Insider in the Afternoon airs Wednesday afternoons 3-3:30 Eastern. Get some!

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

July 3, 2021

2 Min Read
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Ready for a little fun with a purpose?

Our new weekly, 30-minute, Zoom-style show, Insider in the Afternoon, brings education, insights, and—yes!—entertainment every Wednesday afternoon to your screen.

It can be found here, on the SupplySide Network 365 platform. If you haven’t already registered on SSN365, you’ll have to. Don’t sweat it—it’s free and easy.  

We’ve also archived all previous shows. Wait—what? You haven’t been watching every week? To find every show since tine inaugural show on May 18, click “Past Event Library” and then “Filters” and “Insider in the Afternoon.”

That’ll take you to the archive of shows.

A bit of a pain, but we know you can find it. Don’t call for your teenager’s help—you can do it!

This Wednesday, July 7, hosts Todd Runestad and Ola Lessard open the show by yukking it up around the lure of exotic ingredients. Why did acai make it but baobab kind of didn’t? Is maqui going to? Whatever happened to noni? Why do some make it and others donlt?  

Sandy Almendarez was at the SupplySide Phoenix pop-up show that officially heralded the return of live, in-person trade shows. Woo hoo! Sandy wasn’t just there—she was making a scene with all the highfalutin’ luminaries she could find. This week, we’ll air her sitting down with Brea Viratos, CEO of contract manufacturer Columbia Nutritional, to see how she is leading the company out of a tight spot.

Todd then gets busy with Andreas Koch from Silver Wings and they conduct some chemistry experiments with colloidal silver—a top mineral being purchased during the pandemic for immune support.

Then we will be introduced to Ann Louise Gittleman, author of the new book, Radical Longevity. Thanks to the emerging science of epigenetics, we are learning that nutrition and nutrients can overturn or reverse many of the most worrisome aging conditions including issues with immunity, the heart, brain, muscles, joints, skin and hair. Hey, you can even revitalize your sex drive, yo.

The rollicking Insider in the Afternoon is a great way to grab a bit of inside baseball in the ingredients, supplements and nutrition biz. Tune in every week—you’ll be glad you did!

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here on LinkedIn.


Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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