PEAK CHOCOLATE: IT’S CHOCOLATE – BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT!

WHILE THE AZTECS WERE THE FIRST TO DISCOVER CHOCOLATE 4000 YEARS AGO, PEAK CHOCOLATE REDISCOVERED IT IN 2012 CREATING THE WORLD’S FIRST PERFORMANCE CHOCOLATE.

The brand is in high demand after founders Raph Freedman and Rory Boyden appeared on Channel’s 10’s Shark Tank late last year.

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The long-time school friends, professional athletes and fitness influencers know firsthand the nutrition needed to perform at a peak level and how to capture the attention of like-minded consumers.

Both have competed at national level in CrossFit tournaments and are co-owners of three Crossfit boxes across Sydney. Raph is also the founder and co-host of Mind Muscle Project podcast (the highest-rated fitness podcast in Australia).

Peak Chocolate is formulated to fuel the body with scientifically supported ingredients like BCAAs, creatine, and caffeine with Himalayan salt.

The pair were already using dark chocolate and an array of performance supplements in their training regimes and thought of combining the two one day while recovering in a sauna.

After several test runs in their home kitchens, they took their prototype to a chocolatier who ground, tempered and moulded it to create the creamy, delicious performance chocolate – and Peak Chocolate was born!

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Delight your customers with chocolate that offers more than just great taste and order Peak Chocolate here! If you’d like to learn more about Peak Chocolate, click here.

HOW FOUR SIGMATIC IS POPULARISING FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOM DRINKS

FROM NORDIC ORIGINS TO 25 COUNTRIES AND AMAZON BEST SELLERS, FOUR SIGMATIC MUSHROOM DRINKS AND ELIXIRS HAVE ARRIVED IN AUSTRALIA AND THEY’RE SET TO BE THE NEXT BIG THING.

Four Sigmatic is the most sought-after mushroom brand right now, with endorsements from big names like three-time Olympic medal winner, Kerri Walsh Jennings and health influencers like Tim Ferris (iTunes number one podcast channel).

Originally launching in the Nordic countries, rapid growth saw the team relocate their headquarters to the US in 2014, with a US retail launch soon after in January 2015. They’ve since expanded into retail in 25+ countries and online in 65+ countries.

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Behind the brand is a group of ‘Finnish Funguys’ (as they like to call themselves) with an abundant passion for health, knowledge on functional mushrooms, and a drive for innovation.

Tero Isokauppila studied and used mushrooms for 20 years, starting his first mushroom venture in 2005, before founding Four Sigmatic in 2012 with long-time friends Mikael and Henri.

Four Sigmatic now has a thriving range of elixirs, coffees and cacaos that can be easily stirred into hot water, smoothies and even baking, made with wild-picked, log-grown and certified organic mushrooms.

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You might be wondering ‘what type of customers want to drink mushrooms’? These functional beverages are popular with multiple consumer segments from athletes and the health-conscious to those simply trying to combat the stressors of modern lifestyles.

Consumer awareness of the benefits of functional mushrooms is also growing with various types already available in supplement form in Australia.

Functional beverages are one of the fastest growing beverage categories in Australia with IBISWorld anticipating annualized growth at a massive 58.2% the five years to 2018/19.

Through their innovative, versatile and easy-to-use instant drinks like mushroom coffee and hot cacao, Four Sigmatic has also popularised ingredients like chaga, reishi, cordyceps and lion’s mane mushroom varieties.

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They aim to globally popularise the consumption of functional mushroom beverages, focusing strongly on both consumer and trade education as well as PR on the ingredient benefits and how to use the products.

“We’ve used the two widely loved categories – coffee and hot chocolate – as introductory delivery systems for our functional mushrooms to encourage daily consumption and help people upgrade their habits without cutting anything out,” said Tero.

“The products help with things we need in our modern lives – energy, mental focus, stress relief, restful sleep and immune system support.”

Plus, they’re committed to giving back. A percentage of profits goes to Boarding for Breast Cancer, a non-profit advocating for healthy, active and sustainable lifestyles among young people.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR FOUR SIGMATIC PRODUCTS TO SELL 

  • Range together or split across tea/coffee and supplements for the elixirs
  • Individually barcoded to be sold separately for consumers wanting to sample or grab n’ go.
  • Train your staff on the benefits of functional mushrooms with the Four Sigmatic Mushroom Academy!
  • Read more about Four Sigmatic products here.

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Another Day, Another Scent!

