The Moments That Made Monica’s Mixes

THE FACE OF THE POPULAR, WHOLESOME-FILLED MONICA’S MIXES, SUCCESSFUL CHEF AND AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS COOKBOOKS, MONICA TOPLISS, HAS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH SUPPORTS THE SUCCESS OF HER BRAND.

Most gluten-free mixes are seriously lacking in nutrients and flavour. For too long Monica had to compromise her health to enjoy delicious food or vice versa; she’d compromise taste to stick to a gluten-free diet.

At the tender age of two, she was an under-nourished child. Her mother helplessly unable to find a doctor that could explain her daughter’s skinny legs and protruding belly. It was a visit to a German doctor that concluded that Monica may have coeliac disease.

As Monica stood in his surgery, chewing on a rusk, the doctor said to her mother “Perhaps it is the very biscuit that she is eating which is poisoning her”. With this, a strict gluten-free diet was set in place.

“When I look back, I can see how my life
was destined to be all about food.
As well as having coeliac disease,
I was also born of Italian parents.”
– Monica explains.

Ignoring doctors’ orders and continuously caving to the rich flavours of gluten-filled foods, Monica felt drained and unwell as the decades passed. Before Monica’s Mixes, she was creating designer tarts, gourmet savouries and cakes and noticed an increase in demand for gluten free gourmet treats. Coming at a time that her health was under scrutiny, she decided enough was enough and gluten free would be her diet for life.

This moment is what sparked the idea to specialise in fail-proof, allergen-free recipe mixes for the whole family.

She was determined to go beyond simply providing gluten-free options, but to create flour blends and convenient mixes so that every family can enjoy delicious baked goods that are both gluten free and highly nutritious.

Taking her skills from years of working alongside chefs from all over the globe, Monica began crafting a range of convenient mixes – Monica’s Mixes. Each created to be nutrient dense, gluten free, grain free, nut free, egg free and soy free with sugar free, paleo friendly and vegan options.

Monica's Mixes

Monica’s Mixes range has grown to include Paleo Flour, Wrap Mix, Pizza Base Mix, Muffin Mix, Flour Blend, Bread Mix, Chocolate Cake, Banana Bread Mix and the new Vegan Patty Mix.

Monica's Mixes

Today the brightly packaged, highly versatile, easy and very convenient Monica’s Mixes are loved by coeliac sufferers and health-conscious consumers not only nationally, but also across the globe.

With consumers increasingly living busier lives and seeking fast, healthy food they don’t have to create from scratch, Monica’s Mixes offer the perfect attributes to continue to be a consumer favourite.

Check out the full Monica’s Mixes range on our online shop.

If you’re not already set up with a Unique Health Products account and you’d like to add Monica’s Mixes to your retail environment, you can easily get started here.

The World’s Biggest Jackfruit Frenzy!

ALL OVER THE GLOBE, FLEXITARIANS, VEGETARIANS, VEGANS AND EVEN CONFESSED BURGER AND BBQ ADDICTS ALIKE ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE JACKFRUIT MEDIA BUZZ!

If you’ve somehow managed to dodge the fruit frenzy and are still in the dark about this mysterious fruit and strong coming trend, here’s what you need to know.

Warning: This knowledge could bring hungry foodie masses to your store!

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, which can weigh up to a massive 45 kilograms! It is indigenous to South America and South-East Asia.

It’s got a tough, green, knobby exterior, sticky sap and odd-looking seed pods that taste like a cross between a pineapple and a pear. But in its unripened form, after several hours of brining, basting and baking, a meaty like substance that resembles shredded chicken or pulled pork is created.

About Upton’s Naturals

Upton’s Naturals is the first company to make pre-seasoned, heat-and-serve, natural jackfruit varieties available in the U.S. market. They successfully launched it in Australia in July and customers are jumping on the craze!

It took Upton’s Naturals about four years to source the right kind of jackfruit from Southeast Asia for its March 2015 product launch in the US. “We use young, green, unripe jackfruit,” says Upton’s co-founder and vice president Nicole Sopko.

The young green fruit ensures the perfect consistency, texture and flavour is achieved.

