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!

HEMP FOOD SALES ARE FLYING HIGH! THE 5 MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR STORE

MAKE THE MOST OF THE HEMP FOOD BOOM AND STOCK THE HOTTEST PRODUCTS THAT ARE FLYING OFF THE SHELVES.

Thanks to the legislation change in Australia on the 12th of November, 2017, it’s now legal to transition hemp foods previously sanctioned for ‘external use only’ into your food aisles.

What does this mean for you? The increase in customer demand for hemp products is on the rise and sales opportunities are ripe!

Hemp oil sales are up 100% and the success of hemp seeds continues to rise with 40-50% growth in sales since the legislation passed.

So make sure you’re stocking the hottest hemp products right now! Currently, these 5 items are racing out the door:

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  1. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Seeds 250g
  2. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Seeds 1kg
  3. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Seed Oil 250ml
  4. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Protein 500g
  5. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Seeds 114g

 

 

If your top requested item isn’t listed, no problem! You can order a wide range of hemp food products from our other leading hemp food brands too, including:

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Don’t miss out on the hemp food craze. Order a selection of hemp products here and stock up on this nutritious, sustainable seed that’s set to see your sales soar!

If you don’t already have an account with Unique and you’d like to start stocking hemp foods, you can easily get started here.

Curious to learn more about hemp products? Click here to learn more about hemp’s impressive nutrition qualities and discover why your customers will love it!

Hemp Food Recipes

SHARE THESE HEMP FOOD RECIPES WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE USES OF HEMP AS A FOOD PRODUCT.

 

Hemp Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk (from a can, or coconut milk beverage from a carton)
2 cups frozen strawberries
2 large ripe bananas
1 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds

Optional: Fresh brown coconuts (To halve & pour smoothie bowl into! A bowl works too!)

Toppings

Raspberries
Edible flowers
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Buckwheat groats
Hulled hemp seeds

Directions

Carefully break two coconuts in half and empty out the coconut water, save if you can. If you cannot find coconuts, a bowl works too!

In a blender add the coconut milk, frozen strawberries, bananas, and one tablespoon of  hemp seeds.

Blend on high for about 1 minute, until thick and creamy.

Pour smoothie base in the coconut halves and top with raspberries, edible flowers, coconut flakes, buckwheat groats and more hulled hemp seeds , serve immediately & enjoy!

Sweet Cranberry Hemp Bars

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Ingredients

1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats (or organic oats)
1/3 cup gluten-free flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds
3/8 teaspoon guar gum (or xanthan gum)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons coconut nectar
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat over to 160c. Line an 20 x 20 cm square pan with parchment paper, with a little extra over the side.

Mix together all dry ingredients  – oats, flour, hulled hemp seeds, guar gum (or xanthan gum) and salt in a large bowl.

Microwave the coconut oil and coconut nectar in a 2-cup measuring cup for 45 seconds and stir to combine. Pour the coconut oil mixture into the oat mixture. Fold in the dried cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into the corners and the side evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes (rotate the pan from front to back halfway through baking).

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes and then put in the freezer for an hour before cutting into 16 bars.

 

Basil Hemp Dipping Sauce

Hemp Food Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup soaked cashews
1/4 cup water
6 fresh basil leaves
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp  hulled hemp seeds
2 tbsp hemp oil

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Use as a dip for veggies or crackers.

Hot Detox Hemp Burgers

Hemp Food Recipes

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
2 cups filtered water, for soaking the cashews
2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds (freshly ground if possible)
1⁄4 cup filtered water, for soaking the flaxseeds
1⁄4 cup chopped red onion
1 cup hulled hemp seeds
1⁄2 cup raw sunflower seeds
3 tbsp. coconut aminos (or gluten-free tamari sauce)
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. pink rock or gray sea salt
1 1⁄2 cups kasha (toasted buckwheat groats)
2 cups grated carrots or unpeeled sweet potatoes (using a food processor)

Optional Booster:

1⁄2 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)

Directions

In a small bowl, soak the cashews in 2 cups water for 1 hour. Drain well.

