6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The beauty of the digital age is that we have so much data at our fingertips to guide decision-making in business. You don’t need to guess the wellness trends… because you can see the trends unfolding in the data right before your eyes.

Using data from Google Trends and keyword research tool, Ubersuggest, we’ve done some digging to analyse six health and wellness trends that have significantly impacted the industry over the last five years, and how you can make the most of those trends in your business.

KETOGENIC DIET

The keto diet has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In recent Roy Morgan research, 24% of people surveyed indicated that eating a low-fat diet is important to them. This was down from 39% in 2000. The researchers suggested that this change in the way people look at food could be due to the rising popularity of the high-fat keto diet. 

Each month, more than 90,000 people in Australia search ‘ketogenic diet’, 74,000 search for ‘keto diet’ and 1,000 search for ‘keto diet vegan’ or ‘keto diet vegetarian’. Interestingly, in the last 12 months, there has also been a 50% increase in search volume for ‘keto friendly snacks’. 

The opportunity: Educate your customers on the benefits of keto, tied to your keto offering. If you want to increase your keto range, brands like Keto Naturals, The Monday Food Co, PBCo. and Vitawerx have a strong keto market presence. 

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Research consistently shows that today’s consumers are concerned about the environment. This is supported by the Google Trends data, which shows movement in an upwards direction for searches related to the environmentally friendly topic. 

So, what exactly are they searching for? The list is long, but there is strong growth in search volume where it matters most to you:

  • 450% increase in ‘earth friendly cleaning’ and 60% increase in ‘eco cleaning products’
  • 200% increase in ‘eco friendly products’
  • 160% increase in ‘eco friendly gifts’ and 90% increase in ‘eco gifts’

The opportunity: In a climate where 2 in 5 consumers want brands to offer more sustainable/durable products, it’s time to not only increase your offering but also share your own sustainability initiatives with your customers, such as what you are doing to minimise your plastic waste and packaging.

In the eco-friendly gifts market, Summer Salt Body and Sow ‘n Sow are well established brands. Similarly, for eco-cleaning products with brands such as Earthwise, Bon Ami, Koala Eco and Planet Luxe

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SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The facts on single-use plastic and plastic waste are frightening. It’s no wonder that this is a trending topic of concern. 

With government moves in some states to ban certain single-use plastics and commitment at a federal level to phase out products such as single-use plastic straws and utensils, awareness of the topic is sure to grow. 

On the topic of drinking straws alone, there were huge increases in search volume over the five year period:

  • 1,900% increase for ‘reusable straws’
  • 1,110% increase for ‘metal straws’ and for ‘silicone straws’
  • 800% increase for ‘steel straws’

The opportunity: Embrace the rise of reusables and zero-waste products by minimising your use of single-use plastic bags and packaging and increasing your eco-offering with brands such as market-leader, Ethique as well as Ever Eco, Joco and Huskee.

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VEGANISM

Plant-based diets are on the rise. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, search for veganism and related terms is increasing. In the last five years there has been a 160% increase in search volume for ‘plant-based diet’. 

Every month more than 27,000 people search for ‘veganism’, 5,400 for ‘plant-based diet’, 1,600 for ‘plant-based meat’ and also for ‘veganism vs vegetarianism’ and 590 for ‘plant-based diets benefits’. That is a significant volume of search with an educational intent. People are curious about plant-based eating.

The opportunity: Cater to this growing market with a range of plant-based products and provide education on plant-based eating. Innovation and flavour are the key here with brands such as Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods for plant-based meat alternatives or even J. Luehders vegan candy. 

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ORGANIC NEAR ME

There are two elements to this trend. The first is the rise of interest in organic food. The second is the shift in local search.

In the last twelve months alone, Google search frequency for ‘organic food’ increased by 190% and each month 590 people search for ‘organic skincare Australia’. Awareness of the benefits of organic is rising which is driving the shift.

The opportunity: For local businesses and shopfronts, ensure your Google My Business profile is up to date. For eCommerce stores, organic is a trending topic so highlight your organic products. This is also a good opportunity to increase your organic range with brands like Planet Organic and Eclipse Organics

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IMMUNITY

Within the health and wellness industry, immunity is one of those topics that is always prominent. In the last 12 months, immunity related keywords have seen high search volumes:

  • 6,600 searches for immune system
  • 4,400 searches for immunity
  • 3,600 searches for immunity booster
  • 2,900 searches for immunity boosting food

Anecdotally, we are also hearing that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for immunity-related products. While you can expect peaks for this during cold and flu season, this might start to even out throughout the year, depending on global events.

