SupplySide West podcast: Biotechnology and the ingredient supply chain

How are suppliers applying technologies to ingredient development?

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

October 8, 2018

Biotechnology has been applied in fields from medicine to agriculture for many years. But there remain a number of questions about the long-term usage of such technologies, particularly as it relates to consumer acceptability. In the lead-in to SupplySide West, Heather Granato, vice president of content, spoke with Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, CEO of Canomiks (, about the applications of biotechnology into the ingredient supply chain. The conversation includes identifying benchmarks related to activity or adulteration, and delivering consistent quality ingredients to the consumer market, as well as questions buyers can ask when sourcing ingredients to ensure they will be acceptable to consumers.

Key points of this podcast include:

  • How is biotechnology offering solutions around ingredient supply chain challenges?

  • Understanding the basis of “-omics” and how genetic investigations can identify multinutrient compounds with positive health impacts.

  • The ways that ingredient suppliers and manufacturers can use targeted technologies to deliver quality products to consumers.

Links and Resources:

  • Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, Ph.D., will be one of the speakers at the workshop “The New Age of Biotechnology,” set for Nov. 7 at SupplySide West.

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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