What ACO Means For Me?

FREE RANGE, CRUELTY FREE, PASTURE FED, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE, GROWN FREE FROM SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES, GM, HORMONES AND ANTIBIOTICS – THE AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO) BUD IS ONE LOGO THAT PROMISES IT ALL!

ACO is a not for profit, fully-owned subsidiary of Australia Organic Ltd and with over 1500 operators within its certification system, it’s Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce.

With today marking day one of Australian Organic Awareness Month, as a retailer, you may be wondering how this month will affect you and what ACO means for your business. In the short – it’s all good news.

Australian Organic Awareness Month is Australia’s largest national campaign run by ACO celebrating certified organic products, across a diverse range of industries, including fresh produce, packaged food and beverages, skincare, cosmetics and more!

So tell me the good news, you say? The good news is that global demand for organic products is rising, which is said to be due to increasing health concerns and awareness.

Just over half of organic shoppers say the key factor that prompted them to start buying organic was ‘becoming more aware of the impact food, fibre or cosmetics had on personal health’.

ACO table

Organic industry revenue is forecast
to reach $919.2 million in 2016-17,
up 7.2% from the previous year.

This upward trending growth indicates that customers are increasingly buying organic and if you’re known for stocking organic, it’s your doors they’ll think of walking though first. That’s a win for the organic industry, a win for the environment, a win for your customers and a win for you!

When it comes to organic, trust has been identified as being a big barrier to purchase. ACO’s strict quality guidelines have lead their bud logo to become the most recognised and reputable organic logo amongst Australian consumers today.

85% of all shoppers say an organic
certification mark on a product
influences their purchase decision.

Read more about the certification process and compare the above growth statistics to last year’s industry growth here.

 

Throughout Australian Organic Awareness Month (this September), ACO will be running promotions, prizes and giveaways via social media, online media, print media, radio and TV, educating consumers and driving your sales of ACO products.

“It’s all about raising awareness and protecting the interest of the consumer, so our message for consumers is to look for a certified organic logo when you’re shopping – like ACO’s Bud logo – because that’s the only way to guarantee a product is truly organic.” – ACO.

To capitalise on the demand for organics and the extra exposure organics will receive during Organic Awareness Month, make sure you are stocked up with our most popular ACO brands including Power Super Foods, Protein Supplies Australia and Hemp Foods Australia.

Power Super Foods

Power Super Foods offer a large range of beautifully packaged superfoods, many of which hold the ACO bud.

ACO - Power Super Foods

Protein Supplies Australia

The Biopro range within Protein Supplies Australia’s sports nutrition range are all Australian certified organic.

ACO - Protein Supplies Australia

Hemp Foods Australia

The hemp oil, seeds, protein powder and flour from Hemp Foods Australia are all Australian owned, grown and certified organic.

ACO - Hemp Foods Australia

Some of our other fast-moving ACO brands include Eclipse Organics, Kombucha Max, Planet Organic, The Whole Foodies, The Whole Boodies, Biologika, Mt Retour Organics, Riddles Creek, Tom Organic, Wotnot, Nirvana Organics, Barnes Naturals, Nature Child, Sol Organics, Suvanna and more.

Read the full 2017 Australian Organic Market report here to discover lots most industry insights into the Australian organics market.

If you already have access to our online shop, log in and use the filters to find our certified organic products quickly and easily.

Not yet a wholesale account holder with Unique Health Products? Get started here.

Sources: IBIS World, 2017; Australian Organic Market Report 2017.

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.

Speed Scratch

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.

Low Sugar Sarah Wilson

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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.

 

Summer products - The Sun Worshipper

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.

Summer products - The Nature Lover

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.

Summer products - The Happy Host

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.

Summer products - The On-The-Go Snacker

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.

 

Summer products - The Quick Quencher

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.

Summer products - The Active Spirit

 

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.

Cleansing Consumers – Prebiotics and Probiotics

PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS. SIMILAR IN NAME, SIMILAR OFFERINGS OF IMPROVING GUT HEALTH WITH BOTH WORKING TOGETHER SYNERGISTICALLY TO BUILD HEALTHY GUT FLORA, BUT ONE LESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THAN THE OTHER, UNTIL NOW.

