SPEED SCRATCH… the latest buzz word in cooking

TIME-POOR CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING THE TREND, USING CONVENIENCE PRODUCTS LIKE MIXES, READY-TO-EAT AND PRE-PREPARED FOODS THAT CALL FOR ONLY A HANDFUL OF FRESH INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FAST, HEALTHY MEALS.

This means sales opportunities abound!

With winter pushing consumers into the kitchen, seeking warmth in baking and cooking, ensure you’ve stocked the shelves with a selection of easy to use, healthy speed scratch products and nutritious wholefood ingredients to help them battle the cold and the clock.

Take a look at our top pantry picks to satisfy both sweet and the savory cravings this winter!

SWEET

1. Teff Tribe Pancake Mix–  Easy and nutritious!
2. Bake Mixes Banana Muffin Mix – Certified organic!
3. Wholesome Chow Brownie Mix – No refined sugar!
4. Fit Mixes Choc Chia Protein Ball Mix – High in protein!

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5. The Whole Foodies Rice Malt Syrup – Fructose free!
6. Power Super Foods Cacao –  Superfood!
7. Organic Times Little Gems – Fair trade!
8. Nirvana Liquid Stevia –  Zero calories or carbs!
9. Perfect Sweet Xylitol –  Low GI!

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10. Niugini Coconut Oil – Cholesterol free!
11. 2die4 Walnuts – Activated nuts!
12. Matakana Coconut Butter – Creamed coconut meat!
13. The Ginger People Bare Ginger – Sustainably farmed!

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SAVOURY

1. Protein Bread Co Savoury Muffins – High in protein!
2. Monica’s Mixes Pizza Base Mix – Wholesome ingredients!
3. Sol Organics Dahl Mix – Easy to prepare blend!
4. Mingle Seasoning – Tasty and simple spice mixes!

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5. Forbidden Foods Rice –  Certified organic!
6. Niulife Sweet Chilli – Just four natural ingredients!
7. The Whole Foodies Kelp Noodles – Ready to eat!
8. Bragg Nutritional Yeast – Delicious, healthy addition to most dishes!

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9. Nakula Coconut Milk – Perfect base for Asian dishes!
10. Nutritionist Choice Noodles – Wholesome instant noodles!
11. Pure Food Essentials Turmeric Paste – Ready to use fresh turmeric!
12. Planet Organic Spices – Convenient shakers!
13. Redmond Real Salt – Unrefined mineral salt!

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If you’d like to stock up on these hot winter essentials, easily add them to your next online order.

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Body Boostin’ & Soul Soothin’ Seasonal Essentials

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SALES AND TAP INTO BOTH SIDES OF YOUR CUSTOMERS’ LIVES – ‘THE FRESH, ENERGETIC SIDE OF LIFE’ AND ‘THE COOL, CALM, CONNECTED SIDE’.

Fill up your store with products that will feed your customers body and their soul. These seasonal essentials from favoured, quality brands are a breeze to sell.

BODY BOOSTIN’

GET MOVING

The active and adventurous moments in life need to be fuelled with the right nutrition. Consumers are turning to products that don’t just perform, but are also increasingly interested in natural sports nutrition products that show transparency with their ingredients.

1. CLIF Bar – Over 160% growth in the last year.
2. Nuun – #1 natural electrolyte sports drink tablet.
3. Protein Supplies Australia – Available in grab n’ go or bulk sizes.

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NOURISH

Superfoods and wholefoods help to nourish the body with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Brands that clearly call these benefits out on their products with clever, eye-catching packaging are sure to capture consumers’ interest.

1. The Whole Foodies – On-trend seaweed and kelp noodles.
2. Power Super Foods – Australia’s leading superfood pantry products.
3. Ancient Harvest – Gluten free, organic, superfood pasta.

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BE WELL

As the cold and flu season approaches, your customers will be seeking products that keep immune systems strong, energy boosted and maintain overall health. Gut health is still an on-trend topic and globally renowned brands are always a trusted winner.

1. Eden Health Foods – Prebiotic and probiotic combination.
2. Comvita – Globally recognised brand.
3. NTS Health – High quality, unique holistic health products.

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SOUL SOOTHIN’

TRENDY TURMERIC

If there’s one trend that’s going to bring bright sales, turmeric’s the one to keep your eyes on and your shelves full of. This golden spice is captivating consumers far and wide. They can’t get enough of it’s soothing, earthy, spiced flavour and numerous health benefits it offers. Read how turmeric is worth it’s weight in gold.

