THE RISE AND RISE OF AT-HOME BAKING

Whilst at-home baking has always been a popular pastime, the exponential increase in this culinary “hometainment” hobby has exploded over the last year, with consumers searching for more and more ways to bake at home.  

At-home baking continues to be a trend for 2021 and beyond, boosted by the influence of social media, an increase in accessible online baking classes and the need for people to ‘find their tribe’ and connect with those who share the same interests. 

Couple this with an ever-increasing awareness of health and wellbeing and this is where an abundance of better-for-you healthy baking products come into their own.

Ibisworld reports that Australians are favouring healthier snacking options over traditional biscuits and treats. However, they are still looking to satisfy their sweet cravings. Today, it’s not just about meeting a craving, consumers are wanting indulgent-style products that still meet their nutritional needs and don’t derail their health goals. 

With at-home baking becoming more popular, consumers are increasingly becoming more curious about using innovative products in their baking to create a better-for-you twist on old favourites or something new entirely.

Luckily, there are a number of manufacturers that are meeting the demand for these fulfilling, comforting, yet functional foods, with a wide range of innovative baking products ready for you to stock on your shelves.

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BETTER BAKING BASICS

Better-for-you products encompass the ever-growing preference towards more natural ingredients. This also extends into the baking world. 

BRAGG Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a multipurpose baking staple that adds the heart health benefits of olive oil into cakes. It’s also certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. 

Their Apple Cider Vinegar is also a top-selling, household staple, that’s hugely versatile and is often used in baking for its leavening and flavour enhancing properties, creating a better crumb. 

One of the most common baking basics are choc buttons! So it’s no surprise that the decadent Vego Fine Hazelnut Chocolate Melts are ‘the’ melts for more indulgent at-home bakes. Tasting like the centre of a Ferrero Rocher and 100% vegan, it’s a chocolate-lovers baking essential. They are certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, fair trade and can be used both in traditional baking and as a comforting hot chocolate drink. 

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FUNCTIONAL FLOURS

Gone are the days of limited choice when it comes to flours. With the realisation that many people struggle with food intolerances and restrictive diets, there has been an abundance of suppliers who provide alternative flours for innovative baking. The Gluten Free Food Co. provides both a gluten-free, grain-free flour blend and a gluten-free, wholemeal flour blend. They are both organic and high in fibre, featuring a helpful recipe for consumers to try on the packaging.

Australian grown and made, Green Banana Baking Flour from Natural Evolution is 100% gluten free, made from green bananas and grown in tropical north Queensland. Boasting impressive gut-health benefits thanks to its resistant starch content, it’s an on-trend addition that’s easily added to most baked goods.

Another great gluten-free flour alternative is Sensory Mill’s Apple Flour, it is made of 100% carefully milled dried apples and can substitute ¼-½ of the flour amount required for most baking recipes. It provides an excellent source of fibre, is 98% fat free and is vegan friendly. It also adds a touch of sweetness, allowing consumers to use less sugar in their recipes. 

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MAKE IT WITH A MIX

Gold Coast company, Macro Mike, born from a personal search for inclusive products, has continued to push boundaries with a range that delivers on quality and taste using all-natural ingredients. 

Their baking mixes cater to those who require gluten-free, vegan-friendly options that still allow them to meet their daily macros. Hugely popular, with a loyal social media following, Macro Mike’s baking mixes include decadent and stand-out flavours such as Blueberry White Choc Chip Almond Protein Muffin Baking Mix and Maple Cinnamon White Choc Chip flavour Protein Donut Baking Mix. 

Better-for-you baking also carries across in the grab n’ go, convenient options. Botanika Blends Marvellous Mug Cakes perfectly combines quality ingredients in a convenient ‘just add water’ mix. The plant-based treat is packed with all-natural ingredients and is vegan, vegetarian and dairy free. Consumers will love this as an easy and quick cake option.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE

Many would agree that sweet and creamy icing is the best part of baking – and often the naughtiest! To help health-conscious consumers have their cake and eat it too, The Monday Food Co. has created vegetarian, keto-friendly icing! Flavours like Coconut Buttercream and Chocolate Buttercream are sure to entice. Plus, they are all-natural, made with organic ingredients, gut friendly and easy to make! 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH ON-TREND BETTER FOR YOU AT HOME BAKING 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.