In another bowl, combine the ground flax and 1⁄4 cup water and set aside for about 5 minutes until it gels.

Preheat the oven to 150°C, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a food processor, puree the soaked cashews until smooth.

Add the flax and the remaining ingredients, except for the kasha and carrots, and process until well combined. Then add the kasha and carrots, and the dried cranberries if using, and pulse, to avoid overmixing, until the mixture starts to form a ball.

Using your hands, shape the mixture into patties (about 1⁄4 cup each).

Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Makes 16 patties. Will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.

 

Unique sells the following hemp food brands – Hemp Foods Australia, Sani Hemp and EM Superfoods. For more information on these brands and the products they offer, contact us, or add them to your online order here.

 

 

Hemp Food | Your Customers’ Questions… And All the Answers!

WITH THE EXPECTED EXPLOSION IN HEMP FOOD SALES FOLLOWING THE HEMP FOOD LEGALISATION IN AUSTRALIA, WE WANT TO HELP YOU REDUCE CONFUSION IN YOUR RETAIL STORE.

WHAT DOES THE LEGISLATION CHANGE MEAN FOR RETAILERS?

As of 12 November 2017, Australian consumers have been able to purchase hemp foods in your retail environment.

Hemp foods previously marked for ‘external use only’ from leading hemp food brands including Hemp Foods Australia, Sani Hemp, EM Superfoods and Every Bit Organic Raw and can be suitable to be transitioned into your food categories now the national legislation has rolled out.

Preparing yourself with the right knowledge to answer expected consumer FAQs, will help you to educate customers and get hemp sales growing in the green! Here’s what you need to know.

FAQs

How are hemp oil, seeds, protein powder and flour used as food products?
While they are safe to be consumed on their own, there are many delicious ways to consume the products by incorporating them into recipes.

Hemp Oil:

Use in baking, raw treats, salad dressings and dips. Hemp oil has a low flash point, so is not recommended for frying as it will start to smoke even at low temperatures.

Hemp Seeds:

Sprinkle into smoothies or on top of cereal, salads, soups or yoghurt to add extra protein, nutrients and a very slight nutty flavour.

Hemp Protein Powder:

Hemp protein contains all 10 essential amino acids necessary for optimal health and can be simply mixed with milk or nut milk, added to smoothies or even pancakes to boost protein intake.

Hemp Flour:

Not only is hemp flour a nutritious gluten-free flour alternative, it also adds a great nutty flavour to bread, muffins, cookies and more.

For further ideas and recipes to share with your consumers, we suggest searching hemp food brand websites or hemp recipe blog.

What are the health benefits?

Hemp seeds are extremely high in protein and are also a source of vitamin A and E, minerals, fibre, amino acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp seeds, oil and protein also contain very little naturally occurring sugars – less then 1g per 100g! All are ideal for consumers sensitive to soy, dairy or gluten.

Hemp seeds and oil are used in other countries, including in Europe, Canada and the United States of America, in a range of foods and it’s expected that Australia will follow suit and we’ll see an increase of hemp food innovation.

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What are the benefits for the environment, farmers and the economy?

Hemp contributes significantly towards more sustainable farming in Australia, with the added bonus of creating considerable job opportunities for Australia’s farming industry and of course, further hemp food sales for your retail environment.

Check out the hemp food brands we sell – Hemp Foods AustraliaEM Superfoods and Sani Hemp and add them to your online order here.

Australia Legalises Hemp Food!

AFTER DECADES OF WAITING FOR LEGISLATION TO BE PASSED TO LEGALISE THE CONSUMPTION OF HEMP IN AUSTRALIA, HEMP FOOD BRANDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT!

On 28 April 2017, the hemp food industry in Australia changed forever. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s (FSANZ) proposal to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol varieties of cannabis stavia (hemp) was passed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Now Australia and New Zealand are in line with the rest of the world.

While passed in April, the changes have just come into effect as of 12 November 2017.

