SIX ON-TREND GIFT CATEGORIES FOR EASY MERCHANDISING

Christmas is right around the corner and the hunt for the perfect gift is well underway. Delight your customers by establishing displays in themes that are right on-trend and make gift giving a breeze. These are our top six on-trend gift categories to get you started!

If gifting is not part of your end-of-year promotional strategy, the food options double as great last-minute entertaining options for those with special diets!

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THE VEGAN FOODIE

This plant-based selection offers something for every taste.  You could suggest customers’ create a gourmet hamper, use a few treats as stocking fillers, or cater to their vegan guests with delicious options ready in a flash. 

  1. East Bali Cashews – Chilli Lime Cashew Snack 
  2. Upton’s Naturals – Thai Curry Noodle Real Meal Kit
  3. Vego Chocolate Bar – Hazelnut, White Almond Bliss and Dark Nuts & Berries
  4. J. Luehders – Red Berries
  5. The Whole Foodies – Native Cashews Turmeric & Black Pepper
  6. Dandies – Vegan Marshmallows
  7. Bubba’s Fine Foods – Savoury Original Grain Free Snack Mix
  8. The Fresh Chai Co – Vegan Original Blend Long Soaked Chai

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THE ADVENTURER

For the outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and adventurers at heart. These items are designed to support an active way of living, no matter where life takes you. Ideal to highlight for holiday season, you could easily switch this category to be ‘Travel Essentials’ if that resonates with your target customers more.

  1. Ever Eco – Silicone Bent Straws
  2. CLIF Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter
  3. Protein Supplies Australia – Raspberry Lemonade Hydration Recovery Drink
  4. Cheeki – Coffee Mug Topaz
  5. Nelson Naturals – Crush & Brush Mint Charcoal Tablets
  6. Hydro Flask – 32oz Wide Mouth Black (946ml)
  7. Eco – Face Sunscreen

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THE ECO WARRIOR

Catering to the eco-conscious consumer, this collection offers planet-friendly alternatives to everyday items without skimping on style or quality. Add them to your existing eco-friendly display or showcase them in a creative display of their own. 

  1. Niulife – Coconut Shell Bowl Natural and Polished
  2. Apple Green Duck – Reusable Shopping Bag – Grocer
  3. Fruity Sacks – Reusable Fruit & Veg Shopping Bags
  4. Ever Eco – Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads
  5. Woohoo – Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick
  6. Honeybee Wrap – Beeswax Kitchen Collection Pack
  7. That Red House – Stainless Steel Pegs 316 Marine Grade

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THE ACURE OBSESSED

This number #1 natural seller in the US is consistently popular, offering simple, cruelty-free, skin, body and hair care products that work. The packaging is ideal to create a standout colour blocked display and the price point makes these items perfect for adding a little something extra to finish off a gift. 

  1. Radically Rejuvenating – Under Eye Hydrogel Mask
  2. Seriously Soothing – Blue Tansy Serum Stick
  3. Brightening –  Facial Scrub
  4. Foil-Time Mask – Firming Gold Foil Mask
  5. Seriously Soothing – Seriously Soothing Solid Serum 3 in 1 (Reviewed in Bondi Beauty!)

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ECO-HOME & KITCHEN

Bring the kitchen to life with these funky dishcloths, DIY essential oil cleaning kit, and all-in-one Grow Kits for out of the box gift ideas that bring a sense of accomplishment and happiness – no green thumb required! Grow a kit in store to showcase how easy it is and generate interest in these living gift ideas!

  1. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Cow
  2. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Bees
  3. RetroKitchen –  Stainless Steel Cutlery Set – Colour Splash
  4. RetroKitchen – Make Your Own Cleaning Kit
  5. Urban Greens – Grow Your Own Tea Kit – Peppermint
  6. Urban Greens – Grow Kit – Culinary Flowers
  7. Urban Greens – Windowsill Grow Kit – Microgreens

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PAMPER DIY

From organic sheet masks and DIY clay masks to Australian nature-inspired wheat bags, sleep kits and magnesium that helps you sleep like a baby. These gift ideas are perfect to treat someone to a little TLC. Add some of them together to create a pamper hamper. Or switch on a diffuser with relaxing scents nearby for a multi-sensory shopping experience that gets shoppers in the self-care mood!

