Tom Organic wins Australian Organic Business of the Year 2017

WITHOUT A SINGLE CHEMICAL IN THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, TOM ORGANIC IS RECOGNISED FOR CREATING POSITIVE IMPACTS ACROSS PERSONAL CARE.

As the first ever organic tampon in the world to be available in supermarkets, TOM Organic is leading the way for organic personal care.

Empowerment and integrity are behind every step of this female founded company which is on track to achieve incredible change for environmental sustainability and access to healthier personal products.

Founder Aimee Marks, is committed to supporting the modern woman across her entire life cycle. Her inspiration is to become a trusted brand for each life stage from periods, to pregnancy, to birth, to baby, continuing to expand the range and offer more choice when it comes to women’s health and the environment.

Winning the prestigious business award is a major accomplishment. Aimee states:

“Our philosophy has always been to create beautiful products that inspire positive impact. And while it isn’t about the accolades we win, we’re so thrilled to have been recognised as Business of the Year among a growing organic industry.”

Only the finest Certified Organic Cotton is used in TOM Organic products, and they’re grown free from synthetic pesticides and chemicals.

The entire range is PETA Certified Vegan and Cruelty Free, and every finished product is 100% biodegradable.

Need to top up your stock or add TOM Organic products to your range? Find out more about TOM Organic products here then add them to your online order here.

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DON’T MISS THEIR NEW LOOK: The TOM Organic feminine hygiene range is the same high quality product on the inside, made with Certified Organic Australian Cotton but the sleek new look is expected to appeal to a wider customer base.

 

Another Day, Another Scent!

FROM FRUSTRATION TO SCENT, AFTER SCENT, SCHMIDT’S DEODORANT HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, NOW OFFERING A LARGE RANGE OF JAR AND STICK DEODORANTS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

Built from her Portland, Oregon kitchen up, founder Jamie Schmidt had a burning desire to show consumers just how well natural deodorant really can work. A natural product developer and strong innovator at heart, Jamie made it her mission to change the way people think about natural deodorant.

When developing her formula, she refused to compromise on the effectiveness. Investing hours, days, weeks and months into research and testing was all worth it when she launched Schmidt’s Deodorant in 2010 and immediately began receiving positive reviews.

Seeing huge potential in the then small deodorant business, successful business man, Michael Cammarata invested in helping Jamie to grow Schmidt’s to where it is today. Now the brand is loved internationally, found in hundreds of thousands of homes.

Schmidt’s is trusted by customers to effectively neutralise odour and help absorb wetness, feel great on the skin and smell amazing.

Schmidt's Deodorant

As the company grows, Jamie continues to ensure Schmidt’s is committed to always putting customers and ingredients first. Recently she and Michael Cammarata (Chief Global Strategy Officer of Schmidt’s Deodorant) both won the Ernst & Young PNW Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Award in the Retail and Consumer Goods category. The award recognises entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“We’re honoured to be recognised – and among such distinguished company!” – Jamie said.

This year Jamie has been more driven than ever to expand Schmidt’s to include new innovations throughout the bathroom and household categories. Look out for the latest newbies added to the Schmidt’s range in this catalogue!Schmidt's Deodorant

Check out Schmidt’s range on our brand page or online shop – if you don’t have access, easily get started here.

Hemp Food Recipes

SHARE THESE HEMP FOOD RECIPES WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE USES OF HEMP AS A FOOD PRODUCT.

 

Hemp Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk (from a can, or coconut milk beverage from a carton)
2 cups frozen strawberries
2 large ripe bananas
1 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds

Optional: Fresh brown coconuts (To halve & pour smoothie bowl into! A bowl works too!)

Toppings

Raspberries
Edible flowers
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Buckwheat groats
Hulled hemp seeds

Directions

Carefully break two coconuts in half and empty out the coconut water, save if you can. If you cannot find coconuts, a bowl works too!

In a blender add the coconut milk, frozen strawberries, bananas, and one tablespoon of  hemp seeds.

Blend on high for about 1 minute, until thick and creamy.

Pour smoothie base in the coconut halves and top with raspberries, edible flowers, coconut flakes, buckwheat groats and more hulled hemp seeds , serve immediately & enjoy!

Sweet Cranberry Hemp Bars

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Ingredients

1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats (or organic oats)
1/3 cup gluten-free flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds
3/8 teaspoon guar gum (or xanthan gum)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons coconut nectar
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat over to 160c. Line an 20 x 20 cm square pan with parchment paper, with a little extra over the side.

