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SupplySide Education Series

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SupplySide Network 365 Education Series

Ensuring supply chain transparency and stability

Thursday, April 22, 2021
1-3pm ET

Supply chains have always been an essential part of the natural product industry. Considering both increased consumer attention to where their food comes from and the global supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, ensuring supply chain stability and transparency has never been more important. This session will help brands ensure they understand the steps to take to ensure their supply chains are as stable as possible during uncertain times. 
 
We’ll address: 
  • When brands need to diversify their supply chain to mitigate potential disruptions
  • How brands can ensure their supply chain can withstand disruptions caused by natural disasters, pandemics, etc. 
  • Strategies to maintain supply chain transparency to ensure ingredients remain unadulterated and produced in humane, fair conditions.

Chair: Alex Smolokoff, associate editor, Informa Markets

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Neil Coole

director, food and retail supply chain, BSI Group

Neil Coole is the director of food and retail supply chain at BSI Americas. Neil has over 22 years experience in the industry, supporting organizations of all sizes in using standards to reduce risks, improve operational performance and embed organizational resilient best practices

Neil Coole

director, food and retail supply chain, BSI Group

Mike Forbes

ceo, Alter Eco

Mike is the CEO of Alter Eco, and loves building a brand that helps the planet first. His passion shifted toward sustainable & organic food because of a health issue that forced him to rethink his eating habits.  His shift to an organic diet changed his view on the food system, and he’s dedicated his career to improving it.

Mike Forbes

ceo, Alter Eco

Brandon Hernandez

senior partner/ co-founder, Whole Brain Consulting

Brandon Hernandez is a Senior Partner at Whole Brain Consulting, which operates nationally out of its two offices in Colorado and Chicago. After earning his degree in Biology from Colorado State University (Go Rams! – Please don’t hold it against him, Boulder!), Brandon began his career in food safety, supply chain, R&D and general plant operations management started at Zateca Foods. He spent a number of years working his way through the operational, research and development, supply chain, and quality assurance aspects of food manufacturing, and now plans to use those skills in the Boulder/CPG communities. Brandon enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, snowboarding, and playing soccer. He, and Whole Brain, look forward to serving the CPG community to the best of his ability for years to come.

Brandon Hernandez

senior partner/ co-founder, Whole Brain Consulting

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Functional Beverage Bootcamp

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1-3pm ET

Rising consumer awareness of the long-term benefits of health and wellness is driving innovation and market opportunity in the functional beverage category, which is expected to reach US$208.13 billion by 2024, according to Research and Markets. This education offering will cover the functional beverage market; opportunities in booming condition specific categories, such as brain health and immunity; and formulating with and sourcing natural functional ingredients, such as botanicals, adaptogens, proteins and natural colors. 
 
This webinar will cover: 
  • The current and future state of the global functional beverage market 
  • Factors driving product innovation and opportunities in five booming categories: brain health, immunity, gut health, weight management and heart health.  
  • Considerations for formulating with functional ingredients such as botanicals, adaptogens, proteins, natural colors, flavors and more as well as discussion of supply chain in terms of pros and cons of outsourcing.
  • CPG roundtable focused on how they are navigating unprecedented turmoil caused by COVID-19 and how it’s affected future product development, acceleration or deceleration. 

Chairs:

  • Judie Bizzozero, editor in chief, Informa Markets
  • James S. Tonkin, president and founder, Healthy Brand Builders

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Michael Hammer

president and chief atom splitter, Atomic Brand Lab

Michael Hammer is President and Chief Atom Splitter of Atomic Brand Lab, a unique consultancy at the intersection of strategy, innovation and acceleration.  Michael consults with start-ups and emerging brands on market expansion, as well as advises Fortune 500 companies on innovation strategy and fostering an entrepreneurial culture.

Michael is focused on enabling healthy people and a healthy planet.  He is actively involved in the management of several CPG and Ag-Tech accelerator programs, including Nutrition Capital Network, PepsiCo’s Greenhouse Accelerator and WGA Center for Innovation and Technology.  His current work in agriculture and innovative food supply chain is helping to change the way consumers access healthier food every day. 

