Steve Mister, president, CRN, addresses opposing views of trade leaders on CBD, probiotics and product registries.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

November 20, 2019

1 Min Read
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Trade associations in the supplement and functional foods industry disagree on several key issues, including a mandatory dietary supplement registry and a legal pathway to market for CBD. Brands that are members of multiple organizations may be funding efforts that oppose each other. Therefore, Steve Mister, president and CEO, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), said it’s important for companies to examine the practices of each of their trade organizations to see if they align with the brand’s values. And it’s on trade organizations to find common ground so the industry can be unified when it communicates with FDA and legislators.

Mister discusses this and more in this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, content director, including:

  • CRN’s stance on global standards for the quality and efficacy of probiotics.

  • The evolution of industry’s relationship with FDA since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

  • How the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump may benefit the supplement industry.

This podcast was recorded at the annual CRN Conference in Carlsbad, California.

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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