4 HEALTH PRODUCT TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2021

Attempting to predict trends for the year ahead seems somewhat of a foolish task these days but the reality is that many health product trends are slow burners, building steam gradually before becoming fully-fledged mainstream inclusions.

So despite the air of uncertainty around retail and the ever-changing global environment that we live in, experts can still predict, with fair accuracy, what we will be eating more of in the near future. We’ve tracked down the data-driven expert insights to bring you four health product trends to watch this year.

Plant proteins

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Plant-based meat alternatives and protein sources are big business and they have been for a while now. But we’re going to see this ramp up in 2021 big time!

The plant-based protein market is predicted to grow at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%, with demand for vegan meat alternatives soaring back in 2020—sales were up by a staggering 264% by May!*

This demand isn’t just coming from those who are vegan either. It’s driven by a mix of factors—the plant-based movement, flexitarian-style diets, increased awareness around health and excessive meat consumption, climate change activism, in addition to a host of innovative ‘can’t-believe-it’s-not-meat’ replica products piquing the interest of mainstream consumers.

Nootropics

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You may have seen the word ‘nootropics’ before but what exactly are they? Nootropics can be classified as ingredients, supplements, or other substances that may improve cognitive function including memory, focus, motivation or creativity. Some provide temporary enhanced performance while others work long-term to improve cognitive health and mental performance if taken consistently.

According to DataM Intelligence, the global nootropics market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% during the forecasting period (2020-2027). We’re expecting to see nootropics pop up in all kinds of products thanks to powerful marketing promoting their ability to support academic success, professional advantage, athletic performance, personal improvement and sustaining brain activities during old age.

Finding calm

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The demand for functional food and beverages that help reduce anxiety, support adrenal health, reduce insomnia, help to manage stress and improve mood are sharply on the rise. In fact, according to Goldstein Research, sleep aids and stress management supplements including products with herbal extracts, ashwagandha, tryptophan, zinc and/or magnesium are the fastest-growing category within health!

Even prior to the stresses of 2020, mood/relaxing supplements were a booming category that grew at a CAGR of 5.7% between 2014 to 2019. According to Euromonitor’s ‘Health and Nutrition Survey, January and February 2020’, more than 50% of consumers around the world claimed they were suffering from ‘moderate’ to ‘extreme’ stress.

Functional flours

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Originally driven by the need for alternatives to wheat and other gluten-containing flours, functional flours are gaining popularity as consumers and culinary experts seek to improve the texture, taste and nutrient profile of their gluten-free cooking.

Functional flours such as apple, chia, banana, quinoa and coconut flour are popular thanks to their additional health benefits, flavour profiles and baking capabilities, as well as their sustainable nature. Many of these are often a byproduct of other food manufacturing and help to reduce waste which makes them more sustainable options to regular flour.

There is also a continued increase in gluten-free, grain-free and low-carb diets that are driving the demand even further. According to Global Market Insights, the global gluten-free food market alone is expected to reach more than AUD$20 billion in the next six years!

Kickstart 2021 with your shelves stocked with the best trending products from Unique Health Products. You can shop online 24/7 or 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.

*Research and Markets, 2020, CB Insights, 2020.

THE CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOURS DRIVING RETAIL

There has been a whole lot of moving and shaking in the retail space, with brands and businesses having to pivot left, right and centre to stay relevant and accessible to the changing consumer behaviours of Australian shoppers. So as we enter a new year, how can we best reach our target markets and stay front of mind when it comes time to push the ‘pay now’ button?

Meet the needs of your customers by considering these three purchasing trends underlying how Australians are choosing to shop today.

The mobile shopper

We are exercising, socialising, working, shopping and more—online. It’s not just Gen Z and Millennials anymore; it is all of us. Australia Post reported more than 8.1 million households shopped online between March and August last year, an increase of 16% from the same period the year prior. Two thirds of these households have continued to shop online due to convenience and most of us are finding out about brands, comparing prices and shopping directly on our mobiles.

Consumers want their online shopping experience to be quick and easy. This means everything from your website, customer service, checkout process and payment apps need to be mobile-friendly in order to stay in the game.