Michael Hammer

president and chief atom splitter, Atomic Brand Lab

James S. Tonkin

president and founder, Healthy Brand Builders

For more than 44 years, Jim has served the private sector as a brand and marketing development professional and Founder and President of HealthyBrandBuilders.  He directs the building and design of national infrastructures for food and beverage industry clients. Tonkin has successfully created and implemented business and financial strategies for domestic and international players focusing from production to branding, marketing through sales implementation and distribution, to include exit strategy. Tonkin has focused branding initiatives in soft drink, bottled water, functional foods and beverages, and non- carbonated “new age” beverage verticals.

 

His extensive hands-on expertise has stretched across many sectors including domestic cheeses to natural potato chips; bottled waters for people and pets; and nutraceutical-functional-cosmeceutical enhanced beverages. Jim serves as a popular keynote speaker covering new beverage trends, successful branding insight and with his blunt and sometimes stinging humor, pushes the envelope!  He has many repeat performances and is truly a respected and admired entrepreneur in his own right!

James S. Tonkin

president and founder, Healthy Brand Builders

Tom Vierhile

vp strategic insights, North America, Innova Market Insights

Tom Vierhile is VP of Strategic Insights North America for Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights with 20+ years of experience in packaged goods reporting and analysis. Based in Fairport, New York, he is a new product marketing expert and has been quoted by Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Tom Vierhile

vp strategic insights, North America, Innova Market Insights

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Game On! Nootropics and cognitive performance

Thursday, June 17, 2021
1-3pm ET

From active consumers to gamers, students and business professionals, optimizing cognitive performance is an increasingly popular pursuit that provides an expanding target for brands and formulators. This session will look at environmental and lifestyle impacts on cognitive performance as well as nootropics and related cognitive ingredients, detailing mechanisms of action and potential benefits. Also, it will shine a light on the gaming community and how brands can target gamers with focus, attention, stress, vision and energy solutions.
 
This session will cover: 
  • Market Insights – Informa presents compiled data from multiple market data/trends sources. 
  • Nutrition meets neuroscience – presentation on lifestyle and dietary impacts on cognitive performance 
  • Nootropics – science and mechanisms of action by expert on nootropic science  
  • Gaming Panel – experts on ingredients and formulation for gamers 

Chair: Steve Myers, editor in chief, Natural Products Insider

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Achieving sweetness naturally

Originally Streamed: March 18, 2021

As consumers become more health-conscious, they are increasingly changing the way they eat and drink, often eschewing foods and beverages high in sugar and artificial sweeteners. However, launching or reformulating food and beverage products to appeal to these changing consumer dynamics requires more than simple sugar reduction. From formulation considerations to ingredient options, labeling and claims, selecting the right path can lead to market success. This session will cover:

  • The latest data on consumers’ desire to reduce their consumption of sugar and artificial sweeteners, their reasons for doing so, and which kinds of natural sweeteners/solutions they prefer;
  • Popular natural sweeteners, up-and-coming sugar alternatives, and the science behind using these ingredients;
  • How CPG brands have formulated (or reformulated) their products to meet this demand.

Chair: Alex Smolokoff, associate editor, Informa Markets

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Deana Karim

ceo and founder, Good Dees

Deana Karim is a first-generation Middle Eastern who is currently residing in New York City. Karim is CEO/Founder of Good Dee’s, carrying a full line of baking mixes, free of gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, and added sugar. Deana proves that health-conscious living and decadent indulgence really do mix!)

Deana Karim

ceo and founder, Good Dees

Arthi Padmanabhan

market research manager, New Hope Network

Arthi Padmanabhan supports natural products brands, investors, and other industry professionals with consumer research and market intelligence. She began her career in a sensory lab where she trained taste testers and performed research in support of novel food ingredient development but ultimately shifted out of the lab and into consumer product testing and insights roles before landing on New Hope Network’s NEXT Data & Insights team.

Arthi Padmanabhan

market research manager, New Hope Network

Norman E. Snyder

ceo, Reed’s Inc.

