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MAY-JUN 2018

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2 INSIDER May/June 2018 Viewpoint It's Award Season! OK, not really; award season for fi nished product brands in the health and nutrition industry is year-round and includes the NEXTYs at Natural Products Expo West (March) and Natural Products Expo East (September), presented from our New Hope Network team. But it is time to plan for my favorite awards—the SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards, which are now accepting submissions for the seventh iteration. These awards recognize innovative fi nished products launched to the U.S. consumer market in categories across the supplement and food and beverage markets. The Natural Products INSIDER/SupplySide editorial team will evaluate nominations to determine the fi nalists in each category. Finalists will be showcased via SupplySide and INSIDER, and the winners announced at SupplySide West in Las Vegas on Nov. 8 and 9, 2018. Winners are selected by the editors based on market innovation, consumer need, scientifi c substantiation, integrity and the "cool" factor. Categories include antioxidant supplement, multivitamin, personal care products, animal nutrition, organic beverages and more. Head to for a full list of categories, criteria and to enter today. The submission deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Another award I am proud to note is the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award, presented by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to Informa's Heather Granato, vice president, content, health and nutrition. Suzanne Shelton, managing partner of The Shelton Group, and Natasha Weaver, AHPA's director of education, presented the award to Granato during Expo West in March. Shelton and Weaver have had the pleasure of working directly with Granato during her 26 years in the industry. I, too, have benefi tted from Granato's prominence in the industry; she's my "boss," but more than that, she's a leader. She started her career in this industry in 1992 at New Hope, shortly after graduating from the University of Richmond, Virginia, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She's worked her way from assistant editor to vice president, making a jump from New Hope to VIRGO (which are now both Informa). She was named a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:, received the 2014 Visionary Award from AHPA and was awarded the CEO Merit Award for Content from Informa in 2014. Granato is a force for good in the industry with her dedication to quality, understanding of the health and nutrition audience, and ability to place people in the right places for success. I am so proud of her; the award is well deserved, and a big thanks to AHPA for recognizing her. Sandy Almendarez Editor in Chief (480)281-6745 @sandyalmendarez Editor-in-Chief Sandy Almendarez Managing Editors Rachel Adams Steve Myers Editor, Food Insider Journal Judie Bizzozero Legal and Regulatory Editor Josh Long Content Marketing Manager Karen Butler Assistant Editor Ginger Schlueter Editorial Coordinator Connor Lovejoy Art Director Andrew Rosseau Production Manager Fran Vaughn Program Manager Kristin LaBarbera Subscription Customer Service (800)581-1811 Vice President, Danica Cullins Sales Senior Account Director Ioana Neacsu Account Managers Anthony Arteca Todd Berger Laurel Rivers Todd Willis Development Jiani Lai Specialist, Asia Event Director Marisa Freed Sponsorship Manager Carrie Freese Informa Exhibitions LLC President Fred Linder Vice President Jon Benninger Vice President, Heather Granato Content Vice President, Danielle Dunlap Marketing Services Vice President, Donna Layton Human Resources Published by Informa Exhibitions LLC 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Tel. (480)990-1101 ¥ Fax (480)867-7943 Website:

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