FROM FRUSTRATION TO SCENT, AFTER SCENT, SCHMIDT’S DEODORANT HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, NOW OFFERING A LARGE RANGE OF JAR AND STICK DEODORANTS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

Built from her Portland, Oregon kitchen up, founder Jamie Schmidt had a burning desire to show consumers just how well natural deodorant really can work. A natural product developer and strong innovator at heart, Jamie made it her mission to change the way people think about natural deodorant.

When developing her formula, she refused to compromise on the effectiveness. Investing hours, days, weeks and months into research and testing was all worth it when she launched Schmidt’s Deodorant in 2010 and immediately began receiving positive reviews.

Seeing huge potential in the then small deodorant business, successful business man, Michael Cammarata invested in helping Jamie to grow Schmidt’s to where it is today. Now the brand is loved internationally, found in hundreds of thousands of homes.

Schmidt’s is trusted by customers to effectively neutralise odour and help absorb wetness, feel great on the skin and smell amazing.

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As the company grows, Jamie continues to ensure Schmidt’s is committed to always putting customers and ingredients first. Recently she and Michael Cammarata (Chief Global Strategy Officer of Schmidt’s Deodorant) both won the Ernst & Young PNW Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Award in the Retail and Consumer Goods category. The award recognises entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“We’re honoured to be recognised – and among such distinguished company!” – Jamie said.

This year Jamie has been more driven than ever to expand Schmidt’s to include new innovations throughout the bathroom and household categories. Look out for the latest newbies added to the Schmidt’s range in this catalogue!Schmidt's Deodorant

Check out Schmidt’s range on our brand page or online shop – if you don’t have access, easily get started here.

The Rise and Rise of Hemp Foods Australia

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD! WHEN ASKED WHAT PAUL BENHAIM’S ‘LIVE-BY QUOTE’ WAS, THAT’S EXACTLY HOW HE RESPONDED. NOT SURPRISING, CONSIDERING PAUL IS THE FOUNDER OF HEMP FOODS AUSTRALIA.

He’s an innovator, an entrepreneur and a genuinely successful, driven and honest business man.

Hemp Foods Australia was the first and is still the largest manufacturer of hemp food products in the Southern Hemisphere.

The brand has been built on Paul’s previous experience, where he pioneered the hemp foods industry in Europe. He developed the first hemp snack bar to be sold into mainstream supermarkets, which has now sold tens of millions of units internationally!

Back in Australia in 2012, Paul noticed others were importing low-quality and expensive hemp seeds. Some containing moulds, yeast, bacteria, THC and many other micro ingredients that companies weren’t testing for.

Eager to provide safe, quality hemp products, he took a leap. He wanted to fill the gap in the market offering hemp products grown and manufactured locally in Australia. With that, Hemp Foods Australia was launched. Each of the brand’s products were and still are made with 100% hemp seeds – direct from the farmer, nothing else!

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After just a few short months, the business grew into its own warehouse, and soon after to a production facility. Now it’s grown into a state of the art multi-million-dollar facility, winning awards for employment and export.

Paul’s extensive travel allowed him to learn of ancient civilisations and research how eating foods as close to nature as possible was the key to health and happiness. He followed up this research by studying nutrition, specifically fats and oils, where he concluded that hemp was a key ingredient to many ailments of living in a western culture.

Everything Hemp Foods Australia produces is built on this knowledge and the mission to produce and share the best quality hemp food products to as many people as possible.

It hasn’t always been smooth growing, with legal struggles between Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Australian Federal Government causing issues with the production and distribution of hemp as food. For Hemp Foods Australia, it’s been an ongoing battle, having to label their products as external body care to abide by the law. After years of pursuing change, this struggle was finally turned into a victory this year.

The FSANZ proposal to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol varieties of cannabis stavia (hemp) was passed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on Friday 28 April 2017, with the legal changes to roll out completely by 12 November 2017.

Already consistently featuring in our top 20 sellers list, the years to come seem even more promising for Hemp Foods Australia. They have exciting business plans including further innovative products in the works right now.

“Yes, we foresee many hemp food products over numerous categories being launched in Australia,” said Paul.

Hemp Foods Australia developed unique organic production methods that ensure quality, batch control and new levels of standardisation and are the only brand with the proprietary process in the southern hemisphere. With the news of the legislation changing, the brand is supported by an ever-increasing number of customers who are all passionate about high quality hemp products as a nutritious source of protein, omegas and more! The hype is only expected to rise and rise.

Check out Hemp Food Australia’s range on our brands page or online shop.