SUSTAINABLE BRANDS ANSWER THE CONSUMER CALL

Regardless of generation or gender, the environment matters to consumers. 

In one study of 2000 Australians, the researchers found that the top three overall social and economic concerns for the respondents were plastic waste, toxic chemicals and our oceans. The same study also found that 56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes. As many as 6 in 10 will pay more for said products. 

56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes.

Equally, in another recent study on sustainability in Australia, 46% of people reported that they had stopped buying particular products due to their environmental and societal impact. 48% of people wear their choices with pride, believing that sustainable purchases are a statement of who they are and what they believe in. 

At Unique Health Products, we are proud to distribute products from a large range of sustainable brands that are leaders in providing choices to address the environmental concerns of consumers.

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RECYCLED PACKAGING

The statistics on plastic packaging are frightening. In Australia, one million tonnes of our annual plastic consumption is single-use plastic. And it’s not going unnoticed. 83% of people are concerned by plastic waste. 

Ethique is on a mission to #giveupthebottle and revolutionise the beauty industry. To date, Ethique’s solid bars have saved more than 10 million bottles from entering landfill. The commitment from this brand to being plastic free extends right across the business. Not only are the bars plastic free, but they also use compostable packaging.

Acure is another sustainable brand, already firmly committed to sustainable and natural products, now taking further steps by removing unnecessary outer box packaging. 

Similarly, household cleaning brand, Earthwise, has pledged that by 2025, 100% of their packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. They are transparent on their progress and dedicated to making positive environmental change.

Sustainable brands that consider the full product life cycle

THE FULL PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

The Australian Packaging Covenant has set a target for 100% of product packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. There are many brands that are going further than that to create products that not only use sustainable packaging, but the product itself is compostable. 

This approach of considering the full product life cycle caters to the growing consumer market that is concerned with their waste footprint.

PATCH is one such sustainable brand with their innovative, compostable Bandages. Not only are the PATCH Bandages made from 100% natural bamboo fibre with the added goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil, but the Bandages, and their packaging, are also 100% compostable. The result is a product that is good for people and the planet. 

Using bio-plastics, the Biotuff range of Bin Liners, Kitchen Tidy Bags, Nappy Waste Bags, Disposable Gloves, Cling Wrap, Sandwich Bags and Dog Waste Bags are biodegradable and compostable. Plastic bags can take between 20 and 1000 years to decompose, not to mention the other environmental impacts they can have for our oceans and animals. 

Sustainable brands that make reusables

REUSABLES

According to Euromonitor, the Australian ‘throw-away’ culture is being replaced with an increased movement towards reusable and refillable containers and products. 

Ever Eco was an Australian pioneer as the first brand in the country to introduce Stainless Steel Drinking Straws. They have continued to lead the reusables industry and have since expanded their range to include a large number of reusables including Water Bottles, Clothes Pegs, Produce Bags, Kitchen Storage and more.

Also in the reusables market, Honeybee Wrap creates 100% organic cotton, eco alternatives to plastic wrap that can be reused time and time again. 

But it’s not just food and drink related products that are driving the reusables boom. The Hello Cup replaces pads and tampons as a reusable period product alternative. Made from medical grade thermoplastic elastomer, it can be used for years, helping to reduce the 45 billion single-use period products that end up in landfill each year. 

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SUSTAINABLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS

In one study conducted by IBM it was found that 73% of the research participants want more than simple sustainability claims from the brands they buy. They want details about sourcing and the traceability of products and ingredients. Of those people, 71% are willing to pay a premium for products that provide that information.

This is the kind of transparency that RXBAR was founded on. Not only does every RXBAR contain clean and responsibly-sourced ingredients, those ingredients are proudly visible, front and centre on the product packaging. 

The Ginger People are also steadfastly committed to sustainably sourced ingredients and have developed strong partnerships with their farmers to ensure this. By working with family farms around the world in locations such as Peru, China, Indonesia and Fiji, they create opportunities for the local people and follow bio-diverse farming practices. 

Ethical sourcing is also a principle that guides the production of Dr Organic Skincare and Hair Care. The natural and plant extracts are sourced from around the world to produce luxury products that don’t cost the earth.  

Sustainable brands with carbon neutral operations

CARBON NEUTRAL OPERATIONS

77% of consumers are concerned about climate change. They are looking for the brands they purchase to take positive action towards reducing their carbon footprint. 