If you don’t have capacity to ship orders, there are certain digital experiences that consumers are getting used to, like BOPIS (Buy Online, Pickup in Store). So you can still use your digital presence to drive sales in store!

The ‘buy now, pay later’ enthusiast

Australians are moving away from traditional credit methods and embracing the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) options such as ZipPay and AfterPay. Cash-strapped consumers get their purchases instantly, with the full amount paid off in regular, interest-free instalments within a couple of months.

Nielsen research shows 91% of Australians are familiar with these payment methods and the Global Payments Report from WorldPay predicts regular users will pass 4 million by 2023.

For retailers, buy now, pay later platforms provide the opportunity to benefit from more immediate sales — both online and instore. Specifically, it increases the chances of growing a customer base, and it incentivises customers to spend more than they initially intended.

The value-driven buyer 

According to research by Deloitte, “today’s consumer has a new set of value drivers, one that is more intrinsically linked to their core values and beliefs. Traditional drivers such as price, taste and convenience remain important in their buying decisions, but new evolving drivers such as social impact, health and wellness, safety and experience have emerged to the forefront. More than half of consumers weigh these evolving value drivers more heavily than traditional ones and 63% are willing to pay more for products where social impact values are demonstrated.”

In addition, a recent Consumer Index Report by Suzy Consumer Insights shared that 65% of consumers are more likely to support a brand that cares about the same social issues they do. Making it clear that for the majority of Australians, transparency regarding sustainability, ethics and supported social causes is now an essential part of building consumer trust and loyalty. 

Stay ahead of changing consumer behaviours with top-selling natural health and beauty products from Unique Health Products. You can shop from our online store 24/7 or by calling 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.

Naturally Good highlights 2019 – A discovery of innovation

The Unique team showcased innovative hot new products and best sellers to hundreds of retailers, category managers and buyers at this year’s Naturally Good expo earlier this week.

Naturally Good is Australia’s only trade show for natural, organic and healthy products and continues to grow year-on-year! Held at the world class ICC Sydney in beautiful Darling Harbour across two days, the must-attend event gives retailers a chance to meet the makers, touch the products and get a feel for a diverse range of brands. Visitors from around Australia (and 18 other countries!) had the opportunity to ask questions about the best of our range in food and drinks, beauty and personal care, natural health and home and living.

Naturally Good is the leading event where retailers can physically discover and source the best Australian and global brands entering the market and meet with dozens of suppliers – something that could take weeks to do otherwise and can be challenging when absorbed in the day-to-day running of a store. In hot demand this year – the latest in plant-based and vegan products, healthy snacks, supplements for gut health, emerging ingredients, and the latest natural beauty, just to name a few.

If you missed the event – here is a quick recap of the highlights:

OUR HOTTEST PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Retailers visit Naturally Good to help differentiate their offering and grow sales by sourcing new, unique, innovative and on-trend products their customers want.

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Mei Sann Yong from Turban Chopsticks

Dale Parkes with the My Magic Mud team.

As always, the Unique stand ensured that our diverse and fast-selling range of brands stood out in the crowded expo hall. Visitors to the Unique stand were treated to a pre-launch of some of our best new products, beauty demos and food sampling from our top-selling ranges, including Mei Sann Yong’s Turban Chopsticks, who served up tastings of their top-selling speed scratch meal bases to 2000+ visitors!

Retailers enjoyed meeting Steve Grossman and Ritu Mathur from CLIF Bar, USA; Bernie Walker and Sabine Muir from Little Zebra; Aaron Fishman from East Bali Cashew Company; Mat Stillone from Protein Supplies Australia and Botanika Blends; Mike Watts-Searle from Blue Dinosaur; Paul Stokes from Grin; Kresho Sprem from Kresho Bar, the newest vegan almond nougat chocolate; and Jessica Arman from My Magic Mud who showcased how to use the new clay and charcoal masks.

