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Healthy INSIDER podcast: Exploring technology & transparency part 2Healthy INSIDER podcast: Exploring technology & transparency part 2

The desire for transparency is transforming the Chinese supply chain.

Heather Granato

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 IngredientsOnline.com’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

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.

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