THE RISING DEMAND FOR NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

We’re a nation of pet owners. That’s what the 2020 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey found. 62% of Australians own a pet, with the majority of these, 72%, owning a dog. Other research from Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) has shown that the number of pet owners could now be as high as 69%. They estimate that more than one million additional dogs have taken up residence in Australian households since 2019. 

Along with these high and increasing numbers of pet ownership, research from IbisWorld revealed that expenditure on pets has increased over the last five years, specifically calling out human-grade pet food as a growth area. The AMA research referenced above found that dog owners have spent $20.5 billion on their pets in the last year. 

Another trend identified by the IbisWorld research is related to health and wellness with more and more pet owners adopting a holistic approach to their pet care. This is a sentiment echoed by Dr Edward Bassingthwaighte, a veterinarian of more than 20 years with a specialisation in holistic practices.

“The interest in holistic pet care is growing just as rapidly as it is in the human sector,” says Dr Bassingthwaighte. “People who take an interest in holistic care for themselves then naturally want to do that for their animals too.”

At Unique Health Products, we proudly stock a range of natural pet products and brands. We’ve included a selection of these products below to help you cater to the growing trend towards holistic pet care.

Plant-based pet food

PLANT-BASED PET FOOD

Food for dogs, not dog food. That’s the guiding principle behind the Rascals Treats brand. The plant-based range includes a Meal Topper and a selection of Dog Treats, each with a fun name and a nourishing list of ingredients.

The human-grade, wholefood products are also free from common allergens – wheat, nuts and grains.

The premium black packaging is also home compostable, adding to the appeal for customers looking to buy sustainable brands

Hemp Seed Oil Capsules With Turmeric by Essential Hemp may also fit the bill as a product that your customers can use for themselves and their pets. 

Dr Bassingthwaighte says that “turmeric is an awesome herbal medicine for dogs, particularly for older animals. Hemp seed oil also has some benefits such as omega fatty acids.”

Dog shampoo bars

DOG SHAMPOO BARS

With an established reputation as a leader in producing plastic-free Solid Bars, Ethique also has a range designed specifically for dogs. With two shampoos – Bow Wow Bar and Shampooch (for sensitive pups) – and the Pawfector Conditioner, the products are available in both mini and full sizes. 

With high-quality, natural ingredients such as tea tree, neem, oatmeal, coconut oil, flaxseed, cocoa butter and lemongrass, the Solid Bars are highly effective, plastic free, gentle and suitable for dogs and horses. The benefit of a Solid Bar when washing pets is that it removes the fuss of messing about with bottles, lids and pumps to make bath time that much easier.

The Australian Natural Soap Co also produces a Dog Shampoo Bar. Made with saponified rice bran oil, saponified coconut oil, saponified castor oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil, it leaves pooches with a soft and shiny coat. 

Compostable dog waste bags

COMPOSTABLE WASTE BAGS

The Biotuff Dog Waste Bags are an eco-friendly alternative to regular dog waste bags as they are both biodegradable and home compostable. The bags are made from GMO-free, renewable, plant-based material and are an environmentally-friendly alternative to divert organic waste from landfill. 

The bags are leakproof with superior puncture and heat resistance. They have a soft touch and come in packs of 60 bags (4 rolls with 15 bags each). There is a pack available with a dispenser for first time purchasers as well as refill packs for repeat buyers. 

Fun dog products

A NOD TO DOGS

For consumers who want to wear their love of dogs with pride, there are two animal-inspired Bamboo Sock styles from Funky Sock Co such as Mischievous Pugs and Sausage Dogs in Buns. Using designs from local artists, the socks make a statement while still being comfortable and breathable, as they are made with high-quality bamboo fibres. 

There are also two dog-inspired prints available in the Retrokitchen 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth range – Dogs as well as Dogs & Cats. The collection includes a nod to many other animals such as cats, fish, penguins and rabbits for animal-loving, eco-conscious consumers. 

STOCK UP ON NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock all of these natural pet products and hundreds more natural health, organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly brands in our online store. You can order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, register for a wholesale account today! 

BRANDS SPOTTED IN THE MEDIA!

We get it. When purchasing for your store, you want stock that is going to sell. You want the brands that people know about and are actively looking for in your store.

Nobody wants the headache of trying to move short-dated stock or having to heavily discount excess product that simply isn’t selling.

One key factor in determining what’s going to sell instore is how active and visible each brand is in the media. Brand awareness is incredibly important. If a product isn’t actively showing up in the lives of their target customers, whether that’s on social media, TV, print or otherwise, it’s going to be harder to sell.

According to The Business of Apps, the “Instagram audience is ready to act – 54% of respondents to the same survey said they bought something after seeing it on Instagram. 87% said they took some kind of action after seeing product details on Instagram.

The most commonly taken action was to search for more information, elected by 79% of survey respondents. Two-thirds of users, on the other hand, took the more direct path of visiting the brand’s app or website – at which point things are very much in the brand’s hands. 37% also said that they visited a retail store.