Varieties of Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit include Bar-B-Que, Chilli Lime Carnitas, Sriracha, Sweet and Smoky, Thai Curry and Original – so your customers can create their own mix of flavours.Upton's Naturals Jackfruit

Why do customers love jackfruit?

Media buzz is pushing jackfruit’s positive status as a tasty plant-based meat substitute and everyone’s listening!

There’s a lot to love about Jackfruit, especially the ready-to-eat variety from Upton’s Naturals. The fruit may seem too bazaar to try at first, but those who have tasted it are forever fans.

Besides joining the Instagram buzz around the trending food, customers are loving how nutritious and incredibly moreish jackfruit is.

Upton’s Naturals have successfully tapped into several trends to offer products that customer just can’t resist. The range fits perfectly into the international healthy convenience movement, as well as the growing demand for vegan alternatives.

Australia is the third-fastest growing
vegan market in the world,
with Aussies demanding vegan products!

Jackfruit not only successfully taps into this market, but it also appeals greatly to health conscious consumers, with its impressive nutritional profile. Upton’s Naturals range is packed with vitamins, magnesium, fibre, potassium, calcium, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Each packet is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, low GI, gluten-free, oil-free and soy-free (just to add to jackfruit’s reasons for #trending).

Customers simply heat and eat – and with a huge range of delicious, vegan friendly recipes available straight off the Upton’s Naturals website, it’s never been easier to prepare a vegan meal that features incredibly seasoned jackfruit.

Upton's Naturals Jackfruit

Tips to sell more jackfruit

Tastings and recipes will help you show customers how to use this range.

Keep the communication clear by guiding customers to the Upton’s Naturals website for recipe ideas and keep the product with other healthy convenience ‘heat-and-eat’ products, or in your vegan section.

Ensuring your staff are across any new trends in the market, can help the success of your sales. What better excuse to sit them down for a delicious jackfruit taco lunch and train them up!

Once your customers understand how to use it and they taste how incredible it can be, Upton’s Naturals will be hard to keep on your shelf!

As media exposure continues to educate customers on jackfruit, you can also expect further sales growth.

Find the Upton’s Naturals range available now on our online shop.

Jam-Packed With Fruit, Not Sugar!

CROFTERS ARE REVOLUTIONISING JAM AND TAILORING TO THE GROWING CONSUMER WANT FOR NO-ADDED SUGAR WITH THEIR JUST FRUIT SPREADS.

This delicious Just Fruit Spreads range is just that – only fruit!

Instead of packing in the sugar, Crofters have set themselves apart from competitors, offering a range that has no added sugar, but is instead sweetened with white grape fruit juice concentrate.

The brand confesses that it was technically challenging to create a range that comprises of 100% fruit ingredients, but with their Sicilian grape master’s methods, they’ve created the perfect texture and spreadability, without compromising colour or flavour across their range.

Customers will love all six delicious varieties – Wild Blueberry, Apricot, Strawberry, Seville Orange, Superfruit and Raspberry.

Crofters Just Fruit Spreads

The declining want for sugar

By refraining from adding sugar to their Just Fruit Spread range, Crofters have a hugely popular selling point to offer Australian consumers.

A recent Nielsen report identified that more than a third (36%) of Australian consumers wish low sugar/sugar free products were more commonly found in stores (2016). By using white grape juice concentrate to sweeten Crofters Just Fruit Spreads, the sugar content is a massive 30% less than that found in standard fruit jam.

This compelling reduction in sugar could drive your sugar-conscious consumers to no longer be afraid of mornings with sweet toast and drive them to buy.

Crofters key selling points

Adding no sugar aside, Crofters has so much to offer customers. Each Just Fruit Spread is certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO and has only 30 calories per serving, plus just a third of the sugar content that standard fruit jam contains.

They select a variety of high quality, organic fruit to create light, fruity flavours that’s not sticky sweet. Less sweetener also means that every jar of Just Fruit Spread is packed with even more amazing fresh fruit.

The range is very minimally processed, with the products sustainably sourced and transported. Crofters also have a vast range of recipes, encouraging consumers to be more creative than the regular use of jam on toast and use the Just Fruit Spreads to make tarts, marinades and more. Find their recipes here.