Mr. Snyder joined Reed’s Inc. in September 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2020. Prior to joining Reed’s, Mr. Snyder served as President and Chief Executive Office for Avitae USA, LLC, an emerging premium new age beverage company that markets and sells a line of ready-to-drink caffeinated waters. Prior to Avitae, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Adina For Life, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of High Falls Brewing Company, and Chief Financial Officer, and later Chief Operating Officer of South Beach Beverage Company, known as SoBe. In prior experience, Mr. Snyder served as Controller for National Football League Properties, Inc., and in various roles at PriceWaterhouse during an eight-year tenure. Mr. Snyder earned a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.

Norman Snyder

ceo, Reed’s Inc.

Karly Viole

brand & marketing manager, Halo Healthy Tribe

Karly Viole is the Brand & Marketing Manager of Halo Healthy Tribes. As a health and wellness enthusiast who specializes in branding, marketing, and sales, Karly has developed 10 years of expertise within the natural food industry. Her passion for companies with shared values drives her motivation in taking natural food start-ups to international success.

Karly Viole

brand & marketing manager, Halo Healthy Tribe

Rachel Zemser

food scientist, A La Carte Connections

Rachel Zemser is a certified food scientist and independent consultant in the San Francisco bay area. A corporate food scientist turned consultant, she helps entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of the food industry and provides the technical assistance they need in bringing their product to market. A trade show junkie, she attends as many ingredient shows as possible to ensure she is always up to speed on innovative flavor trends, and ingredients.  

Rachel Zemser, CFS, CCS, MS

founder and owner, A La Carte Connections

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Protein and Beyond: Plant-Based Sports Nutrition

Originally Streamed: February 18, 2021

Plant protein is no longer the new kid on the block and is showing some strong sophomoric growth. The animal-free wave it rode in on has powered a wider plant-based movement in sports driving an uptick in vegetarian and vegan formulation for performance and recovery goals. This session reviews a range of plant ingredient offerings, from protein sources to botanicals, highlighting science and formulation characteristics as well as delivery options for the next generation of plant-based sports nutrition products. Watch this session to take a look at: 

  • The latest market data and consumer trends fueling the plant-based movement.
  • The science, benefits and characteristics behind plant proteins and other botanical ingredients driving sports nutrition formulation and product development.
  • Insights from a sports nutrition brand on delivering quality and efficacious plant-based products to sports and active nutrition consumers. 

Chair: Madison Dorn, content producer, Informa Markets

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Ralf Jäger, Ph.D.

co-founder & partner, Increnovo

Dr. Jäger has designed and conducted clinical studies on plant-based ingredients for athletes and is an award-winning speaker. A postdoctoral scholar in bio-organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, Calif., USA, Dr. Jäger originally earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Bonn in Germany. Dr. Jäger is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN), and is the associated editor of the leading peer-reviewed journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN).

Ralf Jäger, Ph.D.

co-founder & partner, Increnovo

Mark Messina, Ph.D.

executive director, Soy Nutrition Institute

Dr. Messina is the co-owner of Nutrition Matters, Inc., a nutrition consulting company, an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University in California, and the Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute.  Dr. Messina has devoted his career to the study of the health effects of soyfoods and soybean isoflavones.  He writes extensively on these subjects, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has given over 700 presentations in 54 countries. 

Mark Messina, Ph.D.

executive director, Soy Nutrition Institute

Steve Myers

editor-in-chief, Natural Products Insider

Steve Myers has been churning out nutrition news and articles since 1997. His areas of focus include sports nutrition, legal/regulatory and scientific research on ingredients. Currently editor-in-chief of Natural Products Insider, he welcomes news, queries, industry insights, editorial ideas and good jokes at [email protected]

Steve Myers

editor-in-chief, Natural Products Insider

Mark Olson

CEO, Metabolic Response Modifiers (MRM) Nutrition

Growing up I was given plenty of nutritional advice from Mom, sports Coach’s and Healthfood store employee’s.  It wasn’t until my nutritional curiosity led me eventually to an undergrad degree in Dietetics and then Graduate School in “Clinical Nutrition”.  My grad school project led me to do research at Harbor/UCLA allowed me to further understand all variants of the “vegetarian” diet.  Collaborating with Loma Linda University, researching Seventh Day Adventist Diets have strict plant based restrictions compared to most “lacto/ovo/pesca” vegetarians of today.  As a formulator of protein supplements, deciding how to deliver a quality source of dietary protein is paramount.