CLIF is a leader in this space, having achieved their goal of carbon neutral business operations, operating on 100% green power for electricity at all CLIF facilities. Not only this, they also sustainably source their ingredients and they are committed to reaching a goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

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ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION

There are also many sustainable brands that are identifying innovative ways to target environmental issues.

Take People4Ocean as an example. Their range of suncare products were designed by marine biologists to be not only reef safe but also target common skin concerns related to sun exposure. 

Another brand innovating for good is Natural Evolution. What started as an accidental discovery when Natural Evolution founder and second-generation banana farmer, Robert Watkins, drove over a hand of lady finger bananas has turned into a booming brand. Not only do Natural Evolution Banana Flour products have an array of health benefits, using the bananas to produce flour also helps with the issue of farmers discarding excess bananas that were unwanted by the supermarkets. 

CATER TO YOUR ECO CUSTOMERS WITH OUR SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

Whatever the environmental concerns of your customers, at Unique Health Products we have brands to cater to their needs. As a retailer you can make a statement about your sustainability goals and commitments by stocking your shelves with these innovative, eco-friendly brands. 

These sustainable brands and many more are available 24/7 in our online store, 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.

CATERING TO THE GROWING GLUTEN-FREE MARKET

According to the latest figures, more than 355,000 (or 1 in 70) Australians have coeliac disease, a serious autoimmune disease requiring complete avoidance of gluten. However, most – approximately 80% – actually don’t know they have the disease.

Each year, Coeliac Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the disease for the 284,000 undiagnosed sufferers. By shining a spotlight on the disease, they hope to encourage people who are suffering from symptoms to get tested. 

Whether people are following a gluten-free diet as a way to manage their coeliac disease, or they are removing gluten due to an intolerance or other health reasons, there is now an abundance of gluten-free products available to support their diet.

Over the last decade, the market has expanded exponentially, and that is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, the gluten-free products market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.8% in the period 2020 – 2025.

This year, Coeliac Awareness Week runs from the 13th-20th of March. Explore our large range of gluten-free wholesale products to help you cater to those with Coeliac disease as well as the increasing number of consumers who are choosing to eliminate gluten from their diets!

Gluten-free wholesale breakfast products

BREAKFAST

Traditionally, breakfast is a gluten-filled meal – from the standard staples of toast and cereal to some of the more indulgent breakfast options like pancakes and waffles. 

But not anymore! There is an increasing number of alternatives that have none of the gluten and all of the flavour, and even offer healthier alternatives to some traditional options: 

Eclipse Organics 

Eclipse Organics Gluten Free Light and Crisp and Gluten Free Nutty Clusters both include organic, gluten-free cereal flakes, puffs and chia seeds for a delicious cereal alternative. 

KOJA Health

With a mission to create health food products from ‘real food’, KOJA Protein Pancakes – available in Cacao, Cinnamon or Coconut & Maca – are light and fluffy pancakes that are free from gluten, dairy and sugar.

2die4 Live Foods 

Made from organic, premium quality, activated ingredients, the 2die4 Live Foods Organic Activated Muesli contains a blend of organic and activated almonds, pecans, pepitas and pistachios with buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth, making it a delicious gluten-free option for the breakfast table.

Gluten-free wholesale baking products

BAKING

Gluten-free baking is a category that has seen huge innovation, both in raw ingredients such as flours as well as baking mixes. Some of our top-selling gluten-free baking brands include:

The Gluten Free Food Co.

The range of flour blends and baking and bread mixes from The Gluten Free Food Co. is quite ground-breaking. As well as being 100% plant based with only organic ingredients, each product uses wholesome flours and seed meals, and no nut meal.

There are two flour blends in the range – a Grain Free Flour and a Wholemeal Flour. They can both be used in a 1:1 substitution ratio for regular all purpose wheat flour. 

There is also a Quick Bread Mix using a blend of seed, vegetable and grain flours and meals, a Quick Pizza Base Mix and a Soft & Flexible Wrap Mix.

For the sweet tooths, there are three varieties – Banana Bread, Chocolate Cake and a Quick and Easy Cupcake Mix. All are easy to make with minimal additional ingredients required.

Natural Evolution

In addition to the Green Banana Baking Flour, which is rich in prebiotic fibre resistant starch, the Natural Evolution range includes gluten-free mixes for Banana Bread, All Purpose Dough, 5-minute Chocolate Cake, Caribbean Cake and Vanilla Pancake & Waffle Mix.