The multi-million-dollar factory

By investing in creating a state of the art factory, Crofters tripled their production capacity. This helps to keep their recommended retail price extremely attractive in the organic spread market across the globe, as well as ensure a steady supply and decreased chances of stock shortages for retailers.

In their old facility Crofters produced one million cases per year, now they can produce three million cases. Each case contains 25 units, which means they send out 75 million units a year! That’s a whole lot of Crofters fans!

The factory is located on the banks of the Seguin River at the mouth of Georgian Bay in Parry Sound, Ontario Canada. Set amongst inspiring surroundings, Crofters are reminded everyday why organic agriculture and sustainable choices are so important.

 

Since launching in Australia in July, Crofters has seen a lot of Aussie consumer interest. Add the range to your next online order.

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Vegan Protein Patty Powers to The Top!

MONICA’S MIXES RANGE OF WHOLESOME, GLUTEN-FREE, HEALTHY CONVENIENCE MIXES HAVE PROVEN TO BE VERY POPULAR SOLUTIONS TO THE GROWING HEALTHY CONVENIENCE CATEGORY.

The latest product to be added to the range – Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix has taken Australian consumers by storm and has quickly become the range favourite!

It’s not a surprise that this new product is selling so incredibly, being the very first and only of its kind in Australia.

The new Protein Patty Mix isn’t just full of protein, with a massive 18.4g per serve, but it’s also nutrient-dense, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and only requires water to be added.

The mix contains nutritious chia, flax, coconut and superior-quality pea protein.

High-protein, high-fibre patties in just 5 minutes flat – the mix is revolutionising vegan meat-alternatives!

The 400g mix is a very generous size, making 12 x 80g serves per packet once prepared! At just $14.95 RRP, that’s a tiny $1.25 per serve for a nutritious, speed-scratch meal.

There’s just too many USPs for customers not to want them.

Monica’s Mixes also successfully market their products to consumers by offering irresistible recipe ideas using the range. Check out their incredibly lip-smacking recipe library here. The Protein Patty Mix is no exception, with delicious recipes available for customers to experiment with.

Each recipe is selectively created by Author, leading Australian gluten-free Chef and face behind Monica’s Mixes, Monica Topliss, to ensure it’s nutritious, incredibly tasty and super easy.

The mix can be used to easily create vegan-friendly, delicious burgers, patties
or balls.

Customers can opt for her simple suggestions like these:

> Add grated carrot or zucchini to make the mixture go further and add a different texture.
> Add Moroccan spices and serve with yoghurt and warm flatbread.
> Top with smashed avocado, crumbled feta and sliced ripe tomatoes.
> Add some green curry paste and serve Thai ‘fish’ cake style with a sweet/spicy dipping sauce.

Or they can choose to follow one of her more structured, but still super simple, recipes.

Here are a couple of the most-loved recipes using the new Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix.

Pasta Napoli with Olive Balls

Monica's Mixes vegan protein patty

Prepare the Olive Protein Balls
1 cup Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix
1 ½ cup water
¼ cup chopped green or black olives

Mix all ingredients together, leave for 20 minutes.
Shape into 20 balls and shallow fry for 6 minutes, rolling to cook each side.
You can also cook balls in a moderate oven for 15 minutes.

Ready the Rest
Cook your favourite gluten-free pasta. Mix your favourite tomato pasta sauce with a tin of lentils. Add the olive balls.

Serve
Divide the pasta into two serving bowls. Top with olive ball Napoli sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and cashew parmesan.

Portobello Protein Burger

Monica's Mixes Vegan Protein Patty

 

Make the burger patties 
1 cup Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix
1 ½ cups water
Stems from 4 large, flat mushrooms, chopped.
Heat oven to 180C. Mix all ingredients together, leave sit for 10 minutes. Shape into 2 burgers.

Make the mushroom buns
Place the burgers and the mushroom stem-side-down on a tray. Brush with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes or until patties are cooked. Cool mushrooms on paper towel to catch excess moisture.

Build burgers
Start with a mushroom, add a protein patty and build it up… grilled eggplant and zucchini, vegan mayo, cashew cheese and loads of leafy greens. Maybe some avocado!

Find these, as well as many more recipes, using the new Protein Patty Mix here and share them with your customers to further boost sales of the in-demand Monica’s Mixes Protein Patty Mix!

