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

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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.

CONVENIENT COMFORT FOODS MAKING HEALTHY EATING EASIER

Forget self-destructive price wars. Convenience foods have outperformed general grocery for five years straight!

Not sure where to start with healthy convenient comfort food options?

Give your customers what they want with these great-selling pantry staples that make healthy eating easier.

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Wheat-Free Noodles

For a healthy, nutritious meal in minutes, Nutritionist Choice Pumpkin and Brown Rice Noodles are versatile and make a great addition to soups and stir fries.

They’re gluten free!

Black Rice

Rich in antioxidants, Forbidden Black Rice is just as delicious as it is healthy. It is certified organic and low-gi, making it a great alternative to white or brown rice.

Versatile staple!

Two-Minute Gnocchi

Difatti gluten-free, Italian-made Gnocchi is great tasting, shelf stable, vegan and non-GMO. Cooked in two minutes, it’s an ideal pantry staple for easy meals in a hurry.

Made with potato, corn and rice!

Organic Ramen

Quick and easy to prepare, King Soba Brown Rice Ramen Noodle Cakes are gluten free and certified organic. The Japanese-style fine noodles are a good source of fibre and rich in antioxidants.

Gluten free and nutritious!

Low-calorie Noodles

The Whole Foodies nutritious, mineral-rich Kelp Noodles are raw and gluten free. Perfect for stir fries, salads and soups, the noodles are suitable for vegan, paleo and keto lifestyles.

Only 6 calories per serve!

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On-The-Go

Packed with 20-25g of protein, Upbeat healthy convenient meals and porridge are ready in five minutes. They are low in sugar and include vegan and gluten-free options.

Plant-based protein to satisfy!

Real Meal Kits

Quick and easy Upton’s Naturals Real Meal Kits are made with wholefood ingredients, with no preservatives or freeze-dried vegetables. Available in four delicious meal varieties.

Ready in minutes!

Vegan Mac n Cheez

Plantasy Foods Mac n Cheez is the ultimate in comfort food! Available in four delicious varieties, simply add water to create a yummy meal without gluten, dairy or nuts.

A top seller!

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Shake It

Cut meal prep time in half with Mingle Seasoning Blends. These delicious, versatile seasonings are keto friendly, vegan and low in salt – perfect for shaking up veggies, tofu, pastas + more!

Six varieties!

Grass-Fed Ghee

Handmade according to traditional Ayurvedic methods, Sol Organics Ghee is made from 100% certified organic unsalted butter from New Zealand. 

Keto friendly

Not-Soy Sauce

Handmade from fermented coconut blossom nectar and spices, top-selling Niulife Cocomino Coconut Amino Sauce is a deliciously original alternative to soy sauce that’s famous for flavour.

Certified organic and fair trade

Easy Turmeric Paste

Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste is a convenient, mess-free alternative to cooking with fresh turmeric root. Simply add to curries, stir-fries and slow-cooked meals to gain its health benefits.

Comes in an eco-friendly glass jar

Condiments with a Twist

Australian made and owned, Spice Girlz are a delicious vegan and gluten-free addition to your pantry aisle. All about taste and real food, the condiments are available in a range of mouthwatering varieties.

Full of flavour

Grab these convenient comfort foods and watch them dash off your shelves! If you don’t have an account with us, simply apply for a wholesale account online.

If you’re already set up, jump into our online store now and place your order here. We’re open 24/7 to ensure you get stock on your shelves as quickly as possible!

SIX OF AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST HEALTH FOOD TRENDS RIGHT NOW

Today’s busy lifestyles, over-ambitious to-do lists, and constant push to spread ourselves far too thin has us struggling to take a moment to stop.

As a result, convenience foods continue to take over the retail shelves and consumers can’t get enough.

But regular snack foods no longer cut it.

Consumers are demanding more nutritious options, more functional health benefits, and more snacks that suit their dietary preferences. They’re expecting far more than just something to tide them over until dinner time.

So what has consumers coming back for more? A little category we’re calling “Goodness on-the-go”. This includes health-focused snacks, wholesome mini meals and hydration that are designed for quick and easy consumption and pack a tonne of goodness into every mouthful.

These six trends fit smack bang in this category and are well and truly integrating into our daily lives. Have you got these hot sellers on your shelves?

SIX HEALTH FOOD TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW

WELLNESS SHOTS

Right on target with goodness-on-the-go, nutrient-rich juice shots provide a natural boost of nutrition in quick grab n’ go bottles. Popular in fresh juice bars and wellness cafes, these pint-sized drinks pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and caters to the demand for more functional food. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

The Ginger People have Ginger Shots which are 30% ginger juice combined with creamy coconut. They’re available in Wild Turmeric with anti-inflammatory turmeric and black pepper (for better absorption), or Lemon & Cayenne for a fiery boost to the metabolism. The 60ml glass bottles are tucked neatly into a shelf-ready CDU and retail at only $4.95. 