Mark Olson

CEO, Metabolic Response Modifiers (MRM) Nutrition

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Packaging that pleases people, the planet and profits

Originally Streamed: January 21, 2021

Despite living through a pandemic and a bad economy, many consumers prefer brands that prioritize sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices. Packaging is a front-and-center, can-hold-in-your-hand reminder of how a brand’s operation affects the world. It’s clear from consumer surveys that sustainable packaging is in and single-use plastic is out. This session will help brands choose the best packaging option for their natural product. We’ll cover:

  • Consumer desires for packaging options
  • Strategies to reduce the amount of packaging companies use
  • The challenges and opportunities with creating and using sustainable packaging

Chair: Sandy Almendarez, content director, Informa Markets

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Liz Bothwell

head of content & marketing, Waste 360 and host, NothingWasted! Podcast Host

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Liz Bothwell

head of content & marketing, Waste 360 and host, NothingWasted! Podcast Host

Myfanwy Bradbury

senior innovation manager, Sambazon

Myf Bradbury is the Senior Innovation Manager at SAMBAZON. In this role, Myf works with Marketing & Product Development teams to deliver new, always USDA Organic and always delicious Açaí innovations to global regions. Myf has been a key driver of SAMBAZON’s sustainable packaging eco-mmitment, to achieve 100% of retail packaging in plant based or post-consumer recycled packaging by 2025. SAMBAZON Açai bowls are formulated sustainably with fair trade, organic & wild harvested ingredients. For this reason, the brand believes that the packaging should be sustainable too.

SAMBAZON runs on a triple bottom line business philosophy and is an acronym for Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon, caring for the people we work with, the planet we live on, and the prosperity of everyone involved.

Myfanwy Bradbury

senior innovation manager, Sambazon

Reyna Bryan

president, RCD Packaging Innovation

Reyna is the President of RCD Packaging Innovation, a packaging innovation firm that works with select category leaders in consumer packaged goods to bring forward the best sustainable packaging materials and technologies. She specializes in packaging performance engineering, materials and manufacturing, with a focus on compostable flexible film packaging, specialty fibers, and bio-polymers. Reyna is passionate about the circular economy and is dedicated to helping brands transition to sustainable material supply chains. Learn more at www.rcdpackaging.com

Reyna brings unique expertise in collaborative innovation facilitation. She recently completed a large-scale design-thinking workshop in which she brought together 80 experts from across the packaging value chain to generate solutions to help the industry move towards a zero-waste future (www.rcdpackaging.com/innovationcolab). Working alongside large industry players such as Mars, Pepsico, NewHope, and Wholefoods, the group successfully generated hundreds of new ideas and launched 9 on-going incubation projects.

Reyna Bryan

president, RCD Packaging Innovation

Kate Flynn

co-founder & ceo, Sun & Swell Foods

Kate Flynn is the Co-Founder & CEO of natural foods company, Sun & Swell Foods. Kate graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and after spending nearly 10 years in the consumer products world, she was looking to do something more fulfilling that would positively impact the world. In 2017, she followed her passion for health and wellness to start Sun & Swell Foods with her husband and co-founder, Bryan Flynn. Sun & Swell’s mission is to make healthy and sustainable eating more accessible with their collection of sustainably-packaged, organic, plant-based pantry staples and snacks and they are the first food company in the US to offer a wide array of healthy foods in compostable, plastic-free packaging.  

