Seaweed Superfood Company – Snacks that Pop!

SEAWEED MAY NOT BE THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR MIND AS A TOP SELLER IN YOUR SNACK AISLE, BUT ACCORDING TO EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH FOOD INDUSTRY (INCLUDING HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL FIGURE SARAH WILSON), IT’S DESTINED TO BE THE NEXT BIG SUPERFOOD.

Janet Duncan, the entrepreneur behind Seaweed Superfood Company, has been hooked on seaweed and its many health benefits her entire life.

Having a Japanese mother, Janet grew up loving seaweed but it wasn’t so easy to convince her Australian husband and son to change their perception of seaweed from the slimy stuff on the beach to a nutrient, edible superfood.

After studying the health benefits of seaweed and discovering it’s loaded with iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and many more trace minerals and vitamins, she began sneaking it into food she shared with family and friends – and they loved it!

Seaweed stats - Seaweed Superfood Company

After recognising the opportunity to harness the extensive health benefits of seaweed in delicious snacks that consumers want to eat (not just because they’re good for them), Janet and her seaweed-convert husband teamed up to launch Seaweed Superfood Company Popcorn to Australian consumers.

Their popcorn is available in four incredible flavours: Nori Sesame, Spiced Turmeric, Cacao, and Chilli.

As the business idea developed, Janet altered the products to appeal to more consumers, making them gluten free, vegan, dairy free and made with organic ingredients.

Made from non-GMO, Australian corn and wild-harvested, sustainable seaweed and available in snack sized 50g bags, they’re perfect for filling consumer demand for healthy grab n’ go snacks.

Discover the full range available on our online shop.

Read more about why it’s time to bring seaweed to the table here.

 

The World Of The Ginger People

IT’S A 30-YEAR TALE AND A GOOD ROOT (GINGER, OF COURSE) THAT’S GIVEN THE WORLD THE MUCH LOVED BRAND THE GINGER PEOPLE.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t ginger where the story began, but nuts.

Back in 1984, Bruce and Abbie Leeson were both working in the nut business when Bruce was approached to introduce candied ginger to the United States. Many Americans at that time had never even tried ginger, but he saw potential in the versatile root.

What began as a side project, very quickly picked up momentum. With the introduction of The Ginger People’s iconic cartoon ginger root character (conceptualised by Abbie) the brand has continued to rapidly grow into an international best-seller.

Ginger’s vibrant flavour, purity, versatility and healthful properties are what Bruce and Abbie believe have been driving strong consumer demand and will continue to do so.

Herbalists have used ginger for thousands of years to:

– Restore vital energy
– Stimulate circulation
– Relieve countless illnesses
– Ease nausea, headaches and arthritis

 

Over the years, their commitment and addiction to ginger has only deepened.

“We use ginger every day, in our morning granola,
in our cooking, even on our sore muscles
after a long run.” Bruce explains.

The family owned and operated business now offers over 80 good-for-you treats and functional ingredients and is available all over the world.

One of their current goals is to push the brand to over 50 export markets, proving they’ve got no plans of slowing down.

Manufacturing all-natural and organic products using only the highest quality ginger and crafting the most innovative ginger products, The Ginger People has grown to be the world’s most award-winning ginger brand.

Their range currently available in Australia (and now exclusively distributed by Unique) includes beverages, nourishing treats, functional ingredients and crystallised ginger, which are all gluten and wheat free.

Being very particular about quality, Bruce and Abbie have travelled to spectacular locations in search of the best ginger available.

“We source ginger where it grows best,
which means we have visited some
of the most breath-taking places
in the world.” Bruce explains.

A remote mountain region in Fujian province of China (the birthplace of ginger), the interior Amazon in Peru, small family farms in Fiji and ginger fields on the base of Mt. Arjuna on the island of Java in Indonesia are among the locations where The Ginger People’s ginger root is sourced.

Bruce and Abbie say that people, focus and quality are what sets them apart from other brands.

Their staff are all passionate and driven by ginger’s potential. What makes them such an incredible business is their commitment and drive to grow, but not at the expense of their farmers.

