Healthy INSIDER podcast: Exploring technology & transparency part 2

The desire for transparency is transforming the Chinese supply chain.

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

December 17, 2018

Companies are seeking greater transparency through the supply chain, with ingredient buyers looking to truly understand where their ingredients are sourced and produced. In June 2018, Heather Granato, vice president of content, took part in’s inaugural Technology & Transparency Tour. While on the ground visiting five different primary suppliers, she chatted with fellow travelers from companies including ADH Health, Cott Beverage Solutions, Innophos, the National Animal Supplement Council, NOW Foods, Promotion in Motion, Shaklee and Threshold.

Key points of this podcast include:

  • How increased transparency is helping companies ensure compliance with international and national regulations.

  • What Chinese suppliers are doing to make their audit information, sourcing steps and production techniques more transparent.

  • The importance of an on-the-ground experience to building relationships, as well as practicing “trust but verify.”

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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 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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