The opportunity: Capitalise on the immunity trend with innovative and high-quality supplements that provide natural immune system support. Brands like IMUNI, Eden Healthfoods, Martin & Pleasance and Comvita cater to this market. 

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STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST WELLNESS TRENDS WITH UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We’ve been distributors in this industry for more than 25 years. We are always ahead of the wellness trends so you can bring the latest innovations and new products to your customers. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, 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.

WAKE UP TO HEALTHY SALES

Busy lifestyles and fragmented eating habits have often required consumers to choose between a healthy breakfast or a more convenient option. But not anymore! The desire for a more diverse selection of grab n’ go healthy breakfast products is driving innovation to meet these changing consumer priorities.

Kickstart your breakfast sales with these nutritious, convenient and grab n’ go options.

Healthy breakfast spreads

Spread that hemp

All natural and made without additives, fillers or sweeteners, the Essential Hemp Nut Butter range is filled with good fats and combined with the protein superfood, hemp. These dairy-free and gluten-free butters are ideal as a breakfast spread or addition to a healthy morning smoothie.

Worry-free mite

Practically every ‘mite’ is covered with this breakfast spread gem! Free from yeast, gluten, soy, grains, nuts, dairy, eggs, thickeners, additives or added preservatives, it is the ultimate allergy-friendly superspread. EveryMite is available in four great options; Low Salt, Fodmap Friendly, Original and new BabyMite.

Pure golden goodness 

Driven by passion and love for what’s nourishing and real, The Whole Foodies (Wild Crafted) Raw Honey is 100% Australian and derived straight from nature’s wild eucalypt nectar and honeybees. Available in a 1kg tub or a handy 500g squeeze bottle. 

Antioxidant rich

Amazonia Raw Acai is the perfect beauty boost for breakfast bowls and smoothies. Packed with 21 times more antioxidants than blueberries, this certified organic, nutrient powerhouse is rich in Vitamin A and C, dietary fibre, and anthocyanins to support strong hair, skin and nails.

Daily dose of wellness 

Exclusive to Unique, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar contains the sought-after ‘Mother’, is a household name and a world market leader. Made using only the finest, organically grown apples, the vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurised and contains 5% acidity. 

Energy shot 

These shelf-stable, natural elixirs are free from artificial flavours, preservatives or colours, are caffeine free and made with 39% ginger and wild turmeric juice. The Ginger People Ginger Shots come in a shelf-ready CDU of 12 and are a great option for a countertop display upsell. 

Healthy breakfast baking

Macro-friendly waffles

Made using their smooth and creamy almond protein, Macro Mike’s Waffle Mix is packed with more than 20g of protein per serve. These plant-based, gluten-free and 100% natural waffles tap into the breakfast convenience trend requiring only the addition of mylk for a quick and healthy breakfast solution.

Low-carb pancakes 

Nutritious and delicious! These PBCo. Protein Pancakes are powered with 21g of plant-based protein and contain less than 3g of carbs per serve. With no added sugar and free of gluten, this 300g packet makes up to 30 deliciously fluffy pancakes. 

Healthy breakfast bowl

Nutty keto goodness

This gut-friendly, nutrient-rich granola contains no added sugar, is made with all-natural organic ingredients and has only 4g of carbs per serve. The Monday Food Co. Keto Granola combines salty and sweet nutty flavours and is available in 300g and 800g sizes.

Protein-packed porridge 

Consisting of key ingredients such as organic rolled oats, protein, probiotics, digestive enzymes and minerals, Botanika Blends Protein Brekky Porridge instant mixes are packed in convenient single serve sachets in a shelf-ready CDU of 12 or 1kg bags. Available in four protein-packed flavours.

Healthy breakfast on-the-go

Protein on-the-go 

Using eight simple ingredients including egg whites for protein, dates to bind and nuts for texture, each RXBAR packs 12g of protein and 5g of fibre in under 220 calories. At an enticing RRP of only $3.95, it is the perfect breakfast on-the-go. 