Another innovative nutrient-dense, gluten-free flour from Natural Evolution is their Gold Sweet Potato Flour, made from Queensland-grown gold sweet potatoes. 

PBCo.

PBCo. was born out of a desire to provide low-carb, low-sugar options for consumers so they can still enjoy baking at home… with a healthier twist.

The products in the Low Carb and Protein ranges are all gluten free. In the Protein range, this includes the Bread, Muffin, Pancake, Pizza Base, 6 Seeds Bread, Cookie and Banana Bread Mix. 

The Low Carb range includes Cookie, Chocolate Cupcake, Pancake & Pikelet, Sunflower & Linseed Bread, Vanilla Cupcake Mixes and a Low Carb Crumb in three varieties – Original, Medium and Hot & Spicy. 

Macro Mike

In the Macro Mike range of baking mixes, there are a large number of gluten-free products. This includes the Macro Friendly Double Choc Protein Brownies, Salted Caramel Brownies, Choc Chip Snickerdoodle Cookie, Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie and White Choc Chip Cookie as well as the Almond Protein Waffle and Banana Bread Baking Mixes.

Gluten-free wholesale pasta and sauces

PASTA AND SAUCES

From dried pasta to gnocchi and convenience meals, we have a wide range of wholesale gluten-free pasta products. 

Difatti

The four Difatti Gnocchi varieties are all gluten free… and delicious! They include Plain, Pumpkin and Quinoa, and Spinach and Tomato, which are all made from premium potatoes, corn and rice flours and designed to be a kitchen cupboard staple. 

Flexible Foods

The range of Instant Pasta Meals from Flexible Foods are all part of the brand’s mission to make plant-based eating fun, nutritious and accessible.

There are three varieties in the range – Cheezy Garlic Herb, Creamy Mushroom and Tomato Basil, all of which are both dairy and gluten free. 

Plantasy Foods

The founders of Plantasy Foods – Monica Topliss and Fran Leman – are on a mission to produce healthy and convenient gluten-free, plant-based wholefood. 

Everything except the Creamy Cheez Sauce Mix is gluten free. From the Plant-based Protein and Protein Patty Mixes to the seven flavours in the Good Soup range and Vegetable Gravy Mix. 

Plantasy Foods also as a strong gluten-free pasta offering with four varieties of dried pasta – ABC (Alfabeto), Little Stars (Stelline), Mini Macaroni (Vegeroni) and Sea Shells (Conchiglie), as well as the popular Mac N Cheez, available in Original Cheez, Cheez N Chive, Chilli Cheez, Porcini Cheez and Mac N Go.

Bragg

The Bragg name is synonymous with Apple Cider Vinegar, but that isn’t the only innovative health product in the range.

For coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance, soy sauce is off-limits as it contains gluten. Bragg Coconut Liquid Aminos is a gluten-free and healthier alternative to soy sauce. Another gluten-free winner is the Nutritional Yeast Seasoning which can be used as a “cheezy” topping on practically everything and as an alternative to thicken soups and sauces with an added health boost. 

Gluten-free wholesale snacks

SNACKS

Gluten-free snacks are also in high demand, particularly for their grab n’ go convenience factor. Here are some options to fire up your customers’ taste buds.

Byron Bay Cookies

In the Byron Bay Cookies Gluten Free range, there are four flavours – Maple & Pecan, Sticky Date & Ginger, Triple Choc Fudge and White Choc Macadamia. The Triple Choc Fudge and White Choc Macadamia are also available in Gluten-free Cookie Bites.

Botanika Blends

From the wizard at Botanika Blends comes a new collection – Botanika Bickies. These Vegan Protein Cookies are available in three flavours – Birthday Cake, Choc Chip and Choc Choc Boom. 

Also in the Botanika Blends range is the Vegan and Gluten Free Pancake Mix – a plant-based option that uses brown rice flour, sorghum flour and corn flour for a naturally tasty alternative. 

STOCK UP ON GLUTEN-FREE WHOLESALE FAVOURITES

This is just a small selection of the gluten-free wholesale products we have available at Unique Health Products. We distribute hundreds of health and wellness brands nationwide. To place an order, visit our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you are new to Unique Health products, you can register your wholesale account here.

BRANDS SPOTTED IN THE MEDIA!

