SupplySide West podcast: Prebiotics 2.0 and beyond

Prebiotics that serve dual functions, ingredients from previous waste streams and consumer pressure among SupplySide West 2018 trends.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

November 21, 2018

Prebiotic ingredients have moved to function 2.0 by serving a dual purpose of feeding beneficial probiotics in guts as well as offering other health benefits, such as cognitive or anti-inflammatory health. Prebiotics’ emerging popularity is among the trends noted by Karen Butler, senior editor, Natural Products INSIDER, at the 2018 SupplySide West show in Las Vegas. In this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Butler also discusses:

  • New research on polyphenol that shows their prebiotic and antioxidative effects

  • Ingredient and finished product companies finding and using functional ingredients from previous waste components

  • Brands’ increasing efforts to listen and conform to consumer demands for functional, healthy products with clean labels and sustainable sourcing practices.

Check out other SupplySide West 2018 Trends Podcasts:

Got feedback? Email Sandy at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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