Stock up on healthy breakfast products

This is just a small sample of the healthy breakfast products in our range. Stock your shelves with the thousands of products you’ll find in our online store. If you’re new to Unique Health Products, you can register for an account here. You can shop from our online store 24/7 or by calling our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. 

MEALS IN MINUTES – THE SHELVES THAT SELL!

Long gone are the days when frozen TV dinners were the only quick and effortless meal option. Today’s hunger for better-for-you convenience has seen a plethora of healthy ready meals and staples hit the shelves and demand is only on the rise! 

The ready meals market is predicted to be worth $42.6 billion AUD by 2023!

On-trend Meal Kits

In the first quarter of 2020, Australians have already consumed 13.5kg per capita of ready meals! Spoil your customers for choice with plant-based meal kits, vegan ready meals and multipurpose meat alternatives so similar they’ll hardly notice the meat is missing! Upton’s Naturals are ready in minutes and Plantasy Foods Mac ‘N Cheez just needs water! Healthy convenience has never been easier or tasted so good. 

Quick Comfort Noodles and Pasta

The Australian pasta and noodle market is currently worth $5.83 million AUD and has 2.4% YOY growth. PBCo. and The Whole Foodies cater to low-carb, Difatti authentic gnocchi is gluten-free, and Nutritionist Choice has healthy instant noodles! No matter what diet your customers are following, we’ve got a quick and easy solution to suit their needs. 

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Spices and Sauce

8 out of 10 millennials say the quality of food influences their purchasing decision and 68% are willing to pay more. When it comes to pantry staples, high-quality spices and sauces can be transformational to dishes! Delight your customers by serving up a spread of top quality organic, filler-free and all-natural basics such as Sol Ghee, Mingle and Bragg

SHOP THE SHELVES

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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.

INDULGENCE EVOLVED. BETTER-FOR-YOU TREATS THAT CUSTOMERS LOVE

Comfort foods offer us a trip down memory lane and a nourishment of the soul unlike any of the usual fare. It transports us back to moments of our childhood, celebratory milestones in our lives and remind us of memories with those we love. 

Yet, despite our gravitation towards these foods, consumers are more conscious than ever about the ingredients, ethics and sustainability of their food choices. 44% of Australian consumers avoid sugar, 67% are willing to pay more for natural or organic options, and 34% prefer products that are sustainably sourced. 

This shift has driven innovative manufacturers to create better-for-you indulgences that cater to a variety of dietary needs and conscious consumerism concerns. From all natural, organic and vegan to sugar free, gluten free and keto-friendly. There’s something for everyone so now customers can have their cake and eat it too.

Bake Easy

High protein, gluten free, low carb, macro friendly and sugar free… Baked treats aren’t what they used to be! They’re even better! Most of these mixes only need water added for a deliciously satisfying snack baked in a flash. All are made with natural, gluten-free ingredients, and between them cater to a whole range of dietary needs. 

better-for-you baking convenience

Chocolate Temptations

The smooth, velvety texture and creamy, bittersweet taste of chocolate has been capturing hearts since the Mayan times. Australians alone consume 32kg of chocolate per person, per year! Today, there is a plethora of choice in the chocolate world. Sustainability and ethical concerns have highlighted organic and fair trade chocolate options, while vegan and gluten-free choices are becoming clear winners in the health space too. Our wide selection has something for everyone! 

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Candy Crushin’

Vegan, indulgence and delicious never really seemed to meet in the same sentence circa 5-10 years ago. Confectionery such as gummies, marshmallows and ooey-gooey chocolate bars were off the menu thanks to their reliance on animal products. However, the ever-increasing demand for vegan alternatives has generated some vegan-friendly, classic confectionery options with just as much “squish” factor as the originals! 

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Clever Crisps

Comfort foods aren’t limited to the sweet shelves either. A quintessential staple for the Aussie backyard get together, a big bowl of chips is the ‘watercooler’ of the party and breaks the ice at work events all over the nation. For those looking for a better-for-you alternative, these innovative brands bring all the flavourful crunch, without compromising your customer’s health goals.

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Make sure you’re making the most of this healthier indulgence trend by stocking up on these popular products. While you’re placing your order, take a look at our extensive range of healthier pantry staples as well!

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