Pea protein innovation, sugar-reduction solutions and dairy alternatives going mainstream are a few food and beverage trends on display at SupplySide West 2018

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

November 19, 2018

Pea protein ingredient launches flourished at SupplySide West 2018, with suppliers offering enhanced options that address pea’s earthy flavor and gritty texture. Judie Bizzozero, senior editor, INSIDER, talks about companies such as Axiom Foods, Danisco, TIC Gums, Ingredion and more that showcased new pea protein ingredients. Bizzozero and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, also discuss other trends in the food and beverage space, including:

  • Stevia’s advancements to help reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners in CPGs while also keeping the sweet taste.

  • Plant-based “dairy” alternatives and how the power of vegan products is reshaping the dairy category.

  • The emergence of collagen and bone broth for applications outside of sports nutrition.

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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