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:

READY TO EAT PLANT-BASED FOODS

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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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NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 – BY THE NUMBERS

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

Each year we attend as a platinum partner to showcase our top sellers to the most influential people in the industry and work to build mutually beneficial connections with retailers and our suppliers. This year we unveiled our biggest stand yet – the largest at the show!

In case you missed it, here’s how our Naturally Good Expo 2018 experience happened – by the numbers!

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1. ONE CRITICAL PERSON

It takes a whole lot of planning, coordination and project management to transform our original ideas into a real-life masterpiece at the Naturally Good Expo. Thankfully, we have one incredible team that makes all the late nights, early mornings, last minute hiccups and hours spent on emails and phone calls integrate into a seamless, successful event!

While we couldn’t do it without many hands on deck, there is always one person in particular that plays a pivotal role in our Naturally Good experience – our Marketing Executive extraordinaire, Carol. Thank you for all that you do!

2. TWO MAJOR STALL SPACES

This year the Unique stand took up two of the largest sites at the expo. The updated stand was dotted with sampling booths, decorated with hot new products and buzzing with staff, suppliers and retailers – it was a sight to see and the energy was incredible!

3. THREE HOUR PACK DOWN

With the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition looming the following weekend, most of the team had already returned to the Sunshine Coast by the time the event ended. The staff and suppliers that remained (thank you, East Bali Cashews and Natural Evolution!) packed down the stall in a record time of 3 hours!

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4. FOUR SIGMATIC, MY MAGIC MUD, UPTON’S NATURALS & MORE!

This year, when it came to sampling and showcasing our amazing product range, the team had a little extra help…

Award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest, must-have health products joined us as part of our ‘Meet the Makers’ event – including Four Sigmatic, My Magic Mud, Manitoba Harvest and Upton’s Naturals!

Each supplier that joined our stand had the opportunity to promote and sample their products at their very own sampling booth. This allowed the suppliers to strengthen their retailer relationships and cement their place as a leading brand in the health and wellness space. Something we’re beyond proud to help facilitate!

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5. FIVE HUNDRED HEALTH PRODUCTS AND GOODIE BAGS

The stand was full to the brim with more than 500 natural health and wellness products on display! Plus, we handed out 500+ goodie bags to industry influencers, retail leaders, and key stakeholders filled with:

6. SIX MONTHS PREP TIME

The entire event took our team, Carol in particular, a grand total of six months to prepare for. From supporting the Naturally Good Expo team with our Platinum Partner duties, to coordinating stock, and logistics of the stand set up and staff involved, there was so much to be done and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and what they’ve achieved!

7. SEVEN THOUSAND ATTENDEES

Across two huge days, we served up thousands of product samples to 7000+ health-focused expo attendees – also known as a lot of chopping!

Sampling allowed retailers and industry leaders to gain better insights into the suppliers products, build stronger connections, learn the backstory, and discover what niche the product can fill in their stores. It’s a super important step towards long-term success in stores!

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8. MORE THAN EIGHTY HOT NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

An entire section of our stand was dedicated to over 80 hot new products launched at the expo! Brands included:

9. NINE HOUR SET UP

While the pack down was somewhat of a breeze, Rome wasn’t certainly not built overnight. Our largest stand ever took a whole lot of teamwork and around nine hours to set it all up!

10. TEN HUGE PALLETS DELIVERED

That nine hours of set up involved the unpacking and merchandising of 10 full pallets of product, equipment and stall materials!

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!

SWEET OR SALTY SNACKS? AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER PREFERENCES REVEALED!

KNOWING WHAT DRIVES A CONSUMER TO PICK UP ONE SNACK OVER ANOTHER IS VITAL TO STAYING COMPETITIVE IN THE $374 BILLION WORLDWIDE SNACKING INDUSTRY.

More and more Australian’s are skipping lunch for a snack and snacking more often. But what do they really want to snack on?

Australian consumers’ snack choices at a glance*:

  • 96% of Australians say they regularly consume snack food,
  • 63% of Australians prefer snack foods that contained ‘no artificial colours’ or ‘no artificial flavours’,
  • 55% of those who snack opt for ‘low in fat’ choices,
  • 30% of those who snack favour gluten-free snacks,
  • and 62% of Australian consumers opt for chocolate as a sweet snack, ranking second between fresh fruit and a mid-meal sandwich as their go-to snack idea.

Despite their love of chocolate (and fresh fruit), Australian consumers’ tend to prefer savoury snacks over sweet. In an average seven day period, 41% of Australians snack on potato chips, 37% snack on nuts, and 32% snack on savoury biscuits or crackers.

SNACKS THEY CAN’T RESIST

Need to revamp your snack shelves with some fresh new options?

These newcomers are ‘better-for-you’, packed with flavour and tick all the right boxes for healthier grab n’ go snacking ideas!

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Organic Dark Chocolate

Bennetto is an organic, fair-trade, carbon neutral, vegan chocolate range with a high cocoa ratio (60-75%) and no additives. With appealing packaging and competitive price (100g just $5.99 RRP), we challenge you to try and keep this beautifully creamy chocolate on your shelf! Flavours include Intense Dark, Mint and Cocoa Nibs, Orange with Chilli and Toasted Hazelnut.

