SupplySide West Attracts Nearly 14,000 Participants at 19th Annual Expo & Conference

Since 1997, SupplySide West has been the industry’s gathering point where science and strategy intersect. And over nearly 20 years, the show has offered cutting-edge scientific innovation and strategic educational opportunities, plus crucial networking opportunities that help participants form mutually beneficial business relationships.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

October 20, 2015

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SupplySide West Attracts Nearly 14,000 Participants at 19th Annual Expo & Conference

Nearly 14,000 people were in attendance on Oct. 5 to 9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for this year’s SupplySide West event. Attendees included those from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, animal nutrition, personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, packaging and sports nutrition marketplaces.

Show highlights included:

  • A 9-percent increase in attendance from 2014, with a grand total of nearly 14,000 participants from very diverse geographic regions, including 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 66 countries

  • Over 45 percent of attendees visited SupplySide West for the first time

  • More than 1,200 companies exhibiting on the show floor

C-level executives, procurement buyers, and other professionals from the following companies were in attendance: Abbott Nutrition, AdvoCare, Arbonne International, Aveda, Barilla, Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Bil Jac Foods, Chobani, Church & Dwight, Diamond Crystal, Diamond Foods, Inc., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Garden of Life, GNC, GlaxoSmithKline, Mars Petcare USA, Mead Johnson Nutrition, MediFast Inc, NBTY, Nestle Purina, Niagara Bottling, PepsiCo, Perrigo, Procter & Gamble, Quest Nutrition, Reckitt Benckiser, Red Bull GmbH, StarKist Co., The Clorox Company, White Wave Foods and more

“It is always fantastic to set new records of audience and show floor expansion at SupplySide West," said John Siefert, president of the Global Health and Nutrition Network at Informa Exhibitions, “However, this year was extra special as we ushered in a new global era alongside our colleagues at Vitafoods—and we are just getting started."

Attendees of SupplySide West boasted the value of the show, as well. “SupplySide West is the event where I come to meet new companies, find the latest ingredients and learn new things. By attending, this helps provide us a sense of where the industry is going and this will guide our company in 2016," said Abdoulay Dieng, Ph.D., senior scientist, Life Extension Foundation.

SupplySide West’s education programming was sponsored by BASF and included 16 short sessions and eight in-depth panel discussions. Aligned with Natural Products INSIDER—the global media brand for SupplySide West—speakers addressed important issues including sports nutrition ingredients, laboratory and analytical testing, healthy weight management, meeting the 2015 dietary guidelines, clean labeling, sweetener solutions and more.

“The Education Program once again lived up to its reputation as the go-to gathering point where science and strategy intersect," said Anne van Gastel, business director, BASF Human Nutrition, North America. “It is a privilege to support Informa in presenting these dynamic sessions. Attendees continue to tell us how the content helps them drive product development and market opportunities throughout the supply chain to the store shelf. Now, the challenge is to leverage this valuable information as we all strive to create quality products that resonate with consumers."

Attendees also sought learning and networking opportunities in the expo hall at the SupplySide Central. Offering a variety of interactive, quick-paced programming designed to delve into some of the hot topics facing the industry, SupplySide Central featured topics from the Ingredient Launchpad, where exhibitors highlighted their new products, to the 4th Annual CPG Editor’s Choice Awards, where SupplySide West recognized the most innovative product launches in supplements, and food and beverage. The list of winners is available here.

“Our team is dedicated to providing great information that drives product ideation and market launch," said Heather Granato, vice president of Content, Informa Health & Nutrition Network. “From short, dynamic programming at SupplySide Central, through the Education Day and our variety of long-form workshops and summits, attendees and exhibitors connected with content and industry experts that will support their own business development."

SupplySide West and Informa Exhibitions capped off its successful show with a US$17,028 donation to Vitamin Angels. This year’s “SupplySide Cares" program donated $3 from every paid registration to support this impactful nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing vitamin supplementation to at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5.

Hosted by Informa Exhibitions, SupplySide West is an annual tradeshow and educational forum that is the finished product manufacturer’s gathering place for top performers, trends, scientific advances and networking. SupplySide West is all about the exploration, discovery, innovation and marketing strategy around the development of finished consumer goods that drive the global business economy. In its 20th year, the SupplySide West 2016 show will be held Oct. 4 to 8 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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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