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.

Summer Lovin’…Outdoors!

THIS SEASON IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE, LONG DAYS AND FRESH AIR.

Whether your customers prefer going on a solo run or enjoying the outdoors with good food and great company, they will be coming into your store looking for the hottest products.

To help get your sales sizzling, we’ve identified six types of summer lovin’ customers and the products they will be seeking.

 

THE SUN WORSHIPPER

Hello sunshine means hello sunscreen. A Sun Worshipper’s first stop will be your display of sun protection products.  During summer, place it where it’s easily seen and fill it with an assortment of brands, as well as cosmetics and face lotions that contain UV protection. Some top selling brands in this category include Kosmea, Andalou Naturals, Wotnot, UV Natural and ECO.

 

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THE NATURE LOVER

With the sun shining, what can be better than exploring our great outdoors? This is exactly what your Nature Lover customers will be doing. Help protect them from any nasty bites and stings, and from chemicals like deet. Offer them a selection of natural outdoor protection products from brands like Neeming Australia, Eco Kid, Biologika and Lemon Mytle.

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THE HAPPY HOST 

Think of those people who bring the baguettes to most brunches, the ones who host all the lunches, the pedantic picnic takers and BBQ delight makers. These are your Happy Host customers. Help them to delight their guests by offering a gourmet range of staples from brands like Niulife, Bragg, Mingle,  Forbidden and The Whole Foodies.

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THE ON-THE-GO SNACKER

From families to single road trippers, On-the-Go Snackers tend to ‘refuel their tank’ while out and about.  They want something quick, nutritious and tasty. Influence them to impulse buy at the point of purchase by keeping a selection of eye-catching brands like East Bali Cashews, GimMe, Extraordinary Foods, Bounce and Blue Dinosaur near your counter.

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THE QUICK QUENCHER

With the temperature rising, it’s inevitable that cool, refreshing drink sales will rise. Quick Quencher customers are looking for something to satisfy their tastebuds, while still hydrating and nourishing their bodies. Ensure your fridge is full of a cool, refreshing drink selection to satisfy their needs. Customer love coconut water from Nakula and Merito,  as well as Minor Figures cold pressed coffee, Necta maple water and Kombucha Max green tea kombucha drinks.

 

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THE ACTIVE SPIRIT 

Those looking to participate in all-things-energetic are your Active Spirit customers. Mountain climbing, surfing, bike riding, these kinds of customers will be pushing their bodies and burning the calories, so offer them a range of products for before, during and after their high energy bursts. CLIF Bar, Protein Supplies Australia and Potes offer energy filled on the go products, while nuun replenishment drink tablets assist with hydration and endurance. For any muscle aches, pains and injuries send customers to Zen Sports Spray from Martin and Pleasance.

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We know you’re tough on time – running a business takes a lot! So let us do all we can to help.

With over 30 years in the industry and the support of our dedicated products team constantly tracking national and global trends, trust us to help you order the best, most in-demand products for your seasonal based displays and ask for our suggestions on what products are best suited to your retail environment. It’s as easy as contacting us.

Give Gluten-Free Customers a Grinch-Free Holiday Season

FOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE CUSTOMERS, GUARANTEEING A TASTY DELIGHT WITHOUT BEING THE ONE THAT BRINGS IT OR MAKES IT IS OFTEN QUITE UNLIKELY. THIS IS TRUE ON ANY OCCASION, LET ALONE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Most would be able to recall an ‘oh, I can’t… I don’t eat gluten’ comment. Yes?

It’s not that these potential customers don’t want a slice of delicious cake, a crunchy cracker or a melt-in-the-mouth biscuit – trust me they want it as much as anybody! This is why year-after-year we see the gluten-free industry in a state of exponential growth. Not just in monetary value or demand but also in variety.

There are almost endless options available now for customers who are avoiding or are sensitive to gluten. There’s cakes, crackers, biscuits, breads, sauces, dressings, DIY bake mixes… the list goes on. We’ve also got our hands on some gluten-free Christmas recipes that your customers will brag about, but we’ll get to those.

First let’s talk about gluten, or in this case the absence of it.

According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global gluten-free food market was valued at US$2.84 billion in 2014 and is projected to reach US$4.89 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2015 to 2021.

Gluten-free is surely on the rise, with those not only sensitive to gluten opting for such options but also health conscious consumers following the same path.

A study from Monash University revealed that 78% of those who purchase gluten-free products say they do so for some sort of health reason.

