Que Jackfruit on a bun with coleslaw, or using the spicy Chilli Lime for tacos.

Original, unseasoned Jackfruit provides a blank slate for the more experienced cook, while Thai Curry, Sweet and Smoky, and Sriracha are meant to inspire those who are new to this unique ingredient.

While the products are shelf-stable, they’re most successfully merchandised in the fridge with other refrigerated meat alternatives.

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The company’s Real Meal Kits feature wholefood ingredients and come in four Thai-inspired varieties: Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, Thai Spaghetti, and Thai Curry Noodle. Each complete meal is ready in just a few minutes, and can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave – simply mix the pouches, and heat.

Despite containing no preservatives, these meals are shelf-stable, and are generally sold alongside other Asian meal kits, or quick meal kits.

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Another quick-cooking vegan line from Upton’s Naturals are the Ch’eesy Mac varieties – Ch’eesy Bacon Mac and original Ch’eesy Mac. The packages contain ready-to-eat large and ridged macaroni noodles alongside a pouch of prepared nutritional yeast-based cheese.

These 100% vegan products are low in sugar while being completely free from nuts, dairy, oil, trans fat, cholesterol, GMOs and artificial flavours. Typically found with other boxed mac and cheese in stores, these are ready to eat in as little as 60 seconds. 

Other great plant-based pantry staples for easy, meat-free meals include: 

Make sure you’re ready for the increase in demand from September 23rd! Top up your plant-based meat alternatives and more via our online store or give one of our friendly sales team members a call on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered? Create an account here.

For recipe inspiration to give your customers, visit Meat Free Week or try some of these delicious Upton’s Naturals recipes at an in-store tasting!

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)!

Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

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Brand News – Autumn 2018

STAY INFORMED WITH THE LOOP – THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY UNIQUE.

Each quarter we update you with major product news including changes to packaging, formulations and more. Everything you need to know is right here.

For any brand change queries that aren’t covered below please contact us.

Your must-know product changes for Autumn 2018 are as follows:

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ALTER ECO

MULTI-WAY CDU

The new cardboard display also showcases their fresh new branding, keep an eye out as the whole range transitions!

HANAMI

NEW FORMULA

Hanami’s vegan, ‘ten free’ nail range now has an even better, water-permeable, breathable formulation that encourages healthy nails and growth.

KLEAN KANTEEN

A FRESH FINISH

Klean Kanteen are rolling out a superior finish on all their products. This new chip-resistant coating is produced using the safest, most environmentally friendly products available and is 4 x more durable than the original. When ordering, make sure to use the new barcodes and order codes.

ECOSTORE

PRODUCT CHANGES

Ecostore have revamped their personal care product packaging, updated their ingredients and switched up their barcodes. So, if you are ordering their body and hand washes, make sure to use the new codes!

 

KOMBUCHA MAX

TOTAL OVERHAUL

All Kombucha Max flavours now come in a convenient 350ml amber bottle with a drop down in price to $2.95 RRP. Barcodes have also changed so look out for the new order codes!

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MONICA’S MIXES

GETS A MAKEOVER

Monica’s Mixes have rebranded to The Gluten Free Food Co, with all new packaging that’s taller and slimmer to sit better on shelves. Some of the products have changed names and the Chocolate Cake now comes in a 500g pack.

Haven’t ordered with us before? Register your business here and place and order either in our online store or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.