If you don’t already have an account with Unique and you’d like to start stocking Hemp Foods Australia, you can easily get started here.

 

The Moments That Made Monica’s Mixes

THE FACE OF THE POPULAR, WHOLESOME-FILLED MONICA’S MIXES, SUCCESSFUL CHEF AND AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS COOKBOOKS, MONICA TOPLISS, HAS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH SUPPORTS THE SUCCESS OF HER BRAND.

Most gluten-free mixes are seriously lacking in nutrients and flavour. For too long Monica had to compromise her health to enjoy delicious food or vice versa; she’d compromise taste to stick to a gluten-free diet.

At the tender age of two, she was an under-nourished child. Her mother helplessly unable to find a doctor that could explain her daughter’s skinny legs and protruding belly. It was a visit to a German doctor that concluded that Monica may have coeliac disease.

As Monica stood in his surgery, chewing on a rusk, the doctor said to her mother “Perhaps it is the very biscuit that she is eating which is poisoning her”. With this, a strict gluten-free diet was set in place.

“When I look back, I can see how my life
was destined to be all about food.
As well as having coeliac disease,
I was also born of Italian parents.”
– Monica explains.

Ignoring doctors’ orders and continuously caving to the rich flavours of gluten-filled foods, Monica felt drained and unwell as the decades passed. Before Monica’s Mixes, she was creating designer tarts, gourmet savouries and cakes and noticed an increase in demand for gluten free gourmet treats. Coming at a time that her health was under scrutiny, she decided enough was enough and gluten free would be her diet for life.

This moment is what sparked the idea to specialise in fail-proof, allergen-free recipe mixes for the whole family.

She was determined to go beyond simply providing gluten-free options, but to create flour blends and convenient mixes so that every family can enjoy delicious baked goods that are both gluten free and highly nutritious.

Taking her skills from years of working alongside chefs from all over the globe, Monica began crafting a range of convenient mixes – Monica’s Mixes. Each created to be nutrient dense, gluten free, grain free, nut free, egg free and soy free with sugar free, paleo friendly and vegan options.

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Monica’s Mixes range has grown to include Paleo Flour, Wrap Mix, Pizza Base Mix, Muffin Mix, Flour Blend, Bread Mix, Chocolate Cake, Banana Bread Mix and the new Vegan Patty Mix.

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Today the brightly packaged, highly versatile, easy and very convenient Monica’s Mixes are loved by coeliac sufferers and health-conscious consumers not only nationally, but also across the globe.

With consumers increasingly living busier lives and seeking fast, healthy food they don’t have to create from scratch, Monica’s Mixes offer the perfect attributes to continue to be a consumer favourite.

Check out the full Monica’s Mixes range on our online shop.

If you’re not already set up with a Unique Health Products account and you’d like to add Monica’s Mixes to your retail environment, you can easily get started here.

Little Zebra Chocolate: Wildly Sugar-Free

A sugar-free chocolate?! Yes, it’s a reality and it’s all thanks to New South Wales couple, Bernie Walker and Sabina Muir, the creators of Little Zebra Chocolate.

Both big sweet lovers but also pre-diabetic, they began searching for the best in sugar-free products to include in their own diet.

Research into healthier alternatives to sugar saw them develop a goal to create a healthier chocolate for the sweet tooths of the world.

Using their lounge room as a ‘test-kitchen’, they spent two years perfecting the recipes.

In place of sugar they add Xylitol to their chocolate.

“It is almost cruel to cover up the flavour of the chocolate with sugar.” Bernie Walker explains.

Xylitol has 40% fewer calories then sugar and contains no fructose, so it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Many studies also suggest that it can improve dental health and have various other health benefits too.

Last year they launched their chocolate to the world, now crafting it in a completely nut-free factory. The delicious, rich chocolates aren’t just sugar-free but are hand-crafted and available in a variety that appeals to all types of consumers.

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“Our chocolates can be enjoyed by people of all ages, vegans, vegetarians, people with gluten, lactose and soy intolerances, diabetics or anyone seeking lower GI chocolates.” Bernie Walker says.

With no GMOs, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, Little Zebra Chocolate ticks all the boxes for consumers’ demands in healthy and transparent food.

Add Little Zebra Chocolates to your next online order here.

If you’d like to sell on-trend, fast moving products  like Little Zebra Chocolates in your retail environment but your not yet a Unique customer, it’s easy to get started here.