Kate Flynn

co-founder & ceo, Sun & Swell Foods

Jane Franch

director, strategic sourcing & sustainability, Numi Organic Tea

Jane Franch is the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability at Numi Organic Tea. In this role, Jane works closely with Numi’s supply ecosystem, from origin through manufacturing, to build strong partnerships and identify opportunities for shared impact. She supports new product development through formulation and supply chain development to ensure delicious, mission aligned innovation, and she guides the sustainability strategy, including climate action, packaging, and regenerative sourcing.  Prior to Numi, Jane worked with clients large & small to develop, implement and maintain robust & credible ethical sourcing programs. Her work has taken her to 5 continents and countless villages, where she has had the privilege of getting to know the people and places that grow our tea, coffee, cocoa, hazelnuts, coconuts, mangos, and other delicious treats.

Jane Franch

director, strategic sourcing & sustainability, Numi Organic Tea

Steve French

senior vice president, Natural Marketing Institute

Steve French currently directs all facets of Natural Marketing Institute, a division of Research America, Inc., a full-service market research company with 14 offices nationwide and a staff of 250+ employees. Steve’s background includes 25 years of corporate marketing, business development, and management experience with industry leaders such as PepsiCo, Mars, Inc., and Marriott Corporation spanning a broad range of multi-faceted business disciplines, including business unit general management, brand marketing, multi-channel business development, corporate market research management, new business start-ups, new product concept development, competitive/product category analysis, and strategic plan development.

During his tenure at the Institute he has worked with many global Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, start-up companies, associations, and various other organizations. He has pioneered a range of the Institute consumer research databases including the LOHAS Consumer Trends Database® and Healthy Aging/Boomer Database®.

Steve and the Institute are frequent authors of research reports, articles, and a contributor to numerous domestic and international consumer media, including Fox TV, NBC News, Time Magazine, The New York Times, plus trade publications such as Brandweek, Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, among others.

Steve is a regular speaker at many industry events such as FMI, IFT, LOHAS Conferences, Natural Products Expos, SupplySide Conferences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Conferences, American Society on Aging (ASA), U.S. Green Building Council, Nutracon, Expo Comida Latina, WorldNutra, and many others.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Scranton.

Steve French

senior vice president, Natural Marketing Institute

Alyssa Harding

director of operations, packaging collaborative, One Step Closer

Alyssa Harding is OSC’s Packaging Collaborative Director, where she focuses on community development, stakeholder engagement, and creating scalable, market driven solutions for compostable packaging innovation. Previously Alyssa served as Executive Director for the Sustainable Food Trade Association, and before that, served as Justin’s Nut Butter’s Corporate Responsibility Manager for three years, where she built their sustainability programs from the ground up. She has an educational foundation in agricultural ecology, is working on her master’s degree in Environmental Policy, and holds a strong personal mission to drive institutional change through sustainability. 

Alyssa Harding

director of operations, packaging collaborative, One Step Closer

Daniel Kurzrock

founder and ceo, Regrained

Dan Kurzrock is the founder and CEO of ReGrained, a mission-driven food innovator based in the Bay Area that specializes in upcycling food into novel ingredients and products. Dan is also co-founder and board officer for the Upcycled Food Association, an industry non-profit founded to support the emerging upcycled foods industry. 

Daniel Kurzrock

founder and ceo, Regrained

SupplySide Network 365 Education Series

Healthy Aging Solutions Never Get Old

Originally Streamed: December 10, 2020

The foundational value proposition of supplements is to help consumers extend their health spans. Supplement aisles in stores are routinely organized and categorized according to health conditions that, collectively, could be known as healthy aging—from bone and brain health to prostate support and skin vibrance. This session will look at trending ingredients used in hot health sectors—nutrition science, consumer resonance, and formulation tips and tricks. Join us for a couple hours and become wiser in the ways of things like:

  • Collagen is still booming—what the science supports and new product concepts for this versatile ingredient.
  • CBD and cannabis for beauty and skin disorders—another great use for this catch-all ingredient.
  • Personalized nutrition is changing health care—how brands can capitalize on new consumer intel on their own bodies

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Jeremy Appleton, N.D.

director of medical & scientific affairs, PLT Health Solutions

Jeremy Appleton, ND is Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs for PLT Health Solutions, a discoverer, developer, and commercialization partner of high-quality, scientifically-supported ingredient solutions for the natural products, food, and beverage markets. He has been a licensed naturopathic doctor for 25 years, and has worked in scientific and regulatory affairs and product development in the natural products industry for over 20 years in companies large and small, including Merck and Nature’s Way. Dr. Appleton supports new product development, R&D, and is the company’s primary medical science and product technical liaison. He is based in Portland, OR.