The delay in the amendment taking effect was given to allow each state and territory time to amend respective legislation which is required to support the legal sale of low-THC hemp seed foods in Australia.

The changes pave the way for Australia to reap the nutritional, financial and environmental benefits of selected hemp foods.

These foods were previously marked for ‘external use only’. With legislation changes, healthy hemp foods are now legal for human consumption across Australia.

“In five years’ time, hemp could be as common as soy, chia and flaxseed because it’s nutritious.” Said Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Hemp Foods Australia. Paul is also predicting sales of hemp seeds to quadruple in the year following this change.

WHAT IS HEMP?

Hemp differs from other varieties of cannabis. It is not marijuana. Hemp is a woody plant with no buds. Historically hemp has been used as a source of fibre and oil in traditional medicines. Hemp has no or miniscule traces of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana.

Hemp is a highly nutritious plant and can be used to make food ingredients like seeds, flour, oil and protein powder. Internationally, the food market has seen a range of hemp consumables such as; hemp snack bars, pasta and milk, just to name a few. With more products being created every day, production techniques will evolve and get even better.

 

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It is expected that Australia will see the similar introduction of hemp food products over the next few years.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEGISLATION

Australian states were given until 12 November 2017 to make legislation amendments to meet the Council of Australian Governments legislation. Some states made this change faster than others. While states were waiting for the legislation amendments, retailers were still able to sell hemp seed products for external use.

Find out more and keep up to date on this legislation change on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website.

 

Check out the hemp food brands we sell – Hemp Foods Australia, EM Superfoods and Sani Hemp and add them to your online order here.

The Rise and Rise of Hemp Foods Australia

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD! WHEN ASKED WHAT PAUL BENHAIM’S ‘LIVE-BY QUOTE’ WAS, THAT’S EXACTLY HOW HE RESPONDED. NOT SURPRISING, CONSIDERING PAUL IS THE FOUNDER OF HEMP FOODS AUSTRALIA.

He’s an innovator, an entrepreneur and a genuinely successful, driven and honest business man.

Hemp Foods Australia was the first and is still the largest manufacturer of hemp food products in the Southern Hemisphere.

The brand has been built on Paul’s previous experience, where he pioneered the hemp foods industry in Europe. He developed the first hemp snack bar to be sold into mainstream supermarkets, which has now sold tens of millions of units internationally!

Back in Australia in 2012, Paul noticed others were importing low-quality and expensive hemp seeds. Some containing moulds, yeast, bacteria, THC and many other micro ingredients that companies weren’t testing for.

Eager to provide safe, quality hemp products, he took a leap. He wanted to fill the gap in the market offering hemp products grown and manufactured locally in Australia. With that, Hemp Foods Australia was launched. Each of the brand’s products were and still are made with 100% hemp seeds – direct from the farmer, nothing else!

Hemp Foods Australia

After just a few short months, the business grew into its own warehouse, and soon after to a production facility. Now it’s grown into a state of the art multi-million-dollar facility, winning awards for employment and export.

Paul’s extensive travel allowed him to learn of ancient civilisations and research how eating foods as close to nature as possible was the key to health and happiness. He followed up this research by studying nutrition, specifically fats and oils, where he concluded that hemp was a key ingredient to many ailments of living in a western culture.

Everything Hemp Foods Australia produces is built on this knowledge and the mission to produce and share the best quality hemp food products to as many people as possible.

It hasn’t always been smooth growing, with legal struggles between Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Australian Federal Government causing issues with the production and distribution of hemp as food. For Hemp Foods Australia, it’s been an ongoing battle, having to label their products as external body care to abide by the law. After years of pursuing change, this struggle was finally turned into a victory this year.

The FSANZ proposal to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol varieties of cannabis stavia (hemp) was passed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on Friday 28 April 2017, with the legal changes to roll out completely by 12 November 2017.

Already consistently featuring in our top 20 sellers list, the years to come seem even more promising for Hemp Foods Australia. They have exciting business plans including further innovative products in the works right now.

“Yes, we foresee many hemp food products over numerous categories being launched in Australia,” said Paul.