1. Golden Grind – Boldly-marketed, delicious, superfood drink.
2. Alchemy – 100% natural liquid turmeric elixir.
3. Taka Turmeric – Organic turmeric, on-trend drinking powders.

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DESIRED READS

When soothing their soul, your customers may seek answers to their health and wellness questions. Help them by offering books from best-selling, credible influencers to give them all the knowledge they need and some delicious recipes. Guides to wellness are also great entry level products for converting consumers to a healthier lifestyle.

1. The Happy Life – Written by health and wellness influencer Lola Berry.
2. The Healthy Life – Top-selling recipe book from Jessica Sepel.

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NUTRITIOUS BAKING

When baked goods taste delicious and are full of nourishing ingredients, you’ve got a winner in the eyes of (it would almost be safe to say all) consumers. Couple this with the current speed scratch trend, and stocking up on easy to make mixes with real, natural, nutritious ingredients seems like a no-brainer.

1. Monica’s Mixes – Gluten free, vegan wholefood mixes.
2. Wholesome Chow – Over 13% bi-annual growth.
3. Bake Mixes – Brightly packaged, organic speed scratch staples.

Seasonal Essentials

What’s ‘speed scratch’?
It’s the on-trend movement where consumers are looking for pre-prepared, convenient mixes to add in healthy ingredients of their own and create fast, healthy, transparent food.

Discover the full brand range that Unique Offers here. Or if you already have an account with us, jump onto our online shop to order and browse our full range offerings.

Food Trends You Need to Know!

DRIVE SALES AND INCREASE CUSTOMER LOYALTY BY STAYING ON TOP OF EMERGING TRENDS AND KEEPING ABREAST OF THE BEST OF THE ESTABLISHED HEALTHY, ETHICAL AND NUTRITIONAL MOVEMENTS.

Give People a Reason to Go to Your Store:

1. Create atmosphere in store by featuring a new trend each week or month.

2. Encourage your staff to try the products themselves, so they can speak from the heart when sharing new products with customers.

3. Connect online with offline – customers like to research online first, so make sure your website is up to date and includes relevant information.
– uhp.com.au offers a wide range of blogs and is a great source of information
– Provide a store locator and if possible, access to real-time in store inventory

4. Tell a Visual Story – in store presentation can increase impulse purchases and peak customers interest.
– Download posters and wobblers from uhp.com.au/shop to shout out about new products and existing lines in store

5. Embrace Shoppertainment – plan regular small events around different food trends.
– Include product demonstrations, samples, informational talks
– Utilise social media and in store signage to promote your event

Functional food and drinks

Customers are increasingly searching out foods and drinks containing health-giving benefits. Expect to hear much more talk of products such as turmeric shots, cold-pressed juices, matcha or ginger-based food and drinks and seaweed products.

Functional Food and Drinks

Sea vegetables

We’ve seen an exponential rise in vegetarian and vegan cooking in the last few years. One sub-genre which is starting to grow is sea vegetables. From kelp noodles to seaweed snacks (including popcorn), customers are looking to sea vegetables to enhance their foods flavour or replace an existing food product.

Sea Vegetables - The Whole Foodies

Healthy snacks and grab n’ go

Already a popular category, the continued blurring of mealtimes will mean more of us opt to graze instead of eat three meals a day. Picking and sharing small plates are on the rise, as are healthier snack solutions, so make sure you stock a good range of products such as seaweed, low-sugar or protein snacks, energy or paleo bars and nuts.

CLIF Bar

Speed Scratch

Easy meals that are nutritious too? The speed scratch premise – start with a good quality, healthy, prepared or semi-prepared convenience product, then add some healthy ingredients of your own. Customers will be increasingly looking for products like bake, snack and bread mixes and meal bases.

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Personalised diets

People are adapting diets to suit their own health needs and looking to eat what they think will make them feel better. Personalised diets and lifestyles that are emerging or established include paleo, vegan, FODMAP, high protein, low carb, low sugar and wholefoods.

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The Naturally Good Expo Exceeds Expectations

ONLY IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO WAS YET AGAIN AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!

Over 3,000 people flocked to Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries to attend Australia’s largest business event for the natural products industry on 1-2 May, 2016.

It brought the latest innovations in natural, organic and healthy products, plus industry experts together to reveal what’s to come in the industry.