Favourites across the two days included the new savoury banana chips from Banana Joe; our new vegan white chocolate Vego; Upton’s Naturals Real Meal Kits delicious Massaman Curry; The Ginger People Ginger Rescue Shots; The Whole Foodies Native Cashews; and a special sneak peek at one of July’s hottest new products – Nelsons Naturals Crush & Brush!

This year’s Unique showbag (valued at more than $150) was a hit and included CLIF Bar’s favourite flavour of 2019 – Peanut Butter Banana and an assortment of our top-selling products. Unique giveaways also included hundreds of Cheeki stainless steel bottles and ACURE Travel Packs!

 

NEW CONNECTIONS

Naturally Good is the heartbeat of the industry across Australia and South East Asia and is a great opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers and to meet new ones.

We caught up with hundreds of retailers across the two days! Visitors to the Unique stand may have also met renowned US natural products consultants, Bob Burke from Natural Products Consulting and Tim Sperry, former Whole Foods Purchasing Manager.

 

INSIDER INTEL AND FREE BUSINESS EDUCATION

The free education program was in high demand this year with standing room only at all theatres! Several free trends sessions helped visitors understand what to look out for when walking the expo floor – with much of this information exclusive to the sessions and not available anywhere else.

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Unique’s sponsored water refill station.

Visitors learnt about factors influencing healthy FMCG in Australia; what consumers want in food and drink, and natural, organic and clean beauty; what’s next in hemp and CBD oil; and the future for Australia from North America’s $200 billion+ natural products market. There were also more than 20 sessions across two days to help retailers get the edge in business by some of Australia’s foremost experts in social media, e-commerce, digital marketing and business strategy.

Expo visitors were welcomed to the usual friendly and fabulous customer service from Unique. The Unique team partnered with Cheeki and flew the pink and green flag at Naturally Good this year, helping create a more sustainable planet with our sponsored free water refill stations in three convenient locations throughout the show. In doing so we helped expo visitors to stay hydrated and saved 1,357 plastic bottles.

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

CLIF BREAKING RECORDS IN STORE AND IN THE FIELD

CLIF’S ATHLETES ARE GOING FOR GOLD ACROSS AUSTRALIA, DRIVING CONSUMER AWARENESS AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE BRANDS TRIPLE DIGIT GROWTH IN STORES.

From cross-country skiing, climbing and running to Ultraman, CLIF athletes are taking their sports to the next level and inspiring Australians to get outside, enjoy CLIF and feed their own adventures.

Long-time Team CLIF member, Lucy Bartholomew, has had an incredible 12 months, including winning the Ultra Trail Australia and the Ultra Trail Ninghai (China), as well as many local and international trail runs.

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Richard Thompson, took out the Australian Ultraman event this year, breaking the world record while maintaining a successful coaching team that includes hundreds of triathletes and runners across Australia.

Building on her achievements from 2016, Team CLIF climber, Lucy Stirling, led a strong Australian team to the world cup in Europe, before taking out the lead climbing title at the Oceania Championships, as well as strong performances in bouldering and speed climbing (2nd and 3rd respectively).  Her eyes are firmly set on the 2020 Olympics, which require climbers to achieve across all three disciplines.

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New Team CLIF athlete, Callum Watson, is also ramping up his training for the 201 Winter Olympics where he will compete in the cross-country skiing, backing up his success in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Don’t miss out on the sales growth of this exciting brand and become part of the success story! Order your CLIF products today from our online store. Or register for an account with us here.

THE NEW SKINCARE RANGE THAT FIGHTS SIDE-EFFECTS OF URBAN POLLUTION

TOP-SELLING UK BRAND, DR ORGANIC, NOW HAS AN ACTIVATED CHARCOAL RANGE THAT HELPS TO FIGHT SKIN DAMAGE FROM URBAN POLLUTION.

The skin is regularly exposed to a range of air pollutants and environmental elements. Although human skin acts as a biological shield against these harmful compounds, a prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants may contribute to negative effects on the skin.

Skin exposure to air pollutants has been associated with skin aging and inflammatory or allergic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or acne, while skin cancer is among the most serious effects.