Add this hot new product to your Unique online shop order here or if you’re a retailer that doesn’t already have access to our thousands of wholesale products, you can easily get started here.

The Bragg Family Tree

IT’S THE FAMOUS FAMILY TREE, THE LIQUID GOLD OF OUR INDUSTRY – BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Paul Bragg and his daughter Patricia have been health pioneers for decades, providing iconic products from a family grown, internationally loved company, Bragg!
While huge celebrities like Katy Perry endorse Bragg which boosts demand, the solid support has always been thanks to the high-quality reputation that Bragg has built over the decades. Bringing back customers again and again is what they do best!

Staying true to providing exceptional health food staples, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar continues to be our top seller in Australia and a top seller across the world. So, what is it that separates Bragg from other brands?

When asked to tell us a little more about why so many consumers love the brand, Bragg’s team was happy to share it all and even give Bhima our Purchasing Manager and Alyssa our Product Coordinator a tour of the picturesque Bragg farm in California!

So what was it that inspired the development of Bragg products all those decades ago? It was one huge positive that was built from an awful illness. As a young Man Paul Bragg was stricken with tuberculosis, which led him on a path of learning about natural healing. He dedicated his life to health crusading, giving lectures, writing books, and later developing healthy food products, including his famous apple cider vinegar.

Paul originated, named, and opened the first health food store in America.

It wasn’t always smooth, with a very bumpy start in the early days. There was very little education or even interest in nutrition by the average person when Bragg launched. Before TV and the internet, information was obtained by reading, radio or speaking events. The World Wars and rationing were on people’s minds, not nutrition, this was Bragg’s biggest struggle – spreading the word and educating.

Now as nutrition, health and transparency stick in the forefront of consumers’ food concerns and education is as easy as a google search or a scroll on social media, it’s all upward sales for the brand.

Why apple cider vinegar?

Paul C. Bragg came from a farming background and his father taught him that apple cider vinegar gave him the energy, immunity and cleansing needed for the physical demands of working in the fields. The first Bragg Live Foods products included Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is still the number one selling product of the brand’s today.

Since launching apple cider vinegar, Bragg continued to provide the world with high quality health food staples including apple cider vinegar drinks, popular liquid aminos, organic coconut liquid amino seasoning, olive oil and more.

The Bragg team explained that Patricia Bragg never wants her name on a product that contains harmful toxins, so you can assure customers that all products are GMO free and crops are sourced from organic growers. At the headquarters in Santa Barbara, the Bragg organic farm is certified organic. They use no pesticides or chemical cleaners and have multiple solar panels providing electricity.

A little more about the Bragg family farm

The Bragg farm sits in a canyon across from the ocean in Goleta, California. It’s a total of 110 picturesque acres and the site for all Bragg offices which are spread out between 3 buildings that surround a beautiful fountain. They also have a shipping and receiving warehouse, as well as a call centre on the farm.

Being at the Bragg farm, is like being in a tranquil paradise, a true reflection of their quality products. The farm is filled with all sorts of fruit trees in a lower and upper orchard and a man-made pond.

The Bragg team shared with us the love that Patricia Bragg has for roses, which explains why the farm is also filled with just about every rose you can imagine. Patrica has also filled it with stunning plaques and pieces of art that she’s collected over the years to beautify every corner you look.

Take a look at the Bragg farm photos here.

How is the famous Bragg apple cider vinegar made?

Fresh apples are used to make Bragg apple cider vinegar. The apples are pressed and the ‘mash’ ferments with the ubiquitous yeast, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, producing alcohol which is then consumed by the bacteria, Acetobacter Aceti, during a second fermentation. Vinegar is the end product of the fermentations and is then aged for 2 to 3 months before bottled and sold as Bragg apple cider vinegar.
A motto Patricia Bragg loves to live by and spread is “You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do!” She doesn’t create products that she doesn’t use herself and isn’t proud to have under the Bragg family tree. She is a living and breathing testament to what the Bragg can do to keep your customers healthy and energetic! Check out the photos of when she visited Unique Health Products.

Discover more about the liquid gold of our industry and the history of Bragg here.

To purchase Bragg products you can easily sign up for a retailer account or if you are already a Unique customer, order online anytime.
Due to the extreme popularity of this brand and the time Bragg need to ensure a quality product, stock is not always guaranteed.