It also identified that younger generations are the majority responsible for the industries growth. 38% of Generation Z and 32% of millennials said they are willing to pay more for gluten-free products.

These types of consumers are a lot more loyal than your bargain hunting customers and tend to be influenced mostly by quality and customer service.

So what to do now? Don’t hide from all those consumers seeking convenient, gluten-free options over the silly season. Show them the stock and enlighten them with all the potential holiday treats they may have missed before gluten-free popularity boomed.

Snacks are among the top gluten-free foods these consumers demand, so stock up on some favourites that still have the holiday feel like Dr Superfoods Super Cherries, Chimes Toasted Coconut Toffee and The Ginger People Crystallised Ginger.

With the healthy convenience trend still shaping up strong, it’s also a good idea to stock up on brands like Monica’s Mixes Baking Mixes and offer recipes that suit the season. We’ve added a couple delicious favourites from Monica Topliss below for you to share.

 

GLUTEN FREE FRUIT MINCE TARTS

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INGREDIENTS

FRUIT MINCE
50g each sultanas, inca berries, currants, mixed peel
50g each dried figs and glace cherries, chopped
1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
25g each almonds and pecans, chopped (optional)
200g rapadura or coconut sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
3 tbls orange juice
2 tbls cold grated coconut oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1 small unpeeled cooking apple, grated

PASTRY
130g frozen grated coconut oil
240g Monica’s Gluten Free Flour Mix
50g sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
110ml ice cold water

 

METHOD

FRUIT MINCE
1. Mix together.
2. Best if you allow mixture to sit for up to 7 days.

PASTRY
1. Place coconut oil in freezer until hard.
2. Then grate and return to freezer until you are ready to begin the pastry.
3. Place the frozen grated coconut in a bowl with the flour, sugar and salt.
4. Using a fork, give the mixture a quick stir. Avoid overheating the mixture as you want the shreds of frozen coconut oil to remain very cold.
5. Add the egg and water, and using your fork, mix well. Lastly using your hands, bring the dough together to form a ball.
6. Roll out the dough and cut 6 x 10cm pieces with a round cookie cutter.
7. Place the circles into bases of a muffin tin and blind bake for 10mins at 180oC.
8. Roll out the scraps of dough and cut small stars or hearts to top the tarts.
9. Fill with fruit mince, top with star or hearts and brush tarts with egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes.
10. Enjoy!
TIP! Bottle what fruit mince is left and use throughout the festive season…mix through vanilla ice-cream and make a lovely frozen pudding!

 

MONICA’S MIXES CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE

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INGREDIENTS
200g mixed dried fruit of choice
75 ml fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 x packet Monica’s Mixes Banana Bread Mix
½ cup (125ml) mild flavoured oil
½ cup (125ml) water
250g apple puree
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
50g glace cherries
50g raw almonds
3 tablespoons orange marmalade

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 150oC and line a deep, 15cm round cake tin with baking paper.
2. Place the dried fruit, juice, orange zest and goji berries into a small pot and bring to the boil.
3. Boil for 30 seconds, remove from heat and set aside.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the apple puree, oil and water until smooth.
5. Add the Banana Bread Mix and whisk until smooth.
6. Fold through the plumped fruit and juice mix.
7. Combine well and spoon the batter into prepared cake tin.
8. Arrange the glace cherries and almonds on top of the cake.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
10. To glaze add 1 tablespoon of water to marmalade in a small pot and warm over low heat until liquefied.
11. Use a pastry brush to glaze the top of the cake.
12. Store in cool spot in an airtight container.

 

APPLE & PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS

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INGREDIENTS
1 tbls golden flaxmeal or chia
3 tbls water
1 cup grated apple
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Monica’s Mixes Paleo Flour

METHOD
1. Mix flaxmeal or chia and water and let sit while you place the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add the flax mixture and mix to combine and make a stiff dough.
3. Press out the dough to a disc 2cm thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter.

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4. Bake at 180oC for approx. 20 minutes until golden.
5. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

NOTE! Monicas Mixes Paleo flour is grain free and contains coconut flour, green banana flour, sesame flour – great for shiny coats and good digestion!

 

For more festive season stocking tips and tricks, or to open an account, contact us anytime using using our online contact form or give our team a call during office hours.

Green Clean

NOW THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING AND THE SUN IS SHINING, YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL BE SPENDING LESS TIME CURLED UP IN THEIR SLEEPY WINTER DENS AND MORE TIME SOCIALISING.