Occupying one of the largest stands at the event, Unique was so incredibly proud to have the space to showcase such a huge array of amazing products from hundreds of our brands including CLIF Bar, 2die4 Live Foods, Acure Organics, Alter Eco, Amazing OilsBragg, Blue Dinosaur, Bounce,  Cellfood, Chimes, Comvita, Dr Organic, Dr SuperfoodsEast Bali Cashews, Epic,  Eco Teas, Eden Health Foods, Extraordinary FoodsFood Matters, Gimme, Giovanni, Hope’s ReliefKombucha Max, Monica’s Mixes, My Magic MudNatracareNakula, Natural EvolutionNecta, NTS Health, Protein Supplies Australia, Power Super Foods, ProTingsPure Sports NutritionSchmidt’s, SilvercareSpreyton Fresh,  Teff Tribe, The Chocolate Yogi, Wholesome Chow, Wotnot, Yogi Tea, Zen Matcha Green Tea and lots more!

This year, thanks to dedicated staff
and suppliers, we were lucky enough
to take home the Best Stand Award.

For those who did come and visit the Unique stand, it was fantastic to see you. If you missed it, there’s always next year! With the event organisers promising it will be even bigger and better in 2017, we’ve already secured our spot and just like many that did attend, we can’t wait to do it all again!

 

Mark it on your calendars now, The Naturally Good Expo will be back 4-5 June, 2017 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. You won’t want to miss it!

You can find out all you need to now about next years event here.

Contact us with your photos and feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

Guest Blog: Retailer Rates Wholesome Chow

Essentially Health logoESSENTIALLY HEALTH IS ONE OF OUR DRIVEN ONLINE RETAILERS THAT SELL A RANGE OF HEALTHY, ORGANIC, NATURAL AND VEGAN PRODUCTS.

Delicia, owner of Essentially Health, has built the business around customer satisfaction and only commits to selling products she and her team have tried and tested. With many of her customers looking for gluten free, vegan options, she gave Wholesome Chow’s range a go. Have a read at what she thought of the range. 

Fair warning, this post may speak strongly to your sweet tooth!

 

Avoiding wheat and gluten a few years ago left me feeling like I was missing out on the nice things in life. Delicious treats we all like to have every now and again like cakes, biscuits and bread.

When I’d attempt to make gluten free/wheat free alternatives, it was always a bit of a mission. Like many of my customers, making such treats meant I had to use copious amounts of ingredients and it would end up costing me more than the monthly mortgage (well, almost) especially if I wanted organic. And after all the hard work, I was never happy with the results.

This left me thinking, what about my customers? Would they give up on baking products, on cooking, on opting for healthy gluten free options? Would they be so unhappy with the lack of convenience in gluten free baking that they’d just never purchase again from my store? I never liked the thought of my customers being unsatisfied.

So I went searching for a solution.
What I found, was Wholesome Chow.

Wholesome Chow

 

I’d seen a lot of pictures of ‘drip cakes’, so I gave making one a go using Wholesome Chow products.

HOW TO MAKE A WHOLESOME CHOW DRIP CAKE

First, I made four, seven-inch chocolate cake mixes. I only had to add apple cider vinegar, non-dairy milk and oil to the Wholesome Chow cake mixes, it could not be any simpler (although I still managed to get my kitchen looking like a tornado had been in there)!

It literally took 10 minutes to mix the batter and then 25 minutes in the oven to bake.

While they cooled, I made the Wholesome Chow Vanilla frosting to go in-between each layer and then I used Wholesome Chow Chocolate Frosting to cover the outside and the top. All I had to add was vegan butter and milk.

I put the cake in the fridge for around 15 minutes to set.

Next, I melted some Alter Eco Dark Sea Salt with a 1/4 cup of Nakula Coconut Cream and let that drizzle over the top and down the sides of the cake and now I was getting excited!!!

I broke up some vegan honeycomb and placed it on the top and the side of
the cake.

In-between I placed The Chocolate Yogi frothy Toffee, Alter Eco quinoa and Black Out and mixed in some Rawganic coconut chocolate.

To add a little texture I sprinkled some Niulife flaked coconut and topped it off with a few organic strawberries.

I was really pleased with the result! Everybody loved it. The cake was light and fluffy, it was tasty and not artificial or dry (which is common for gluten free cakes).

This is a really special cake to make, but honestly, the mixes made it incredibly easy. It would be even easier for customers to whip up a regular cake using Wholesome Chow mixes!