Please contact our friendly customer service team to ensure supply before placing your order.

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

Green Banana Flour Goes Festive

IT’S BANANAS HOW FAST THE FESTIVE SEASON’S APPROACHED! TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SEASON, WE CAN’T GO WITHOUT SHARING A SENSATIONAL GREEN BANANA FLOUR RECIPE… OR TWO!

Your customers have seen green banana flour in the spotlight and you’ve shared the amazing adventures of resistant starch with them, so they know the incredible health benefits it holds. So now it’s time to let them feast and discover just how tasty green banana flour can be!

What about the customers who aren’t so thrilled with the flavour of bananas? Not a problem! Natural Evolution’s green banana flour can replace other flours easily and does not add a banana flavour, but more of a wholesome, earthy flavour. This mixes perfect with spices and dried fruits – all of which spells out ‘festive goodies’!

These festive recipes are sure to tantalise your customers taste-buds and leave their guests wanting more!

 

BANANA FLOUR GINGER BREAD 

Green banana flour - Ginger bread recipe

INGREDIENTS
Melted butter, to grease
125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
2 eggs, separated
1 cup of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
1 cup rice flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp xanthan gum

Optional: icing, smarties to decorate

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
3. Add the golden syrup and egg yolks, beat until combined.
4. Stir in the flours, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and xanthan gum.
5. Turn onto a piece of baking paper and knead until smooth.
6. Press dough into a disc. If dough seems hot, refrigerate for a couple of minutes.
7. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick.
8. Use your favourite shape cookie cutters and place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat step 6-7 with any excess dough.
9. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
10. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
11. Decorate or enjoy as desired!

AND for a decadent, moist and full-flavoured pudding that’s gluten free, grain free and dairy free, your customers will love this Christmas pudding recipe!

GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

Green banana flour recipe - Christmas cake

INGREDIENTS
375g raisins, roughly chopped
375g sultanas
250g currants
200g dried apricots, roughly chopped
150g pitted prunes, roughly chopped
1 cup orange juice
½ cup ‘fruits of the forest jam’ (any dark berry jam will work)
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
1 tbs mixed spice
4 eggs, at room temperature
250g coconut oil, melted, cooled
4 tbs coconut oil
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 1/4 cups of Natural Evolution Ultimate Gluten Free Baking Flour (green banana flour)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

METHOD
1. Place dried fruit, orange juice, jam and spices into a bowl. Mix well. Cover. Stand overnight, stirring occasionally.
2. Using coconut oil , grease a 10-cup capacity pudding basin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Brush with oil again. Line base of bowl with baking paper.
3. Whisk eggs and 250g oil together.
4. Add to fruit mixture with sugar. Add flour, remaining 4 tbs coconut oil and bicarbonate of soda over fruit mixture.
5. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Spoon into prepared basin.
6. Cut 1 large sheet of foil and 1 large sheet of baking paper.
7. Lay paper over foil. Make a 3 cm pleat in the middle. Place, paper-side down, over pudding. Secure with string or use pudding lid to lock down.

You can cook either on stove top or slow cooker. The slow cooker is easier and less checking has to be done.

FOR SLOW COOKER
8. Place pudding basin into crock pot and fill 3/4 the way up with water. Turn on high for 5-7 hours.
9. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

FOR STOVE TOP 
8. Place an upturned saucer into the base of a large, deep saucepan. Place basin onto saucer.
9. Pour hot water into saucepan so it comes one-third of the way up the side of the basin.
10. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
11. Keep checking water level because the water can evaporate and may need to be topped up.
12. Simmer for 5 hours or take off lid and check with a skewer. Take care as it will be very hot.
13. Remove pudding from water. Stand for 30 minutes. Turn onto a platter. Serve as desired. Alternatively, cool completely then store.

NOTE: Mixture can also be used to make individual puddings. Grease cupcake pans, pour in mixture and bake 180C for 30-40mins.

 

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Turmeric – It’s Worth Its Weight in Gold

TURMERIC HAS BOUNDED BEYOND BEING JUST A SPICE THAT ‘MAKES’ A CURRY, AS THE WORLD CATCHES ONTO ITS SEEMINGLY ENDLESS POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES.