  1. Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask – Greek Yogurt, Anti-aging, Vitamin C
  2. Amazing Oils – Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion
  3. My Magic Mud – Calcium Bentonite Clay
  4. Wheatbags Love – Sleep Gift Pack – Waratah
  5. Wheatbags Love – Wheatbag – Seaside
  6. Wheatbags Love – Eyemask – Banskia

You can order all of these and more great gift ideas 24/7 in our online store or via our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Simply look for the ‘Gift Ideas‘ banner on the store homepage to go straight to all of the products listed above.

Not yet registered with us? No problem! You can get started here.

AUSTRALIAN’S CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS MEAT-FREE BRAND!

Australia’s interest in plant-based alternatives is high with 1 in 3 Australians actively reducing their meat intake!

One brand that continues to shine in the meat-free spotlight is Upton’s Naturals.

This year the brand has been featured in a number of retail and consumer-focused publications, including Ocean Road Magazine, Nourish Magazine, Female, Girl, The Australian Retailer, Live KindlyFood and Drink Business, and Onya magazine!

Pioneers in the meat-alternative market, Upton’s Naturals caters to demand with seasoned jackfruit packets and Ready Meal Kits that tap into the consumer-driven convenience category while offering better-for-you, plant-based alternatives to regular meal kits.

Founder, Dan Staackmann says “doing what we believe in is the best part of this business, and to us, success is creating 100% vegan products that can inspire meat-free meals,” shared Staackmann.

“Unripe jackfruit is the source of an incredibly versatile and healthful meat alternative that is relatively foreign to the [Australian] market. We’ve made jackfruit easier to enjoy and more accessible to the everyday consumer, and the response from vegans and non-vegans alike has been amazing.”

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A WIN FOR PLANT-BASED FOODS

Pioneers in the vegan food products industry, Upton’s Naturals are not afraid to stand up to those who are feeling threatened by the plant-based alternative industry either.

In early July, Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to sue the state of Mississippi for violating the First Amendment right of companies to label food in ways that consumers understand.”

The company stated “Our First Amendment suit in Mississippi has forced the state to propose a new regulation making it clear that companies can sell veggie “burgers” and vegan “bacon.” This is a win for clear labelling and a loss for meat producers who wanted to cripple their competition.”

The Institute for Justice stated, “our lawsuit made it clear that subjecting plant-based food companies to possible criminal prosecution for using common terms on their labels would be a violation of their free speech rights. Mississippi has made the wise decision to change those regulations so that companies will be free to continue selling vegan and vegetarian burgers and other meat alternatives in the Magnolia State.”

The new proposed regulation reverses course from the law banning plant-based foods from using meat product terms like “burger,” “bacon” and “hot dog” on their labels, as well as the Department’s July 1 proposed regulation giving force to the ban. The Department’s July 1 proposed regulation has now been withdrawn.

PLANT-BASED LABELLING IN AUSTRALIA

Many states in the US have passed or are considering implementing similar restrictions on how plant-based foods can be labelled. In Australia, both dairy and meat farmers are calling for transparency through labelling by creating a similar restriction on labelling terms, including a ban on calling nut milks ‘milk’, and limiting potentially ‘misleading’ terms on meat-free alternatives such as vegan ‘bacon’ or plant-based ‘burger patties’.

The CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation in Australia, Tony Mahar states, “the two products – meat and plant-based proteins – can coexist, but we want people to be informed about what they are buying through accurate and honest product labelling.”

It’s a debate that we anticipate will be happening for some time. Yet, regardless of how plant-based alternatives are labelled, there’s no denying that the demand for this exciting category is on the rise!

Order your plant-based, vegan-friendly alternatives including Upton’s Naturals via our online shop! Not yet registered with us? No problem, you can do that here

AUSTRALIA’S EVER-GROWING APPETITE FOR VEGAN PRODUCTS (INFOGRAPHIC)

Plant-based products have been trending all year. But the rise in popularity for meat-free alternatives and cruelty-free, vegan beauty products in Australia shows Aussies are far ahead of the curve! 

What does it mean to be Vegan?

Veganism includes dietary and lifestyle choices that avoid the use of animal-derived products. A vegan diet excludes meat, eggs, dairy, and all other animal-derived ingredients including cheese, honey, butter and gelatine. 