The Bragg Family Tree

IT’S THE FAMOUS FAMILY TREE, THE LIQUID GOLD OF OUR INDUSTRY – BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Paul Bragg and his daughter Patricia have been health pioneers for decades, providing iconic products from a family grown, internationally loved company, Bragg!
While huge celebrities like Katy Perry endorse Bragg which boosts demand, the solid support has always been thanks to the high-quality reputation that Bragg has built over the decades. Bringing back customers again and again is what they do best!

Staying true to providing exceptional health food staples, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar continues to be our top seller in Australia and a top seller across the world. So, what is it that separates Bragg from other brands?

When asked to tell us a little more about why so many consumers love the brand, Bragg’s team was happy to share it all and even give Bhima our Purchasing Manager and Alyssa our Product Coordinator a tour of the picturesque Bragg farm in California!

So what was it that inspired the development of Bragg products all those decades ago? It was one huge positive that was built from an awful illness. As a young Man Paul Bragg was stricken with tuberculosis, which led him on a path of learning about natural healing. He dedicated his life to health crusading, giving lectures, writing books, and later developing healthy food products, including his famous apple cider vinegar.

Paul originated, named, and opened the first health food store in America.

It wasn’t always smooth, with a very bumpy start in the early days. There was very little education or even interest in nutrition by the average person when Bragg launched. Before TV and the internet, information was obtained by reading, radio or speaking events. The World Wars and rationing were on people’s minds, not nutrition, this was Bragg’s biggest struggle – spreading the word and educating.

Now as nutrition, health and transparency stick in the forefront of consumers’ food concerns and education is as easy as a google search or a scroll on social media, it’s all upward sales for the brand.

Why apple cider vinegar?

Paul C. Bragg came from a farming background and his father taught him that apple cider vinegar gave him the energy, immunity and cleansing needed for the physical demands of working in the fields. The first Bragg Live Foods products included Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is still the number one selling product of the brand’s today.

Since launching apple cider vinegar, Bragg continued to provide the world with high quality health food staples including apple cider vinegar drinks, popular liquid aminos, organic coconut liquid amino seasoning, olive oil and more.

The Bragg team explained that Patricia Bragg never wants her name on a product that contains harmful toxins, so you can assure customers that all products are GMO free and crops are sourced from organic growers. At the headquarters in Santa Barbara, the Bragg organic farm is certified organic. They use no pesticides or chemical cleaners and have multiple solar panels providing electricity.

A little more about the Bragg family farm

The Bragg farm sits in a canyon across from the ocean in Goleta, California. It’s a total of 110 picturesque acres and the site for all Bragg offices which are spread out between 3 buildings that surround a beautiful fountain. They also have a shipping and receiving warehouse, as well as a call centre on the farm.

Being at the Bragg farm, is like being in a tranquil paradise, a true reflection of their quality products. The farm is filled with all sorts of fruit trees in a lower and upper orchard and a man-made pond.

The Bragg team shared with us the love that Patricia Bragg has for roses, which explains why the farm is also filled with just about every rose you can imagine. Patrica has also filled it with stunning plaques and pieces of art that she’s collected over the years to beautify every corner you look.

Take a look at the Bragg farm photos here.

How is the famous Bragg apple cider vinegar made?

Fresh apples are used to make Bragg apple cider vinegar. The apples are pressed and the ‘mash’ ferments with the ubiquitous yeast, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, producing alcohol which is then consumed by the bacteria, Acetobacter Aceti, during a second fermentation. Vinegar is the end product of the fermentations and is then aged for 2 to 3 months before bottled and sold as Bragg apple cider vinegar.
A motto Patricia Bragg loves to live by and spread is “You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do!” She doesn’t create products that she doesn’t use herself and isn’t proud to have under the Bragg family tree. She is a living and breathing testament to what the Bragg can do to keep your customers healthy and energetic! Check out the photos of when she visited Unique Health Products.

Discover more about the liquid gold of our industry and the history of Bragg here.

To purchase Bragg products you can easily sign up for a retailer account or if you are already a Unique customer, order online anytime.
Due to the extreme popularity of this brand and the time Bragg need to ensure a quality product, stock is not always guaranteed.

Please contact our friendly customer service team to ensure supply before placing your order.

Seaweed Superfood Company – Snacks that Pop!

SEAWEED MAY NOT BE THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR MIND AS A TOP SELLER IN YOUR SNACK AISLE, BUT ACCORDING TO EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH FOOD INDUSTRY (INCLUDING HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL FIGURE SARAH WILSON), IT’S DESTINED TO BE THE NEXT BIG SUPERFOOD.