According to google statistics, turmeric’s spotlight is brightening exponentially. Searches increased 56 percent between November 2015 and January 2016.

More and more people are looking into turmeric and are interested in discovering the benefits it offers the body.

The turmeric market is mainly driven by pharmaceutical and food categories with cosmetics following in third. A report conducted by Grand View Research (2016) identified that this humble spice has a big future ahead. The market is expected to witness high growth from 2016 through to 2022.

You can see the growth already happening with the sudden increase in brands that offer products with the golden ingredient – turmeric!

WHY THE GOLDEN SPICE IS TURNING HEADS
The benefits and uses of turmeric go on and on, but there are certain key selling points that are particularly radiating through to consumers. What are they? Thanks to the naturally occurring chemical compound called ‘curcumin’ found in turmeric, the golden spice offers medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The global curcumin market is expected
to reach USD $94.3 million by 2022,
according to Grand View Research (2016).

Some studies report that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that curcumin holds helps:

– Reduce inflammation and joint pain
– Accelerate wound-healing
– Potentially reduce effects of heart illnesses
– Provide therapeutic effects against certain illnesses
– Provide therapeutic effects for problem skin
– Aid with stomach problems, allergies, diarrhoea, heartburn, flatulence, bloating, liver ailments and more.

You can read more about this here.

WHAT’S PUSHING DEMAND?
Besides the obverse increased transparency of the spice’s benefits, Australians escalating interest in health is driving turmeric’s growth.
People don’t just want the spice; they also want what it symbolises.

With this spice they see transparency, health and a prevention product.

The golden spice perfectly reflects Australian consumers’ desires to be more health conscious, which is part of the growth that the healthy food product category is experiencing.

Euromonitor has estimated that global sales of healthy food products will reach USD$1 trillion in 2017. On top of wanting healthier choices, consumers say they’ll pay more for them.

The Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health & Wellness Survey identified that 88% are willing to pay extra for healthy food products. This is true from Generation Z to
Baby Boomers.

Forbes has clearly outlined this shift in consumers’ eating habits in this article.

With demand clearly identified and growth forecast far into the future, now’s the time to get turmeric into your store. But what brands and products should you stock in your store?

Pure Food Essentials, Alchemy, Golden Grind and Takka Turmeric are four brands that are on-trend, high quality and in-demand. While each of these brands use the golden spice as their hero ingredient, they all have clear unique selling points that also differentiate each from one another.

PURE FOOD ESSENTIALS
Pure Food Essentials supplies certified organic turmeric sourced from the rich, fertile mountains of Northern India. Consumers love the high quality and
generous size.

What they also offer is an oral dietary supplement – Turmeric Plus. The product is formulated as a liquid extract of the spice to enhance absorption of curcumin and allow consumers to more effectively gain its health benefits.

Pure Food Essentials

ALCHEMY
Golden Turmeric Elixir from Alchemy provides a burst of flavour and goodness. The all-natural blend combines turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and organic vanilla to create an aromatic, antioxidant filled mixture. It can be added to any milk or mylk to create a healthy drink hot or cold.

Alchemy

GOLDEN GRIND
Trendy – this is the word that best describes Golden Grind. Not only do they fill their golden latte powders with on-trend ingredients, they have excellent marketing and eye-catching packaging which attracts a huge following.

They blend at least 60% of their natural, unmodified turmeric with 5% active curcumin into every packet. This brand is all about innovation, so they’ve gone beyond the classic and also offer a Chilli and Coconut Cacao turmeric golden latte powders.

Golden Grind is completely sugar free, vegan and is made with organic ingredients.

Golden Grind

TAKA TURMERIC
Taka Turmeric have crafted synergistic blends of turmeric, coconut and spices to bring consumers a treasure chest of taste sensations over-flowing with healthy ingredients. They’ve created a golden latte, a golden tea and even a golden smoothie blend.

These instant drinks are free of artificial additives, sweeteners, dairy and caffeine and are made with all natural ingredients, including certified organic Turmeric.

 

Tukka Turmeric

 

We can help you get these and 1000’s of other on-trend products onto your shelves and selling fast. Speak to our sales team and they’ll happily help with any of your queries.

