Top-Tier Education Offered at SupplySide West

The Natural Products INSIDER education track at SupplySide West will be filled with key insights from experts in the dietary supplements industry.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

September 8, 2014

3 Min Read
Top-Tier Education Offered at SupplySide West

Per usual, The Natural Products INSIDER education track at SupplySide West will be filled with key insights from experts in the dietary supplement industry. Sponsored by BASF Live Newtrition™, topics will cover GMPs (good manufacturing practices), implications of the Food Safety Modernization act (FSMA), FDA compliance in the real world, nutrigenomics, the health care practitioner channel and much more.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at noon to 1, sessions include:

“Partnership as a Guiding Light to Investment in the Nutrition Industry" with Thomas Aarts, founder and principal, Nutrition Capital Network, which will have tips on strategic partnerships to grow your business.

  • “Identifying Gaps in Your quality management system (QMS) to Maintain GMP Compliance" with Ken Peterson, director of development, quality and compliance consulting, MasterControl Inc., who will examine how to streamline quality systems and give managers the tools they need to successfully deal with quality processes while maintaining GMP (good manufacturing practice) compliance.

  • “FDA Compliance in the 'Real' World: Cutting Through the Noise to what Really Matters" with Rick D. Quinn, Esq., principal, LLC; and partner, Benjamin L. England & Associates LLC, to create a balance between legal requirements and the business side of operations.

  • “The Hottest Trends in Health and Wellness: Not One Size Fits All with Steve French," managing partner, Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), to learn how brands can better market to Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Matures.

  • “The Dawn of Nutrigenomics: Using Nutrition to Maximize Genetic Potential" with Jay Udani, M.D., C.P.I., founder and CEO, Medicus Research LLC, on using nutrition—supplements, diet, healthy foods—to modify genetic potential without making drug/disease claims.

  • “Trends in the Health Care Practitioner Channel" with Erik L. Goldman, editor, Holistic Primary Care, who will discuss the practitioner segment’s distinct nuances and challenges.

  • “Ensuring Food Safety: Industry Challenges to Implementation of New Rules Resulting from FSMA" with Joy A. Joseph, president, Joys Quality Management Systems, which will describe the impact of FSMA-proposed rules on food and supplement GMPs.

  •  “The Three Macular Carotenoids: Complementary Functions of Lutein, RR-Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin" with James Stringham, Ph.D., research professor, University of Georgia, who will discuss the only three carotenoids found in the eye.

  • “Clinical Trials for Today's Headlining Health Issues" with Malkanthi Evans, D.V.M., M.Sc., Ph.D., scientific director/CRS division, KGK Synergize Inc.; Todd A. Harrison, Esq., partner and chair – food and drug practice group, Venable LLP; and Claudia A. Lewis, Esq., partner, Venable LLP;  to help understand the various regulatory obligations when marketing products and claims around the world.

Throughout the month of September, INSIDER will be posting preview articles with many of the speakers from this year’s SupplySide West education track, so be sure to check back to read those.

SupplySide West 2014 will be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from Oct. 6 to 10. For more on the INSIDER education track at SupplySide and to register, visit

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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