Snackification. The Changing Face of Australian Mealtimes

Consumers’ eating patterns have undergone fundamental changes. Instead of a traditional format of three meals at predetermined times each day, many consumers are moving towards a much more flexible pattern of snacking and grazing, eating at any time that is convenient.

Say hello to the health-conscious snackification movement!

What is snackification?

Research from Roy Morgan reveals that nearly 90% of Australian adults consume packaged snack food in an average week. While the healthy snack category, including items such as muesli bars, breakfast bars and rice crackers, is on the rise, the popularity of the sweet biscuits category has seen the biggest decline.

The snackification trend was originally driven by convenience food in general. Consumers demanded quick and easy food and drink to support their chaotically-busy lives. Fast-forward to today, and the interest in health and nutrition has spun the convenience industry on its head. Convenient food options no longer need to simply taste good, they also need to help consumers meet their nutritional goals.

Snacks are now so much more than a gap-filler between wholesome meals. They are replacing those meals.

There are no hard and fast rules for snackification. The same food may be an in-between meal snack one day, a lunch the next and an afternoon treat another day.

In essence, the definition of what a snack is has changed. The snack landscape is rapidly changing and now includes wholesome meal replacements, single-serve mini-meals, healthy snack bars, as well as heat & eat options, both savoury and sweet.

According to Euromonitor, the global health and wellness snacks market is forecast to reach $98 billion by 2025, growing at a rate of CAGR 5.8% between 2020 and 2025. The health and wellness sector is on the rise and is set to continue growing as attitudes towards snacks and health change.

Taste, nutrition and convenience are the three most important factors in choosing a snack. With this in mind, we’re seeing an industry-wide conscious effort to reduce sugar content; an increase in functional ingredients such as turmeric, hemp and ginger; lower carbohydrate options; plant-based mini-meals, protein-packed snacks and products designed to support a healthy gut.

Top-selling snacks

Top-selling snacks

Make sure you’re making the most of the snackification trend by stocking up on these top-selling snacks:

  • CLIF Bar – The CLIF Bar range is plant-based, on-trend and made with organic ingredients, making it the perfect grab n’ go energy bar.
  • Vege Chips – A globally recognised and much-loved brand that produces delicious, gluten-free, better-for-you snacks.
  • gimMe – With massive consumer demand for low calorie, nutrient-rich snacks, gimMe answers the call with high quality, irresistible healthy seaweed snacks.
  • Keto Naturals – The innovative snacks from Keto Naturals provide convenience and choice, with simple, clean ingredients. They’re vegan, low carb and gluten free, offering the ‘keto dieter’ and health enthusiasts a snack option for both sweet or savoury tastes
  • Upton’s Real Meal Kits – Ready in one minute, Upton’s Real Meal Kits are vegan friendly, made with real, recognisable ingredients and are available in two classic meals.
  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable company produces a range of mouth-watering, plant-based nutty snacks in attractive packaging with a great price point!
  • Botanika Blends – From their range of deliciously flavoured Plant Proteins to the high-protein, probiotic porridge range, Botanika Blends has meal-time convenience covered.
  • Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky – These high protein eats are made from premium marinated and seasoned tempeh for an all natural, non-GMO, plant-based snack.

Make the most of the snackification trend

We stock these leading brands and hundreds more to help you stay ahead of the trends. Simply order online anytime! You can view our entire range of snack items by selecting ‘Snacks’ in the categories menu. Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

Sources: Roy Morgan, 2020, Euromonitor International, 2021

Understanding the Modern Plant-based Consumer

According to the EAT-Lancet Commission report, healthy diets with more plant-based foods will be key to ensuring sustainable food systems and a healthier planet and people.

It’s no surprise then that we’re seeing a significant growth in the vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian markets. Understanding the modern plant-based consumer and what is driving their adoption of plant-based diets has never been more important for those in retail and product development.

Who is the plant-based consumer?

Research estimates that 60% of global consumers eat plant-based meals at least once a week.1  Other reports reveal that across the world, there are now more than 65% of consumers who are eating more plant-based food and beverages.2 In Australia, 45% of consumers are actively trying to reduce the amount of animal products they eat.3

Despite this increase, there isn’t one single definition of a plant-based consumer. Younger people (aged 15-44) are more likely to report that they are trying to follow a plant-based diet.

According to 2021 consumer research, the most common reason people choose to follow a plant-based diet is that it makes them feel healthier. This is followed by digestive health and fitness. Environmental concerns and animal rights are the sixth and eighth most common reasons respectively.5 This is consistent with other research findings that consumers are generally more focused on adopting healthier lifestyles for the long-term.6

It’s important to understand why consumers are opting for more flexitarian and plant-based diets. It’s also important to have a good picture of the trends underpinning the shift.

The simple answer is choice. It is easier than ever before to make healthier and tastier plant-based choices. Half of Australian restaurants now cater to vegan diets.2 There is also significant innovation in plant-based meat and plant-based pantry staples

In fact, consumers are demanding new product development and a greater proliferation of plant-based ingredients, with greater interest in areas such as sustainable protein crops.7 

Interestingly, according to IRI, it’s the mention of plant ingredients that is more appealing to consumers than ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ labels. Packaging and promotions that callout that ‘you’re getting more plants, more nutrients’ are the way forward.2  

There is also an element of plant-curiosity that is driving the uptick. 41% of consumers report having tried plant-based alternatives because they wanted to try something new.8 Consumers are more adventurous than in the past, seeking out new flavours and ingredients to enhance their diet and lifestyle. 

Top-selling plant-based products

Capitalising on the plant-based trend

Where to next? How can you make the most of the plant-based boom?

First, you need to consider the brands you stock on your shelves. Consider some of these leading plant-based brands in your search:

  • Energy and snack bars from CLIF Bar with all plant-based ingredients and a priority on supported agriculture. 
  • Vegan jerky from Noble Jerky with more than 14g of plant-based protein in each packet.
  • A range of innovative protein powders, baking mixes and more from Macro Mike, which was founded with the vision of making the best tasting vegan protein on the planet.
  • Easy-to-use and minimally processed vegan sauce alternatives and the top-selling Mac ‘N Cheez range from Plantasy Foods.
  • Vegan chocolate and chocolate spreads from European chocolatier, Vego

In the switch to plant-based eating, many consumers also consider their broader lifestyle habits. Adding plant-based home and self-care products, such as Ethique Solid Bars, the Koala Eco cleaning and personal care range or ACURE skincare, broadens your appeal to these consumers.

Cater to your plant-based customers

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock many of the leading plant-based brands, both from within Australia and abroad. We have hundreds of brands and thousands of products that plant-based consumers are searching for. You can purchase our range online 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

Sources:

1. Innova Market Insights, 2021. 

2. IRI, 2022. 

3. Inside FMCG, 2022.

4. Euromonitor, 2021.

5. Euromonitor, 2021.

6. FMCG Gurus, 2022. 

7. Innova Market Insights, 2021.

8. Specialty Food Association, 2020.

21 Products for Crafting a Crowd-Pleasing, Healthy Snack Platter

Snack and grazing platters always command a presence at events. Their rise in popularity over the years is likely a combination of:

  • the Snackification of meal times 
  • the increasing diversity of everyone’s dietary needs 
  • a human desire for more connection (which you can get over a communal plate) 
  • a lack of time to prepare a traditional multi-course meal for guests
  • and because… let’s face it, they look good on social media

Inspire your customers in-store and online with a spotlight (and even an in-store sampling or workshop!) on how to make a healthy, crowd-pleasing snack platter this entertaining season and beyond.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite better-for-you, on-trend additions below to get your creativity flowing!

Wholesale crackers for healthy snack platters

Healthy Crackers

KETO NATURALS Crispy Cauli – Sea Salted Bites

Not a cracker at all, but a cracker savoury addition! These vegan Keto Naturals Crispy Cauli Bites add an extra serving of vegetables to the spread without any artificial ingredients. They’re gluten free, low in carbs, keto friendly and contain one full, fresh cauliflower head per pack. Available in three tempting flavours for a surprising burst of crunch. 

KETO NATURALS Almond Flour Crackers – Rosemary & Garlic

Keto Naturals’ gluten-free, low-carb ‘lavosh-style’ Almond Flour Crackers are keto friendly and packed with flavour. Their small size makes them great for share platters amongst cheese and dips, yet their moreish taste is enough to want to keep them all to yourself. Available in three flavours. 

KETO NATURALS Cracker Thins – Salt & Vinegar

These gluten-free, all-natural Keto Naturals Cracker Thins are made from black soybeans making them ridiculously low in carbs, keto friendly and a source of protein. Available in three flavours (one of which is vegan friendly), these air-popped, extra crispy crackers suit a variety of dietary needs.

Wholesale chocolate for healthy snack platters

Quality Chocolates

VEGO Dark Chocolate Bar – Nuts & Berries

For a chocolate inclusion that’s a little fruity, the VEGO Nuts & Berries Dark Chocolate Bar is a great vegan option. Packed with crunchy almonds and hazelnuts as well as blueberry, raspberry and cranberry pieces, this bar combines sweet and savoury in the best way and is certified organic, gluten free and Fairtrade.

ALTER ECO Chocolate (Organic) – Dark Sea Salt Truffles

These organic Alter Eco Dark Sea Salt Truffles combine the subtle crunch of a dark chocolate shell studded with fleur de sel de Guérande with a rich, melt away truffle centre. Each truffle is gluten free, Fairtrade and wrapped in a plant-based, compostable wrapper that adds a pop of colour to the board.  

BENNETTO Organic Dark Chocolate – Intense Dark

Bennetto’s Organic Intense Dark Chocolate block is vibrant and pure with the natural and subtle fruity notes characteristic of the Peruvian cocoa bean. This gift-worthy chocolate is vegan, gluten free and made without soy. Perfectly paired with savoury offerings on a typical snack platter, this elegantly-patterned block can be broken into shards for a high-quality chocolate inclusion.

Wholesale chocolate coated for healthy snack platters

Choc-Coated Crunch

NAKED CHOCOLATE CO. Freeze Dried Raspberries – Dark Chocolate

Australian-owned and made, Naked Chocolate Co. Dark Chocolate Freeze Dried Raspberries combine decadent Belgian chocolate and premium dried raspberries for a tangy crunch. Crafted with 100% natural ingredients, they are gluten-free and vegan-friendly crowd pleasers. 

DR SUPERFOODS Wild Blueberries – Dark Chocolate

Dr Superfoods Dark Chocolate Wild Blueberries are vegan friendly and gluten free. These antioxidant-packed morsels are one of their top sellers. Coated in a smooth, premium Belgian chocolate shell, they look great scattered amongst fresh, colourful produce on a platter. 

DR SUPERFOODS Roasted Almonds – Amber Chocolate

Dr Superfoods have also coated premium, Australian-grown, roasted almonds in a smooth shell of Amber Belgian Chocolate. Amber chocolate is created by putting white chocolate through a gentle and slow conching process that results in a caramel-like flavour reminiscent of Dulche de Leche. This caramel, crunchy roasted almond combination offers a moreish, all-natural, gluten-free alternative to milk or dark chocolate-coated treats. 

Wholesale healthy chips for healthy snack platters

Better Chips

NUDUS BITES Zucchini Chips – Cracking Sea Salt

A different take on adding vegetables to the plate; Nudus Bites Zucchini Chips are air-dried and made by gently tossing fresh Australian-grown zucchini slices with handcrafted dressings. The result? An intensely flavoursome and nutrient-dense crunchy snack. 

BANANA JOE Banana Chips – Sea Salt

A brilliant snack platter needs a mix of sweet and savoury. These Sea Salt Banana Chips from Banana Joe add a dose of probiotics and prebiotics for gut health delivered via a savoury snack that tastes just like a regular potato chip! Proudly sustainably grown and made from Hom Thong bananas, these thin and crispy chip alternatives are a surprisingly better-for-you addition. Plus, they’re naturally gluten free, vegan friendly and available in two other flavours – Thai Sweet Chili and Hickory BBQ.

EXTRAORDINARY FOODS Pure Kale Chips – Cashew ‘Cheese’

Made with natural, Australian-grown ingredients, Extraordinary Foods Pure Kale Chips with Cashew ‘Cheese’ are dehydrated at 46 degrees Celsius for 14 hours to help retain the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. They’re made with organic kale and contain added probiotics for a nutrient-rich mix into a healthy platter. They are available in three flavour-packed varieties. 

Wholesale nuts for healthy snack platters

Sweet and Salty Nuts

2DIE4 LIVE FOODS Organic Activated Almonds – Cinnamon Maple

2DIE4 Live Foods have crafted incredibly moreish Cinnamon Maple Organic Activated Almonds. Their ever-popular activated almonds are coated in organic cinnamon and maple syrup offering a delicate sweetness that works in perfect harmony with many common gourmet platter additions. Available in two sizes – 100g and 250g.

THE WHOLE FOODIES Native Cashews – Sea Salt

Made with two simple ingredients, cashews and sea salt, The Whole Foodies Sea Salt Native Cashews are dry roasted in their skins for an extra crunchy take on a classic snack platter inclusion. They are wild harvested, gluten free, vegan and higher in fibre than regular cashews and are available in two other flavours – Turmeric & Black Pepper and Kimchi. 

EAST BALI CASHEWS Wild Harvested Cashew Nuts Sea Salt

Wild harvested, single origin and ethically sourced Sea Salt Cashew Nuts from East Bali Cashews are made with three simple ingredients, cashews, coconut oil and sea salt. The 35g foil snack packs keep the cashews fresh and crunchy and offer multiple merchandising options in store. They have a great low RRP and each pack supports a social enterprise that gives back to the local community in Bali. 

Wholesale protein products for healthy snack platters

High-Protein Hit

VITAWERX Protein White Chocolate Bar

A Vitawerx Protein White Chocolate Bar is a low-sugar, keto-friendly, low-carb, gluten-free version of regular, creamy white chocolate. Catering to a wide range of diets and gentle on the stomach with an added digestive enzyme, it’s a better-for-you alternative that looks and tastes like the real thing! Consumers can break the bar into pieces or serve as a white chocolate dip for fresh fruit on the platter.

CLIF Builders Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter

A Chocolate Peanut Butter CLIF Builders Bar is a multi-layered, protein-packed snack bar. It offers the taste and texture of other, popular chocolate bars but is created with natural and organic ingredients to fuel and recover from workouts and busy schedules. Loaded with 20g of plant protein, it’s a great addition to balance out the snack platter with some satisfying but sweet protein options. Simply chop into bite-sized pieces for a ‘chocolate bar’ with hidden benefits. Available in three flavours. 

MACRO MIKE The Game Changer Protein Bar – Cheezecake Choc Chip Peanut Flavour

You might wonder how The Game Changer Protein Bar by Macro Mike fits on a snack platter. The taste resembles a peanutty, caramel-style ‘cheezecake’ fudge sprinkled with choc chips. So when chopped into bite-sized pieces, it’s essentially a healthier, protein-packed version of a Jersey Caramel! Plus, they’re all natural, gluten free and vegan friendly.

A Savoury Extra: NOBLE JERKY Vegan Jerky – Teriyaki

Complimentary to the flavours of both vegan and regular kinds of cheese, Noble Jerky’s Teriyaki Vegan Jerky is flavourful, chewy and made entirely from all-natural ingredients. Created using premium, non-GMO tempeh and marinated with spices, these snackable strips are high in protein with a meaty texture and flavour. Available in five flavours.

