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CBD, ancient wisdom, alternative supplement delivery trending at SupplySide East – podcast

Trends on display at SupplySide East 2019, as discussed by Informa editors Heather Granato, vice president of content; Steve Myers, senior editor; and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief.

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Sandy Almendarez, Heather Granatoand 1 more

April 17, 2019

SupplySide East, the East Coast’s leading ingredient and solutions trade show, showcased the happenings making waves in the natural product industry, including transparency, the expansion of “-biotics” and plant-based nutrition. In this podcast, Informa editors Heather Granato, vice president of content; Steve Myers, senior editor; and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, discuss trends on display at SupplySide East 2019. They cover:

  • The buzz and confusion around hemp-based CBD, and how companies are reacting to the evolving market.

  • Consumers’ “quest for rest” by using adaptogens, probiotics and products made with fermentation processes.

  • Appealing supplement delivery options, such as gummies and stick packs, and how brands must balance taste with reduced sugar with these formats.

This podcast was recorded immediately following SupplySide East by Informa Markets, which was held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, April 9 and 10, 2019.

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

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

Heather Granato

vice president, content, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 25-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as the Vice President, Content, in Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products INSIDER, Food Product Design, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. She was named a 2015 Top Woman in Media by Folio:; received the 2014 Visionary Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was awarded the CEO Merit Award for Content from Informa in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism; she currently serves as a national vice president for Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternity.

Steve Myers

Senior Editor

Steve Myers is a graduate of the English program at Arizona State University. He first entered the natural products industry and Virgo Publishing in 1997, right out of college, but escaped the searing Arizona heat by relocating to the East Coast. He left Informa Markets in 2022, after a formidable career focused on financial, regulatory and quality control issues, in addition to writing stories ranging research results to manufacturing. In his final years with the company, he spearheaded the editorial direction of Natural Products Insider.

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