Wholesome Chow have changed our world – my customers and my own!

 

After trying and testing it, creating a drip cake, we can now confidently recommend these amazing products to our valued customers.

Wholesome Chow make gluten free baking so easy, why wouldn’t customers
love them?!

4 Realities That Prove Non-GMO Has Made It To Mainstream

NON-GMO – MOST OF US ARE NOW FAMILIAR WITH THE TERM, BUT HOW MUCH DO THE MAINSTREAM KNOW AND MORE INTERESTINGLY WHAT DO THEY THINK? ARE THEY ADDING NON-GMO PRODUCTS INTO THEIR TROLLIES?

Firstly, let’s go back a few breaths. What’s Non-GMO? It stands for non-genetically modified organisms. When a product contains GMOs, it means that organisms in the product were created in a laboratory using genetic modification/engineering techniques.

Only a few years ago, anti-GMO activists would have only dreamt they’d see the day that non-GMO went mainstream. Fast-forwarding to 2015, that same dream has clearly become more than a reality! Non-GMO has made it to the mainstream! Check out the four reasons we’ve found that prove this.

1. Non-GMO Verification is on the incline
Scientists and consumer and environmental groups have been actively spreading the many health and environmental risks that are associated with foods containing GMOs. With the cons of GMOs being pushed into the public, many around the world are demanding non-GMO foods, specifically looking for products that hold the Non-GMO Project Verified logo. These products have gone through a rigorous verification program to ensure that their risk of GMO contamination is minimal. In just five years, the Non-GMO Project had grown to verify more than 14,000 products by 2013, which has since jumped to 35,000 products currently in 2015.

2. Sales are up and up and up
The sales of verified products reached $5 billion in 2013. Packaged Facts has also projected that by 2017 non-GMO products will make up around 30% of total food and beverage sales, with a value of about $264 billion – massive right?!

3. The movement is fuelled with force
Growth of the non-GMO movement has been fuelled by several major developments in the past year. Huge companies are seeing the profit potential in the movement, with retailers stocking more non-GMO foods to keep up with demand and even more suppliers pushing their products to qualify for the Non-GMO Verification. GMO Inside has also been a big force behind continually pushing non-GMO beyond its niche market and into the mainstream by educating the masses.

4. The mainstream now want their food clear as day
According to the Emerging Faith in Food Production whitepaper about 65% of consumers want their food to be more transparent. The rise of non-GMO like the rise of organic stems from the consumers primal desire to better understand where their food comes from and through food purchases, endorse the kind of farming they believe improves their health, wellness and the environment.

A Sweet Love … Made Wholesome And Easy!

DEEP DOWN, THERE’S A SWEET TOOTH IN ALL OF US.

Whether you’re the lemon and sugar kind, maple syrup kind or the blueberry and yoghurt sort, you wouldn’t say no to a fresh batch of fluffy, warm, homemade pancakes would you? Bets are, neither would your customers – well not these pancakes anyway!
Traditionally pancakes are devilish delights, with little nutritional value but with an accelerating number of consumers now looking for healthier and more convenient ways to cook, Wholesome Chow have launched a range of healthy baking mixes to fill the gap in the market. Their range includes a Brownie Mix, All-Purpose Baking Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Vanilla Frosting Mix and of course their Hi-Protein Pancake Mix.

All of their mixes are organic, gluten free and vegan – how great right?

Once your customers give Wholesome Chow mixes a try, they’ll discover that their sweet love for baked goods is now wholesome and oh so easy!
Spread the word by sharing this irresistible recipe with your customers. Before you do, you should probably try it out for yourself just to test how delicious they are (we couldn’t resist either). Enjoy!

 

ULTRA HI-PROTEIN PANCAKE RECIPE
Makes 3-4 pancakes

INGREDIENTS
2 scoops Wholesome Chow’s Organic
Hi-Protein Pancake Mix
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs ground flax seeds
1 1/4 cup milk (non-dairy or dairy)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Oil for cooking

METHOD
1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well with your clean fingers.
2. In a small bowl, combine milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk well. Let sit for 2 minutes.
3. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and whisk well.
4. Heat frypan over medium-high heat or electric frypan to 190°C; grease with small amount of oil. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear).
5. Cook until edges are golden and crisp. Flip and repeat. Centre should become cooked through.
6. Serve with your favourite toppings.