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)!

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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!

HEMP – BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT!

THE WORLD’S LARGEST RETAIL HEMP BRAND, MANITOBA HARVEST, HAVE BROUGHT THEIR CANADIAN-GROWN AND GLOBALLY-LOVED HEMP FOOD RANGE TO AUSTRALIA.

Manitoba Harvest hemp comes in a range of delicious products, flavour options and sizes. Customers will love this exciting, affordable range packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

HEMP HEARTS are pure, all-natural hulled hemp seeds – nothing else. Each 30g serve is packed with 10g of protein, omega-3s and omega-6s with a delicious nutty taste. Available in two sizes.

 

HEMP HEART TOPPERS  are a nutritious, full-flavoured blend of hemp hearts, HempPro fibre and organic ingredients to top off any meal. Flavours include Chipotle Onion + Garlic, Coconut + Cacao, Maple Cinnamon and Onion Garlic + Rosemary. They’re vegan, non-GMO and made with organic ingredients.

 

HEMP HEART BITES combine hemp hearts, organic sweeteners, and flavours with a touch of sea salt for a protein-rich snack that fuels an active lifestyle! Available in three great flavours: Original, Chocolate or Cinnamon. Place them on your counter for healthy impulse grab n’ go purchases. Makes a great nut-free snack for lunchboxes!

 

HEMP PROTEIN SMOOTHIES are made with real organic spinach, kale, broccoli and hemp protein powder, offering customers greens and protein in one convenient product. With 15g of protein and 2.6g of healthy omega fatty acids per serve, it’s the perfect smoothie companion. Three popular flavours – Mixed Berry, Vanilla Chai and Chocolate.

Not yet stocking their amazing, 100% pure Canadian hemp range? Order stock via our online store today! Haven’t registered with us? Create an account here.

4 MAJOR REASONS TO ATTEND THE APP EXPO THIS WEEKEND!

AFTER A FUN DAY OF SET UP YESTERDAY, WE’RE READY FOR AN EPIC APP EXPO! FIND OUT ALL THE DETAILS INCLUDING 4 MAJOR REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THIS INDUSTRY-ONLY EVENT!

What is APP?

APP stands for The Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition. It is the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual national conference and the largest pharmacy conference and trade show in Australia.

The event offers attendees a comprehensive four-day educational program, exciting social activities and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, services, and industry information.

The conference and trade exhibition is being held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) and kicked off last night with a welcome event. The exhibition and conference will continue until Sunday 6 May 2018, so it’s not too late to register at the door and make the most of this weekend!

Who Should Attend?

The event is aimed directly at those in pharmacy including:

  •   Community pharmacists
  •   Hospital pharmacists
  •   Accredited pharmacists
  •   Intern pharmacists
  •   Pharmacy assistants
  •   Students and new graduates
  •   Pharmacy industry service providers
  •   Educators
  •   Government officials and representatives
  •   Pharmacy trade press
  •   Other pharmaceutical and health-related industry professionals

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4 Major Reasons Why You Should Be There!

1. There will be over 400 trade stands showcasing the latest industry products and services.
Including us! We’ve set up a Unique stall, representing all things natural and organic. If you want to be ahead of the competition, the trade exhibition is where you need to be to find the latest products and the items your customers are crying out for in store!
2. Most conference sessions will be eligible for CPD points.
As health professionals and educators, it’s essential to keep up your continued education. Use the event sessions to earn yourself CPD Accreditation & Credits. The APP team will be able to provide you with a summary that outlines how many credits have been allocated to each session.
3. There will be over 70 international and national guest speakers.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, you’ll find it at APP! Hear from a large range of inspiring and educational speakers including Ita Buttrose (Businesswoman), John Batistich (Amazon Expert), and Dr David Jacka (Addiction Medicine Specialist).
4. We’re launching new products into the pharmacy channel!

At our exhibition stall, you’ll be able to chat to us about the fastest-selling natural health products and be one of the first to discover exciting new ranges, including the incredibly popular Manitoba Harvest hemp food range of hemp seeds, snacks, and smoothies.