Mix together all dry ingredients  – oats, flour, hulled hemp seeds, guar gum (or xanthan gum) and salt in a large bowl.

Microwave the coconut oil and coconut nectar in a 2-cup measuring cup for 45 seconds and stir to combine. Pour the coconut oil mixture into the oat mixture. Fold in the dried cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into the corners and the side evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes (rotate the pan from front to back halfway through baking).

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes and then put in the freezer for an hour before cutting into 16 bars.

 

Basil Hemp Dipping Sauce

Hemp Food Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup soaked cashews
1/4 cup water
6 fresh basil leaves
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp  hulled hemp seeds
2 tbsp hemp oil

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Use as a dip for veggies or crackers.

Hot Detox Hemp Burgers

Hemp Food Recipes

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
2 cups filtered water, for soaking the cashews
2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds (freshly ground if possible)
1⁄4 cup filtered water, for soaking the flaxseeds
1⁄4 cup chopped red onion
1 cup hulled hemp seeds
1⁄2 cup raw sunflower seeds
3 tbsp. coconut aminos (or gluten-free tamari sauce)
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. pink rock or gray sea salt
1 1⁄2 cups kasha (toasted buckwheat groats)
2 cups grated carrots or unpeeled sweet potatoes (using a food processor)

Optional Booster:

1⁄2 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)

Directions

In a small bowl, soak the cashews in 2 cups water for 1 hour. Drain well.

In another bowl, combine the ground flax and 1⁄4 cup water and set aside for about 5 minutes until it gels.

Preheat the oven to 150°C, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a food processor, puree the soaked cashews until smooth.

Add the flax and the remaining ingredients, except for the kasha and carrots, and process until well combined. Then add the kasha and carrots, and the dried cranberries if using, and pulse, to avoid overmixing, until the mixture starts to form a ball.

Using your hands, shape the mixture into patties (about 1⁄4 cup each).

Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Makes 16 patties. Will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.

 

Unique sells the following hemp food brands – Hemp Foods Australia, Sani Hemp and EM Superfoods. For more information on these brands and the products they offer, contact us, or add them to your online order here.

 

 

Hemp Food | Your Customers’ Questions… And All the Answers!

WITH THE EXPECTED EXPLOSION IN HEMP FOOD SALES FOLLOWING THE HEMP FOOD LEGALISATION IN AUSTRALIA, WE WANT TO HELP YOU REDUCE CONFUSION IN YOUR RETAIL STORE.

WHAT DOES THE LEGISLATION CHANGE MEAN FOR RETAILERS?

As of 12 November 2017, Australian consumers have been able to purchase hemp foods in your retail environment.

Hemp foods previously marked for ‘external use only’ from leading hemp food brands including Hemp Foods Australia, Sani Hemp, EM Superfoods and Every Bit Organic Raw and can be suitable to be transitioned into your food categories now the national legislation has rolled out.

Preparing yourself with the right knowledge to answer expected consumer FAQs, will help you to educate customers and get hemp sales growing in the green! Here’s what you need to know.

FAQs

How are hemp oil, seeds, protein powder and flour used as food products?
While they are safe to be consumed on their own, there are many delicious ways to consume the products by incorporating them into recipes.

Hemp Oil:

Use in baking, raw treats, salad dressings and dips. Hemp oil has a low flash point, so is not recommended for frying as it will start to smoke even at low temperatures.

Hemp Seeds:

Sprinkle into smoothies or on top of cereal, salads, soups or yoghurt to add extra protein, nutrients and a very slight nutty flavour.

Hemp Protein Powder:

Hemp protein contains all 10 essential amino acids necessary for optimal health and can be simply mixed with milk or nut milk, added to smoothies or even pancakes to boost protein intake.

Hemp Flour:

Not only is hemp flour a nutritious gluten-free flour alternative, it also adds a great nutty flavour to bread, muffins, cookies and more.

For further ideas and recipes to share with your consumers, we suggest searching hemp food brand websites or hemp recipe blog.

What are the health benefits?

Hemp seeds are extremely high in protein and are also a source of vitamin A and E, minerals, fibre, amino acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp seeds, oil and protein also contain very little naturally occurring sugars – less then 1g per 100g! All are ideal for consumers sensitive to soy, dairy or gluten.