Guest Blog: Niulife Sorts Fat From Fiction

Cas - niulifeKOKONUT PACIFIC LAUNCHED NIULIFE IN 2005 OFFERING AN EXTENSIVE AND INNOVATIVE RANGE OF COCONUT PANTRY ITEMS.
For Managing Director, Richard Etherington, it’s always been about sharing more than a high quality range. So what is it that makes Niulife different and why will your customers love this brand?
Below Castaly Lombe, General Manager of Kokonut Pacific, gives you an insight into the brand, explains the popular ketogenic diet and shares the findings behind the fats present in Niulife’s Coconut Clarity.

 

Everyone has different dietary needs so we stay away from recommending prescriptive diets, but a ketogenic diet, where most calories are consumed as fat, is gaining enormous popularity, and for good reason.

Some of the benefits that have been observed are:

• Lose weight without being hungry
• Regulate blood sugar levels
• Heighten mental clarity and reduce “brain fog”
• Enhance mental performance
• Build more muscle
• Increase endurance and energy levels

It all sounds too good to be true!

But what is it exactly is a ketogenic diet?

First, it’s not new. Think about what your grandparents ate, protein and “three-veg,” with lashings of butter, cream and eggs. Turns out the wisdom of the ages might be right. This is a diet that is extremely low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat.

Our bodies generally use energy in the form of glucose from carbohydrates (carbs) as ready fuel. Think bread, pasta, rice and grains. All these foods, many of them processed, have been recommended as a large part of a “healthy” diet. That thinking is beginning to change, in fact between 2003 and 2013 the “recommended” serving size of grains was halved and the overall consumption reduced by Nutrition Australia.

The ketogenic diet turns the historically accepted (and somewhat unstable) food pyramid on its head. It moves the diet away from carbs, forcing the body’s metabolism, over time, to switch from burning glucose to burning fat. This is called Ketosis and it takes from a few days to a few weeks.

A true Ketogenic diet is about 75% fats,
20% protein and 5% carbohydrates.

YIKES! This type of diet is an enormous dietary change for someone who is used to eating carbohydrate filled diets. Therefore, it’s generally only taken up by elite athletes and people with specific medical conditions (under supervision of their doctor). Athletes such David Pocock, Australian Wallaby and former Australian Cricket Captain, Shane Watson for example, are advocates of the Ketogenic diet.

The great news is that recent studies suggest that many of the benefits of ketosis can be obtained without the strict dietary restrictions associated with a traditional ketogenic diet. This is achieved by adding “exogenous ketones” to your diet.

Exogenous meaning ‘external origin’, simply means that the Ketones are derived from outside your body instead of being produced internally, generally through nutritional supplements. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT or medium chain fatty acids) are a great way of getting exogenous ketones into your diet. Best found in saturated fats, they are converted in the liver into ketones and used for immediate energy – rather than storing them as fat in your body.

Recognising the considerable health benefits of exogenous ketones, Niulife created Coconut Clarity MCT+ – a formulated oil combining hand-made, fair-trade, organic virgin coconut oil sourced from the South Pacific, fortified with MCT, organic chia seed, flax seed, camelina and certified sustainable and orangutan-friendly red palm fruit oils. The formulation provides 2 times the sustained energy compared to straight MCT oils and many other health benefits such as all-natural plant based omega 3 and 9 in optimum levels.

How do your customers use Coconut Clarity?

The hard-core will scull 20mls, 3 times a day around their training and diet regimes. Those not looking to win a gold medal, can still benefit by adding it to salads, as a base for dressings, drizzling over vegetables, in smoothies and in any cold application where oil can be used. The omega 3 & 6 are heat sensitive, so we don’t recommend cooking with it.

My favourite is Coconut Clarity MCT+ and Niulife Balsamic Vinegar in equal parts on my salad or steamed vegetables, so easy and tasty. Here is another great salad dressing recipe to share with your customers. Also, Coconut Clarity MCT+ and organic grass fed butter in a long black espresso coffee is great as a breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.

On top of offering health benefits, you’ll be helping your customers make a difference with each purchase. This is because 100% of profits from all Niulife products go towards erasing poverty, bringing hope and empowering lives. That’s a pretty powerful product purchase.

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