We’ll be showcasing our top sellers and natural pharmacy range recommendations including an eco-friendly staple for health-conscious mums – Wotnot Biodegradable Baby Wipes! Plus, Dr Organic’s new, on-trend Charcoal range will be on display, as well as the new look ACURE natural body care collection!

How do I register?

Registrations will be available onsite at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from Thursday 3 May 2018.

We’re ready and waiting to meet you, so come and say hi before it’s too late!

7 HOT SUPERFOOD DRINKS TRENDING THIS SEASON

THE WEATHER IS COOLING DOWN BUT THESE HOT SUPERFOOD DRINKS WILL BE HEATING UP YOUR SALES THIS SEASON!

From green goodness and golden lattes to supercharged coffee and healthier hot chocolates. We’ve got the goods to keep your customers healthy and warm this Winter.

1. Supercharged Coffee

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When it’s too cold for juices and smoothies, customers are adding superfoods to their coffee cup! This Winter, morning coffees include everything from maca, protein powder, collagen, spices, and fats. One supercharged coffee trend that continues to stay is “Bulletproof” coffee – black coffee with the additions of ghee and MCT coconut oils. The addition of the fats bring a rich creaminess but it’s also said to keep hunger at bay and provide fuel for the brain. These supercharged coffees are particularly popular with those on a ketogenic or lower carbohydrate diet.

What to have in stock:

  • Melrose Ghee and Coconut Oil Blend
  • Melrose MCT Oil
  • SOL Ghee

2. Functional Funghi

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Mushrooms are also an unexpected, earthy addition to coffee and hot chocolate. Brands such as Four Sigmatic have created blends of coffee and hot chocolate with select mushrooms. The different mushrooms are said to offer various health benefits from increased clarity and focus to calming properties for stress relief.

What to have in stock:

  • Four Sigmatic Coffee Mix with Cordyceps & Chaga
  • Four Sigmatic Coffee Mix with Lion’s Mane and Chaga

3. Dessert Teas


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Sugar cravings be gone! Dessert-inspired teas make the perfect guilt-free alternative for something sweet. Warm up your customer’s bellies with the sweet-style blends from Yogi Tea that offer all the goodness of a herbal tea enrobed in an indulgent aroma!

What to have in stock:

  • Yogi Tea Vanilla Hazelnut
  • Yogi Tea Soothing Caramel Bedtime
  • Yogi Tea Chai Rooibos

4. Matcha Mixups

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Regular matcha lattes may have been around for a while, but Matcha Maiden’s blends are mixing things up! Support your customer’s immune system or warm up their bellies with a fiery blend that takes the antioxidant-packed regular matcha to a whole other level!

What to have in stock:

  • Matcha Maiden Fly me to the Immune
  • Matcha Maiden Light my Fire
  • Matcha Maiden Organic Matcha

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Speaking of lattes, turmeric continues to ride the wave of a successful trend with turmeric lattes popping up as the latest staple on cafe menus all over the country. Golden Grind pioneered the space and continue to delight customers with their chilli blend and turmeric hot chocolate with coconut and cacao. Reducing inflammation has never tasted so good!

What to have in stock:

  • Golden Grind Turmeric Latte Blend
  • Golden Grind Turmeric Hot Chocolate

6. Hemp Milk Heaven

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Step aside almond milk, there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s packed with protein, omega-3s and blends like a dream. For all your DIY-customers, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds are a must-have. Simply blend with water for a super creamy, nutritious and delicious hemp seed milk that can be added both to smoothies and hot drinks!

What to have in stock:

  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds

7. Healthier Hot Chocolate

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Hot chocolate is usually an indulgent, sugary treat left only for special occasions. But why miss out on the health benefits (and taste) of cacao when you can have it regularly with these healthier options? Delight your customers with these better-for-you hot cacao blends this season. Because life is too short to live without chocolate.

What to have in stock:

  • Amazonia Spiced Cacao
  • Chai Tea Rainbow Spiced Cacao
  • Taka Turmeric Golden Cacao

Don’t leave your customers caught out in the cold – Login and place your order for these hot superfood drinks today!

Not a Unique account holder? No problem! Register with us here! Once you’re all set up, you can order online 24/7.

