3 NATURAL PRODUCT PACKAGING TRENDS

Packaging matters. It’s often the first impression a customer will have of a product. And it can mean the difference between a product flying off the shelves… or a hidden gem sitting stagnant.

Understanding the trends in natural product packaging can help you to merchandise your store to maximise the sales opportunity. We share our insights into what’s hot in natural product packaging and why it matters to you. 

Colourful natural product packaging

GREEN… AND RED AND PINK AND BLUE…

Traditionally when people think of natural product packaging, they think green and brown. How else will people know a product is natural if the packaging isn’t green or brown?

The industry and its consumers have come a long way. Consumers are more sophisticated and educated about the benefits of natural health products. The evolution of natural product packaging reflects this shift.

Amazing Oils is one of the latest natural health brands to modernise their packaging with a bright and bold new look. Featuring colour blocks of red, blue and purple, the packaging is easy to read and presents a streamlined look on the shelf.

As you browse the shelves of our online shop, you’ll see other brands such as Ethique, Happy Way and Eden Healthfoods that are all embracing the rainbow as leaders in the industry.

With more and more retail stores moving towards the integration of natural health products alongside non-health products, including major grocery chains such as Coles, this packaging trend only serves to help natural products stand out more on shelves, boosting your sales in the process.

Health claims on natural product packaging

CALLING OUT HEALTH AND NATURAL CLAIMS

If an objection to integration is “how will people be able to identify natural health products if they are scattered through the aisles?” The answer is in the packaging.

Despite their ability to now blend somewhat seamlessly into the shelves alongside regular grocery or beauty products, natural products have a powerful tool in their arsenal. And they’re not afraid to use it.

That is, they can use their packaging to be clear about their ingredients, sustainability or natural health claims.

The packaging of ACURE skin and hair care products is simple and clean. The colour block design draws the eye of the consumer… and then they see the words “100% vegan”. Right on the front of the packaging. 

It’s a similar case for Keto Naturals. While the name of the brand does give away the keto-friendly nature of the products, the front of the packaging showcases the benefits of the products – keto and paleo friendly, vegan and gluten free among them. 

Macro Mike is another example of a brand that doesn’t hesitate to use prime real estate on packaging to highlight the gut-friendly, 100% natural, plant-based benefits (just to name a few) of their products.

The rising number of vegans and consumers who care about what’s inside the products they buy are looking for these claims. 

Sustainable natural product packaging

THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PACKAGING

According to the Trivium Packaging 2021 Global Buying Green Report, the sustainability of product packaging is a huge concern for consumers.

The report found that:

  • 54% of consumers factor the sustainability of product packaging into their buying decisions
  • 52% of consumers actively seek information on the sustainability of product packaging 
  • 73% of consumers are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to pay more for eco-friendly packaging

This is where natural product packaging has the upper hand. Like the recycled plastic packaging of Koala Eco. Or the compostable packaging of Ethique. Or the recycled cardboard tubes that house the PATCH bandages. 

Brands in the natural health industry have been considering and innovating the sustainability of their packaging for many years. This is a trend that has been driven by conscious brands answering to consumer demand. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH TREND NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS

At Unique Health Products we stock some of the biggest natural health brands in Australia. We are proud of the innovation and leading market position of our brands and the way they drive natural product packaging trends. 

You can purchase from hundreds of brands online with us 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.

5 SIGNS NATURAL HEALTH HAS TURNED MAINSTREAM

25 years ago, natural health was considered niche or boutique. Natural health products were found in health food speciality stores. The health food section of other stores, if there was even one at all, likely consisted of just a handful of products. 

Today, it’s a completely different story. The natural health industry has undergone quite the transformation. Don’t just take our word for it. Here are five signs that the tide has turned to take natural health to the mainstream.

AISLES ARE INTEGRATING

The health food aisle has long been a staple of grocery stores. Not anymore. As we’ve been talking about for some time now, retailers of all sizes, such as Coles, are integrating natural health products throughout their stores. 

You can now find the likes of brands such as Bragg, Upton’s Naturals and Banana Joe integrated into the regular grocery aisles.

Consumers can more easily find the products they’re looking for and discover new, healthier alternatives. And retailers can benefit from increased visibility and sales of the natural health products on their shelves. 

PACKAGING IS EVOLVING

Alongside the move towards integration, natural product packaging has also made a mainstream shift.

As the products themselves have become more mainstream, the packaging has stepped up with bold colours, sophisticated designs and a fresh take on what natural health can look like.

Brands like Ethique, Amazing Oils, Acure and Keto Naturals are all shelf stand outs and leading the way in the future of mainstream natural health. 

CONSUMER DEMAND IS GROWING

You need only look at some of the wellness trends data to see what is happening. Consumer demand for natural health products is growing… and it’s growing fast. 

Personalised nutrition is driving consumers to seek out more products that help them to achieve their health and wellbeing goals. 

INNOVATION IS THRIVING

The natural health industry is innovative by its very nature. But as brands and products have made the shift into the mainstream spotlight, the level of innovation has hit new heights. 

