SUPPLYSIDE WEST CALL FOR SPEAKERS

Early Deadline: February 28, 2020
Final Deadline: March 12, 2020

The SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America event is currently accepting speaker applications for the fall show, October 27-30, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America brings together more than 17,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from the dietary supplement, food and beverage, personal care and sports nutrition industries. The SupplySide Education Program serves as a resource to consumer product manufacturers who create, formulate, and market finished products in the health and nutrition industry. We aim to provide valuable content on current trends, market opportunities, research, science, regulatory challenges and more. We invite you to submit a proposal on any topic of choice. 

Topics of interest identified by the SupplySide content team include: 

Beverages: Formulation, sober-curious and mocktail beverages, kombucha, milk innovations (i.e., high protein, low sugar, DHA inclusions), coffee & tea, seltzers,

Biotechnology: Understanding supply chain technologies, communicating with consumers about ingredient production, transparency in labeling

CBD: Cannabinoids other than CBD and THC, product concepts, federal and state regulations, CBD in food, THC testing, state and tribal concerns, sourcing, M&As and investments, CBD in sports nutrition

Certifications: Organic, non-GMO, diet (like keto)-friendly, etc., the trustworthiness of certification

Climate change: Regenerative agriculture, upcycling

Cognitive/brain health: Sleep, stress, nootropics

Colors: Selecting and formulating foods with natural colors, sensory impacts, extraction methods and advancements

Contract Labs: Selection, validation, audits and certifications

Contract Manufacturing/co-packing: Best practices, selecting for scale, ingredient overages, assessing legal compliance

Confectionery: Opportunities as a functional ingredient delivery platform, clean label and healthy products

Energy: Ingredients and formulations for healthy energy boosting, mitochondria health,

Flavors: New flavor trends, formulating with different types of flavors

Healthy Aging: Key ingredients, epigenetics, impact of the microbiome

JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusivity): Managing a multi-generation workforce, developing a leadership pipeline, case studies of
brands that embrace JEDI

Keto: Formulating for the Keto diet, trends, carving whitespace within this niche

Organic, Non-GMO, transitional farming

Packaging: Sustainable and safe packaging options, selecting the right one for your audience, working with your co-packer/contract manufacturer, conducting a life cycle analysis, sensory science behind design

Paleo: Product trends, latest research on this diet’s impact, formulation,

Personalized nutrition: Market opportunities, data privacy and protection, initial steps to develop a ‘custom’ mass market product, increased accessibility

Plant-based protein: Formulation and sensory issues, nutritional challenges and benefits, sustainability and supply chain concerns, legal battles regarding terminology

Prebiotics: New ingredients, scientific substantiation and formulation opportunities

Prenatal/Maternal nutrition: Effects on fetal and childhood nutrition and development, how to accurately, transparently and effectively formulate and market products

Protein and protein alternatives: Collagen, plant offerings, ethical animal protein sourcing

Probiotics: IP protection for strains, strain-specific research, mg vs CFU labeling, taxonomy changes

Regulations: GMPs, NDIs, GRAS, allocating FDA resources, DSHEA enforcement, criminal cases, U.S. International Trade Commission issues, claims substantiation, Prop 65

Snacks: Formulation, ingredient trends, product trends

Sodium reduction: Formulation challenges, consumer demand, innovative solutions

Sports nutrition: Plant-based, nutrition for female athletes, supplements for e-gamers, intermitted fasting and nutrition, creatine

Supply Chain Transparency: FSMA, creating partnerships with farmers, ensuring the health of workers throughout the supply chain

Sweeteners: Formulation challenges with natural sweeteners, natural sweeteners in sports nutrition

Synthetic botanicals: labeling, adulteration, research comparing to effectiveness compared to natural, benefits of synthetic


The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020 and no later than March 12, 2020. Please be specific when describing the content of your session. Sessions must be educational and non-promotional in nature. Any proposal that is deemed promotional in nature will not be considered. 

Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Submitter's contact information
  • Proposed speaker’s contact information
  • Proposed speaker’s biography
  • Working Session Title
  • Session Abstract
  • 5 Learning Objectives

Should your proposal be selected to be a part of the conference program you will be notified directly via the email address provided in your proposal. Due to the large number of proposals we receive, you will not be notified if your proposal is not selected. If you have questions, please contact the Education Manager, