PREMIUM WHOLESALE CHOCOLATE – WHAT CONSUMERS WANT

There is no denying the sales power of chocolate. It’s a market that’s valued at more than AUD $1.83 billion with a predicted CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7% by 2026. 

However, much like other snack trends, consumer tastes are changing. In the chocolate market, this is largely driven by a preference for premium chocolates as well as an overall general trend towards healthier alternatives.

At Unique Health Products, we have a range of wholesale chocolate brands that tick all the right boxes. From vegan, plant-based options to premium gifting brands, we distribute a large variety of wholesale chocolate options to help you cater to growing consumer interest.

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CHOCOLATE GIFTING

The focus on premium chocolates is not only due to the health benefits of dark varieties. It’s also largely driven by an evolving tradition of gifting

The Alter Eco range of organic, fairtrade Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are made with non-GMO ingredients with no preservatives added. Sustainable packaging is also a big focus of Alter Eco as they are working towards 100% recyclable or compostable packaging across all of their products. The Chocolate Truffles in particular represent a great gifting product made from premium ingredients with standout packaging.

Bennetto is another premium gifting chocolate with packaging that looks as good as the chocolate tastes. The products are organic, fairtrade, gluten free, climate positive, vegan and delicious. The stunning packaging features Peruvian birds in a nod to the Bennetto sustainability and environmental goals.

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE SNACKING

According to Roy Morgan research, 90% of Australians are regular snackers, with 48.1% of people snacking on chocolate in an average week. At the same time, the uptake of healthy snacks is also on the rise. Brands that can marry the two to create healthy chocolate snacks are flying off shelves.

The decadent HeroCup chocolate cups are naturally-sweetened, vegan snack alternatives made with dairy-free dark chocolate. HeroCup also caters to the thriving keto market with keto options available.

For the growing market of protein snackers, Vitawerx hits the spot. The innovative Protein Chocolate is available in a range of Bars and Choc-coated offerings. Keto-friendly and with no gluten or added sugar, the range is high in protein for a clean-eating snack. 

For some interesting flavour combinations with dark and white chocolate options, the Little Zebra Chocolates range is a winner. The Australian-made products are hand crafted in a dedicated dairy and nut-free facility. They are keto-friendly and free from sugar, palm oil and gluten. 

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CHOC-COATED 

Combining the flavour of quality chocolate with other ingredients, such as fruit, nuts and even licorice, these products hit the spot for the better-for-you chocolate consumer.

Dr Superfoods isn’t just a chocolate brand, but they do chocolate well! The Chocolate Coated range includes Almonds, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Raspberries and more coated in premium quality Belgian chocolate. 

Naked Chocolate Co is the go-to for gluten-free, chocolate-coated freeze-dried fruits. Using premium quality white and dark Belgian chocolate and 100% real fruit pieces, the products contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavours. The dark chocolate options are also vegan friendly. 

Another brand with a delicious range of chocolate-covered treats, including Licorice, Ginger, Coffee Beans, Macadamia Nuts and Strawberries, is Organic Times. Using organic and fairtrade chocolate, the range is free from palm oil and GMOs.

Vegan chocolate

VEGAN CHOCOLATE

With the rise of plant-based diets, it’s only natural that vegans and plant-based devotees will look for vegan alternatives to their favourite treats.

The Humble Vegan is a colourful brand, both in the look of the packaging and how they showcase their vegan values. With six different flavours, each product uses ethically sourced ingredients with only natural flavours and colours. They are all free from dairy, gluten and nuts.

All Vego chocolates are fairtrade certified and manufactured under fair conditions, without compromise. The growing vegan range uses ingredients like Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream to create a moreish taste. 

The Kresho Bar from Desert Island Confectionary is chewy nougat and roasted almonds wrapped in pure, vegan, fairly traded couverture chocolate. The brand is committed to mitigating their impact on the natural environment and ensuring that all operations are vegan, not just their chocolate.

SHINE THE LIGHT ON YOUR CHOCOLATE OFFERING

With World Chocolate Day around the corner on 7 July, now is the time to review your chocolate offering and ensure your shelves meet your customers’ needs. You can purchase our ranges of wholesale chocolate 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.

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.

SPEED SCRATCH… the latest buzz word in cooking

TIME-POOR CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING THE TREND, USING CONVENIENCE PRODUCTS LIKE MIXES, READY-TO-EAT AND PRE-PREPARED FOODS THAT CALL FOR ONLY A HANDFUL OF FRESH INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FAST, HEALTHY MEALS.

This means sales opportunities abound!

With winter pushing consumers into the kitchen, seeking warmth in baking and cooking, ensure you’ve stocked the shelves with a selection of easy to use, healthy speed scratch products and nutritious wholefood ingredients to help them battle the cold and the clock.

Take a look at our top pantry picks to satisfy both sweet and the savory cravings this winter!

SWEET

1. Teff Tribe Pancake Mix–  Easy and nutritious!
2. Bake Mixes Banana Muffin Mix – Certified organic!
3. Wholesome Chow Brownie Mix – No refined sugar!
4. Fit Mixes Choc Chia Protein Ball Mix – High in protein!

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5. The Whole Foodies Rice Malt Syrup – Fructose free!
6. Power Super Foods Cacao –  Superfood!
7. Organic Times Little Gems – Fair trade!
8. Nirvana Liquid Stevia –  Zero calories or carbs!
9. Perfect Sweet Xylitol –  Low GI!

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10. Niugini Coconut Oil – Cholesterol free!
11. 2die4 Walnuts – Activated nuts!
12. Matakana Coconut Butter – Creamed coconut meat!
13. The Ginger People Bare Ginger – Sustainably farmed!

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SAVOURY

1. Protein Bread Co Savoury Muffins – High in protein!
2. Monica’s Mixes Pizza Base Mix – Wholesome ingredients!
3. Sol Organics Dahl Mix – Easy to prepare blend!
4. Mingle Seasoning – Tasty and simple spice mixes!

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5. Forbidden Foods Rice –  Certified organic!
6. Niulife Sweet Chilli – Just four natural ingredients!
7. The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles – Ready to eat!
8. Bragg Nutritional Yeast – Delicious, healthy addition to most dishes!

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9. Nakula Coconut Milk – Perfect base for Asian dishes!
10. Nutritionist Choice Noodles – Wholesome instant noodles!
11. Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste – Ready to use fresh turmeric!
12. Planet Organic Spices – Convenient shakers!
13. Redmond Real Salt – Unrefined mineral salt!

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If you’d like to stock up on these hot winter essentials, easily add them to your next online order.

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