The Trend Towards Personalised Nutrition and Health

The natural health consumer is sophisticated. They aren’t looking for a one-size-fits-all approach in the products they buy. Instead, they’re looking to tailor the products they buy to meet their health and nutrition goals.

This trend towards personalised nutrition and health is supported by research into tailored dietary advice. The research has shown that dietary recommendations that are personalised to the individual are more effective than generic dietary advice.1 This advice can be based on what people eat, their genetics or health concerns.

This is a trend that will continue to grow and evolve. Are you ready to meet the demand?

The opportunity on shelves

As consumers seek more personalised nutrition and health advice, they’ll then turn to grocery shelves for products to support this. In fact, 44% of consumers are already using specific foods to address certain medical needs.2 

Your customers aren’t just looking for a single health product. They’re looking for choices and options to tailor their shopping basket to their dietary needs. This may come in the form of convenience meals and snacks or individual functional ingredients and pantry staples

What does that mean for your shelves? A broader offering will make it easier for your customers to meet their personalised nutrition and health goals with brands like:

  • Boostball as a keto snacking alternative in addition to high protein options such as CLIF Bar
  • The range of Botanika Basics from Botanika Blends for high-quality individual, natural ingredients such as Acai Powder or Maca Powder.
  • Flour alternatives like Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour or PBCo. Almond Flour. 

Supplement considerations

Rather than buying broad supplement products, consumers are seeking supplements that are tailored to their health goals and needs.3

This personalisation of supplements can be in the form of specific ingredients. Or it may be the supplement format that meets the individual’s preference, e.g. powder, liquid or capsule.

Consumers are taking a holistic approach by considering both the food and supplements that align with their health and nutrition goals.

These wholesale supplements brands offer greater choice for personalised health and nutrition:

  • IMUNI evidence-based, practitioner-quality, vegan-friendly supplements to target a range of different wellness concerns.
  • Evolution Botanicals high-potency medicinal mushrooms, adaptogens and herbal extracts.
  • FijiKava stress relief, sleep support and relaxation supplements made from certified Fijian Noble Kava.
  • Eden Healthfoods premium wholefood nutritional supplements crafted from pure and effective organic ingredients.

Tailoring the shopping experience

Personalised health and nutrition isn’t only about the products you have available on your shelves. It’s also about how easy you make it for your customers to meet their goals.

In health retail, the trend towards integration helps to achieve this. Natural health products sit alongside the rest of your range to simplify the decision-making process. As natural health continues to trend towards the mainstream, consumers will expect this integration, which is already happening in large grocery retailers.

Today, more than ever, you also have data at your fingertips to facilitate increased interest in personalised health and nutrition. Through your sales data you can tailor promotions of complementary products that your customers are already purchasing. Alternatively, this may be an opportunity to educate your customers about higher-quality options or the benefits of particular products.

Grow your natural health range

At Unique Health Products, we’ve been at the forefront of natural health products for more than 25 years. Our range includes hundreds of quality brands that meet the rising consumer demand for personalised health and nutrition.

You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Not yet a wholesale customer? You can register for a wholesale account here.

Sources:

1. The Conversation, 2021

2. Davidson, 2021

3. Nutritional Outlook, 2022

Keto 101: What Retailers Need to Know

Rising global health awareness has continued to enhance the popularity of the ketogenic ‘keto’ diet as we soar through 2022 and with this comes an inevitable rise in demand for keto-friendly products.

Holding onto its #1 position as Google’s most searched diet since 2020, the global keto market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% to a value of AUD$20.1 billion by 2027. And according to Insight Market, the fastest growth is occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.

Put simply, the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating plan that forces the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis, where it burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. 

Despite its recent surge in fame, the keto diet is not new. Having been historically used to help treat epilepsy in the 1920s and 30s, it is now recognised for its weight loss and health benefits. An attractive diet to a wide range of people, keto’s popularity can be derived from its easy accessibility and ability to continue eating popular, high-fat “naughty” foods whilst achieving health goals.

However, the diet requires a person to limit their intake of carbohydrates to only 20-50g per day to keep them in ketosis. This drastically shrinks their choice of foods. 

So a major challenge with doing the keto diet is having access to healthy, keto-friendly snacks and meals on-the-go. As a result, the popularity of the diet has skyrocketed demand for keto-friendly foods, paving the way for new, innovative and convenient on-the-go products. 