 

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Raw Treats

Chow Cacao handmake raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, fair-trade chocolate that’s high in magnesium and antioxidants. Made in Byron Bay, it’s stone ground, has a long shelf life and comes with a display box perfect for your shelf or counter.

Available in Creamy Coconut Milk, Dark Crunchy Mint, Dark Orange Almond, Peanut Butter Slab, Smooth Pure Dark and Sour Cherry Coconut.

 

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Carob Buds

Made in a nut, soy, gluten and dairy-free facility with no added sugar, Little Zebra Food Co. Carob Buds are an indulgent low-GI treat even for those with intolerances, allergies or on special diets.

They are Australian made with organic carob, so they have the ‘chocolate’ taste but without the caffeine or stimulants. The products are also free from theobromine, MSG and palm oil.

Little Zebra Food Co. are the first and only carob manufacturer to use organic avocado oil in place of palm oil.  Available in Coconut, Dark, Mint and Orange.

Little Zebra Food Co. have also launched Dark Chocolate Crunch Buds, made from vegan chocolate with no added sugar and crunchy carob nibs. The buds are available in Coconut, Dark, Mint, and Orange and are free from nuts, soy, dairy, MSG, palm oil and gluten, and come in convenient resealable stand-up pouches!

 

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X50 Vegetable Chips

According to Roy Morgan research, in an average seven-day period, 41% of Australians snack on potato chips.

X50 Broccoli Chips and the new Sweet Potato Chips in Barbeque, Sea Salt or Spicy, are now available at Unique. Made from real vegetables, they’re the perfect tasty, guilt-free, low-calorie snack.

They’re vacuum fried for crispness and nutrient retention, and in high-demand with health-conscious consumers. The X50 investment in consumer marketing means speedy sales from these salty snacks.

 

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Organic Seaweed Snacks

Complete your GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snack range with the new classic flavour – Olive Oil.

They’re certified organic, GMO-free and made with only three natural ingredients – seaweed, olive oil and sea salt – perfect for health-conscious customers on-the-go.

Available in 10g packs or lunchbox-sized 6 x 5g packs!

Explore these snacks and much more in our online store. If you don’t have an account with us, sign up here!

 

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Brand News – Spring 2017

THE LOOP KEEPS YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BRANDS UNIQUE DISTRIBUTES.

From branding updates and packaging alterations to price changes, the major brand news for the quarter is covered right here.

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

 

Epzen name change

Power Super Foods Epzen is now branded under the Evodia name. Please assure customers, while the packaging will be changing, the bath salts that they’ve always loved, will remain the same high-quality formulas.

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New Look FMTV

Food Matters TV (FMTV) cards now have a new clean look. Each card allows customers to gain access to hundreds of documentaries, recipes, expert interviews and more! To celebrate the new look, Food Matters are giving away a FREE card in the first 500 orders through Unique.

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Matcha Maiden Makeover

To celebrate Matcha Maiden’s second anniversary, the brand has undergone a marvellous branding makeover. Their new sleeker, splash-proof, streamlined packaging will be sure to capture the eyes of savvy customers.

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Little Zebra Chocolates on Display

Little Zebra Chocolate now have counter displays available. With every 12 of the same SKU ordered, you’ll receive one free display! Use them to create a chocolate feature in store or place on your counter to encourage impulse purchases.

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Natracare Vegan Approved

All Natracare’s feminine hygiene products have been officially vegan approved. This means none of the products contain any animal-derived ingredients and there has been no animal testing. Look out for the packaging to be updated with the vegan approved logo in the coming months.

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Online Store Stock Alerts

To further increase the ease and speed of your order, our online shop now has up to date out of stock alerts, making your order process smoother.

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Contact us if you don’t already have a login and start shopping on our online shop.

 

Little Zebra Chocolate: Wildly Sugar-Free

A sugar-free chocolate?! Yes, it’s a reality and it’s all thanks to New South Wales couple, Bernie Walker and Sabina Muir, the creators of Little Zebra Chocolate.

Both big sweet lovers but also pre-diabetic, they began searching for the best in sugar-free products to include in their own diet.

Research into healthier alternatives to sugar saw them develop a goal to create a healthier chocolate for the sweet tooths of the world.

Using their lounge room as a ‘test-kitchen’, they spent two years perfecting the recipes.

In place of sugar they add Xylitol to their chocolate.

“It is almost cruel to cover up the flavour of the chocolate with sugar.” Bernie Walker explains.

Xylitol has 40% fewer calories then sugar and contains no fructose, so it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Many studies also suggest that it can improve dental health and have various other health benefits too.

Last year they launched their chocolate to the world, now crafting it in a completely nut-free factory. The delicious, rich chocolates aren’t just sugar-free but are hand-crafted and available in a variety that appeals to all types of consumers.

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“Our chocolates can be enjoyed by people of all ages, vegans, vegetarians, people with gluten, lactose and soy intolerances, diabetics or anyone seeking lower GI chocolates.” Bernie Walker says.

With no GMOs, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, Little Zebra Chocolate ticks all the boxes for consumers’ demands in healthy and transparent food.

Add Little Zebra Chocolates to your next online order here.

If you’d like to sell on-trend, fast moving products  like Little Zebra Chocolates in your retail environment but your not yet a Unique customer, it’s easy to get started here.