Dr Organic’s Activated Charcoal range helps to eliminate dirt, oil, and impurities from the body while combating the side-effects of urban stress and pollution.

Using activated charcoal produced from Oak Trees grown in sustainable and regulated forests, and a proprietary blend of organic and bioactive extracts including aloe vera juice, cucumber, and cinnamon, the range is ideal for those with oily and blemish-prone skin.

The most common forms of air pollutants in urban society today include:

1.Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

PAHs are among the most widespread organic pollutants. Long term-exposed skin to PAHs either through the hair or skin may lead to oxidative stress, pigmentation and skin ageing. PAHs have also been implicated in the development of skin cancer.

Main sources: Residual wood burning, car exhaust fumes, and smoke.

2.Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs, with the presence of sunlight and nitrogen oxides, cause the formation of photochemical oxidant products -mainly ozone (O3) – at ground level, also called Summer photochemical smog.

Main sources: Organic solvents in paints, varnishes, vehicle refinishing products, tobacco smoke, stored fuels, car exhaust and emissions from industrial facilities.

3.Oxides

Oxides have been associated with increased prevalence of atopic dermatitis as well as exacerbations of the disease in children.

Main sources: Nitrogen oxides are emitted mainly from mobile and stationary combustion sources. Sulphur dioxide can be formed from both industrial processes and natural sources such as volcanic activity and forest fires.

4.Particulate Matter (PM)

Air pollutants, consisting of complex and varying mixtures of different size and composition particles suspended in the air are called PM. Exposure to PM contributes to external signs of skin aging (wrinkles, pigmented macules or spots).

Main sources: Factories, power plants, refuse incinerators, automobile, construction activities, fires and natural windblown dust are some of the main sources of PM.

5.Ozone

Exposure to O3 has been associated with urticaria, eczema, contact dermatitis, and other nonspecific eruptions.

Main sources: Ozone may be formed as a by-product of various everyday activities combined with the interaction of sunlight (UVR), hydrocarbons, VOCs and nitric oxides, representing a major active component of the pro-oxidant smog.

6.Cigarette Smoke

The combination of smoking and sun exposure may combine to negatively influence skin aging. Cigarette smoking has been associated with skin aging (wrinkles, skin dryness, skin dyschromia), skin cancer (SCC, BCC), psoriasis and acne vulgaris.

By world standards, Australia has very clean air. However, according to the Department of the Environment and Energy, levels of some pollutants, including ground-level ozone and particulate matter, can still exceed current air quality standards.

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HELP CLEAR YOUR CUSTOMERS SKIN CONCERNS AND FIGHT URBAN POLLUTION WITH PURE, ORGANIC SKINCARE FROM DR ORGANIC

Dr Organic’s Activated Charcoal range works effectively in helping to cleanse the skin of excess oil and impurities. The range includes a face and body wash, face mask, face scrub, shampoo and conditioner.

The range is free from:

  • SLS,
  • Parabens,
  • Petrolatum,
  • Synthetic Colours,
  • Phthalates,
  • Mineral Oil,
  • Silicones,
  • DEA,
  • Glycols,
  • Isothiazolinones,
  • And BHT.

Suitable for vegans & vegetarians, the key active ingredients help to eliminate dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin making them ideal for those exposed to the elements with oily and blemish-prone skin.dr-organic-activated-charcoal

If your customers are looking for a cleansing range that can purify, detoxify and promote clear skin, then you can’t go past Dr Organic’s Activated Charcoal range! Order the full range online or register an account with us today.

If your customers can’t get enough of purifying, activated charcoal, make sure to explore our full range of charcoal products here, including My Magic Mud, Charcoal Me, Keeko, Schmidt’s, Eden Health Foods, Niulife, and Givovanni.

7 DIET TRENDS EVERY HEALTH RETAILER NEEDS TO KNOW

WHILE INDIVIDUAL DIETS VARY, BELOW IS A GUIDE TO HELP YOU ENSURE YOU’RE OFFERING CUSTOMERS WHAT THEY WANT.

