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SupplySide West Podcast 10: Partnering with a Contract Testing Lab

To create a true partnership between a supplement brand owner and a contract laboratory, they need to trust, be loyal to and communicate with each other. Developing that kind of can be difficult in a business setting, but having a trusted contract lab can help a brand ensure its products go to market safely and timely.

Sandy Almendarez

August 18, 2016

To create a true partnership between a supplement brand owner and a contract laboratory, they need to trust, be loyal to and communicate with each other. Developing that kind of can be difficult in a business setting, but having a trusted contract lab can help a brand ensure its products go to market safely and timely.

In this episode, Alex Brandt, Ph.D. director of technical services, Food Safety Net Services Ltd., and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss:

  • Common accreditations for contract labs, and what requirements they cover

  • What an audit of a contract laboratory should entail

  • How brands can work with their laboratories to choose the best analytical methods for their products

Brandt will be speaking on the Workshop: Evaluating and Partnering with Contract Labs on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at SupplySide West. Visit supplysideshow.com for more information and get registered. This session is underwritten by Covance, Midi Labs, Eurofins, Micro Quality Labs and BASF, the official education sponsor of SupplySide West.

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Got feedback? Email Almendarez at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa

Summary

• 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!

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  • Phoenix, AZ

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  • Arizona State University

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