Hemp Foods Australia developed unique organic production methods that ensure quality, batch control and new levels of standardisation and are the only brand with the proprietary process in the southern hemisphere. With the news of the legislation changing, the brand is supported by an ever-increasing number of customers who are all passionate about high quality hemp products as a nutritious source of protein, omegas and more! The hype is only expected to rise and rise.

Check out Hemp Food Australia’s range on our brands page or online shop.

If you don’t already have an account with Unique and you’d like to start stocking Hemp Foods Australia, you can easily get started here.

 

What ACO Means For Me?

FREE RANGE, CRUELTY FREE, PASTURE FED, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE, GROWN FREE FROM SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES, GM, HORMONES AND ANTIBIOTICS – THE AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO) BUD IS ONE LOGO THAT PROMISES IT ALL!

ACO is a not for profit, fully-owned subsidiary of Australia Organic Ltd and with over 1500 operators within its certification system, it’s Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce.

With today marking day one of Australian Organic Awareness Month, as a retailer, you may be wondering how this month will affect you and what ACO means for your business. In the short – it’s all good news.

Australian Organic Awareness Month is Australia’s largest national campaign run by ACO celebrating certified organic products, across a diverse range of industries, including fresh produce, packaged food and beverages, skincare, cosmetics and more!

So tell me the good news, you say? The good news is that global demand for organic products is rising, which is said to be due to increasing health concerns and awareness.

Just over half of organic shoppers say the key factor that prompted them to start buying organic was ‘becoming more aware of the impact food, fibre or cosmetics had on personal health’.

ACO table

Organic industry revenue is forecast
to reach $919.2 million in 2016-17,
up 7.2% from the previous year.

This upward trending growth indicates that customers are increasingly buying organic and if you’re known for stocking organic, it’s your doors they’ll think of walking though first. That’s a win for the organic industry, a win for the environment, a win for your customers and a win for you!

When it comes to organic, trust has been identified as being a big barrier to purchase. ACO’s strict quality guidelines have lead their bud logo to become the most recognised and reputable organic logo amongst Australian consumers today.

85% of all shoppers say an organic
certification mark on a product
influences their purchase decision.

Read more about the certification process and compare the above growth statistics to last year’s industry growth here.

 

Throughout Australian Organic Awareness Month (this September), ACO will be running promotions, prizes and giveaways via social media, online media, print media, radio and TV, educating consumers and driving your sales of ACO products.

“It’s all about raising awareness and protecting the interest of the consumer, so our message for consumers is to look for a certified organic logo when you’re shopping – like ACO’s Bud logo – because that’s the only way to guarantee a product is truly organic.” – ACO.

To capitalise on the demand for organics and the extra exposure organics will receive during Organic Awareness Month, make sure you are stocked up with our most popular ACO brands including Power Super Foods, Protein Supplies Australia and Hemp Foods Australia.

Power Super Foods

Power Super Foods offer a large range of beautifully packaged superfoods, many of which hold the ACO bud.

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Protein Supplies Australia

The Biopro range within Protein Supplies Australia’s sports nutrition range are all Australian certified organic.

ACO - Protein Supplies Australia

Hemp Foods Australia

The hemp oil, seeds, protein powder and flour from Hemp Foods Australia are all Australian owned, grown and certified organic.

ACO - Hemp Foods Australia

Some of our other fast-moving ACO brands include Eclipse Organics, Kombucha Max, Planet Organic, The Whole Foodies, The Whole Boodies, Biologika, Mt Retour Organics, Riddles Creek, Tom Organic, Wotnot, Nirvana Organics, Barnes Naturals, Nature Child, Sol Organics, Suvanna and more.

Read the full 2017 Australian Organic Market report here to discover lots most industry insights into the Australian organics market.

If you already have access to our online shop, log in and use the filters to find our certified organic products quickly and easily.

Not yet a wholesale account holder with Unique Health Products? Get started here.

Sources: IBIS World, 2017; Australian Organic Market Report 2017.