SupplySide West podcast: Supply chain connections to boost ROI

Creating business partnerships in the health and nutrition space is more than contracts, certificates of analysis (CoAs) and yearly audits.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

October 30, 2018

To make a truly successful relationship that provides sustainable return on investment (ROI), people who run finished product brands must “gel” with the people at the companies that supply their resources. In this podcast, Heather Fairman, CEO of DF Guardian Consulting Inc., outlines the importance of building connections throughout the supply chain. With Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Fairman covers:

  • How similar values among everyone in the supply chain leads to successful products and benefits to consumers

  • Why communication without connection can lead to harmful outcomes

  • That employees must be people first, and those who show vulnerability and openness create better ROI.

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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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