Jeremy Appleton, N.D.

director of medical & scientific affairs, PLT Health Solutions

Jeanette Jacknin, M.D.

holistic dermatology consultant

Dr. Jacknin is a board-certified dermatologist, author, national speaker, and consultant, with expertise in holistic dermatology, natural cosmeceuticals, and topical hemp and cannabinoids for beauty and health. She is the first dermatologist and top expert in the science behind CBD for beauty and skin disorders.  She is the author of the first holistic dermatology 400 pg. book Smart Medicine for Your Skin, published by Penguin Putnam in 2001.  Dr. Jacknin has given over 55 presentations at national trade shows and Dermatology Grand Rounds. Dr. Jacknin became interested in hemp, CBD, and cannabis topically in 2016. She spoke at 12 cannabis related conferences from 2016 to 2019 and 3 virtual conferences in 2020. Dr. Jacknin was the first dermatologist to speak on the science behind topical cannabinoids and skin disorders at the AAD conference in February 2018. She has been interviewed by Vogue, New Beauty and The New York Times and is brand ambassador for Medterra CBD.

Jeanette Jacknin, M.D.

holistic dermatology consultant

Brian Kennedy, Ph.D.

professor of biochemistry and physiology, National University of Singapore;
chief science officer, Ponce de Leon Health

Dr. Brian Kennedy is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of delaying, detecting, and preventing human aging and associated diseases. He is a Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Physiology at National University Singapore and Director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity in the National University Health System. From 2010 to 2016 he was the President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Currently he remains as a Professor at the Institute. Dr. Kennedy also has an adjunct appointment at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Kennedy is also actively involved Biotechnology companies, serving in consulting and Board capacities, as well as Scientific Director of Affirmativ Health. Dr. Kennedy also serves as a Co-Editor-In-Chief at Aging Cell.

Brian Kennedy, Ph.D.

professor of biochemistry and physiology, National University of Singapore;
chief science officer, Ponce de Leon Health

Claire Reynolds Morton

senior industry analyst, Nutrition Business Journal

Claire Morton is the senior industry analyst for New Hope Network’s Nutrition Business Journal. She manages NBJ’s data and insights to inform the industry on market trends and forecasts in natural and organic food and beverage, functional food and beverage, dietary supplements and personal care. Morton holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science from Colorado State University.

Claire Reynolds Morton

senior industry analyst, Nutrition Business Journal

Timothy Mount, CN, CCMH

co-founder, Winged Nutrition

Timothy Mount is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Master Herbalist and has presented at many of the leading natural health conventions and been featured on over 30 of the top natural health radio shows nationwide. Tim has worked as the Director of Education, Formulator and Sales Manager for several leading brands in the natural products industry for over a decade, including a leading collagen brand. In 2018, he Co-Founded Winged Nutrition, a premium Woman’s Wellness brand that focuses on comprehensive formulas that include CBD and other female-specific nutrient to help women in today’s world be the best versions of themselves.

Timothy Mount, CN, CCMH

co-founder, Winged Nutrition

Todd Runestad

senior editor, Informa Markets

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science, ingredient innovation and supplement ideation for 20 years at New Hope Network. He was editor-in-chief at Functional Ingredients magazine, and also served at Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals and Nutrition Science News magazines. He pops 20 supplement pills a day—ask him what he takes.