Adaptogenic and nootropic ingredients, such as ashwagandha, reishi, rhodiola and ginseng are appearing in more and more products on the grocery shelves. Leaders in this space include Evolution Botanicals and The Ginger People. Brands such as Macro Mike and Botanika Blends are also continually innovating with flavour and product formulations. 

The way these products have been embraced in the mainstream has facilitated even greater growth in innovation.

ECO-FRIENDLY IS AN EXPECTATION

Consider these statistics:

Natural health brands have a head start on sustainability. They are generally more conscious of the ingredients they use and the impact of their packaging on the environment. This is now a broader expectation across the board. 

Brands like CLIF, East Bali Cashews and Koala Eco focus on sustainably sourced ingredients and reducing the environmental footprint of their packaging and operations. 

TOP-SELLING NATURAL HEALTH BRANDS

At Unique Health Products we are proud to stock hundreds of leading and top-selling natural health brands. Over the last 25 years we have played an important role in bringing these products to the mainstream and we are focussed on continuing to do so into the future. Shop our range online 24/7, or alternatively you can 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.

6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The beauty of the digital age is that we have so much data at our fingertips to guide decision-making in business. You don’t need to guess the wellness trends… because you can see the trends unfolding in the data right before your eyes.

Using data from Google Trends and keyword research tool, Ubersuggest, we’ve done some digging to analyse six health and wellness trends that have significantly impacted the industry over the last five years, and how you can make the most of those trends in your business.

KETOGENIC DIET

The keto diet has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In recent Roy Morgan research, 24% of people surveyed indicated that eating a low-fat diet is important to them. This was down from 39% in 2000. The researchers suggested that this change in the way people look at food could be due to the rising popularity of the high-fat keto diet. 

Each month, more than 90,000 people in Australia search ‘ketogenic diet’, 74,000 search for ‘keto diet’ and 1,000 search for ‘keto diet vegan’ or ‘keto diet vegetarian’. Interestingly, in the last 12 months, there has also been a 50% increase in search volume for ‘keto friendly snacks’. 

The opportunity: Educate your customers on the benefits of keto, tied to your keto offering. If you want to increase your keto range, brands like Keto Naturals, The Monday Food Co, PBCo. and Vitawerx have a strong keto market presence. 

Image Source: Google Trends

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Research consistently shows that today’s consumers are concerned about the environment. This is supported by the Google Trends data, which shows movement in an upwards direction for searches related to the environmentally friendly topic. 

So, what exactly are they searching for? The list is long, but there is strong growth in search volume where it matters most to you:

  • 450% increase in ‘earth friendly cleaning’ and 60% increase in ‘eco cleaning products’
  • 200% increase in ‘eco friendly products’
  • 160% increase in ‘eco friendly gifts’ and 90% increase in ‘eco gifts’

The opportunity: In a climate where 2 in 5 consumers want brands to offer more sustainable/durable products, it’s time to not only increase your offering but also share your own sustainability initiatives with your customers, such as what you are doing to minimise your plastic waste and packaging.

In the eco-friendly gifts market, Summer Salt Body and Sow ‘n Sow are well established brands. Similarly, for eco-cleaning products with brands such as Earthwise, Bon Ami, Koala Eco and Planet Luxe

Image source: Google Trends

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The facts on single-use plastic and plastic waste are frightening. It’s no wonder that this is a trending topic of concern. 

With government moves in some states to ban certain single-use plastics and commitment at a federal level to phase out products such as single-use plastic straws and utensils, awareness of the topic is sure to grow. 

On the topic of drinking straws alone, there were huge increases in search volume over the five year period:

  • 1,900% increase for ‘reusable straws’
  • 1,110% increase for ‘metal straws’ and for ‘silicone straws’
  • 800% increase for ‘steel straws’

The opportunity: Embrace the rise of reusables and zero-waste products by minimising your use of single-use plastic bags and packaging and increasing your eco-offering with brands such as market-leader, Ethique as well as Ever Eco, Joco and Huskee.

Image Source: Google Trends

VEGANISM

Plant-based diets are on the rise. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, search for veganism and related terms is increasing. In the last five years there has been a 160% increase in search volume for ‘plant-based diet’. 

Every month more than 27,000 people search for ‘veganism’, 5,400 for ‘plant-based diet’, 1,600 for ‘plant-based meat’ and also for ‘veganism vs vegetarianism’ and 590 for ‘plant-based diets benefits’. That is a significant volume of search with an educational intent. People are curious about plant-based eating.

The opportunity: Cater to this growing market with a range of plant-based products and provide education on plant-based eating. Innovation and flavour are the key here with brands such as Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods for plant-based meat alternatives or even J. Luehders vegan candy. 

Image source: Google Trends

ORGANIC NEAR ME

There are two elements to this trend. The first is the rise of interest in organic food. The second is the shift in local search.

In the last twelve months alone, Google search frequency for ‘organic food’ increased by 190% and each month 590 people search for ‘organic skincare Australia’. Awareness of the benefits of organic is rising which is driving the shift.

