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Healthy Insider Podcast 98: Top Food & Beverage Takeaways from IFT 2017

Ancient grains and pulses, stevia and starches, proteins and plant-based proteins, cold-brew coffee and tea, fiber and gums, healthy fats and oils. All these trends and more were on display on the IFT 2017 trade show floor June 26-28 in Las Vegas. In this episode, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief; Heather Granato, vice president of content, Informa Exhibitions; and Judie Bizzozero, editor, Food Insider Journal, dish on the newest ingredients for food and beverage development and the top trends they saw at IFT17.

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Sandy Almendarez, Judie Bizzozeroand 1 more

July 10, 2017

Ancient grains and pulses, stevia and starches, proteins and plant-based proteins, cold-brew coffee and tea, fiber and gums, healthy fats and oils. All these trends and more were on display on the IFT 2017 trade show floor June 26-28 in Las Vegas. In this episode, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief; Heather Granato, vice president of content, Informa Exhibitions; and Judie Bizzozero, editor, Food Insider Journal, dish on the newest ingredients for food and beverage development and the top trends they saw at IFT17, including:

• Clean label 2.0
• Sugar reduction
• Sodium reduction
• Beverage innovation
• The rise of plant-based foods
• Healthy indulgence and snacking
• Natural flavors and colors
• Virtual reality and much more.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa

Summary

• 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!

Awards:

Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ

Education

  • Arizona State University

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Judie Bizzozero

Content Director, Informa Markets Health & Nutrition

Judie Bizzozero oversees food and beverage content strategy and development for the Health & Nutrition group at Informa Markets (which acquired VIRGO in 2014), including the Food & Beverage Insider, Natural Products Insider and SupplySide/Food ingredients North America brands. She reports on market trends, science-based ingredients, and challenges and solutions in the development of healthy foods and beverages. Bizzozero graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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.

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