Heather Granato and Judie Bizzozero discuss some of the major trends seen at Food ingredients Europe, including the importance of supply chain transparency and the globalization of plant-based nutrition.

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

December 10, 2019

1 Min Read
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Clean label has become an expectation around the globe, with consumers demanding that suppliers and brands are increasingly transparent and willing to build trust. At Food ingredients (Fi) Europe, it was apparent that trends including the mainstreaming of plant-based eating, performance nutrition and digestive health are impacting business globally. INSIDER’s senior food and beverage editor, Judie Bizzozero, joins vice president of content Heather Granato in Paris to discuss the latest trends at Fi Europe, including:

  • Innovations in plant-based nutrition, including new ingredients and the consumer demand for more “flexitarian” options.

  • How suppliers and brands are using storytelling to develop closer relationships with consumers, focusing on their desire for transparency and clean ingredient lists.

  • Sustainability as the cornerstone of business development, with incremental efforts leading to greater change throughout the supply chain.

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About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

VP, Partnerships & Sustainability, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 30-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as vice president, partnerships & sustainability, in the Food EMEA division of Informa Markets. She is based in London, and leads efforts related to industry partnerships and broader sustainability initiatives for the Vitafoods and Food ingredients brands. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Food ingredients, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products Insider, Food Product Design, Vitafoods Insights, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. Granato serves as the founding president of Women In Nutraceuticals, a global non-profit founded in 2022 focused on empowering women in the nutraceutical industry; she is also on the board of directors for the Organic & Natural Health Association. From 2016 to 2022, she was a vice president on the national governing board of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. Granato was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of top media professionals in 2018, and was selected as a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:. She received the 2014 Visionary Award and the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was honored with the CEO Merit Award for Content from Virgo in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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