Todd Runestad

senior editor, Informa Markets

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Immunity Boosting in the Pandemic Age​

Originally Streamed: November 12, 2020

In a world of emerging infectious diseases, like COVID-19, antiviral resistant influenza and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, immune health is top of mind to consumers who are turning to nutrition and dietary supplements to help keep them as healthy as possible. However, brands must ensure they don’t send inappropriate marketing messages to people who may be fearful and/or vulnerable. This session explores:
  • How botanical superstars can help consumers address their immunity-related concerns
  • Other ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, probiotics and beta-glucans that can support immunity naturally
  • How companies that market these solutions must walk a fine legal line when it comes to claims
Chair: Duffy Hayes, Assistant Editor, Informa Markets

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J. Kathleen (“Katie”) Bond

partner, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP

Katie Bond focuses her practice on advertising and food and drug law. She represents clients with regard to a wide variety of consumer products, including food, dietary supplements, OTC drugs, personal care products, CBD products, infant formula, cosmetics, sports equipment, appliances, and home genetic testing. Katie provides FDA and FTC regulatory advice with an emphasis on risk analysis. Her advice is grounded in the framework of the law, yet balanced with the needs of each client. She advises clients regarding matters including efficacy and health benefit claims, “green” marketing, refund and coupon programs, auto renewal programs, “Made in the USA” and other U.S. origin claims, endorsements including by consumers and healthcare professionals, and the use of social media and influencers in marketing.

 

Katie has substantial experience representing clients in regulatory investigations, having handled numerous complex Federal Trade Commission and State investigations. She draws from years of prior experience to manage discovery and defense strategies with an eye toward overall regulatory risk management. In addition to regulatory investigations, Katie assists clients with consumer class action defense, applying her subject matter expertise to defeat misguided allegations of false advertising. She has represented a major trade group in filing amicus briefs in support of defendants in false advertising class actions in several courts in California, including the Ninth Circuit. Katie also assists clients regularly in initiating and responding to self-regulatory challenges before bodies including the National Advertising Division.

J. Kathleen (“Katie”) Bond

partner, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP

David Foreman RPh., ND

president, Herbal Pharmacist Media LLC

David is a pharmacist, author and media personality known internationally as, “The Herbal Pharmacist.” His background in both pharmacy and natural medicine put Foreman in an elite class of health experts who can teach integrative medicine practices. Foreman is a frequent guest speaker at universities and international conferences around the globe.  Additionally, Foreman provides R&D to help companies formulate scientifically substantiated and innovative nutraceuticals. Foreman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and is author of hundreds of articles, journal articles and books.

David Foreman, RPh., ND

president, Herbal Pharmacist Media LLC

Amanda McKinney, MD

executive director Institute for Human and Planetary Health Doane University, A&A Apothecary

Amanda McKinney is a triple board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Lifestyle Medicine who is also certified in Herbal Medicine and Cannabinoid Medicine. Dr. McKinney founded the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane University to improve both human and planetary by harnessing the power of plants, grown sustainably, for both medicine and food as a way to prevent and reverse disease.

Amanda McKinney, MD

executive director Institute for Human and Planetary Health Doane University, A&A Apothecary

Eric Pierce

VP of business insights, New Hope Network and Nutrition Business Journal

Eric J. Pierce is a strategic marketing and market research professional who brings business management experience and consumer behavior perspectives to his work. Specializing in helping businesses develop strategy and identify and prioritize opportunities, Pierce is sought after as a speaker at industry events and for corporate training. Pierce’s passions lie in the intersection of consumer behavior and business strategy within the natural products industry. These passions are focused on helping companies navigate the dynamic and changing food system, helping to re-imagine brands, inspire product innovation, and focus business investments with an eye towards meeting the needs of the food-forward consumer. Pierce and his colleagues sit at the forefront of the natural products industry, well positioned to identify the cultural forces and trends creating opportunity in this exciting and evolving marketplace. Together they help companies large and small identify, prioritize, and take advantage of opportunities in the evolving food economy.

Eric Pierce

VP of business insights, New Hope Network and Nutrition Business Journal

SupplySide Network 365 Education Series

Plant Power: Natural Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Originally Streamed: October 27, 2020

Plant-based eating is a red-hot category driven by consumer demand for delicious products that are minimally processed, made from clean label ingredients, and align with their values related to health and wellness, sustainability and econ-consciousness. Brands looking to enter the market or expand their plant-based portfolios must focus on clean label while improving the nutritional profile, taste and texture properties of products with novel ingredients from nature sourced in a sustainable manner. This session covers:
  • Market trends, consumer demographics, buying patterns and key growth categories
  • Novel ingredients that improve the nutrition profile of plant-based alternatives while delivering on taste and texture.
  • CPG fireside chat focused on how brands are rewriting rules for plant-based product launches
Chair: Judie Bizzozero, Editor in Chief, Food & Beverage Insider, Informa Markets