They’ve always been proud to offer increased opportunities to farmers and small villages with revenue sharing programs and are also renowned in the industry for their fair-trade work practices.

At the centre of this rapidly growing international business, they always maintain the singular focus of creating world-class ginger products that consumers love.

Discover more about The Ginger People products here or log onto our online shop to browse the products that are available in Australia.

How the Magic Happened!

FROM A HOMEMADE REMEDY TO AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION, JUSTIN AND JESSICA ARMAN, THE ENTREPRENEURIAL HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM BEHIND MY MAGIC MUD, HAVE AN INCREDIBLE STORY.

 

“I actually created My Magic Mud to help our children.” Jessica said.

With one child suffering from a condition that left her susceptible to cavities and all three of their children experiencing sensitivity and disliking the taste of regular toothpaste, Jessica had crafted an alternative.

She’d tried different home remedies using sea salt, baking soda and many other ingredients. It was all trial and error, with Jessica determined to find a natural combination that worked and one her children would use.

The magic combo was a mixture of activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic orange peel extract and organic mint extract – now known as My Magic Mud Natural Tooth Powder.

What is activated coconut charcoal?

Activated coconut charcoal is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can help to capture and remove up to 100 times its own weight in toxins. The medicinal use of activated charcoal powder dates back to 1550 BC.

How My Magic Mud blossomed

My Magic Mud, started out as the family’s solution to their everyday problem, but soon friends of the couple, then friends of friends began demanding the product for their own families. This is when the entrepreneurial switch flicked for Justin and Jessica. They knew they’d discovered a product for which there was already a strong market and they couldn’t help but share it with the world.

In 2013, My Magic Mud was launched and has since grown from a 20 pot production made in Jessica and Justin’s kitchen in downtown San Marcos, USA, to an internationally used natural, holistic teeth whitening, detoxifying, cleaning remedy.

Following the markets demands, they have since launched a range of activated coconut charcoal toothpastes. They are the very first toothpastes to combine activated coconut shell charcoal and bentonite clay. It is made with 95% certified organic ingredients, is completely fluoride-free and offers all the charcoal detox benefits, just with a little less mess.

My Magic Mud Range

Conveying their vibrant personalities through to the funky, grunge-look packaging, they’ve been captivating an almost cult-like following. But for Jessica and Justin, it’s not just about sharing a product that’s trendy and works, it’s about helping to improve the health of others.

Coupling the hype around the world-wide charcoal trend with some magical things up their sleeve, Jessica and Justin are excited for the strong future they predict the brand has ahead.

Check out the My Magic Mud on-trend range here and contact us to start stocking it in your retail environment.

The Power of Eden’s Garden

‘TO CREATE POWERFUL HEALTH’: THIS IS THE MOTTO THAT EDEN HEALTH FOODS FOUNDER, STEVEN PRAHIN LIVES BY, AND WHY HE’S SO PASSIONATELY DRIVEN TO MAINTAIN THE GROWTH OF HIS BRAND.

 

Trying to overcome his own health issues, Steven began learning of the power of herbs and superfoods in healing. He became fascinated by studying the teachings of natural healers like Master Herbalists, Dr Richard Schulze and Dr John Christopher. They resonated with Steven’s belief in approaching health holistically and working with the body.

What stuck with him was that not all organics are equal and to ensure a therapeutic effect, quality ingredients are necessary. Steven found that often the programs, protocols and products weren’t strong enough or readily available to people who needed them.

Discovering how misleading some product ingredient lists could be and how many companies concentrated on profit margins over organic quality, Steven saw an opportunity in the market.

Steven knew he had to create trusted, completely transparent, high quality products for his own health and for the health of others.

Sourcing the highest quality organic and wild crafted ingredients available on the planet, he launched Eden Health Foods, bringing superior detox, probiotic, superfood and wholefood products to the market.

“I have a genuine desire to help people achieve powerful health.” – Steven Prahin.

Steven has ensured that no short cuts are ever taken, nor is their bottom line a concern.

His main focus is discovering ways to make the Eden Health Foods products even better, stronger and more effective in helping to achieve powerful health.