And so starts the season to be clearing the clutter and cleaning their way to a brighter, cleaner home.

Help make the prospect of a spotless home a lot more enticing, by offering your customers eco-friendly, green cleaning solutions to their dirty dilemmas. They’ll cut their cleaning time, while also cutting the chemicals!

 

3 MAIN BENEFITS OF GREEN CLEANING

1. Reduces exposure to airborne dust and toxic chemicals.

2. Reduced incidents of asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens.

3. Reduces the negative environmental effects of toxic household cleaning products.

 

THE TOP 8 TOXINS FOUND IN COMMON, NON-NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

1. Phthalates
Found in fragranced products such as air fresheners and dish soap.

2. Perchloroethylene or ‘Perc’
Found in spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners.

3. Triclosan
Found in many liquid dishwashing detergents.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or ‘Quats’
Found in fabric softener liquid/sheets and antibacterial household cleaners.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

6. Ammonia
Found in glass cleaner and polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewellery.

7. Chlorine
Found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers and laundry whiteners.

8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in oven cleaners and drain openers.

 

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THE TOP 5 THINGS  CUSTOMERS LOOK FOR IN A CLEANING PRODUCT

1. Performance
Products need to help complete the task quickly and to a high standard.

2. Cost-effectiveness
Those that effectively balance performance and cost are the products that will succeed best.

3. Ease-of-use
Anything that make cleaning quick and easy is favoured.

4. Environmental awareness
Customers are looking for greener products to help minimise their wider impact.

5. Fragrance and packaging
Differentiators such as attractive packaging or pleasant fragrances can influence purchasing decisions.

 

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3 FINAL CLEANING FACTS  YOU SHOULD SHARE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS

1. Since World War II, around 85,000 new chemicals have entered the market by way of various products.^

2. Almost 70% of typical non-natural cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. ^

3. There are 62 toxic chemicals to be found in the average home. ^

^ Amorq, 2016.

 

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Check out Unique’s huge range of eco cleaning products from natural brands like Eco Store, Cinderella, Safix, Ecologic, Earthwise, Lemon Myrtle, Kin Kin Naturals, Eucoclean and Vrindavan. They’ll help your customers get the tough jobs done without the nasty chemicals.

Guest Blog: 5 Point Detox Spring Cleaning

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Inspired by the positive health benefits related to detoxing and driven to offer a simple, effective herbal solution, Jason Khawly is the proud face behind Point Pharma 5 Point
Detox products.
Below Jason explains why spring doesn’t just mean customers will be motivated to clean around the home, but they’ll also be looking for ways to cleanse their bodies.

 

Spring is such a perfect time for rebirth and renewal and the ideal time to spring clean our bodies, as well as our houses. Customers are now looking for a great way to detox, and 5 Point Detox is the ideal product. It’s simple, fast and effective.

 

WHY A LIQUID TONIC?

The liquid form is ideal for those who find swallowing tablets impossible or for people with impaired digestive function. Liquids are the quickest way to introduce healing herbs into the body – unlike tablets which first have to be broken down before they can be absorbed by the body.

The usual saying used to be “you are what you eat”, however more and more people are recognizing that it is actually “you are what you can absorb”.

The unique 5 Point Detox formulation has been helping people for decades.

Consisting of 16 concentrated herbs, its synergistic blend strengthens and tones the entire digestive system and works together as an effective liver, kidney and
intestinal cleanse.

While some herbs work in assisting the body in the repair and maintenance of stressed organs, other herbs target the elimination of parasites and waste. It works in five key areas including as a liver detox and for digestive repair.

 

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5 Point Detox is Australian made and owned.

To make sure that only the best, purest and uncontaminated ingredients are used, all herbal ingredients are extensively tested using HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) by Southern Cross University. This ensures not only the correct herb’s used but that the right sub species is used, which is vitally important when manufacturing any herbal therapeutic product.

 

WHY DO CUSTOMERS LOVE 5 POINT DETOX?

• SIMPLE
There are no special diets to follow, no pills to swallow or shakes to make.

• FAST ACTING
The powerful herbal ingredients produce results in most people within 24-48 hours and provide long lasting benefits within 7 days.

• VALUE FOR MONEY
Cheaper than other detox products. One bottle lasts two full weeks making it extremely economical.

 

WHY DO RETAILERS LOVE 5 POINT DETOX?

