OUR BRANDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

At Unique, our extensive range of products are handpicked by our switched-on Products Acquisition Team for quality ingredients and capacity to sell.

We know internally via our sales reports that our products sell well but it’s always so nice to see our brands get the recognition they deserve via media outlets and industry awards. Here are some of our brands making headlines in the last few months!

SAFIX BIODEGRADABLE SCRUB PADS

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Safix received a five-star rating on Consumer (New Zealand’s version of Choice) for their biodegradable Scrubbing Pads. See the full article here!

ETHIQUE SOLID BEAUTY BARS

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Ethique is featured in Marie Claire as part of a plastic-free beauty brand round up. See the full article here!

LAKANTO LOW CALORIE NATURAL SWEETENER

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Lakanto was a finalist in both Start-up of the Year and Retail Product of the Year for the annual Food and Beverage Awards. See the full list of the Food and Beverage Awards finalists and winners here!

PATCH BAMBOO WOUNDCARE

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PATCH was featured on Naturally Good News discussing their story of success and how the natural adhesive bandages are giving traditional wound coverings ‘a run for their money’. Read the full article here!

THE WHOLE BOODIES ZESTY DEODORANT

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The Whole Boodies Zesty Deodorant is a multi-award winning deodorant that took out the inaugural WellBeing Be-YOU-T Award for best deodorant. See the full list of winners here!

UPTON’S NATURALS CH’EESY MAC READY MEALS

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Upton’s Naturals Ch’eesy Mac was featured in Taste.com.au Magazine, July 2020.

We’re thrilled for all our innovative, award-winning brands that are getting the recognition they deserve. With a curated portfolio of more than 3,800 products from a selection of local and international health and wellness brands, Unique is your one-stop-shop for all things natural health. Order your stock online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you need to register for a wholesale account with us, you can do so here.

WOUND CARE THAT’S KIND ON YOUR SKIN AND THE PLANET

The world’s first organic, hypoallergenic and compostable wound care, PATCH, was born out of personal necessity. When James Dutton (the founder of Nutricare) noticed that common wound coverings would make his son’s skin react and the wound worse, he set on a mission to figure out why. 

Shockingly, James discovered an array of chemicals lurking in common plasters that affected not only his son, but people all over the world. He became incredibly motivated to create a better alternative for both his son and the rising number of people across the globe who can’t wear common wound care coverings. 

When it came to creating a better alternative, James also kept his other son, Xavier, in mind. Xavier hates putting creams on his skin and would throw tantrums no matter what creative ways were tried. And so PATCH was born! A wound care product that doesn’t cause nasty skin reactions and serves as a way to help heal wounds with the infusion of natural ingredients into the gauze. 

Since 2016, James has successfully taken PATCH from just an idea into an award-winning product range that is stocked in thousands of stores globally. Each adhesive strip is made with 100% certified organic bamboo fibre and comes in natural or with added extra goodness in the form of either coconut oil, aloe vera and activated charcoal for various purposes. PATCH adhesive bandages are natural, sustainable alternatives to regular wound care that are effective and durable but won’t ruin the earth.

If every household in Australia purchased one packet of regular plastic adhesive strips, the plastic waste would cover the equivalent of the MCG surface three and a half times over!

They have been engineered to be the most sensitive and natural wound care alternative on the market, appealing to all skin types both young and old. They’re free from latex, paraben, thimerosal, plastic and silicone. Utilising only eco-friendly, biodegradable materials in both the strips and the packaging.

Beyond their sustainable practices, the team behind PATCH are also passionate about giving back, supporting local communities with supplies in East Timor, partnering with Sea Shepherd, and collaborating with Phil Leahy from Retail Global to support children across Haiti with sterile medical resources. 

It’s one thing to create a strong brand that sells well, but it’s a whole other thing to create a company that also changes lives. PATCH is changing the wound care game one natural adhesive strip at a time, and this innovative brand is only just getting started. Watch this space! 

Explore the PATCH range in our online store. It’s open 24/7 for all your ordering needs! Or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. Haven’t registered for a wholesale account with us yet? You can do so here.

7 TRENDS SET TO SHAPE HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN 2020!

What seven trends are set to kick off 2020?

2019 saw major growth in both the eco-friendly and plant-based lifestyle segments.

Thanks, at large, to consumers becoming increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on their health and the environment. 

In a nod to the previous 20’s era, the continuing shift of social and cultural values will see those categories remain strong sellers.

However, these seven innovation-infused trends are hyped to hit the top-seller lists right alongside them.

Get ready for the snackification movement to seriously jazz up your shelves!

 

1. Puffed SnacksSpokes

 

Better-for-you puffed snacks will be taking their prime position on the savoury snacking shelf. A report by IRI found that puffed and extruded snacks saw 4.45% dollar sales growth from April 2016-2017 making up 36% of the $36.8 billion AUD salty snacks category. These puffed-up, crunchy snacks are in demand due to consumer desire to eat better, including cleaner ingredients, added protein and fibre or nothing artificial.

 

 

 

2. Peanut Everything

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The rise in healthy snacking and plant-based foods are fuelling the growth of nuts, seeds and of course, the ever-so-versatile peanut. As consumers continue to be more health conscious, the focus on the functional benefits that food can offer are driving sales for functional foods and beverages that work harder for consumers. According to Mintel, the fastest growing peanut ingredients in new products include peanut flour, peanut butter and peanut flavour. Peanuts offer the perfect trifecta for taste, texture and nutrition, offering protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

 

 

 

3. Keto FriendlyKeto Naturals

Natural Products Expo West and Expo East are two of the largest health food trade shows in the world. Last year, low sugar, dairy free and full-fat products reigned supreme. The clear direction for food innovation was plant based and keto friendly! More specifically, the surge in snacks, convenience foods and beverages that suit this trending diet! These products are loaded with oils, nuts and seeds to help consumers achieve ketosis, a metabolic state linked with weight loss and performance benefits.