PROTEIN-PACKED SNACKS

High-protein snacks have been a hit with health enthusiasts for years but the innovation in this space is really ramping up! You can find protein packed into all kinds of snacks including chips, chocolate, ice cream, yoghurts, spreads and of course, the OG of convenient protein snacks, the protein bar! 

Far from a brick that will break your teeth these days, the original gym-junkie protein bars have been reincarnated with numerous makeovers, ingredient overhauls and formulations. Plant-based protein bars and those with minimal ingredients are captivating a much wider market and come as a fresh alternative to whey protein based bars. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:  

RXBARs are protein bars made with a few simple ingredients that are perfect for breakfast on the go, as protein-packed snack bars, or as a pre/post-workout fuel. They use egg whites for protein, dates to bind and nuts for texture.

Each delicious bar packs 12g of protein and 5g of fibre in just under 220 calories and is a combination of only 8 ingredients or less! They are available in six tempting flavours and have an enticing RRP of only $3.95!

PEANUT EVERYTHING!

Peanuts are going beyond the much-loved peanut butter spread and are appearing in everything from baked goods, protein powders and snack bars. According to Mintel research, the fastest growing peanut ingredients in new products include peanut flour, peanut butter and peanut flavour.

Peanuts offer the perfect trifecta for taste, texture and nutrition, offering protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals to keep hunger pangs at bay. They appeal to plant-based foodies and bump up the protein for a clean, wholesome ingredient list that customers love.

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

It doesn’t get much more dedicated to peanuts than Macro Mike. They have a range of Protein Powders, just-add-water Cookie and Brownie Baking Mixes, Powdered Peanut Butters, and Protein Bars that hero the humble peanut!

Macro Mike impressively combines the need for convenience and the demand for high-protein without compromising on taste in the slightest. The entire range is vegan and retails from $4.50 to $69.95.

MINI MEALS

A Neilsen study revealed 45% of global respondents consume snacks as a meal alternative – 52% for breakfast, 43% for lunch and 40% for dinner. Thanks to our busy schedules, this snackification movement is rapidly becoming the norm with “heat and eat”, “just-add-water”, and “ready in minutes” product claims sounding like music to your customer’s ears! 

 The truth is, snacks are no longer filling gaps between more wholesome meals. They are the replacement for those meals.  

When you can offer your customers a mini meal that requires very little time and effort, has a great taste and a wholesome ingredient list – then you’re onto a winner! 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 

Upbeat packs a tonne of plant-based protein into a convenient range of grab n’ go porridge and meals. Suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they contain 20-25g of protein per serve, include gluten-free and vegan options, are low in sugar and ready in five minutes!

They’re a health-conscious, quick fix meal solution with an awesome RRP of only $4.60-$5.70! 

The porridge flavours include Blueberry Coconut, Chai Spiced Apricot & Buckwheat, Chocolate and Three Grain Raspberry. The savoury selection includes Creamy Mushroom Buckwheat, Thai Curry Lentils and Coconut Curried Lentils. 

CAULIFLOWER

According to Nielsen data, packaged cauliflower products have grown by 71% over the past year. Experts are attributing the rise in cauli-love to a broader increased interest in low carb, keto and paleo diets. As well as an increased awareness about the health benefits of vegetables and desire to eat more of them. Especially those following flexitarian, vegan, gluten-free and plant-based diets. 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

Keto Naturals have a range of Crispy Cauli Bites that are keto and paleo friendly, gluten free and vegan. They’re non-GMO, have 5g net carbs and come in 8-pack, shelf-ready CDUs and flavours include:

  • Barbecue
  • Garlic & Herb
  • Sea Salted

Each pack contains a full head of cauliflower and is slow cooked using a simple list of clean ingredients without any fillers or artificial flavours. They RRP for only $4.95!

ECO HYDRATION

Single-use plastic water bottles are getting the flick with an influx of stylish, reusable alternatives taking their place.

Now used as a fashion accessory, hydrating in an environmentally friendly way is right on trend. The rise of the ‘VSCO girl’ has seen Hydro Flask bottles become a teenage girls’ statement drinking piece, while celebrities and the like are forking out $8,500 for a designer Chanel reusable bottle, because they can.

Healthier hydration is yet another way consumers can showcase their status and highlight their environmentally-friendly stance to the world. And it’s a fashion item that’s not going out of style any time soon. The global reusable water bottles market is expected to be valued at AUD$17.9 billion by 2029!

 

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

Hydro Flask insulated bottles are for life’s exciting moments. All while fighting the war on waste and looking great doing so.

They redefine the hydration experience excelling in temperature control with TempShield™ technology. As well as taste management with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel that protects against flavour transfer. Plus, they have a slip-free, durable grip thanks to the proprietary powder coat. Hydro Flask deliver unexpected refreshment each and every time. Their double-insulated bottles RRP from $46.95. 

Australian health food trends are colliding with convenience now more than ever. So ramp up your goodness-on-the-go offering with these items and hundreds more by stocking your shelves with Unique Health Products?!

Order your items online 24/7 or contact our friendly sales representatives via 1800 787 904. Don’t have a wholesale account with us? No problem, you can register here