Food pouch packaging with integrity – podcast

Lara Dickinson, OSC2, discusses how food brands work together to improve packaging solutions across the industry.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

August 26, 2019

Health and nutrition brands are dedicated to the health of consumers and the planet, taking care to ensure products are organic, Fair Trade certified and regenerative. The packages that house those products, however, have continued to be a pain point. Packaging options, especially the popular flexible pouches, often don’t live up to the same level of integrity as the products themselves because they aren’t compostable or recyclable.

The Compostable Packaging Collaborative, an initiative from OSC2, gathers natural product leaders to address this packaging concern and continues to make advancements to further sustainable packaging options for food and supplement products.

In this podcast, Lara Dickinson, executive director and co-founder, OSC2, discusses the challenges and advancements in achieving compostable flexible film packaging with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. They cover:

  • The benefits and drawbacks to using flexible film packaging, and how the Compostable Packaging Collaborative is helping to reduce the disadvantages of this material

  • How brands can address the three tension points for using sustainable packaging: shelf life, costs and available options

  • The resources available from OSC2’s Compostable Packaging Collaborative for natural product brands.

Dickinson will be speaking about sustainable packaging options at the SupplySide West Workshop: Sustainable, Safe and Sanctioned Packaging for CPG Brands on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Visit for more information and to get registered.

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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