HEALTHY SNACK BARS ARE FUELLING SALES

In Australia, the snack bar market is expected to reach AUD $1 billion by 2024! With the ‘Snackification’ trend still going strong and consumer lifestyles getting more active with the warmer weather, the demand for healthy, convenient snack options is high.

In fact, recent research by Roy Morgan tracked the shopping habits of Australians over March and April this year. Their results showed that 66% of Australians bought savoury snacks and there was a significant increase in healthy-snack orders, which accounted for 54.7% of total packaged snack-food sales. That was the biggest moving sector in the healthy-snack category! 

Snack company Livwell Emporium said in a statement, “as the frequency of snacking has increased and interest in veganism has gained momentum, so too has the demand for healthier, plant-based snacking options”. The company saw sales increase by 80% in the last six months as Australians sought out healthier options and plant-based alternatives.

The research also found that more than 62% of the adult population are “heavy” or “medium” snackers. 

Tap into this growth and stock your snack bar category with these international and home-grown superstars. There is a bar to suit every dietary lifestyle, including keto, low carb, low sugar, vegan, paleo and gluten free. Let’s rip open the wrapper and discover more!

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L to R: Blue Dinosaur, Botanika Blends, Macro Mike, RXBAR, CLIF Builders, CLIF Bar.

Five Ingredients

Made from only five real, wholefood ingredients, Blue Dinosaur Snack Bars are plant based, gluten free and packed with natural energy and good fats. Boasting fresh, new branding and eye-catching packaging, the bars will jump off the shelf!

  • Vegan
  • Grain Free
  • Simple Ingredients

Low Carb Protein Bar

Crafted by nature and powered by plants, Botanika Blends Vegan Protein Bars contain less than 5.5g of carbs per serve and are packed with 10g of protein. Available in three delicious flavours, the bars are date free and contain pre + probiotics.  

  • Vegan
  • High Protein
  • Gluten Free

Clean Treat

Packed with high quality ingredients, Macro Mike The Game Changer Protein Bar is gluten and dairy free, and features 10g of plant protein. The delicious Cheezecake Choc Chip Peanut flavour makes the bar the ultimate guilt-free indulgence.

  • Vegan
  • High Protein
  • Gluten Free

Simple Ingredients

Utilising pure egg whites for protein, dates to bind and nuts for texture, RXBAR have crafted good for you, grab n’ go Protein Bars with homemade simplicity. Each bar packs 12g of protein and 5g of fibre for a nourishing snack.

  • High Protein
  • No Added Sugar
  • Simple Ingredients

Plant-Based Protein

CLIF Builders bars offer full on flavour and support full on performance. These great-tasting protein bars combine an expertly crafted blend of energy and 20g of protein to help hard working muscles recover after a tough workout.

  • High Protein
  • Vegan
  • For Energy

Sustained Energy

CLIF Bars are the leading energy bar in Australia and North America! With 100% organic rolled oats and up to 11g of plant protein per bar, customers will not only love the taste but also the $2.95 RRP price point!

  • Vegan
  • Organic Ingredients
  • For Energy
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L to R: GoMacro, Eclipse, KOJA, Naked Paleo, Niulife, Slim Secrets.

100% Plant Based

GoMacro Bars are 100% plant-based protein bars and made from USDA certified organic and non-GMO ingredients. Gluten and soy free, each bar provides 10g+ of protein and comes in a biodegradable shelf-ready CDU!

  • Vegan
  • Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO

Paleo Bar

Gluten, grain and dairy free, Eclipse Organics Paleo Bars are packed with nutritious, on-trend ingredients including hemp, chia seeds and coconut. The tasty bars are certified organic, vegan and made without any added sugars or preservatives.

  • Certified Organic
  • No Added Sugar
  • Grain Free

Healthy Fats

Koja caters to the mid-morning munchies with their Natural Peanut Butter Bars. Made without preservatives, artificial sweeteners, stabilisers or other additives, they are gluten free, vegan and are low in calories!

  • Low Carb
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Sugar

Satisfying Snack

Organic Naked Paleo Bars are made with vegan, on-trend ingredients including turmeric and hemp seeds. Free from gluten, dairy and preservatives, the delicious wholefood bars contain nothing artificial or refined.

  • Vegan
  • Grain Free
  • No Added Sugar

Simple and Delicious

Plant-Based Niulife Coco Bars are made with coconut blossom nectar, Australian almonds and Niulife organic fair-trade virgin coconut oil. The bars are gluten, soy and date free, with 100% of profits going to empowering lives.

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Date Free

Keto Friendly

All natural Slim Secrets Bare Protein Bars are stripped clean of any ‘nasty’ additives and artificial ingredients often found in many protein bars. They are gluten free, low in carbs, keto friendly and packed with 12g of protein.

  • Keto
  • High Protein
  • Low Sugar

Fancy a snack? You can place your wholesale order online for all of these bars and more! Or simply contact our friendly sales representatives via 1800 787 904. Don’t have a wholesale account with us? No problem, 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.

CAPITALISE ON SNACKIFICATION WITH HEALTHY SNACK BARS

Consumer demand for healthy convenience is driving growth in the snack bar category with plant-based bars leading the charge.

According to Mordor Intelligence, the Australian snack bar market is forecasted to reach $760 million USD by 2024.

With no clear market leader, retail success relies on a robust and diverse range that meets the various needs of today’s modern consumer – with demand for convenience and nutrition being the leading purchase driver.

Changing modern lifestyles with the consumption of smaller meals, is further leading to increased snack consumption, propelling the demand for snack bars. Product development with new flavours and trending functional ingredients, like turmeric, hemp and ginger also factors in the growth.

Top sellers feature claims like organic ingredients, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, raw and no artificial ingredients. Good fats are also in demand, partially fuelled by the keto diet craze. Snacks bars featuring hemp seeds and oil get a big tick with consumers for their high bioavailable protein and functional benefits.

Millennials make up the majority of snack bar customers, particularly for breakfast bars. Modern schedules are leaving millennials extremely time-conscious, hence the rise of the grab n’ go breakfast trend. Similar grab n’ go patterns are emerging with lunch choices, as lunch breaks are getting shorter for many working Australians.

Consumers want snack bars that compliment today’s diet trends, with the main three selling points being low carb, healthy fats and high protein.

Sports bars, including high protein and energy bars are very important with more Australians hitting gyms and fitness clubs and living healthy active lifestyles. The sports bars segment of the sport and diet grocery category grew by almost 8% over the last year and was the largest segment of the overall category in grocery.

According to Mordor Intelligence, trial and destination are key for a retailer to unlock the potential of the sports bars segment, whereas the demand for cereal bars comes from their properties related to functionality and health.

While parents aren’t the primary consumer group, according to Mordor Intelligence, almost half of all parents who purchase snack bars prefer to see “all natural” and “quality and easily recognisable ingredients” when choosing products.

Take advantage of consumer demand, and ensure your shelves are stocked with a snack bar collection to suit all tastes! Find all of the below on-trend bars and more in our online store! You can place and order 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904! If you haven’t yet registered with us, you can do so here

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