Many vegans also choose to avoid foods processed using animal products, and avoid the use of personal and household products that are tested on animals or use animal-derivatives such as leather, fur and wool. 

Australian’s demand more plant-based alternatives

While not everyone is turning vegan, many consumers are focused on adding more meat-free meals to their diet. 

This increase in demand has seen manufacturers across the globe jump to offer more plant-based alternatives and as a result, it’s never been easier to go meat-free. 

Australian’s are Googling ‘vegan’ more than anyone else in the world! 

So, if you’re not offering plant-based options for your customers, you’re missing out on major sales! 

As a comparison, Australian’s are big adopters of the ‘free-from’ category including gluten and dairy-free items, with the industry seeing major growth in this category and an expanding range of products on offer.

However, the search for ‘vegan’ is far greater! 

Going meat-free might not be the norm, but it’s no longer not normal. 

According to the Financial Review, a Woolworths spokesperson said demand for plant-based options in its stores has grown across cities, coastal and regional areas around Australia.

“There has been double-digit growth in demand for vegan products in the past year. This isn’t all about customers deciding to go vegan or vegetarian, but part of a broader trend where Australians are looking to add more vegetables and plant-based foods into their weekly shop,” the spokesperson said.

The increasing availability and affordability of vegan and vegetarian products then self-perpetuates the trend even further. 

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In the US, the $4.5 billion USD plant-based market has grown five times the amount of total food sales this year!

There’s a major opportunity for more Australian-made, plant-based product manufacturers too.

“We’re facing a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for Australia to become a global plant-protein powerhouse, and the great news is we already have the intellectual and infrastructure assets to seize it,” Food Frontier CEO, Thomas King said.

According to the report, Australian farmers have a potentially lucrative opportunity to grow crops for the plant-based meat supply chain and secure market share from imported products, demonstrating how the emerging sector complements Australian agriculture.

According to the CSIRO, the global consumer trend for plant-based protein alone is predicted to reach $25 billion AUD by 2030. This is led by increasing interest in sustainable, ethical and healthy food products combined with a growing demand from export markets who are buying into Australia’s reputation for clean and green products. 

WORLD VEGAN MONTH

November is World Vegan Month – a time when plant-based, vegan-friendly products are at the top of conscious consumers’ shopping lists. Make sure to have plenty of supplies in stock with our top-selling, vegan-friendly brands and get ready to embrace the plant-based boom!

  • Little Zebra Chocolates
    • Dark Supreme 90% And 100%, Keto White Chocolate and Carob Buds.
  • Naked Paleo
    • Paleo Bars in a variety of tempting flavours.
  • Bennetto
    • Organic Dark Chocolate in gorgeous ‘gift-inspiring’ packaging.
  • Vego
    • The Cult-Status White Chocolate Almond Bliss Bar.
  • Botanika Blends
    • Plant Protein in a mix of sizes and innovative flavours
  • Protein Supplies Australia
    • PeaPro Raw Pea Protein in classic flavours perfect for smoothie season!
  • Upton’s Naturals
    • Convenient marinated Jackfruit flavours, Ch’eesy Mac and Thai Spaghetti Real Meal Kits.
  • J. Luehders
    • Soft Vegan Candy in a mix of mouth-watering flavours!
  • CLIF Bar
    • CLIF Bars, Bloks and Shots to fuel every adventure, naturally.
  • Banana Joe
    • Banana Chips that taste like a savoury potato chip but are packed with pre and probiotics for gut health!
  • ACURE
    • Award-winning natural skin, hair and body care!
  • East Bali Cashews
    • Wild harvested nuts in delicious snack and breakfast mixes.

To celebrate World Vegan Month, we have some great deals on the brands above and more. Make sure to take advantage of these deals while they last (ends Oct 31st!).

Add them to your order online here or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904! Not yet registered with us? You can do that here!

ARE YOU READY FOR ‘MEAT FREE WEEK’ THIS SEPTEMBER?

Plant-based eating is the biggest worldwide food shift of this decade, particularly in Australia. With nearly 10 million Aussies cutting back on red meat, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

According to Google Trends, Australia tops the world for searching “vegan” online. In February 2004, “vegan” queries hovered at 15 (out of 100); but now sits at 92 and has steadily risen for 14 years. 

This year, why not encourage a plant-based lifestyle by promoting Meat Free Week? 

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Meat Free Week (23-29 September) challenges participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.

Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity for your customers to start thinking about how much meat they eat and the potential health impacts of eating too much. 

Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund show bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and that bowel cancer risk increases by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.

Whether your customers are meat eaters, vegetarian or vegan, the Meat Free Week challenge can help them discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference, including some delicious plant-based recipes! 

So why not highlight some of your plant-based meat alternatives front and centre this month?

One of the most versatile, meat-style vegan products comes from the widely recognised US brand, Upton’s Naturals.  

Upton’s Naturals was the first to market with a range of heat-and-eat, pre-seasoned Jackfruit. Jackfruit are the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, and when harvested young and unripe, they can be prepared savory, as a meat alternative. With a naturally meaty texture, this whole food meat alternative makes a simple swap for pulled pork, shredded poultry, and even fish.

They currently offer three lines in Australia – Jackfruit, Real Meal Kits and Ch’eesy Macs. Consumers love eating the Bar-B-Que Jackfruit on a bun with coleslaw, or using the spicy Chilli Lime for tacos.

Original, unseasoned Jackfruit provides a blank slate for the more experienced cook, while Thai Curry, Sweet and Smoky, and Sriracha are meant to inspire those who are new to this unique ingredient.

While the products are shelf-stable, they’re most successfully merchandised in the fridge with other refrigerated meat alternatives.

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The company’s Real Meal Kits feature wholefood ingredients and come in four Thai-inspired varieties: Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, Thai Spaghetti, and Thai Curry Noodle. Each complete meal is ready in just a few minutes, and can be prepared on the stove top or in the microwave – simply mix the pouches, and heat.

Despite containing no preservatives, these meals are shelf-stable, and are generally sold alongside other Asian meal kits, or quick meal kits.

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Another quick-cooking vegan line from Upton’s Naturals are the Ch’eesy Mac varieties – Ch’eesy Bacon Mac and original Ch’eesy Mac. The packages contain ready-to-eat large and ridged macaroni noodles alongside a pouch of prepared nutritional yeast-based cheese.

These 100% vegan products are low in sugar while being completely free from nuts, dairy, oil, trans fat, cholesterol, GMOs and artificial flavours. Typically found with other boxed mac and cheese in stores, these are ready to eat in as little as 60 seconds. 

Other great plant-based pantry staples for easy, meat-free meals include: 

Make sure you’re ready for the increase in demand from September 23rd! Top up your plant-based meat alternatives and more via our online store or give one of our friendly sales team members a call on 1800 787 904. Not yet registered? Create an account here.

For recipe inspiration to give your customers, visit Meat Free Week or try some of these delicious Upton’s Naturals recipes at an in-store tasting!

CONSUMER DEMAND FOR PLANT-BASED GOODS IS A BOOMING $4.2 BILLION INDUSTRY

According to the most recent SPINS’ analysis, the ‘plant-based’ goods industry is projected to be worth $4.2 billion by the end of 2018 after growing 18 percent in the year ending July 15, 2018.

SPINS estimates that the plant-based sector will grow to $6 billion in sales by 2020, which would be a 100 percent increase over just six years!good-food-insights-8-31-chart1

 

According to New Hope and SPINS data, the rapid growth of the plant-based product sector has been a four-stage process:

  1. The widespread adoption of the more broadly appealing term “plant-based” for products that often were labeled (or characterized) in the past as “vegan.” Vegan, to many consumers, is a lifestyle completely free of animal-sourced products (or nearly so), which only a small percentage of all consumers have adopted. But a much greater percentage of eaters are seeking more plants and less meat and dairy in their diets, and they have a higher comfort level with “plant-based.”
  2. Rapidly increasing distribution. Overall growth rate appears to be accelerating as products such as these become more available in a greater number of stores. “More retailers are adopting and incorporating plant-based into their assortment sets, and this distribution growth is apparent,” said Dries Zender, a SPINS client growth solutions principal. “Retailers need to pay attention to the plant-based shopper, as they spend 60 percent more in their basket than the average shopper.”
  3. Packaging. Improved packaging that draws attention and makes plant-based alternatives much more appealing.
  4. Successful plant-based products taste good. “You even see plant-based brands that are continuing to innovate with their taste profile,” said Alice Mintz, business growth solutions manager at SPINS. “That’s great, because people are continuously adventuring, and brands are adventuring and they’re trying to offer the best-tasting product. They’re not giving people a reason to step away from plant-based. If anything, it’s giving people a reason to dig further in.”