PLANT-BASED HEMP SEED RECIPES EVERYONE CAN ENJOY

THESE RECIPES WILL INSPIRE AND DELIGHT YOUR CUSTOMERS. PRINT THEM OUT AS A TAKE HOME OFFERING ALONGSIDE YOUR HEMP PRODUCTS IN STORE, OR CHOOSE ONE TO SHARE AS A RECIPE IDEA WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS ONLINE.

Allow us to introduce you to the latest hemp products to hit Australian shores – Manitoba Harvest!

The introductory range includes Hemp Bites, Hemp Smoothie Blends, Hemp Toppers and Hemp Hearts straight from the pure Canadian hemp farm to your shelf.

Non-irradiated and non-GMO – this super healthy new range is sure to be a top seller!

Treat your customers to these plant-based hemp seed recipes and show them just how versatile this nutritious seed can be…

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Blueberry Hemp Overnight Oats

Ingredients

Wet

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Dry

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Directions

  1. Blend wet ingredients until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients then stir in blended wet ingredients.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, stir the oats, divide into 4 bowls or mason jars and top or layer each with ½ banana, 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, ¼ cup blueberries, and 1 tablespoon Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.
  5. Enjoy! The mixture should keep in the fridge for two to three days if you’re meal prepping!

 

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Salad

  • 450g Brussels sprouts
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 medium green apple
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. filtered water
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain or dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper, freshly cracked
  • ½ cup avocado oil

Optional Toppings

Directions

  1. Use a food processor, mandolin or sharp knife to shave Brussels sprouts into thin slices.
  2. Slice the onion and apple thinly as well.
  3. Toast pecans in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden.
  4. In a blender, blend vinaigrette ingredients except for oil, until smooth.
  5. While blender is on low-medium, slowly add oil in a steady stream until completely incorporated. Blend 30 more seconds.
  6. Add all ingredients to a large bowl or zip seal bag and gently toss to combine.
  7. Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving to let the flavours mingle. Can be made up to 1 day in advance.
  8. Top with toppings if you desire!

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Hemp Hummus

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drain and reserve liquid (a.k.a “aquafaba”)
  • 2 tbsp. of aquafaba or filtered water
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. hemp oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. sea salt, or more to taste

Toppings

Directions

  1. In a food processor, blend tahini, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and lemon juice about 10-20 seconds until smooth and thick.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  3. Serve in little jars filled with veggies and sprinkled with hemp hearts for your little ones or in a bowl topped with olive oil, hemp hearts, parsley and paprika. Enjoy!

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Hemp Heart Rainbow Toast

Ingredients

Yellow

  • 1 slice sprouted whole-grain or gluten-free bread
  • 2 tbsp. plain hummus
  • 1/2 small yellow carrot (sliced)
  • 4 yellow cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • ½ small summer squash (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp. sweet corn
  • 1 tbsp. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Green

  • 1 slice sprouted whole-grain or gluten-free bread
  • 2 tbsp. guacamole (or simply mashed avocado with a pinch of sea salt)
  • 2 tbsp. micro greens
  • 1 baby cucumber (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp. green peas
  • 1 thin slice of lime
  • 1 tbsp. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Pink

  • 1 slice sprouted whole-grain or gluten-free bread
  • 2 tbsp. beet hummus (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 small radishes (sliced)
  • 5 edible flowers
  • 3 tbsp. red cabbage
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Directions

Yellow
Toast the sprouted bread and spread on a layer of hummus; then top with remaining ingredients and sprinkle on Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, enjoy!

Green
Toast the sprouted bread and spread on a layer of guacamole; then top with remaining ingredients and sprinkle on Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. Before eating, squeeze the lime wedge over the toast and enjoy!

Pink
To marinate the cabbage, shred red cabbage and place in a small dish with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, cover and let set in refrigerator overnight. Drain well before placing on toast. Toast the sprouted bread and spread on a layer of beet hummus; then top with remaining ingredients and a sprinkle of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. Enjoy!

These recipes are provided courtesy of Manitoba Harvest – the world’s largest manufacturer to grow, manufacture and sell their own hemp products. We kindly ask that you acknowledge them with a link to their site if you choose to repurpose these recipes.

Not yet stocking their amazing, 100% pure Canadian hemp range? Order stock via our online store today! Haven’t registered with us? Create an account here.