Discover the Eden Health Foods range on our online shop.

Contact us to give you access, if you don’t already have a login or click here to open a wholesale account with us.

Snacking to Support!

HOW FAR CAN A SIMPLE IDEA GO? IN AARON FISHMAN’S CASE, SIX-AND-A-HALF THOUSAND KILOMETRES TO EAST BALI.

Far enough to reveal an opportunity to package carbon neutral, delicious cashews and also change the lives of hundreds of local Balinese people living on less than two dollars a day.

With an itch for adventure and an overwhelming drive to better help the less fortunate, Aaron continuously discovered himself all over the globe, in situations he never expected. But the one trip that changed his life was a spontaneous journey he made with his wife to somewhere warm and interesting – East Bali.

It just so happened that they arrived during cashew season. So while Aaron taught the public health staff about wound care and nutrition, they taught him
about cashews.

When Aaron learned that the cashews where being shipped all the way to India and Vietnam for processing, he saw an opportunity to provide jobs, training, and produce uniquely “local” cashews.

80% of the cashews grown in Bali
are shipped overseas for processing.

His idea… to start a cashew processing facility right there in the Desa Ban community, decrease the cashew carbon footprint and employ women of farming families to better the community.

Since launching in 2012, East Bali Cashews has locally processed and packaged over a thousand tons of cashews, providing over 200 new jobs, with a 95%
female workforce.

 

East Bali Cashews

 Surrounded by lush greenery, with ocean breezes and views of
Mt. Agung the East Bali Cashews factory location is pure serenity.

 

The brand offers a range of socially responsible cashew products in incredible flavours: Cacao, Chilli Crunch, Garlic Pepper, Native, Sea Salt, Sesame Ginger, Cashew Crumble and Popcorn with Caramel and Cashews.

Naturally sourced directly from farmers and extremely affordable, the East Bali Cashews range is incomparable to any of their competitors.

Discover more about East Bali Cashews on their website.

Business Has Gone Bananas!

NATURAL EVOLUTION FOUNDERS ROB AND KRISTA WATKINS ARE THE WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY CERTIFIED PRODUCER OF GREEN BANANA RESISTANT STARCH AND GREEN BANANA FLOUR.

Recently the innovative brand shared their story to over 5000,000 viewers on Channel Ten’s popular program – The Project.

Despite this achievement they have retained their humbleness, working countless hours and tapping into their true passion for ultimate nutrition to keep innovating.

Where did such a fruitful, entrepreneurial business idea begin?

As a child, Rob grew watching his father pour all he had into their banana farm. Inspired by his fathers’ love for farming, Rob followed his footsteps and became one of Australia’s largest banana growers, specialising in lady fingers.

Rob has always been passionate about farming philosophy, believing that ultimate nutrition starts from the soil in which a plant is grown. So you can imagine his disappointment week after week, disposing hundreds of tonnes of perfectly nutritious and good for eating beautiful lady fingers – all because the bananas simply had the wrong ‘look’ for the shelves.

Every week, he watched as wallabies flocked and cattle broke fences, just to get to the ‘wasted’ bananas.

What interested Rob most was the way the animals always filled themselves with the discarded green bananas and left the ripened bananas untouched. He also noticed the increase in health the animals were experiencing – their coats were shinier and they appeared to have an abundance of energy.

What did the animals know that he did not? These green bananas were destined for something so much bigger then wallaby scraps.

The moment that changed everything was at dusk, one summer day in 2010. Rob had accidentally driven over a hand of lady fingers which crushed against the bitumen and created a dust in the sun’s glowing rays.

Already an eager inventor, developing breakthrough creations like a new field of invention machinery and the Banana Blankey (a fully recyclable packaging system), Rob was intrigued by this ‘banana dust’. His inquisitive nature questioned, could this be flour?

He found that not only could it be flour, but it was gluten free flour and one of the world’s highest resistant starch food sources.

Suffering from coeliac symptoms himself, Rob made a small 6kg batch of banana flour to use and sell in the family café. In a matter of weeks, the demand was greatly surpassing his supply; in fact he was months behind in requests. The market loved it!