What diet trends are your customers following in 2018? We’ve covered 7 of the most popular diets you’ll be asked about this year so you can wow your customers with the products that suit their needs, no questions asked.

1. FLEXITARIAN

A flexitarian diet (also known as a semi-vegetarian) is mostly vegetarian, allowing for the occasional consumption of meat, poultry and seafood. This diet has risen in popularity as it’s a more achievable alternative to going full vegetarian.

Growing numbers of Australians are going meat free with more than 11% having eliminated or almost eliminated meat from their diets at the end of 2016.

2. REDUCETARIAN

This diet is very loose but makes a conscious effort to reduce meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy. For example, those that follow ‘Meat-Free Monday’ would fall into the reducetarian category.

Meat replacement alternatives like Upton’s Naturals jackfruit are highly appealing to this category!

3. VEGAN

A vegan diet strictly avoids any animal-derived ingredients, including meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, gelatine and bee products.

4. LOW FODMAP

FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Simply speaking, the Low FODMAP diet helps with digestive issues by aiming to temporarily reduce short-chain carbohydrates in the diet.

5. PALEO

Widely famous thanks to high calibre influencers like Pete Evans, the paleo diet is based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans. This includes meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, nuts (excluding peanuts which are a legume) and fruit. It excludes dairy, processed foods, sugar and grains.

Nutrition Insight reported that globally the “high protein” paleo category experienced 26% globally from 2015-2016.

6. LOW CARB HIGH FAT (LCHF)

Also known as the keto diet, the LCHF prescribes foods low in carbohydrates (ranging from 5-20% in total carbohydrates) and high in fats (up to 75% in total fat).

Nielsen reported that the Asia-Pacific region is leading the growth in the category with 34% of respondents saying they follow a low-carb, high-fat diet to lose weight.

7. 5:2

5:2 is an intermittent fasting diet. It follows five days of normal food intake with two restricted calorie days weekly. The diet aims to reduce body fat and extend the time human growth hormone (HGH) is active in the body.

Common foods consumed in the diet include bulletproof coffee, protein, high fat foods including oils and high carbohydrate foods like rice and quinoa.

ONE TO WATCH: WHOLE 30

The Whole 30 Diet is a short-term program that encourages participants to cut out alcohol, dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, and additives for 30 days straight – with no cheating.

The goal is to cut inflammation-promoting foods and then gradually reintroduce them to see what needs to be eliminated for good.

Customers following this diet may be looking for packaged foods that meet the guidelines, and products that support detoxing and gut health, and reduce inflammation.

QUICK GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE DIET TRENDSDiet-Trends-2018-tableKey: Y= Yes | N= No | O= Occasionally | R= Reduced or Restricted

Stay ahead of the trends with Unique! If you’re not a wholesale customer yet, you can get started here! Otherwise, shop our online store and make sure you’ve got the latest products for all your customers needs.

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.

What Your Customers Know About Oxybenzone Could Affect Sunscreen Sales

UV IS CONSIDERED EXTREME IN AUSTRALIA, RATED OVER 11+. COUPLE THIS WITH AUSTRALIA’S OUTDOOR CULTURE AND YOU HAVE A RECIPE FOR A THRIVING SUN-PROTECTION INDUSTRY.

Mainstream marketing campaigns tell Australians to ‘slip, slop, slap’ whenever out in the sun, but could consumers be second guessing their sunscreen?

Previously many looked for the highest SPF rating as an indicator of the ‘best’ way to protect themselves from ultraviolent radiation (UV). Today it goes beyond this. With more emphasis on ingredient transparency and environmental protection than ever before, customers want to know what it is that they are applying to their skin.

An ingredient that’s being shunned more and more is oxybenzone.

What is oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone is an organic compound that can absorb UVB and UVA rays. The pale-yellow solid is readily soluble in most organic solvents.

There is a growing concern with the use of oxybenzone and the hazardous effects it can have on the environment and possible impact on human health.

Hazardous for the environment:
There’s a significant amount of research that identifies the harmful effects that even the smallest amount of oxybenzone has on coral.

