Ingredient Idol Las Vegas – Immunity Edition

This special episode of Insider in the Afternoon, taped live on the show floor at SupplySide West Las Vegas, features top ingredients going head-to-head.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

November 5, 2021

Straight from the show floor of SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America 2021, part one of this lively competition saw top ingredients in the immune health category trying to wow the judges with innovation and science. The SupplySide Studio was abuzz, with contestants giving their elevator pitches and then facing a barrage of lightning-round questions from the panel of judges. Insider in the Afternoon Host Todd Runestad, senior editor, MC’d the ingredient battle.

The immunity contestants were:

Judges for Ingredient Idol at SupplySide West 2021 were:

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About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here on LinkedIn.


Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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