This demand inspired Rob to refine the process of production. So back to his entrepreneurial ways, he invented the first and only peeling machine in the world, speeding up the process and drastically increasing output to approximately 300kg per week.

With demand still going bananas for their product, the Watkins secured a grant in August 2014 and built yet another world first – a pharmaceutical grade banana
flour factory.

They now have the facilities to produce eight tonnes of banana flour each week and have since continued to create more innovative green banana products.

In fact, the Department of Fisheries in Queensland has just released a very exciting study on the Natural Evolution  range of products, analysing the phytochemical composition and anti-microbial activity. You can read the results here.

Take a look at the ever expanding Natural Evolution banana flour, starch, smoothie mixes and ointment on their website.

The Name That Says It All – Extraordinary Foods

IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD SOMETHING THIS EXTRAORDINARY, BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT AND HARD WORK!

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Olga and Alex Plotnikova moved to the US in 2009. For five years they marvelled in the variety of vibrant, healthy food they had readily available at their fingertips and they quickly became hooked. It enriched their lives, making them more inspired and energised.

But this healthy obsession that developed in the US wasn’t the pinpoint that encouraged them to establish Extraordinary Foods. That moment came when they made the decision to move to Australia. Noticing that the variety of delicious raw and vegan food was not as easily accessible as it was in the US, they decided to step into the kitchen and start creating a brand of their own.

Their passion was in making food that nourished the body and also tasted amazing. They wanted Australians to know just how incredible healthy food could taste.

 How Alex Plotnikova puts it, they were determined to create “A product I’d want to tear my shirt off for, Hulk Hogan style”.

Kale chips came first. With so many variables; ingredients, how fine or coarse the leaves should be torn, how long to dehydrate them, how much dressing to add and how coarse or smooth the dressing should be, many hours were invested into finding the perfect kale chip formulation.

They explored lots of different flavours before they found the three they fell in love with; Cashew Vegan “Cheese”, Garlic and Spices (with a kick of cayenne) and Onion and Dill.

Crunch time came when they presented Extraordinary Foods to the Australian Market and sold their very first packet at World Vegan Day in Melbourne in November 2013. In fact, they sold over 400 packs of their Kale Chips that day, running out hours before the event finished. The crunchy, light, full flavoured, Australian grown and handmade kale chips were a huge hit.

Humbled by the love Australians showed for their product, Olga and Alex got back into the kitchen to formulate new products to join the range. Since then, they have added tasty salad toppers. Their Pimp My Salad jars include Super Seed Sprinkles, Sunflower Seed Sprinkles and Kale Sprinkles.

What makes them so extraordinary is they still use organic, local ingredients and hand make everything in beautiful Byron Bay. There’s just as much love and time invested into each and every product as there was in the very beginning.

If it’s Extraordinary Foods, you’ll consistently find outstanding products with desirable textures and irresistible flavours.

Discover the range of Extraordinary Foods raw and vegan snacks and salad toppers on our online shop.

Nuts for 2Die4 Live Foods

SET ON THE BEAUTIFUL NEW SOUTH WALES COAST AT BYRON BAY, 2DIE4 LIVE FOODS ARE EXACTLY WHAT THE BRAND’S NAME PROCLAIMS.

The 100% Australian company produce a ‘to die for’ range of raw, activated,
organic nut and seed combinations.

Their enticing flavours include Tamari Almonds, Activated Pistachios, Paleo Muesli, Activated Buckwheat, Activated Vegan Mix and their Ow! Cacao mix, which is a delicious blend of nuts, seeds, a touch of sweet cacao powder and a kick of spicy cayenne pepper.

So how did such heavenly snacks come about? It dates back decades!

After living in India for 15 years, Clive Lawler developed a strong interest in food – in particular super crunchy nuts. When he returned to Australia, he was determined to create healthy snacks as irresistible as those he’d learned to love in India.

With lots of home kitchen experimenting and determination, Clive launched 2die4 Live Foods to Byron Bay locals. In no time, demand for the 2die4 products was far surpassing supply.