We get it. When purchasing for your store, you want stock that is going to sell. You want the brands that people know about and are actively looking for in your store.

Nobody wants the headache of trying to move short-dated stock or having to heavily discount excess product that simply isn’t selling.

One key factor in determining what’s going to sell instore is how active and visible each brand is in the media. Brand awareness is incredibly important. If a product isn’t actively showing up in the lives of their target customers, whether that’s on social media, TV, print or otherwise, it’s going to be harder to sell.

According to The Business of Apps, the “Instagram audience is ready to act – 54% of respondents to the same survey said they bought something after seeing it on Instagram. 87% said they took some kind of action after seeing product details on Instagram.

The most commonly taken action was to search for more information, elected by 79% of survey respondents. Two-thirds of users, on the other hand, took the more direct path of visiting the brand’s app or website – at which point things are very much in the brand’s hands. 37% also said that they visited a retail store.

Consumers are actively looking for solutions to their problems and many of our brands are putting their hands up to help by investing in media and marketing efforts.

Many of these brands are award-winning, with sales driven by active Instagram accounts and consistent PR efforts. Here’s a highlight reel of what some of them have been up to lately:

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Australian Non-Toxic Award WINNERS!

The Australian Non-Toxic Award winners have been announced and the line up includes:

GOLDWoohoo Deodorant and Anti-Chafe Stick in Wild – Extra Strength

SILVER + EDITOR’S CHOICE – The Australian Natural Soap Company Shaving Soap

SILVER – Wotnot Baby Lotion

BRONZE – Weleda Calendula Face Cream

FINALIST – Planet Luxe Dishwash Liquid

SILVER The Australian Natural Soap Company Dish and Laundry Soap

BRONZE – The Australian Natural Soap Company Soap Flakes

FINALIST Planet Luxe Laundry Liquid

BRONZE Cheeki Insulated Bottle with Sports Lid

SILVER – Cheeki Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

GOLD + EDITOR’S CHOICE Cheeki Stainless Steel Coffee Mug

Stephanie Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw The Healthy Cooks Natural Evolution

IT’S A NATURAL EVOLUTION BONANZA!

On-trend, gut-supportive Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour was featured in a new TV show, Healthy Cooks as part of a delicious Haloumi, Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata.

They also featured in Food and Beverage for their innovation in turning food waste into functional products. Food and beverage businesses that are creating value-added products from food waste, such as Natural Evolution could be contributing $18 billion in economic value by 2030.

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BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar was featured in a Bon Appetit basically article round up where the author shared all the common types of vinegars, their flavour profile and their uses. It’s an interesting article with an engaged readership!

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UPTON’S NATURALS

Now to Love spoke to Dan Staackmann, the founder of health food brand Upton’s Naturals, which sells ready-to-eat jackfruit meat in Australia, and uncovered everything you need to know about jackfruit, the delicious (and super popular) meat alternative.

Order these brands and more via our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you haven’t yet created a wholesale account with us, you can do so here.

VEGAN DESSERTS ARE SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES!

Convenience has long been king in Australian kitchens. But consumers are increasingly making the switch from traditional baking mixes to plant-based options. With the range of healthy baking mixes and vegan desserts in the market, it is no longer about sacrificing either health or flavour. Consumers are spoilt for choice and they have high expectations of retail shelves to deliver.

The plant-based switch

In 2019, Roy Morgan research revealed that nearly 2.5 million Australians now follow a vegetarian – or mostly vegetarian – diet. This sits on the back of a steady trend towards plant-based eating over the last decade. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to heighten the focus on health and quality ingredients. People are spending more time at home and in the kitchen and they want home baking options that allow them to whip up healthy treats with minimal effort. 

As more and more people choose conscious diets with a focus on plant-based options, the demand for vegan desserts is going to continue to rise. Consumers are looking for flavour, convenience and quality… and healthy baking mixes tick all the boxes.

In-demand vegan desserts

At Unique Health Products we are ahead of the vegan desserts trend with many of our brands offering all natural baking mixes and quick to make desserts that are vegan-friendly but also high in on-trend, plant-based protein! Here is just a taste:

Macro Mike

Macro Mike healthy baking mixes and ‘nice’ cream take the complexity out of baking high-protein, macro, allergy-friendly treats. Using the best quality, natural ingredients these vegan desserts have all of the good stuff… and none of the bad. 