Janet Duncan, the entrepreneur behind Seaweed Superfood Company, has been hooked on seaweed and its many health benefits her entire life.

Having a Japanese mother, Janet grew up loving seaweed but it wasn’t so easy to convince her Australian husband and son to change their perception of seaweed from the slimy stuff on the beach to a nutrient, edible superfood.

After studying the health benefits of seaweed and discovering it’s loaded with iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and many more trace minerals and vitamins, she began sneaking it into food she shared with family and friends – and they loved it!

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After recognising the opportunity to harness the extensive health benefits of seaweed in delicious snacks that consumers want to eat (not just because they’re good for them), Janet and her seaweed-convert husband teamed up to launch Seaweed Superfood Company Popcorn to Australian consumers.

Their popcorn is available in four incredible flavours: Nori Sesame, Spiced Turmeric, Cacao, and Chilli.

As the business idea developed, Janet altered the products to appeal to more consumers, making them gluten free, vegan, dairy free and made with organic ingredients.

Made from non-GMO, Australian corn and wild-harvested, sustainable seaweed and available in snack sized 50g bags, they’re perfect for filling consumer demand for healthy grab n’ go snacks.

Discover the full range available on our online shop.

Read more about why it’s time to bring seaweed to the table here.

 

The World Of The Ginger People

IT’S A 30-YEAR TALE AND A GOOD ROOT (GINGER, OF COURSE) THAT’S GIVEN THE WORLD THE MUCH LOVED BRAND THE GINGER PEOPLE.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t ginger where the story began, but nuts.

Back in 1984, Bruce and Abbie Leeson were both working in the nut business when Bruce was approached to introduce candied ginger to the United States. Many Americans at that time had never even tried ginger, but he saw potential in the versatile root.

What began as a side project, very quickly picked up momentum. With the introduction of The Ginger People’s iconic cartoon ginger root character (conceptualised by Abbie) the brand has continued to rapidly grow into an international best-seller.

Ginger’s vibrant flavour, purity, versatility and healthful properties are what Bruce and Abbie believe have been driving strong consumer demand and will continue to do so.

Herbalists have used ginger for thousands of years to:

– Restore vital energy
– Stimulate circulation
– Relieve countless illnesses
– Ease nausea, headaches and arthritis

 

Over the years, their commitment and addiction to ginger has only deepened.

“We use ginger every day, in our morning granola,
in our cooking, even on our sore muscles
after a long run.” Bruce explains.

The family owned and operated business now offers over 80 good-for-you treats and functional ingredients and is available all over the world.

One of their current goals is to push the brand to over 50 export markets, proving they’ve got no plans of slowing down.

Manufacturing all-natural and organic products using only the highest quality ginger and crafting the most innovative ginger products, The Ginger People has grown to be the world’s most award-winning ginger brand.

Their range currently available in Australia (and now exclusively distributed by Unique) includes beverages, nourishing treats, functional ingredients and crystallised ginger, which are all gluten and wheat free.

Being very particular about quality, Bruce and Abbie have travelled to spectacular locations in search of the best ginger available.

“We source ginger where it grows best,
which means we have visited some
of the most breath-taking places
in the world.” Bruce explains.

A remote mountain region in Fujian province of China (the birthplace of ginger), the interior Amazon in Peru, small family farms in Fiji and ginger fields on the base of Mt. Arjuna on the island of Java in Indonesia are among the locations where The Ginger People’s ginger root is sourced.

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The early ginger harvest at a beautiful small family farm in Fiji!

 

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The Ginger People source ginger from a stunning Fiji farm owned by Fiji’s Minister of Agriculture, Inia Seruratu – pictured above.

His small farm is located in Verata, Tailevu Province. Inia planted 1-1/2 acres last season and he plans to expand to 4-5 acres this coming season. With his large commitment to government duties, Inia’s brother looks after the small family farm on his behalf.

Except for keeping some “mother” ginger for the next planting cycle, Inia will sell his crop to the ginger factory to make products for The Ginger People.

Bruce and Abbie say that people, focus and quality are what sets them apart from other brands.

Their staff are all passionate and driven by ginger’s potential. What makes them such an incredible business is their commitment and drive to grow, but not at the expense of their farmers.

They’ve always been proud to offer increased opportunities to farmers and small villages with revenue sharing programs and are also renowned in the industry for their fair-trade work practices.

At the centre of this rapidly growing international business, they always maintain the singular focus of creating world-class ginger products that consumers love.

Discover more about The Ginger People products here or log onto our online shop to browse the products that are available in Australia.