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At Unique, we pride ourselves on our extensive plant-based selection of health and wellness products.

Some of the biggest trends we’re seeing in this particular category include the following:

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  • Upton’s Naturals – Real Meal Kits and Marinated Jackfruit are quick and easy options that continue to prove popular.
  • The Gluten Free Food Co – ‘Just add water’ Vegan Mac N Cheez range is a hot seller!

PLANT-BASED ACTIVE BARS

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  • CLIF Bar – CLIF Bars and CLIF Nut Butter Bars fuel the adventures of both non-plant-based eaters and vegans alike!
  • The Health Food Guys – A healthy & nutritional raw protein bars range that contains raw superfoods, plus they’re vegan vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy free.

BETTER-FOR-YOU SNACK OPTIONS

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  • East Bali Cashews – This sustainable, fairtrade company produces a range of mouthwatering, plant-based delights in attractive packaging with a great price point!
  • Little Zebra Chocolates & Little Zebra Food Co – Little Zebra Food Co make sugar-free chocolates that feature popular superfoods including hemp seeds! Their Carob Buds are also loved by consumers looking for a delicious caffeine-free alternative.
  • Alter Eco – The always-coveted Alter Eco range has expanded with these plant-based Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters in three incredibly moreish flavours.
  • Manitoba Harvest (featured in header image) – This innovative brand is taking hemp to a whole other level with their Hemp Bites providing a mix of healthful omega-3s and protein for hungry consumers on the run.

Make sure you’re making the most of the plant-based boom by stocking up on these popular products as well as our other collections.

Simply order online anytime! You can select which items are vegan-friendly with a single click of a button (see below)!

Not yet registered with us? Sign up here!

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NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 – BY THE NUMBERS

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

Each year we attend as a platinum partner to showcase our top sellers to the most influential people in the industry and work to build mutually beneficial connections with retailers and our suppliers. This year we unveiled our biggest stand yet – the largest at the show!

In case you missed it, here’s how our Naturally Good Expo 2018 experience happened – by the numbers!

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1. ONE CRITICAL PERSON

It takes a whole lot of planning, coordination and project management to transform our original ideas into a real-life masterpiece at the Naturally Good Expo. Thankfully, we have one incredible team that makes all the late nights, early mornings, last minute hiccups and hours spent on emails and phone calls integrate into a seamless, successful event!

While we couldn’t do it without many hands on deck, there is always one person in particular that plays a pivotal role in our Naturally Good experience – our Marketing Executive extraordinaire, Carol. Thank you for all that you do!

2. TWO MAJOR STALL SPACES

This year the Unique stand took up two of the largest sites at the expo. The updated stand was dotted with sampling booths, decorated with hot new products and buzzing with staff, suppliers and retailers – it was a sight to see and the energy was incredible!

3. THREE HOUR PACK DOWN

With the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition looming the following weekend, most of the team had already returned to the Sunshine Coast by the time the event ended. The staff and suppliers that remained (thank you, East Bali Cashews and Natural Evolution!) packed down the stall in a record time of 3 hours!

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4. FOUR SIGMATIC, MY MAGIC MUD, UPTON’S NATURALS & MORE!

This year, when it came to sampling and showcasing our amazing product range, the team had a little extra help…

Award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest, must-have health products joined us as part of our ‘Meet the Makers’ event – including Four Sigmatic, My Magic Mud, Manitoba Harvest and Upton’s Naturals!

Each supplier that joined our stand had the opportunity to promote and sample their products at their very own sampling booth. This allowed the suppliers to strengthen their retailer relationships and cement their place as a leading brand in the health and wellness space. Something we’re beyond proud to help facilitate!

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5. FIVE HUNDRED HEALTH PRODUCTS AND GOODIE BAGS

The stand was full to the brim with more than 500 natural health and wellness products on display! Plus, we handed out 500+ goodie bags to industry influencers, retail leaders, and key stakeholders filled with:

6. SIX MONTHS PREP TIME

The entire event took our team, Carol in particular, a grand total of six months to prepare for. From supporting the Naturally Good Expo team with our Platinum Partner duties, to coordinating stock, and logistics of the stand set up and staff involved, there was so much to be done and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and what they’ve achieved!