This is when Clive reached out and partnered with Jon Henning.

Together they grew the business further, developing the product range and packaging to keep up with commercial demand.

Today, Clive has retired, but Jon and the growing 2die4 team flawlessly continue his legacy of producing nothing short of the tastiest nuts you can imagine.

All long soaked and slowly dehydrated, they are easier to digest, noticeably lighter, crunchier, tastier, more nourishing and free of bitterness. Discover more about 2die4 Live food’s activating process on their website.

Customers go nuts for these… and so will you!

Clean Green with Kin Kin Naturals

IT TAKES PASSION, KNOWLEDGE AND A WHOLE LOT OF COURAGE TO WALK AWAY FROM A HUGE CORPORATION TO BUILD A FAMILY BRAND COMPETING HEAD TO HEAD FOR THE SAME MARKET.

Eight years ago, husband and wife team, Felix and Sandy, had the guts to do just that. Felix walked away from his job as a global formulator for OMO and the family took a leap to launch the local rooted, 100% natural household cleaning brand – Kin Kin Naturals.

“I used to work as a global formulator for OMO – yes, that’s with the nasties, but also with the technical expertise on how to make cleaning products that actually work” Felix told us.

So what was it that inspired the movement from OMO to developing their own natural cleaning products?

It was a green change: alluring rainforest, lush rolling hills, adventurous walking trails, pristine Lake Cootharaba, the famous Great Sandy National Park and a local community full of creatives. These were all the things that came with a move to Kin Kin, a serene countryside town in the Noosa Hinterland, Queensland.

After the move, Felix began to develop the Kin Kin Naturals range, using his technical skills and only natural ingredients to make products that where close to the heart.

“Back in 2008 I took a year off to formulate my personal dream formulations and I took the prototypes to Dale at Unique.” Felix explained.

It wasn’t long until the family business came across their biggest struggle – keeping up with demand. Right from the start, they received an abundance of support. Australians embraced the Kin Kin Naturals cleaning products.

Implementing strong business strategies and keeping their product range small, Felix and Sandy are able to consistently provide their high quality natural dishwashing liquid, dishwasher powder, laundry liquid, laundry soaker and wool and delicates wash to the Australian market.

Felix decides what ingredients are used, based on whether he’s happy to ingest them and put them on his children’s skin. For instance, the products contain no SLS, LAS, alcohol ethoxylate, phosphate and only a fraction of the sodium (‘salt’) level of other brands.

Instead of using nasties, they opt for simple, often food-grade, natural ingredients. These include coconut soap, bicarb soda, oxygenated soda, citrate and essential oils.

“It’s a bit of an art to make a fully functional cleaning product; it’s about formulating
carefully to obtain the right balance between
the types of ingredients.” Felix says.

After Felix makes the product batches, Sandy then fills the bottles all from their little factory that’s a 200m stroll from their family home.

Everyday Felix bounces out of bed motivated to not only provide for his family, but also determined to make other peoples’ lives and our planet a bit healthier,
not worse.

 

Kin Kin Naturals

PHOTO: Felix, Sandy and their two children, Marijn and Pippa living the green life. 

“It was quite liberating to quit life in the big industry and set up our own little business, with complete freedom to choose our ingredients rather than the ingredients being determined just by cost.” Felix told us.

With such quality, natural products, many Kin Kin Naturals customers call, email and even send postcards to congratulate Felix and Sandy and thank them for their amazing products.

“We often hear from people with a skin condition, that they no longer have to use gloves when doing the dishes after switching to Kin Kin Naturals… that puts a smile on my face every time.” Felix says.

By switching to the natural products, Kin Kin Naturals customers have prevented about 20,000kg of ingredients classified as ‘very toxic to aquatic organisms’ to be used and disposed so far.

This is only the beginning for this inspirational brand. As more awareness and demand for natural cleaning products comes to light, Kin Kin Naturals plans to broaden the range with some new exciting essential oil blends in the pipeline.

You can discover more about Kin Kin Naturals here, or view their products on the Unique online shop.