For this very reason, Unique Health Products’ keto-friendly range is wide, forever growing, and is sure to have your customers coming back for more.

Boostball keto snacks

Boostball

Boostball Burners – Keto Bites are an innovative and tasty snack for keto devotees. Each pack contains four Boostball Burners. With a maximum of 2.8g carbs per pack, they are low in sugar and made from 100% natural, organic and nutritious ingredients.

Keto Naturals keto-friendly snacks

Keto Naturals

An innovative offering of convenient snack choices that caters for both sweet and savoury tastes. Keto Naturalsrange of cauli bites, cookies and crackers are the perfect on-the-go snack for the ‘keto dieter’ and health enthusiasts. Full of flavour and made with a simple list of clean ingredients, they are not just keto friendly, but also gluten free and vegan.

Lakanto keto-friendly sweetener

Lakanto

Those with a sweet tooth don’t have to miss out with Lakantos innovative range of keto-friendly sugar replacements. A proprietary blend of high-purity monkfruit extract and erythritol, Monkfruit Sweetener is the ideal low-calorie product, with both a Golden and Classic variety to replace brown and white sugar in recipes for no-added-sugar baking. In addition to this, their monkfruit-sweetened Chocolate and Caramel Flavoured Toppings and Maple Flavoured Syrup are a delicious, sugar-free treat option.

Naked Keto snacks

Naked Keto

Looking for a wholesome sweet snack with no nasties? Look no further than Naked Paleo Keto Bars. Keto friendly and free from gluten, dairy and preservatives, these handy little treats are available in Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Double Choc Brownie and Lemon Cheesecake. 

PBCo. low carb and keto friendly products

PBCo.

Fun food can still be keto friendly with PBCo’s convenient low carb crumbs, bread, pizza base, cookie, pancake and a range of other mixes. Low fat, protein packed and gluten free with no added sugar, this is the ultimate keto-friendly pantry staple range.

Keto bread in a mug

Get Ya Yum On

Convenient, well-priced and created with a clean ingredients list, the Keto Bread in a Mug and Keto Slice from Get Ya Yum On are versatile and delicious. The quick-and-easy keto mixes cook in just 90 seconds and are also plant based and gluten free.

The Broth Sisters keto-friendly products

The Broth Sisters

A keto-friendly snack or flavourful addition to any meal, The Broth Sisters’ Sipping Broth Bags and Stock Concentrates are jammed full of nourishment. Made with 100% natural ingredients, this keto-friendly range is also gluten free and vegan. There is a wide range of Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags on offer for a hearty snack, plus three stock concentrates varieties, Vegetable FODMAP Friendly, Asian Veggie with Turmeric and Superfood Mushroom with Lions Mane.

The Monday Food Co. keto products

The Monday Food Co.

For a quick and easy keto-friendly breakfast, The Monday Food Co.’s tasty Keto Gourmet Granola has only 4g of carbs per serve. Made from all-natural ingredients in beautiful Byron Bay, this convenient breaky is also gut friendly, nutrient rich, and is available in both 300g and 800g sizes.

Your customers can have their cake and eat it too with The Monday Food Co.’s Keto Cake Mix. Crafted with all-natural organic ingredients, and plenty of sweet flavours that tickle the taste buds and nourish the body.

Keto noodles

The Whole Foodies

Noodle lovers who enjoy a keto lifestyle can’t go past The Whole Foodies’ nutritious, mineral-rich Kelp Noodles. A healthy and wholesome pantry staple that is 100% Australian-owned, 100% delicious and 100% natural. Extremely versatile, raw and gluten free, they are the perfect addition to soups, salads and stir-fries.

Vitawerx keto chocolates and mayonaise

Vitawerx

Condiments complement a meal and Vitawerx’s Keto Mayos are no exception. These Australian-made, keto-friendly mayonnaises are also gluten, dairy and egg free and come in three delicious flavours: All Day Lay Classic, Smokin’ Aussie BBQ and Living on the Edge Turmeric, Ginger & Garlic.

But it doesn’t stop there! Vitawerx offers an innovative range of chocolate treats that are the ideal fusion of healthy and tasty. Fan favourites include Protein Milk and White Chocolate Bars and a selection of Protein Milk and White Chocolate Coated Snacks.

