The Esca Bona Pavillion at SupplySide West showcased developments in supply chain transparency

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

November 20, 2018

The food and beverage supply chain is cleaning up to better provide regenerative, nourishing, accessible and tasty options to consumers across the globe. But this is no easy task with food brands needing to examine their practices and understand how their actions affect environments and workers in the supply chain. The Esca Bona Pavilion at SupplySide West 2018 engaged companies working to create a good food system that is regenerative, nourishing and accessible to all. Jenna Blumenfeld, senior food editor, New Hope Network, was the emcee at the Esca Bona Pavilion, and she gives her top takeaways from the show in this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. They cover:

  • The help smaller start-up food and beverage brands are getting from Family Farmed from CEO Jim Slama

  • The growing number of organic products and the current issues organic farmers face at outlined by Brise Tencer, Organic Farming Research Foundation

  • How Daabon is producing sustainable palm oil and raising the bar in the palm oil industry.

Check out other SupplySide West 2018 Trends Podcasts:

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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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