Delivering Business Insights You Can Use

Our VP of content explains INSIDER’s editorial stance on recent lawsuits surrounding the Natural Products Association (NPA).

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

February 8, 2016

2 Min Read
Delivering Business Insights You Can Use

For 20 years, Natural Products INSIDER has served as the go-to print and online resource for the dietary supplement, food and beverage industries, delivering information that helps industry leaders make smart business decisions. It is our goal to bring you content with appropriate context, whether that’s around science-based ingredients, best practices in business operations, market data in key health and wellness categories, or the latest legal and regulatory happenings.

In every industry, there are inevitable legal wranglings. INSIDER has reported on different lawsuits through the years that could affect your business. Whether that’s IP disputes around ingredient manufacturing methods or claims, or moves by regulators at the federal and state level to shut down companies operating outside of the law, our coverage is designed to bring you the necessary facts and understanding of how this impacts industry.

Currently, there are serious allegations being made in court filings concerning the Natural Products Association (NPA) and several of its current and former employees and board members. If you are not familiar with the details, our colleagues at The Tan Sheet offered up two stories, one on the original filing against NPA and its CEO, Daniel Fabricant, and another on the filing by NPA against former CFO Brent Weickert and 10 NPA retail board members. (Both articles sit behind a paywall.)

At this point, no real actions have been taken around the motions filed in court. Until such time as there are decisions or moves made related to these filings that may impact your business and/or the wider industry, INSIDER will keep its focus on bringing you information that truly benefits your business and drives the industry forward.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, and I would invite you to reach out to me personally ([email protected]) if you would like to share your insights on how we can help meet your business needs.

About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

VP, Partnerships & Sustainability, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 30-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as vice president, partnerships & sustainability, in the Food EMEA division of Informa Markets. She is based in London, and leads efforts related to industry partnerships and broader sustainability initiatives for the Vitafoods and Food ingredients brands. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Food ingredients, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products Insider, Food Product Design, Vitafoods Insights, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and Granato serves as the founding president of Women In Nutraceuticals, a global non-profit founded in 2022 focused on empowering women in the nutraceutical industry; she is also on the board of directors for the Organic & Natural Health Association. From 2016 to 2022, she was a vice president on the national governing board of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. Granato was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of top media professionals in 2018, and was selected as a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:. She received the 2014 Visionary Award and the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was honored with the CEO Merit Award for Content from Virgo in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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