7. SEVEN THOUSAND ATTENDEES

Across two huge days, we served up thousands of product samples to 7000+ health-focused expo attendees – also known as a lot of chopping!

Sampling allowed retailers and industry leaders to gain better insights into the suppliers products, build stronger connections, learn the backstory, and discover what niche the product can fill in their stores. It’s a super important step towards long-term success in stores!

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8. MORE THAN EIGHTY HOT NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

An entire section of our stand was dedicated to over 80 hot new products launched at the expo! Brands included:

9. NINE HOUR SET UP

While the pack down was somewhat of a breeze, Rome wasn’t certainly not built overnight. Our largest stand ever took a whole lot of teamwork and around nine hours to set it all up!

10. TEN HUGE PALLETS DELIVERED

That nine hours of set up involved the unpacking and merchandising of 10 full pallets of product, equipment and stall materials!

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

MEET THE MAKERS AT THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018

JOIN US AT THIS YEAR’S NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 TO MEET THE MAKERS OF THE HOTTEST PRODUCTS IN HEALTH AND SAMPLE NEW ITEMS BEFORE THEY HIT THE SHELVES!

Hosted at the ICC in Darling Harbour, Sydney on the 29-30 April, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

As a platinum partner and exhibitor, we will be launching over 80 hot new products including completely new brands and exciting range extensions from some of Australia’s most popular wellness companies including CLIF Bar, Alter Eco, and Melrose!

But the best part of the weekend, if we do say so ourselves, is that we will have award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest must-have health products spending time at our stall.

You’ll have the chance to meet many special guests, including the founders of My Magic Mud and Upton’s Naturals!


Gain first-hand knowledge, sample the items and discover the passion behind the products that are flying off the shelves. The Unique Health Products stall will be an unmissable hive of activity!

You can find us at stalls i28 & j28 in the Exhibition Hall. Secure your tickets here.

We hope to see you there!

HOW TO COOK WITH JACKFRUIT – THE REAL FOOD MEAT ALTERNATIVE (RECIPES)

NATIVE TO SOUTHEAST ASIA, JACKFRUIT IS THE LARGEST TREE-BORNE FRUIT IN THE WORLD AND CREATES A DELICIOUS, HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO MEAT.

Upton’s Naturals come in 5 different flavours as well as a natural variety so customers can create quick and easy meals with traditional flavours they love. Tempt your customers by having these mouth-watering recipes on hand when they ask how to use the jackfruit range.

 

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Thai Curry Fresh Rolls

Makes

12 rolls

Prep time

30 minutes

Cook time

10 minutes

Product

Thai Curry Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 small bundles rice vermicelli
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and julienned
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 300g package Upton’s Naturals Thai Curry Jackfruit
  • 3-4 tablespoons white and/or black sesame seeds, toasted
  • 12 rice paper wrappers

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the vermicelli for 3-4 minutes until tender, or according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Assemble your vegetables and fresh basil. Heat up the jackfruit in a small saucepan or skillet. Fill a large, shallow bowl with warm water.
  3. To roll, dip a rice paper wrapper in the bowl of warm water. Remove immediately and place on a flat surface. Fill with your preferred mixture of vermicelli, spring onions, carrots, cucumber, basil, jackfruit, and/or sesame seeds. Don’t worry about overfilling the wrapper; rice paper is sticky and will keep the filling contained. Roll the wrapper like a burrito, then place on an oiled plate. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
  4. Serve with your favourite prepared dipping sauce such as garlic chili sauce, or a simple mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil.

 

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Bar-B-Que Jackfruit Soul Bowl

Makes

4 bowls

Prep time

60 minutes

Cook time

20 minutes

Product

Bar-B-Que Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 300g package Upton’s Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa or rice
  • 1 400g can black or kidney beans
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower florets

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the kale and cook until the kale is wilted.
  2. Heat the jackfruit in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  3. To assemble bowls, place 1 cup quinoa or rice in each bowl. Top with a portion each of kale and jackfruit, 1/3 cup beans, and 1/2 cup each broccoli and cauliflower florets.

