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Plant based proteins, sweeteners, sustainability trending at IFT19 – podcastPlant based proteins, sweeteners, sustainability trending at IFT19 – podcast

Trends on display at the 2019 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans, as discussed by Informa editors Heather Granato, vice president of content; Sandy Almendarez, director of content; and Judie Bizzozero, senior editor, food and beverage.

Judie Bizzozero, Heather Granatoand 1 more

June 13, 2019

The 2019 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo showcased the latest market trends and ingredients for food and beverage product development, including alternative sweeteners, plant-based proteins, dairy and meat alternatives, flavors and colors, and the increased attention to sustainability in the supply chain. In this podcast, Informa editors Heather Granato, vice president of content; Sandy Almendarez, director of content; and Judie Bizzozero, senior editor, food and beverage, discuss the trends on display IFT19. They cover:

  • The continued rise in plant-based food and beverage innovation

  • Clean label becoming mainstream

  • Sweetener systems for sugar reduction and functionality

  • Trending flavors and colors

  • Sustainability and supply chain transparency

  • Functional ingredients targeting health conditions such as immunity, digestive health, heart health and more.

Got feedback? Email Judie at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

About the Author(s)

Judie Bizzozero

Content Director, Informa Markets Health & Nutrition

Judie Bizzozero oversees food and beverage content strategy and development for the Health & Nutrition group at Informa Markets (which acquired VIRGO in 2014), including the Food & Beverage Insider, Natural Products Insider and SupplySide/Food ingredients North America brands. She reports on market trends, science-based ingredients, and challenges and solutions in the development of healthy foods and beverages. Bizzozero graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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.

Sandy Almendarez

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

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