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • All Natural
  • Packed with protein

Botanika Blends

Crafted by nature and powered by plants, the Botanika Blends range of healthy baking mixes, custard, jelly and mug cakes use premium ingredients blended with integrity and care. This is a wholesome and considered range of show-stopping vegan desserts!

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Plant Based
  • High protein

Natural Evolution

The Natural Evolution range is nutrient-dense and packed with flavour. From the Caribbean Cake, Banana Bread, Chocolate Cake and Pancake/Waffle Mix, each baking mix features the Natural Evolution signature green banana flour.

  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • 100% Australian
  • 100% Natural Nutrition

It doesn’t get much (naturally) sweeter than that! We have these incredible vegan dessert brands and more available for wholesale order now. Order online 24/7 or contact our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you aren’t yet registered for a wholesale account with us, you can register your account here

NATURAL EVOLUTION SEEN ON TV!

Between them, the girls behind Keep It Cleaner, Stephanie Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, have almost 2 million Instagram followers. They share their passion for clean living with a focus on fitness, nutrition and wellness.

These girls know their stuff when it comes to healthy products. And that’s why we were thrilled to see Natural Evolution’s Green Banana Flour featured on the first episode of their new TV show, The Healthy Cooks.

Meet Natural Evolution

Natural Evolution is a business built on innovation. They are responsible for the world’s first – and only – banana peeling machine and the “banana blankey”, a fully recyclable packaging for protecting bananas during transport. 

But it’s their green banana products – including the Green Banana Baking Flour – that really takes innovation to the next level.

Green Banana Flour is gluten free, high fibre and nutrient-packed. Made from the green cavendish bananas that the supermarkets deem too bendy, too straight, too big or too small, green banana flour is high in resistant starch which is great for gut health!

“Try swapping wheat flour for a gluten free alternative like banana flour which is packed with prebiotic fibre,” explained Laura Henshaw on The Healthy Cooks. “It’s so good for our gut health. It’s one small change you can make for your health and wellbeing.”

Cooking with Green Banana Flour

On The Healthy Cooks, Stephanie and Laura made a delicious Haloumi, Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata

Green banana flour is versatile to cook with – the flour rises beautifully when baking and results in light and fluffy baked goods with a delicious flavour. As with any gluten-free baking, only ½ – ¾ of green banana flour is required for every cup of regular flour indicated in a recipe.

Haloumi, Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata

Due to its resistant starch, ease to cook with and gut health benefits, Green Banana Flour is a trending product on the rise. To place a wholesale order you can shop online 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you’re new to Unique Health Products, you can register for a wholesale account 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.

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. 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  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!

BRAND NEWS – SUMMER 2018

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Each quarter we share product news and updates you need to know about including packaging alterations, brand updates, and price changes so you’ll never be left out of the loop!

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

These are your need-to-know brand changes for Summer 2018:

NATURAL EVOLUTION PACKAGING UPDATE

Natural Evolution now has higher quality packaging with a new eye-catching, tropical style, ensuring the range stands out on your shelf. There are no ingredient changes – customers can enjoy the same gut-friendly, gluten free benefits that the range has always offered.

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ECLIPSE ORGANICS ADD HEMP, DROPS PRICE AND REDUCES SIZE

Eclipse Organics has added hulled hemp seeds to three of its paleo bars – Manuka Nut, Choc Orange Fudge and Chocolate Brownie. The packaging has also had a refresh, with the bars dropping from 50g to 45g and sold in a box of 12 instead of 20. With this change, the W/S and RRP have been dropped, allowing for a more enticing margin for stores and cost for shoppers.

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SAME TOM ORGANIC – NEW LOOK

The TOM Organic feminine hygiene range is still the same on the inside, made with certified organic Australian cotton, but the sleek new look is expected to appeal to a wider customer base.

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EVER ECO STRAW PACKAGING NOW PLASTIC FREE

Due to popular demand, Ever Eco’s Stainless Steel Straws are now packaged in a 100% plastic-free box. This will further encourage sales from eco-conscious shoppers.

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EXTRAORDINARY FOODS KALE CHIPS – NOW NAMED PURE

Extraordinary Foods have changed its Kale Chips brand name to Pure, to align with their other snack range Pure Coconut Chips. The brand change not only reflects the simple, quality ingredients but also the fact that they support sustainable farming. Reassure customers the products are the same delicious, nutritious snack.

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