The opportunity: For local businesses and shopfronts, ensure your Google My Business profile is up to date. For eCommerce stores, organic is a trending topic so highlight your organic products. This is also a good opportunity to increase your organic range with brands like Planet Organic and Eclipse Organics

Image Source: Google Trends

IMMUNITY

Within the health and wellness industry, immunity is one of those topics that is always prominent. In the last 12 months, immunity related keywords have seen high search volumes:

  • 6,600 searches for immune system
  • 4,400 searches for immunity
  • 3,600 searches for immunity booster
  • 2,900 searches for immunity boosting food

Anecdotally, we are also hearing that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for immunity-related products. While you can expect peaks for this during cold and flu season, this might start to even out throughout the year, depending on global events.

The opportunity: Capitalise on the immunity trend with innovative and high-quality supplements that provide natural immune system support. Brands like IMUNI, Eden Healthfoods, Martin & Pleasance and Comvita cater to this market. 

Image Source: Google Trends

STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST WELLNESS TRENDS WITH UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We’ve been distributors in this industry for more than 25 years. We are always ahead of the wellness trends so you can bring the latest innovations and new products to your customers. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, 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.

What are Aussies eating right now? (And how to stock your shelves!)

According to Neilsen Homescan research, in the four weeks ending 22 March 2020, the volume sales for long-life meals, bread mix, rice, flour and pasta have more than doubled! 

These numbers mean the average Australian pantry is stocked with enough of these items to last two to three months. But they’re continuing to buy! 

“Our recent analysis highlights some clear themes in consumer behaviour we can expect to see over the next few months,” says Managing Director of Nielsen Connect, Bernie Hughes.

“More time at home will give rise to more cooking and baking from scratch as consumers find creative ways to use up their pantry staples; but an increase in sales for convenient meal options also cater to smaller person households or those that are juggling the various demands of working from home and homeschooling.”

HOW TO PREP YOUR SHELVES FOR CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND:

The Post-Carb Loading Diet Craze

The average Australian household has enough rice to see them through 65 days, pasta to last 63 days and enough noodles to last 55 days.

Due to the heavy carb storing, Mr Hughes predicts that, “Brands that focus on health and fitness in the future are likely to see strong demand from consumers who see a renewed sense of importance in staying healthy.”

Have these low carb and keto-friendly options on standby:

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  • Herocup Keto Peanut Butter Cup
  • Lakanto Monkfruit and Erythritol Sweetener
  • PBCo Low Carb Crumbs & Lower Carb Rice
  • Slim Secrets Bare Bar
  • Botanika Blends Protein Powders
  • Macro Mike Brownie Mix
  • The Monday Food Co Keto Cake Mix
  • Vitawerx Keto Mayo

Creativity SpikeS

Australian households are likely to make more of an effort to cook from scratch and attempt to make meals outside of their usual repertoire.

Nielsen Digital Content Ratings data shows that on the last weekend of March, Australians spent 71% more time online with food and cooking content when compared to the last weekend of February.

“We anticipate that shoppers will begin to think more creatively about how they cook over the next few weeks,” explains Mr Hughes.

Let your customers get creative with these easy additions to new and exciting dishes:

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  • Mingle Seasonings
  • Essential Hemp Hemp Seeds
  • Nuilife Coconut Sugar
  • Nutritionist Choice Sushi Nori
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dandies Mini Vanilla Marshmallows
  • Natural Evolution Dough Mix
  • Organic Times Choc Drops

Convenience continues

Since many families are juggling the challenges of working from home and looking after children – shoppers have also stocked up on quick-and-easy meal solutions, including prepared meals, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce.

Instant, effortless or really easy. These products tick the boxes for healthy convenience:

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  • Uptons Naturals Ready Meal Kits
  • Nutritionist Choice Instant Noodles
  • Difatti Gnocchi
  • Plantasy Foods Mac n Cheez
  • Upbeat Instant Meals
  • Plantasy Foods Gravy Mix
  • Turban Chopsticks
  • Spice Girlz
  • Nuilife Teriyaki Sauce

SPRING CLEANING IN AUTUMN

Toilet paper and hand sanitiser are still very hard to come by in-store and online. However, Australian shoppers are also stockpiling other household products including general cleaners, disinfectants and dishwashing detergent.

Disinfectant sales are up 102% on a year-over-year basis.

Try these popular, natural brands:

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  • Planet Luxe
  • Koala Eco
  • Kin Kin
  • Bon Ami
  • Euco Clean

“Consumer habits tend to change over time, but the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing Australian consumers to reconfigure their lives, their habits and their spending patterns at a speed and scale we have never seen.

“With households now in lockdown and experiencing what it means to have restricted movement, limited access to physical stores and expanded reliance on digital connectivity, it is important to continue to monitor these trends as we adjust to a new normal,” concludes Mr Hughes.

Ready to stock your shelves with proven top sellers in this unpredictable time? Head to our online store. It’s open 24/7! Not yet registered with us? Register for your wholesale account here. Excerpts from this article have been reproduced from the original article published on Retail World Magazine.

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!