For years consumers have been educated on probiotics and most know what these little critters are. The benefits of probiotics, often referred to as ‘good’ bacteria, are highly marketed and supported by scientific findings, in fact the category’s projected to grow to AU$61.10 billion by 2020.^

85% of the happy hormones in
the brain is produced in the gut.^^

Recently there has been an increasing awareness and demand for a special dietary fibre that feeds probiotics – prebiotics. With scientific research rapidly developing in this areas, customers understanding of the link between digestive health and overall wellness is growing.

The digestive system is home to trillions
of microorganisms. A healthy adult has
about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. *

 

PREBIOTICS

  • Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates.
  • Found in fibrous foods like psyllium and green banana flour.
  • They feed, grow and maintain probiotics living in the body

Fuel your customers good bacteria growth with prebiotics from brand like Natural Evolution and Planet Organic.

prebiotics

 

PROBIOTICS

  • Probiotics are living microorganisms.
  • Found in foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, tempeh and even pickles.
  • Good gut bacteria are negatively altered by poor or high-fat diets and antibiotics.

Boost your customers probiotics with these products from NTS Health, Nuferm and Kombucha Max.

probiotics

SYNBIOTICS

  • Synbiotics are the combination of both pre- and pro-biotics.
  • Over 60% of consumers said they’d be interested in buying synbiotics to improve health.**

Brands like Amazonia and Eden Health Foods offer products that contain prebiotics and probiotics in one.

Synbiotic

COBIOTICS

  • Cobiotics are the combination of prebiotics and antioxidants.
  • They offer fibre to feed gut flora and antioxidants to protect the gut wall.
  • Good bacteria growth is encouraged and bad bacteria growth discourage.

Macrolife and Vital Greens offer prebiotics that are supercharged with superfoods.

cobiotics

 

To create an on-trend ‘healthy gut’ section in your store, contact us for advice on the best natural and organic products for your environment and target audience.

With a dedicated products team, we’re always working hard to offer you only the best, fastest selling brands and stay one step ahead of trends – so you can too!

 

^Markets and Markets, 2015

*Medical News Today, 2016.

^^ Dr Rachel Wyndham, 2015

**Newhope 360, 2016

Brand News – Spring 2016

THE LOOP KEEPS YOU UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BRANDS UNIQUE DISTRIBUTES.

From branding updates and packaging alterations to price changes, the major brand news for the quarter is covered right here.

For any brand change queries that aren’t covered below please contact us.

EDEN HEALTH FOODS ENHANCE POPULAR PRODUCTS
Bee Pollen from Eden Health Foods is now being sold in a bolder, eye-catching packet. They’ve also enhanced their Ultimate Protein Powders, making them almost twice as fine, meaning they’re even smoother than ever before.

Brand News - Eden Health Foods

 

NEW PACKAGING, NEW SIZES FOR NIULIFE
Previously sold in 500ml and 1L sizes, Niulife coconut oil now comes in 350g and 720g sized jars. The packaging across the whole range has also received a makeover with a stronger call to action and focus on their social responsibility.
Did you know 100% of profits from all Niulife products go towards erasing poverty, bringing hope and empowering lives?

Brand News - Niulife

 

NATURE’S CHILD NURTURE A NEW LOOK
New packaging has been created for Nature’s Child Bottom Balm and Wonder Balm. They’ve opted for a more nurturing design using baby images and earthy colours, sure to be a hit with mums and dads.

Brand News - Natures Child

 

JOY BEANS BOXED
The entire coffee range from Joy Beans are now sold in boxes. They’re still the same coffee beans your customers love, but they’re now even sturdier on the shelf and have a fresh, funky new style.

Brand News - Joy Beans

 

UPDATED PERFUME DISPLAY

Vrindavan has discontinued Sandalwood Serene to make way for the beautiful NEW Celestial Forest scent.  This beautiful display comes complete with free testers, so pop it on your counter for an easy impulse buy at just RRP $14.95!

Brand News - Vrindarin

 

TOP SELLERS GO CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Kombucha Max drinks and Zen Green Tea’s Matcha Powder have earnt organic certification. Keep an eye out for new stock, displaying the ACO logo, filtering through orders soon.

Brand News - Zen Green Tea and Kombucha Max

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,  Andalou Naturals, 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 in 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!

Grab n’ Go to Grow!

IF IT’S QUICK, EASY AND HEALTHY, YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT RESERVING A PLACE FOR IT WHEN MERCHANDISING ON YOUR POINT OF SALE SHELVES.

It’s no longer just magazines and confectionary filling point of sale space. These once must-have items are taking a side seat to healthy grab n’ go snacks and drinks.

