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Disagreements among supplement trade orgs ‘make for a better industry’ – podcast

Daniel Fabricant, president and CEO, Natural Products Association (NPA), says different views reflect the growth of the natural products industry.

Sandy Almendarez

December 13, 2019

Major trade organizations in the supplement and functional food industry disagree on major issues, such as a legal path for CBD’s use in foods and beverages and whether a mandatory supplement registry would be beneficial. This diversity of opinion is a good thing, says Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., CEO and president, Natural Products Association (NPA). Different voices and ideas reflect the growth and diversity of our industry, Fabricant says in this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, content director, Informa Markets.

Fabricant also details NPA’s stance on controversial issues, such as:

  • Why CBD brands must lead with safety research before their products are deemed legal for use in supplements and foods

  • Why the industry should push for federal laws for supplements that preempt the states from issuing different—sometimes competing—laws

  • The articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and its effects on supplement legislation.

Listen to a similar podcast with Steve Mister, president and CEO, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN): “Supplement trade associations disagree on hot topics.”

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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