 

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Jackfruit Pad Thai

Makes

4 servings

Prep time

60 minutes

Cook time

20 minutes

Product

Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons fresh chilli, or to taste

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/3 cup sliced spring onions
  • Lime slices

Directions

  1. Soak noodles in a large bowl of hot water for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the noodles are softened. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the peanut oil in a large wok or skillet and stir-fry the noodles for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, spring onions, and jackfruit, then stir in sauce. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, adding the bean sprouts in the last minute.
  3. Plate the Pad Thai and garnish with chopped peanuts, sliced spring onions, and lime slices.

 

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Mango Lime Jackfruit Tacos

Makes

10 tacos

Prep time

20 minutes

Cook time

10 minutes

Product

Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 1 300g package Upton’s Naturals Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 mango, sliced 1 avocado, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Corn or flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Heat jackfruit in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  2. Combine cilantro, mango, avocado, lime juice, chili powder, and cumin in a medium bowl, stirring to coat.
  3. Assemble tacos by placing 2-3 tablespoons jackfruit on a taco, then topping with 2 tablespoons of the mango lime mixture on top. Garnish with sliced spring onions. Repeat for each taco, and serve immediately.

Upton’s Naturals’ food products can be stored directly on the shelf, saving you precious fridge space for more perishable items, and allowing you to place Upton’s Naturals right alongside legumes and other vegan-friendly, pantry staples for quick and easy meals.

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7 DIET TRENDS EVERY HEALTH RETAILER NEEDS TO KNOW

WHILE INDIVIDUAL DIETS VARY, BELOW IS A GUIDE TO HELP YOU ENSURE YOU’RE OFFERING CUSTOMERS WHAT THEY WANT.

What diet trends are your customers following in 2018? We’ve covered 7 of the most popular diets you’ll be asked about this year so you can wow your customers with the products that suit their needs, no questions asked.

1. FLEXITARIAN

A flexitarian diet (also known as a semi-vegetarian) is mostly vegetarian, allowing for the occasional consumption of meat, poultry and seafood. This diet has risen in popularity as it’s a more achievable alternative to going full vegetarian.

Growing numbers of Australians are going meat free with more than 11% having eliminated or almost eliminated meat from their diets at the end of 2016.

2. REDUCETARIAN

This diet is very loose but makes a conscious effort to reduce meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy. For example, those that follow ‘Meat-Free Monday’ would fall into the reducetarian category.

Meat replacement alternatives like Upton’s Naturals jackfruit are highly appealing to this category!

3. VEGAN

A vegan diet strictly avoids any animal-derived ingredients, including meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, gelatine and bee products.

4. LOW FODMAP

FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Simply speaking, the Low FODMAP diet helps with digestive issues by aiming to temporarily reduce short-chain carbohydrates in the diet.

5. PALEO

Widely famous thanks to high calibre influencers like Pete Evans, the paleo diet is based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans. This includes meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, nuts (excluding peanuts which are a legume) and fruit. It excludes dairy, processed foods, sugar and grains.

Nutrition Insight reported that globally the “high protein” paleo category experienced 26% globally from 2015-2016.

6. LOW CARB HIGH FAT (LCHF)

Also known as the keto diet, the LCHF prescribes foods low in carbohydrates (ranging from 5-20% in total carbohydrates) and high in fats (up to 75% in total fat).

Nielsen reported that the Asia-Pacific region is leading the growth in the category with 34% of respondents saying they follow a low-carb, high-fat diet to lose weight.

7. 5:2

5:2 is an intermittent fasting diet. It follows five days of normal food intake with two restricted calorie days weekly. The diet aims to reduce body fat and extend the time human growth hormone (HGH) is active in the body.

Common foods consumed in the diet include bulletproof coffee, protein, high fat foods including oils and high carbohydrate foods like rice and quinoa.

ONE TO WATCH: WHOLE 30

The Whole 30 Diet is a short-term program that encourages participants to cut out alcohol, dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, and additives for 30 days straight – with no cheating.

The goal is to cut inflammation-promoting foods and then gradually reintroduce them to see what needs to be eliminated for good.

Customers following this diet may be looking for packaged foods that meet the guidelines, and products that support detoxing and gut health, and reduce inflammation.

QUICK GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE DIET TRENDSDiet-Trends-2018-tableKey: Y= Yes | N= No | O= Occasionally | R= Reduced or Restricted

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