More research continues to come to the forefront further revealing consumers increasing demand for healthy snacks and drinks. They want them and they want them as fast and easy as possible.

This can be explored more in our blogs on the rise of healthy convenience and sports nutrition.

Grab n’ go products span from sweet bars to savoury chips and all sorts of drinks.

Not all healthy grab n’ go was created equal.
Price point, packaging and brand reputations
can make or break your sales.

Research has indicated that consumers buy based on an emotional decision and make rational justifications for their purchase after. They also only spend on average 3 seconds to scan a product and decide whether that product will be the lucky one that’s taken from the shelf and purchased.*

The products you have in your point of sale space need to scream pick me.

Here are some top performing brands that do this well thanks to their packaging, strong brand following and price point are:

BOUNCE

The nutrient-packed energy balls and bites from Bounce are a great natural snack range.
Bounce Balls are individually wrapped in bright packaging, while Bounce Bites are available in 120g packets, making them the perfect healthy grab n’ go snack for kids or the whole family to share.

– Bright packaging
– Strong brand marketing
– National athlete ambassadors
– All natural ingredients
– Gluten free and vegan options
– No refined sugars
– Aussie made

FLAVOURS
Bounce Balls:
– Almond Protein Hit
– Apple Cinnamon Protein Punch
– Cacao Mint Protein Bomb
– Coconut Macadamia Protein Bliss
– Peanut Protein Blast
– Spirulina Ginseng Defence Boost
– Superberry Vitality Burst

Bounce Bites:
– Coconut Almond Kiss
– Blueberry Banana Bliss
– Coconut Cacao Delight

grab n go BOUNCE

 

CLIF BAR

CLIF Bar, the US and Canada’s number one energy bar brand is continuing to show growth in Australia. With sports nutrition rising alongside grab n’ go, the healthy energy bars made with organic rolled oats are proving popular.

– Extensive brand marketing throughout Australia
– National and international professional athlete ambassadors
– All natural ingredients
– 75% Organic
– Vegan friendly
– No refined sugars
– High in protein, vitamins and minerals
– Great price point

FLAVOURS
– Blueberry Crisp
– Chocolate Almond Fudge
– Chocolate Chip
– Crunchy Peanut Butter
– Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
– White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
– Coconut Chocolate Chip

grab n go CLIFBAR

 

 

EAST BALI CASHEWS

East Bali Cashews sales have been going crazy since they launched in our April 2016 Wholesale Catalogue. What’s not to love about this delicious range? The packaging is eye-catching, the price point is extremely competitive and with the cashews sourced direct from the farmers and processed in a local Bali village the quality is amazing.

– Bold packaging
– Extremely competitive price point
– Packaged in convenient 75g sizes
– Natural ingredients
– Sustainably sourced
– Delicious flavours

FLAVOURS
– Cacao Cashew Nuts
– Garlic Pepper Cashew Nuts
– Native Cashew Nuts
– Sea Salt Cashew Nuts
Keep an eye out, there’s more flavours coming!

 

ECO TEAS

Eco Teas Unsweetened Yerba Mate iced teas offer a fast and healthy alternative to sugary drinks. Ready-to-drink tea is performing as one of the strongest naturally healthy beverages in Australia. It has increased by 6% in volume terms to reach 29 million litres this year. Including this product in your point of sale space will encourage grab n’ go purchases.

– Certified Organic
– Fair Trade
– Unsweetened
– Great price point
– On trend

FLAVOURS
– Mate Flower with Hibiscus
– Mate Flower with Mint

grab n go ECOTEA

 

KOMBUCHA MAX

Kombucha Max offer the markets first ever shelf stable kombucha in a variety of delicious flavours. While the global kombucha market is already worth a huge AU$825 million, it’s expected to continue to grow to be worth AU$2.5 billion by 2020.**

– Shelf stable
– Bright bold packaging
– Great price point
– Organic Ingredients
– High in antioxidants
– On trend

FLAVOURS
– Citrus Lemon Lime
– Coconut
– Ginger Lime Cinnamon
– Ginger and Pear
– Mixed Berry
– Pomegranate and Apple

grab n go KOMBUCHAMAX

 

To find out more about our huge range of  grab n’ go products we can offer your retail environment, contact our Sales Team, talk to your local Unique Sales Rep or visit us online.

 

 

*Euromonitor, 2015.
**PR Newswire 2015.