Cater to your keto customers

Discover the wide range of keto-friendly products on offer at Unique Health Products and stock your shelves up today. Order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904.

If you are new to Unique Health Products, register for an account here.

The Current Take On Healthy Eating vs Cost

Considering that 7% of Australia’s disease burden is caused by poor diet1, the cost of healthy eating is naturally something that governments take a keen interest in. Over the years, it’s been a subject at the centre of debates and research. Is the cost of eating a nutritionally balanced diet out of reach for today’s consumers?

Research on the cost of healthy eating

In 2013, Harvard researchers found that an average family of four would need to spend an extra $2,000 a year to eat ‘healthy’.2 

Thankfully that’s not the case today. Australia’s Food Environment Dashboard shows that the cost of a diet consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines is the same as or less than the diet they currently eat. This is calculated based on a family of two adults and two children. It also holds for high socioeconomic areas, low socioeconomic areas as well as very remote areas. 

However, the Dashboard also reveals that eating a healthy diet can cost anywhere from 18% to 39% of the median household income. For low-income groups in rural and very remote areas, this figure is much more pronounced impacting on the overall affordability of healthy eating.

Recent research also shows that for Queensland families, it costs 20% less to eat a healthy diet that follows the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Surprisingly, households spend around 60% of their total food budget on discretionary choices. These are foods that are high in saturated fat and with added sugar/salt.2

Food choice drivers

Globally, food prices haven’t been as high as they are now since June 2011.3 Australia is no exception. While affordability is certainly one piece of the puzzle in increasing the uptake of healthy eating, there’s much more to the story. 

Research consistently shows that health is front of mind for a large segment of consumers. They’re looking for premium, functional products that support physical and emotional wellbeing, particularly products with health benefits beyond their nutritional value.3

3 in 5 people avoid unhealthy foods. Compared to 5 years ago, more people are opting for nutritious snacks, rising from 31% to 36%.5 You may have even noticed these trends playing out in real time in your sales data.

However, combined with cost and health benefits are other consumer considerations including taste, convenience and availability.2 Products that hit more than one of these drivers are likely to appeal to consumers trying to balance their household budget and busy lifestyle with health concerns.

So does price matter as much as we think? Maybe value is what we should be assessing? And isn’t there more value in eating healthier?

Appealing to the cost-conscious healthy consumer

Each individual will be guided by their own values in the food choices they make. For those consumers where it is a question of healthy eating vs cost, what can you do to show value in your range?

One simple way is to integrate your healthy products alongside other brands, rather than having a traditional health food section. This gives consumers greater choice and the ability to easily weigh up their own considerations in a direct comparison of product against product.

In practice this means showcasing brands like Mingle seasonings in the spice section or Vege Chips and Keto Naturals in the snack aisle. Including brands like Natural Evolution or PBCo. in your baking aisle may introduce consumers to new products. This same rationale can apply to any grocery segment in your store. 

Healthy shelves, healthy sales

At Unique Health Products, we make it easier for you to do business and stay ahead of industry trends. We stock many leading natural health brands and offer a huge selection of healthy grocery products. You can purchase our range online 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Don’t yet have a wholesale account with us? You can register for one here.

Sources:

1. Australian Government Department of Health, 2021.

2. BMJ Open, 2013.

3. International Journal for Equity in Health, 2021.

4. Australian Government Australian Trade and Investment Commission, 2022.

5. IRi, 2022.

6. Nielsen, 2021.

Healthy Indulgence: Helping Consumers have their Cake and Eat it too

Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.

IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.

This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping. 

But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences. 

Baking mixes

Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.

Brands such as Low Carb Life, Get Ya Yum On, The Monday Food Co and PBCo. each caters to different macro and dietary choices or requirements such as keto friendly, gluten free or low carb. 

Chocolate treats

The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers. 

What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice. 

Savoury snacks

There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind. 

2die4 Live Foods has a huge range of savoury nuts and other snack options. For more of a chip-style treat, brands such as Banana Joe, Keto Naturals and Nudus Bites each have an innovative and top-selling offering.

Healthier desserts

In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options. 

Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around. 

Stock your shelves with healthy indulgences

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 indulgences 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!

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.