• GREAT SELLER
Excellent repeat and word of mouth purchases. Extensive advertising support to keep sales moving.

• VALUE ADD SALES
It’s a vital part of the naturopathic trio of “Weed, Seed and Feed”. It can be sold along with your recommended probiotic and multivitamin.

• BROAD SPECTRUM
Its five areas of action make it a good choice for a wider range of conditions. It can be sold as a detox tonic, as a natural laxative, as a natural parasite control, for fluid retention and for digestive support.

 

HOW IS 5 POINT DETOX TAKEN?

As a concentrated liquid, the dosage is just 10ml (2 tsp) mixed in a full glass of water or juice, three times a day. It can also be taken as 15ml (3 tsp), twice a day.

Everyone is different, so the liquid form makes it very easy to adjust the dose to suit the individual.

For your customers that prefer to take it with juice, recommend blackcurrant/grape or blackcurrant/apple juice blends, as these best compliment the taste of the tonic.

For first timers or for those who may have parasites (customers who’ve travelled overseas) recommend a full month course of two bottles.

The usual course is one 500ml bottle for a two week detox or for a quick pick me up there is also a 250ml bottle for a seven day detox.

 

WHAT IS 5 POINT DETOX IDEAL FOR?

5 Point Detox is ideal for those looking for a natural solution for:
• Liver detox
• Tiredness
• Poor sleep
• Constipation
• Frequent Colds
• Skin Breakouts
• Fluid Retention
• Bloating and wind (flatulence)
• Parasite infestations
• Poor digestion
• Those looking for a general “pick me up” or a kick start when making positive lifestyle changes

Now is a great time to stock 5 Point Detox to take advantage of our nationwide shopping centre “Time to Detox” advertising campaign.

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The campaign will spread awareness, encourage action and drive customers into your store ready and willing to start their detox journey.

Discover more about 5 Point Detox here.

Skincare… Inside & Out

BEAUTY’S MOST VALUABLE CATEGORY CONTINUES TO BE SKINCARE.

By 2019, global skincare sales are expected to exceed AUD$173 billion, adding AUD$26.6 billion to its value over 2014-2019. Customer interest in natural and organic skincare is a strong factor driving the industry.*

On top of the clear demand for external skincare products, more studies are encouraging customers to also focus on what goes inside their body to gain optimal skin health. With growth predicted to continue, winter is the perfect time to get into this category.

As the cooler months cause havoc on your customers’ skin, ensure you stock a comprehensive range of products that offers solutions to nourish skin – inside
and out!

FEEDING SKIN FROM THE INSIDE

The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ speaks true if your customers are looking for radiant, healthy skin. After all, skin is the ultimate reflection of internal health. Diet, hormones and exposure to harsh elements can cause our skin to breakout, dry out or prematurely age.

Maintaining an appropriately high water intake, and increasing the intake of certain nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins can help to nourish skin from
the inside.

To help keep skin soft, supple and blemish free, offer customers products that feed their skin the vital nutrients it needs. Such products usually include silica, known for its tissue regenerating abilities; zinc and vitamin B5, known to help heal blemishes; black seed oil and ingredients rich in potent antioxidants; and omega oils that are known to help regulate natural oils assisting in hydration and acne control.

To help customers achieve glowing, healthy skin, first start with improving their
inner health.

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FEEDING SKIN FROM THE OUTSIDE
In order for your customers to take care of and respect their skin from the outside, they have to first select products that are designed to accommodate their personal skin needs. Those with dry skin, have very different needs to those with
oily skin.

Selecting skincare can be overwhelming and your customer will appreciate help finding a regime that suits their skin and lifestyle. Ongoing skin care is just as important as dental care, both need attention daily.

Encourage cleansing, toning and moisturising daily. Scrubs, serums and body brushes can be used less often, but still on a regular basis.

Using harsh chemical products can strip the skin’s natural oils from the outside and cause irritation and other skin issues, so it’s no wonder customers are increasingly opting for natural and organic ingredients to nourish their skin from the outside.

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* Euromonitor, 2015.

Winter Is Coming

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER AND STOCK UP WITH THESE MUST-HAVES!

REMEDIES

Potential harmful side-effects of non-natural remedies are seeing consumers turn to natural and herbal remedies to treat health problems.

Euromonitor have identified that the Australian market are trying hard to limit the amount of chemicals that enter their bodies and the demand for products that are more natural, better for you and less harsh are predicted to continue.