Consumers are actively looking for solutions to their problems and many of our brands are putting their hands up to help by investing in media and marketing efforts.

Many of these brands are award-winning, with sales driven by active Instagram accounts and consistent PR efforts. Here’s a highlight reel of what some of them have been up to lately:

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Australian Non-Toxic Award WINNERS!

The Australian Non-Toxic Award winners have been announced and the line up includes:

GOLDWoohoo Deodorant and Anti-Chafe Stick in Wild – Extra Strength

SILVER + EDITOR’S CHOICE – The Australian Natural Soap Company Shaving Soap

SILVER – Wotnot Baby Lotion

BRONZE – Weleda Calendula Face Cream

FINALIST – Planet Luxe Dishwash Liquid

SILVER The Australian Natural Soap Company Dish and Laundry Soap

BRONZE – The Australian Natural Soap Company Soap Flakes

FINALIST Planet Luxe Laundry Liquid

BRONZE Cheeki Insulated Bottle with Sports Lid

SILVER – Cheeki Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

GOLD + EDITOR’S CHOICE Cheeki Stainless Steel Coffee Mug

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IT’S A NATURAL EVOLUTION BONANZA!

On-trend, gut-supportive Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour was featured in a new TV show, Healthy Cooks as part of a delicious Haloumi, Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata.

They also featured in Food and Beverage for their innovation in turning food waste into functional products. Food and beverage businesses that are creating value-added products from food waste, such as Natural Evolution could be contributing $18 billion in economic value by 2030.

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BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar was featured in a Bon Appetit basically article round up where the author shared all the common types of vinegars, their flavour profile and their uses. It’s an interesting article with an engaged readership!

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UPTON’S NATURALS

Now to Love spoke to Dan Staackmann, the founder of health food brand Upton’s Naturals, which sells ready-to-eat jackfruit meat in Australia, and uncovered everything you need to know about jackfruit, the delicious (and super popular) meat alternative.

Order these brands and more via our online store 24/7 or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you haven’t yet created a wholesale account with us, you can do so here.

5 EMERGING TRENDS IN NATURAL HEALTH!

There’s an overarching theme emerging from this year’s events and it comes as no surprise — it revolves around preventative health, in particular, supporting the immune system. Aside from this, consumers are demanding even more from natural health brands and continue to seek out products developed with both a conscious and a specific purpose. Here are the top 5 emerging trends in natural health today:

SUPPLEMENTS-TREND

1. SUPPLEMENTS

Nutrition Business Journal estimates that sales of cold, flu and immunity supplements alone will reach $5.2 billion this year, with growth of 51.2% over 2019. The new awareness of immunity offers supplements an opportunity to be seen as more of a year-round
regimen than a seasonal response. Star ingredients in hot demand include pre and probiotics thanks to the increasing awareness around gut health and immunity. According to Mintel, the number of internet searches for gut health grew 669% last year!

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2. HIGH-PERFORMANCE BEAUTY

The global natural and organic personal care market is expected to grow even faster than food – at a compound annual growth rate of 11.1% by 2026. But consumers are now looking for natural beauty products that go one step further than just “simple” and
“clean”. Technologically advanced, high-performing functional products are becoming more popular. The key to success is stocking a range of brands that are natural, trustworthy, transparent, and offer a point of difference with their chosen functional ingredients ie. vitamin C for anti-ageing and calendula to calm and soothe.

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3. PLANET OVER PERSONAL GAIN

More and more consumers are moving from individual-centric to planet-centric decision making. They are increasingly aware of and
concerned about sustainability issues and want the brands they trust to take appropriate actions to help reduce their impact. This spans across ingredient sourcing, packaging materials and actively giving back to charities and organisations making a difference.
The rising demand for locally sourced and Australian made products has also come to the forefront of late as consumers look
to support businesses closer to home. 90% of Australians aged 14+ say they are more likely to buy products made in Australia!

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4. FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGES

A growing number of consumers are looking to adjust their drinking habits by seeking out better-for-you options. Conscious
of excessive sugar intake and searching for products that do more than just hydrate, the functional beverage trend is gaining rapid
momentum. 80% of consumers in a recent FMCG survey said they were planning to eat and drink more healthily because of the recent pandemic. In particular, consumers are looking for drinks that will help support their immune system with drinks high in vitamin C, omega 3s and other ingredients for immune health.

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5. INGREDIENTS FOR DIY CREATIONS

Stress, anxiety and a strong desire to boost wellbeing and get a ‘feel good’ hit at home, has consumers increasingly eager to create their own home and personal care products such as face masks and cleaning products. Combined with a 44% increase in screen time and the popularity of DIY on social media, this trend offers consumers a triple-whammy ‘feel good’ effect thanks to a feeling of belonging, enjoying a personalised experience, and active participation in more sustainable consumerism.

Unique Health Products is home to many of the world’s biggest health and wellness brands. With more than 3,800 products in our warehouse, you can rest assured, if it’s trending, a top seller, or a product simply worth stocking on your shelves – we’ll have it! Ready to place an order? 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.

Sources: Play Market Research, 2020. Roy Morgan, 2019.