IN-DEMAND PLANT-BASED PANTRY STAPLES

Since the launch of the EAT-Lancet report in 2019, there has been a steady rise in interest around plant-based eating. Alongside the 12.1% of Australians who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, there has also been a rise in flexitarianism and consumers who are actively eating more plant-based foods.

What does this mean for you and the products you stock on your shelves? Well, over the past year, the number of plant-based items on Australian grocery shelves has doubled.

Savvy consumers are more aware of what they’re putting on their plate. They are reading food labels and searching for natural alternatives and more transparency around the entire product lifecycle. 

In this shift, consumers are increasingly reaching for plant-based pantry staples to meet their dietary and lifestyle preferences. You may be familiar with many of these products while others may be completely new to you. 

Discover some of our top-selling, plant-based pantry staples and why you need to stock them on your shelves.

Nutritional yeast

NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Nutritional yeast is a great vegan alternative for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has a similar flavour to cheese so can be used as an alternative to the popular dairy product. But also, Nutritional Yeast is very nutritious. It’s a good source of protein, B vitamins and trace minerals, which may all be particularly beneficial for people who follow a vegan diet. 

Bragg Nutritional Yeast is a top-selling option that can be sprinkled on pasta, soups, popcorn or even added to sauces as a thickener. 

Another option is the Cashew Parmesan from Extraordinary Foods. It contains nutritional yeast, cashews and other natural ingredients for a nuttier option with a texture similar to parmesan cheese.

Seasonings

SEASONINGS

Did you know that traditional seasonings can contain dairy products? Not to mention added refined sugar, fillers, sodium, preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients. 

Mingle Seasonings are all-natural alternatives using only plant-based ingredients and they’re shaking up every category they enter!

The Cheezoning range from Flexible Foods is another all-natural seasoning option that also contains nutritional yeast for added flavour and nutrition benefits. 

Broth and stock

BROTH AND STOCK

Broth and stock are traditionally made from meat and often packed with additives, many of the vegetable or plant-based options included.

The Broth Sisters produce a range of plant-based vegetable Stock Concentrates as well as Vegetable Sipping Broth Bags. Using premium, fresh ingredients, the products are handcrafted in small batches and packed with flavour. 

Plant=based meat alternatives

MEAT ALTERNATIVES

Plant-based meat is a growing category as consumers look for plant-based protein alternatives. The benefit of many of these modern options is that they are shelf stable so have a longer life and easier pantry storage.

Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit range isn’t a high-protein option but it is a delicious meat alternative. With a texture like shredded chicken, it’s a good base to build a meal as it works with so many different flavours.

For a “meatier” plant-based option, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods both produce meat-free mince as higher-protein alternatives. 

Convenience meals

CONVENIENCE MEALS

Convenience is the word of the moment. People want to eat well. They want to follow a plant-based diet. But they want it to be easy and convenient. 

From the Keto Bread in a Mug mixes from Get Ya Yum On to the popular Plantasy Foods Mac ‘n Cheez, The Good Soup ranges and the Botanika Blends Botanika Brekky Probiotic Porridge, there are many grab n’ go options for plant-based convenience. 

GROW YOUR PLANT-BASED PANTRY STAPLES

At Unique Health Products, we distribute hundreds of plant-based and vegan pantry staples. You can order online, anytime in our online shop or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904 If you’re a new Unique Health Products customer, you can register your account here.

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 2021 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.

So, what is the keto diet and why is it so popular? 

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.

HEROCUP

The superhero of keto-friendly snacks, there is more than meets the eye with HeroCup. Created for the clean eater, these twin packs of chocolate cups are made with single origin, fair-trade cacao beans and just a few simple ingredients. Non-GMO, vegan, and free from gluten, dairy and soy, the 70% Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (sweetened with erythritol and stevia) has only 2g of carbs per serve, and the new 70% Dark Chocolate Mint Almond Cups (sweetened with erythritol, stevia and flavoured with organic mint oil) has just 2.2g of carbs per serve. Making them both a keto-friendly snack option.

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

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

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, and new flavours Double Choc Brownie and Lemon Cheesecake. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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