 

 

 

4. Gut Friendly

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Gut health is one of the hottest topics in wellness. Innovative temperature-stable probiotics have expanded the ways in which manufacturers can utilise these healthful bacterial strains, leading to a host of functional foods including sweet and savoury snacks and convenient, food-based supplements. By 2020, BBC Research expects the probiotic market will be valued at $74 billion AUD.

 

 

 

 

5. Plant-Based SnacksBubbas 'Nana Chips

The plant-based trend isn’t exactly a new one but it’s not slowing down anytime soon thanks to an increased interest in health, social and environmental issues. The predicted value of the vegan snack market alone is estimated to reach $108 billion AUD by 2028! This is not surprising considering 1 Australian every 5 minutes decides to eat less meat or go meat free! Researchers contribute the boom to growing consumer awareness about plant-based, natural products and the rise in per capita disposable income leading to increased snacking. 

 

 

 

6. Active Nutrition

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Sports nutrition is no longer a place for the elite, but now encompasses weekend warriors, sports enthusiasts, adventurers and even active seniors! While the performance benefits are still there, the taste, texture and variety of flavours have improved astronomically. Health and nutrition are now top-of-mind for consumers buying these products, and they’re driving the global sports nutrition segment to a potential $35.5 billion AUD by 2022!

 

 

 

7. TransparencyPATCH Strips

While it’s not a specific food trend, more and more consumers are looking for brands that align with their own values. They want to be able to express their personal values through the products they purchase – whether that’s supporting the environment, women’s or animal rights, or something else. Consumers are demanding brands increase transparency and stand for something that brings about positive change. The rapid rise in companies becoming B Corp certified are a sign of this movement. It has never been more important for brands and businesses to have carefully articulated values. 

Are you ready for these seven trends in your store? With more than 3,500 health and wellness products expertly curated with trends and top selling potential in mind, you can confidently shop with us either online 24/7 or by giving our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register here.

AWARD-WINNING BAMBOO BANDAGES RECEIVE GLOBAL RECOGNITION

2019 is the year plastic-free alternatives have upped their game, stepped out of the shadows and have the full focus of environmentally-savvy consumers.

There has been a wave of innovation in this space but one company in particular has been sweeping out the competition!

PATCH adhesive bamboo bandages have won six prestigious awards across the globe this year.

PATCH was born when the founder of Nutricare, James Dutton noticed that while trying to protect his son’s adventure wounds his skin was in fact reacting badly to a common wound covering and making the wound worse.

James then set out to create PATCH, a range of natural adhesive bandages that are sustainable, environmentally conscious and cost-effective.

The range includes four types of hypoallergenic, organic adhesive strips made from 100% bamboo, enriched with aloe vera, coconut oil and activated charcoal.

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Already sold in 35 different countries, the world’s first 100% compostable wound care solution is disrupting the market by using certified bamboo, natural ingredients, as well as being free of harsh chemicals, plastic, latex.

PATCH is also Australian owned and operated, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

“We want to change the consumer health market for the better by delivering a natural, sensitive-skin-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to wound care.” – James Dutton, Chief Executive Officer

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James and his son

THE SIX AWARDS PATCH HAVE TAKEN HOME THIS YEAR

1) The ‘Best For The World’ Award

PATCH has been recognised as one of the Certified B Corporation’s ‘Best For The World’ Honourees for its sustainability movement and environmental achievements in business, ranking in the top 10% of all B Corps globally for their environmental responsibility.

Nutricare has been a Certified B Corporation (a for-profit company dedicated to using business as a force for good) since 2018.

This year, 1,000 B Corps from 44 countries were named to the 2019 Best For The World lists. These companies were determined based on the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations.

According to B Corp, “Our 2019 Best For The World: Environment honourees are taking bold action to preserve our most precious resources. With planet-friendly practices and environmental initiatives, these companies consider the impact of their everyday footprint, including energy usage, materials, facilities, supply chain, and more.”

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2 & 3) The ‘2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year’ Award and the ‘Victoria Emerging and Energised Award’

The Telstra Business Awards are a long standing, exclusive platform that recognise Australia’s best businesses, provide expert advice, open networking opportunities and help them gain the credibility to take their business to the next level.

Patch was named the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year and also took home the 2019 Telstra Victorian Emerging & Energised Award.

Winners were chosen across four categories: Emerging & Energised, Small & Succeeding, Medium & Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

Telstra Group Executive, Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said the winners of the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business Awards demonstrated excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.

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4 & 5) Best New Natural Living Product at Expo West 2019

The largest natural health and wellness expo in the USA, Expo West, has recognised PATCH’s organic adhesive bamboo bandages as the Best New Natural Living Product. The East-Coast version of the expo, Expo East, also saw PATCH become a finalist for Best New Personal Care or Beauty Product as part of the events’ biannual NEXTY awards.

The NEXTY Awards recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry. They are the pinnacle recognition of excellence in the natural products industry and are awarded to one stand-out product in each of 22 categories.

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6) Best New Eco Living Product

Natural & Organic Products Europe is Europe’s biggest trade show for natural & organic products making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of natural health and living products, natural and organic food & drink as well as natural beauty & personal care products.

Hosted by Natural Products News and now in their 24th year, the Natural & Organic Awards Europe have become renowned for recognising trend-setting new innovations across the food, health, eco-living and beauty categories. PATCH took out the award for Best New Eco Living Product, judged by trade show visitors then chosen from a shortlist by a panel of industry experts.

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