Wholesale better for you sweet products for healthy snack platters

Something Sweet

DANDIES Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows

Dandies Marshmallows are vegan, vanilla flavoured alternatives to regular marshmallows. Customers can add an element of fun to a sweets-focused platter with these fluffy pillows. Place some bamboo skewers or toothpicks beside them on the shelf to hint at the idea of mini fruit kebabs too. They are made with no artificial flavours or colours and are free from corn syrup, gelatine and gluten. Dandies also offer Mini Marshmallows for a more subtle addition to the board. 

EAST BALI CASHEWS Salted Caramel Popcorn with Cashews

Popcorn is a fun extra to add to either a sweets board or a mixed platter. The Salted Caramel Popcorn with Cashews from East Bali Cashews is a sweet and salty match made in snack heaven. Crispy caramel popcorn mixed with pieces of crunchy cashews make for a delectable snack worthy of going back for more. Made with sustainably-sourced, natural ingredients, it’s a better-for-you take on an indulgent treat. 

J.LUEHDERS Soft Vegan Candy – Red Berries

Another better-for-you, vegan-friendly option is a packet of the J.Luehders Red Berries Soft Candy. They’re made with 20% real fruit juice from pomegranate, apple, elderberries and blackberries, are completely free from gelatine, and contain no artificial colours or flavours. These delicious soft gummy candies from Germany are available in three tasty varieties – Exotic Fruits, Red Berries and Fruity Flowers that are loved by kids and adults alike.

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH A SMORGASBORD OF HEALTHY SNACKS

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy snack platter additions online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Are your customers looking to cut down on sugar? Shake up your convenience food aisle with these 7 healthy and satisfying salt snacks instead!

Consumers have officially elevated the humble snack into a meal occasion in itself. In 2020, the ‘snackification’ movement is stronger than ever, and the salty snack category is continuing to thrive. 

Despite their love for chocolate, Australians prefer to consume savoury snacks over sweet treats with 41% of Aussies tucking into potato chips, and 37% are snacking on nuts, on an average week. 

Satisfy the salty snack demand, and stock up on these innovative category heroes that entice consumers with their assortment of new flavours!

7 Healthy & Satisfying Salty Snacks

Nutrient-Dense Snack

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Seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet! Perfect for lunchboxes, Gimme Seaweed Snacks are vegan and gluten free, and made from premium organic seaweed that’s seasoned in four mouth-watering flavours.

Low calories!

Gut-friendly Banana Chips

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Banana Joe Banana Chips are the first pre-probiotic chip on the market! With the same taste and texture as a traditional potato chip, these savoury snacks are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. Three delicious varieties are available.

 10% of profits go towards sustainable agriculture!

Cashew Snack Pack

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Bursting with flavour and goodness, East Bali Cashews snacks are vegan, gluten free and made from high quality ingredients. At a great price point of $2.95 RRP, pop a CDU at the register and watch them fly out the door!

Wild harvested and sustainably sourced!

Stacked Chips

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Certified gluten free, The Good Crisp Company potato chips contain no artificial colours or flavours. The stacked chips are non-GMO, and available in two canister sizes and three delicious flavours – Original, BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion.

Super low RRPs from $1.95!

Pure Kale Chips

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Handmade in Byron Bay, Extraordinary Foods PURE Kale Chips are not only deliciously nutritious, they also contain probiotics for a healthy gut! Made with local organic Kale, they are vegan, gluten free and available in three yummy flavours.

Air dried with no added oil!

Vegan Jerky

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Premium marinated and seasoned, Noble Jerky is made from non-GMO soy protein and is available in four mouth-watering flavours, including Original, Sweet BBQ, Teriyaki and Chipotle. Easily clip stripped, they make a quick impulse sale.

Marinated and seasoned non-GMO soy protein 

Native Cashews

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The Whole Foodies Native Cashews retain their natural skin which makes them higher in fibre and antioxidants, and lower in calories than a roasted cashew. Vegan and gluten free, they make a moreish addition to your grab n’ go section. 

Dry roasted with on-trend flavours!

Tame your customers’ 3pm cravings. Order these better-for-you, satisfying snacks and thousands more items via our online store! Not yet registered with a wholesale account? Sign up here!