Hemp seeds and oil are used in other countries, including in Europe, Canada and the United States of America, in a range of foods and it’s expected that Australia will follow suit and we’ll see an increase of hemp food innovation.

Hemp Food Australia

What are the benefits for the environment, farmers and the economy?

Hemp contributes significantly towards more sustainable farming in Australia, with the added bonus of creating considerable job opportunities for Australia’s farming industry and of course, further hemp food sales for your retail environment.

Check out the hemp food brands we sell – Hemp Foods AustraliaEM Superfoods and Sani Hemp and add them to your online order here.

Australia Legalises Hemp Food!

AFTER DECADES OF WAITING FOR LEGISLATION TO BE PASSED TO LEGALISE THE CONSUMPTION OF HEMP IN AUSTRALIA, HEMP FOOD BRANDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT!

On 28 April 2017, the hemp food industry in Australia changed forever. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s (FSANZ) proposal to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol varieties of cannabis stavia (hemp) was passed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Now Australia and New Zealand are in line with the rest of the world.

While passed in April, the changes have just come into effect as of 12 November 2017.

The delay in the amendment taking effect was given to allow each state and territory time to amend respective legislation which is required to support the legal sale of low-THC hemp seed foods in Australia.

The changes pave the way for Australia to reap the nutritional, financial and environmental benefits of selected hemp foods.

These foods were previously marked for ‘external use only’. With legislation changes, healthy hemp foods are now legal for human consumption across Australia.

“In five years’ time, hemp could be as common as soy, chia and flaxseed because it’s nutritious.” Said Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Hemp Foods Australia. Paul is also predicting sales of hemp seeds to quadruple in the year following this change.

WHAT IS HEMP?

Hemp differs from other varieties of cannabis. It is not marijuana. Hemp is a woody plant with no buds. Historically hemp has been used as a source of fibre and oil in traditional medicines. Hemp has no or miniscule traces of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana.

Hemp is a highly nutritious plant and can be used to make food ingredients like seeds, flour, oil and protein powder. Internationally, the food market has seen a range of hemp consumables such as; hemp snack bars, pasta and milk, just to name a few. With more products being created every day, production techniques will evolve and get even better.

 

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It is expected that Australia will see the similar introduction of hemp food products over the next few years.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEGISLATION

Australian states were given until 12 November 2017 to make legislation amendments to meet the Council of Australian Governments legislation. Some states made this change faster than others. While states were waiting for the legislation amendments, retailers were still able to sell hemp seed products for external use.

Find out more and keep up to date on this legislation change on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website.

 

Check out the hemp food brands we sell – Hemp Foods Australia, EM Superfoods and Sani Hemp and add them to your online order here.

Aussies Hunger for Vegan Friendly Products

AUSTRALIANS HAVE FLIPPED THEIR TYPICAL TUCKER FROM ‘MEAT AND THREE VEG’ TO FEATURE AN EXPANDING RANGE OF ANIMAL-FREE OPTIONS.

Ewa Hudson, Head of Health and Wellness at Euromonitor International, said that Australia is one to watch when it comes to the demand for vegan friendly products.

Between 2015 and 2020, Australia is projected to continue as the third-fastest-growing vegan market in the world at 9.6% growth. Not far ahead is United Arab Emirates growing at 10.6%, with China leading the growth at 17.2%.

In Australia, it’s Tasmania that’s leading demand for vegan options. Newcastle, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Canberra also make it to the top 5 locations most interested in veganism.
With demand increasing rapidly, Australia’s packaged vegan food market is set to grow over $60 million in value to reach $215 million by 2020.

 

Vegan Friendly Products

 

Globally, this alternative lifestyle has been supported by high profile, mainstream celebrities like Beyoncé. Support has also come from the increased awareness about the health benefits of vegan options, as well as the increased need that Australians have developed for transparency in what the consume. The internet makes it simple for consumers to easily access information on veganism and farm- to-table practices. People want to know where their food comes from.

 

With demand increasing, vegan friendly products have only seen the opportunity to develop further in quality and taste. Veganism is hence losing its ‘hippie’ stereotype and becoming more mainstream everyday. People want good food they don’t feel guilty eating, both morally and in terms of health. Consumers are learning fast that vegan options are where they’ll get this.

According to Google, ‘Vegan’ is searched more in Australia, than anywhere else in the world.

So what products are seeing the most growth in the vegan sector?

