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Industry insider Heather Granato discusses big issues affecting the natural product industry in 2019, such as diversity and inclusion, climate change and biotechnology.

At SupplySide West 2019, the great minds of the health and nutrition industry gathered to discuss large concerns that affect all businesses in this space. Heather Granato, vice president of content, health and nutrition, Informa Markets, which hosts SupplySide West and publishes Natural Products INSIDER, was onsite to cover these macro issues. In this podcast with content director Sandy Almendarez, Granato discusses:

  • How to incorporate more diversity and inclusion into the industry.

  • Climate change’s effects on ingredient supply chains.

  • Biotechnology’s usefulness, and the best way to communicate its use to consumers.

  • The launch of Food Ingredients North America, which was in conjunction with SupplySide West.

  • The value of industry veteran “Rock Stars” connecting with and mentoring new industry members.

  • Competitors working together to find better packaging solutions.  

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Watch this podcast live on Facebook here, and connect with Almendarez at [email protected] to offer insight on trends you found at SupplySide West 2019.

About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

vice president, content, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 25-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as the Vice President, Content, in Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products INSIDER, Food Product Design, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. She was named a 2015 Top Woman in Media by Folio:; received the 2014 Visionary Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was awarded the CEO Merit Award for Content from Informa in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism; she currently serves as a national vice president for Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternity.

Sandy Almendarez

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

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