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Michele DeKinder-Smith

president and founder, Linkage Research & Consulting

Michele has 20+ years experience delivering consumer insights for leading and emerging brands.  She founded Linkage to deliver world-class insights that help brands grow through appreciation of the customer’s point of view. Michele has advised on the launch of numerous new products in the areas of positioning, packaging, certifications, ingredient claims, and shelf presence.  Beyond her day job of leading Linkage, Michele is also an award-winning author and sought-after speaker in helping audiences understand the small business market.

Michele DeKinder-Smith

president and founder, Linkage Research & Consulting

Sadrah Schadel

co-founder/chief creative officer, No Evil Foods

Sadrah is the force behind the Innovation and Creative departments of No Evil Foods. With a lifetime of plant-based experience under her belt, she’s got some serious veg cred. Before she was leading the conversation on how to create a socially-minded business, she was the original DIY-er at No Evil, developing and testing each recipe from her home kitchen.

Sadrah is a lifelong vegetarian and is committed to spreading the good word about a plant-based lifestyle. In fact, she’s the one that showed her partner and CEO, Mike, that vegan food doesn’t suck. Her experience growing a radically different business from scratch has equipped her with a noteworthy sensibility that she parlays into speaking engagements and business summits around the country.

From her DIY approach to branding to the way she drives the vision and message of No Evil Foods today, Sadrah is a true visionary committed to telling the authentic story of what it takes to craft a revolution.

Sadrah’s dedication to giving back and working to improve systems of oppression runs deep. Before she was changing the world with No Evil Foods, Sadrah worked in Employment Training & Development for non-profit organizations in the northeast and the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on chronically homeless, formerly incarcerated, and dual diagnosis populations. Her love of good food was honed through work in restaurant management in top dining destinations in Philadelphia and New York state.

Sadrah Schadel

co-founder/chief creative officer, No Evil Foods

Eric Schnell

founder, Beyond Brands

Some might call him a Socialpreneur.  Others, a Food & Beverage visionary. No matter the title, Eric has been a natural product industry pioneer for over 20 years and counting. With diverse experience in sales, marketing and new product launches, Eric enjoys taking ideas from scratch and turning them into viable businesses that make a global impact.

He is the co-founder of Steaz, a leading organic tea brand that was strategically acquired in 2016 as well as a member of Runa tea which was successfully sold in 2018.  He is the co-founder of Good Catch, the world’s first plant-based seafood brand as well proud recipient of the 2007 “Sustainable Business of the Year Award”, 6-time Annual Winner of the BevNET.com and Beverage Digest “Best Product of the Year Award”.  He is a Top 50 Beverage World “Disruptor” and serves as a mentor and investor at SKU accelerator and as a Nutrition Capital Network Selection Committee Member.

Eric Schnell

founder, BeyondBrands

Kantha Shelke

principal, Corvus Blue LLC

Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS, is a principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a science and research firm retained by food and allied industries for competitive intelligence, expert witness services, new product/technology development and rapid market realization of honestly healthful foods and food ingredients. She previously held senior positions at ACNielsen, Ben & Jerry’s, Continental Baking and Grand Metropolitan, and is currently an adjunct professor teaching food safety regulation at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), and food law and bio resource technology at MCI (Innsbruck, Austria).  She has appeared on television, radio and in print publications as a food history and food science expert.

Kantha Shelke

principal, Corvus Blue LLC

Natalie Slater

marketing manager, Upton’s Naturals

Natalie Slater is a digital marketing professional and vegan cookbook author from Chicago. Currently the Marketing Director for plant-based food producer Upton’s Naturals, she has launched several eCommerce brands, as well as developed content, marketing, and sales strategies for companies such as I Heart Keenwah, Lifeway Foods, and AbesMarket.com (now Direct Eats).

Natalie Slater

marketing manager, Upton’s Naturals

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