In Australia, dairy-type products, worth $83.7 million come in as the most popular non-animal products in Australia. These are followed by sauces, dressings and condiments worth $26.3 million. Closely behind is biscuits and snack bars valued at $12.5 million, confectionary worth $6.9 million, breakfast cereals at $5.4 million, and then spreads worth $1.1 million.*

According to Australian Dietary Guidelines, appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthy and nutritionally adequate.

Vegan Friendly Products

Stock a range of vegan friendly products and share the benefits of veganism to get a slice of the growing category.

Check out the top-selling vegan friendly products from The Whole Foodies, Monica’s Mixes, East Bali Cashews, Power Super Foods, Protein Supplies Australia, Extraordinary Foods, Natural Evolution, Blue Dinosaur, GimMe, and Protes.

 

Source: Euromonitor International, 2016.

The Tribe Turning Beauty Basics Boodiful

YES – BOODIFUL. NO, IT’S NOT A SPELLING ERROR, BUT A WORD THAT’S CARVING ITS WAY INTO THE NATURAL BEAUTY WORLD THANKS TO A FRESH NEW BEAUTY BASICS BRAND – THE WHOLE BOODIES.

At a glance, you can see why this brand is captivating consumers. Artistically designed packaging and clever copy combines to make these simple products pop on the shelf and all over the digital world.

But their beauty goes beyond the bright packaging and cheeky brand charisma. Take a visit to their website or Instagram and you’ll know what we mean
by charisma.

Each of The Whole Boodies products are crafted with rich, organic, vegan-friendly ingredients and complemented with an active marketing strategy and competitive price point.

Demand for organic beauty is predicted to grow to over $13 Billion by 2018.

With one of the categories main barriers to purchase being price, The Whole Boodies offer the perfect products for customers just transitioning into organic beauty. With the recommended retail price starting from just $9.95, customers won’t need to get a personal loan in order to better care for their body.

The Whole Boodies range encapsulates products across the hair care, body care and oral care categories using naturally cleansing and moisturising ingredients to offer quality products that are free from harsh chemicals.

Hair Care
The Whole Boodies Coconut Vanilla Shampoo and Coconut Vanilla Conditioner are an oasis for all hair types. They were crafted from the determination to discover the perfect combination of hydrating coconut with sweet vanilla tones. Infused with the right nutrient-rich ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, vanilla essential oil and jojoba oil, they promote healthy growth, provide deep conditioning, repair damaged follicles and leave your hair with a shiny glow.

Consumer selling points for this range include:
• Organic
• Vegan
• Not tested on animals
• Sulphate free
• Paraben free
• Synthetic fragrance free
• Affordable

Body Care
The Whole Boodies body care includes a Coconut Vanilla Body Wash and Coconut Vanilla Body Lotion, plus roll-on deodorants in natural lavender, zesty and vanilla fragrances. The brand avoids the use of synthetics to fragrance the products, using nourishing essential oils instead to create incredibly aromatic products. The deodorants are all free from the toxic metal, aluminium and instead use naturally antibacterial ingredients like aloe vera and witch hazel to ensure fast absorbing, long lasting protection, the natural way.

Consumer selling points for this range include:
• Organic
• Vegan
• Not tested on animals
• Aluminium free
• Sulphate free
• Paraben free
• Synthetic fragrance free
• Affordable

Oral Care
Wanting to create a minty fresh oral care range, without any nasty ingredients that lurk in some non-natural brands, The Whole Boodies used quality essential oils and naturally antibacterial aloe vera juice to create a refreshingly natural mint mouthwash and toothpaste. Removing all synthetic chemicals and artificial ingredients, leaves the toothpaste with a smooth, natural aloe vera-like texture.

Consumer selling points for this range include:
• Organic
• Vegan
• Not tested on animals
• Sulphate free
• Fluoride free
• Mineral oil free
• Affordable

Dedicated to you, Australian consumers, the environment and animals, The Whoel Boodies tribe promise that each and every bottle they share is all natural, organic, cruelty free, looks good, smells good, works well, comes with a cheeky side of character and are all completely affordable!

Now? Your customers just have to resist the urge to share these boodiful bottles of goodness with their tribe.

The Whole Boodies is exclusively distributed by Unique. If you’d like to have the bold and bright tribe selling quick in your store, just add The Whole Boodies to your next order here and ask our customer service team for supporting POS material.

If you don’t already have a Unique account, contact us to get started.