Such remedies are being used in everyday lives to assist in the maintenance of good health as well as assistance during illness.

The following natural remedies can help to relieve your customers’ cold, cough and flu blues over winter:

Herbal Remedies:

Brands like Kung Fu’d and PPC Herbs have developed powerful, concentrated herbal formulas using natural ingredients like ginger and garlic.

Pure Products:

Pure products such as Manuka honey and oregano oil both have strong anti-bacterial properties, which mean they’re great cold and flu essentials.

Nasal Inhalers:

Compact aromatherapy inhalers are great for on the go relief from nasal congestion. Blends of essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, menthol and lavender help to energise and assist the body’s respiratory system.

Throat Lozenges:

Combining the soothing effects of UMF 10+ manuka honey with fresh flavours of propolis and lemon results in a delicious candy that offers natural and effective relief from a sore throat.

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IMMUNITY BOOSTERS

The market in Australia for products that help to prevent falling to the knees of the dreaded flu is growing rapidly. Sales of products in Australia that are marketed as cold, cough and flu remedies are upwards of $250 million dollars per annum.*

When the winter flu and cold season approaches, customers will be looking for ways to strengthen immunity and prevent falling ill.

Feeding the body certain ingredients via supplements may help to boost the body’s immunity. This in turn can assist the body in resisting particular infections and toxins.

These powerful products will get your customers immunity up and running:

Wholefood Powders:

Vitamin-packed wholefood powders can be hidden in smoothies or food to add extra defence against colds and flus. Vitamin C is a daily favourite due to its ability to act as a potent antioxidant.

Probiotics:

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that assist the body’s growth of white blood cells and are great for inner health. Coming in many different forms, from drinks and liquids to tablets, probiotics can easily be added to any lifestyle.

Liquid Immunity:

Liquid medicines with healing ingredients like olive leaf extract and echinacea can help to assist the body’s natural ability to resist infection, they may also improve stamina and general health. The liquid formulas are often high potency and easy
to digest.

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SUPERFOODS

Foods that are considered superfoods have seen a lot of hype in the health food sector throughout the last few years.

They are said to provide super-nutrients due to their high level of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from free radicals which can be harmful. Too many free radicals can lead to oxidative stress which in turn can lead to cell damage and age related disease.

Demand for superfoods is exploding, with world shortages of popular superfoods just one indicator of the mass demand.

Australian consumers are adding superfood powders to their smoothies, juices or breakfast bowls and choosing superfood snacks to aid with general wellbeing and to also boost health when showing symptoms of being run down or unwell.

Help keep your customers stocked up with super-nutrients this winter with these superfood products:

Superfood Powders:

Powders like acai, macqui and spirulina can be mixed into smoothies, added to desserts, or even sprinkled on meals.

Resistance Starch:

Green banana starch is a resistance starch type two, which means it’s not digested in the small intestines and helps the body to absorb more nutrients. Read more about it here.

Superfood Snacks:

Naturally Goji Dark Chocolate Goji Berries are the perfect on the go superfood snack. They can brighten any lunchbox and add energy to afternoon office breaks.

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TLC TREATMENTS

As the cooler winter weather makes an entrance, customers will be looking for ways to take time out from their busy schedules and offer their bodies a little extra tender love and care.

Products that promote relaxation and rejuvenation are great for times where energy is lacking, or health is not quite 100%. Traditional Chinese detox therapies like ear candling are growing in popularity, as they offer a soothing experience.

More conventional comforts like hot cups of herbal tea, chocolates and soaking in a warm bath are also well-known favourites when it comes to taking time out.

Help your customers add a little TLC to their lives by stocking these calming products:

Bathing Essentials:

Adding magnesium flakes to a warm bath is said to offer relaxation, soothe tired muscles and assist with skin hydration. Essential oil scented soaps can also help to ease the mind and hydrate the skin.

Detox Therapies:

Ear candles and foot detox patches are great products to offer customers looking to remove toxins from the body. In traditional Chinese medicine the feet are actually regarded as a mirror of internal health, so keeping them healthy is imperative.

Essential Oils:

If its relief from nasal congestion your customers are seeking, MT Retour’s Breathe Better Blend is developed specifically to help clear the respiratory system.

Creature Comforts:

Nothing says hello TLC like a hot, soothing cup of herbal tea and chocolate. Both offer your customers antioxidants for internal health and instant comfort.

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