Oxybenzone can reach our reefs by washing off during a swim and washing down the drains when showering off sunscreen. It is also highly absorbent through skin and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki says “on average, oxybenzone will appear in the urine of over 96% of those who apply it to their skin.”

The absorption of oxybenzone could be negatively affecting health, as well as the environment (when flushed into our waterways through oxybenzone contaminated urine).

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki found that it can be toxic to baby coral and can greatly contribute to coral bleaching at levels as low as 62 parts per trillion (equivalent to one drop in 6.5 Olympic swimming pools).

According to a 2015 paper published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, annually the world’s reefs are exposed to up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen.

Hazardous for health:
The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health says that there may be potential adverse effects induced by UV-filters like oxybenzone.

As mentioned above, oxybenzone has been found to be highly absorbent through the skin, which is sparking concerns about it being hazardous to health, including skin reactions and hormone disruption.

Studies into the side-effects on health are few and in the early stages. More intensive research needs to be conducted before a conclusive stance on whether oxybenzone is unsafe for health can be concluded.

What is oxybenzone commonly found in?

Oxybenzone is most commonly found in sunscreen and can also be found in sunscreen moisturiser, sunscreen lip-balm, nail polish, fragrance, hair spray, sunscreen makeup, baby sunscreen and a range of other body, hair and cosmetic products. It is used in over 3,500 sunscreen preparations worldwide.

Is there a better alternative?

EWG (Environmental Working Group) said they agree with the Professional Association of Underwater Instructors and the National Park Service, who recommend using sunscreens that use zinc oxide and avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone.

Read more about EWG’s thoughts on oxybenzone here.

“ zinc oxide is not as harmful to coral as oxybenzone. So we could use these (and other chemicals) which don’t harm humans nor ocean creatures—or we could cover up.” – Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

What are the synonyms?

Oxybenzone can also be listed as 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone, 4-Methoxy-2-hydroxybenzophenone, Advastab 45, AI3-23644, Anuvex, Benzophenone, 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy-Benzophenone-3, BRN 1913145, CCRIS 1078, Chimassorb 90, Cyasorb UV 9, Cyasorb UV 9 Light Absorber, EC 205-031-5, EINECS 205-031-5, Escalol 567, Eusolex 4360, HMBP, HSDB 4503, MOB, MOD, NCI-C60957, NSC 7778, NSC-7778, Ongrostab HMB, Oxibenzona, Oxibenzona [INN-Spanish], Oxibenzonum, Oxybenzon, Oxybenzonum, Oxybenzonum [INN-Latin], Solbar, Spectra-sorb UV 9, Sunscreen UV-15, Syntase 62, UF 3, UNII-95OOS7VE0Y, USAF CY-9, UV 9, Uvinul 9, Uvinul M40 and Uvistat 24.

What is safer sunscreen?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) legislation only requires sunscreen products to list the active ingredients and the preservative system, but natural brands have opened up the transparency of their sunscreens, exposing all ingredients used in their formulations. This may help your customers more clearly decide on whether a certain brand is better for them.

For customers concerned about the effects that oxybenzone may have on the environment and their health, offer them natural sunscreens that use zinc as the UV filter instead. These include Eco Sunscreen (Body, Baby and Face),  Simple As That Sunscreen, UV Natural Sunscreen (Body, Baby, Sport and Lip) and Wotnot Sunscreen.

New to the natural sunscreen category

The newest product to the Wotnot Sunscreen range, goes beyond offering a natural, chemical UV filter-free sunscreen. The SPF 30 Anti-Aging, Daily Defence For Face is made with certified organic ingredients and is specifically created for the modern-day, fast-paced lifestyle that many women live.

It helps to protect, prime and brighten the skin, while the Cosmos approved plant collagen helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an all-in-one face sunscreen that’s made with 100% wot’s good and 0% wot’s not! Another reason for your customers to love this new product is the super competitive price point.

 

Help your customers get ready for the warm weather ahead. Add a range of oxybenzone-free sunscreens to your next online order here. If you’re not yet a Unique Health Products’ retailer, it’s easy to get your wholesale account started here.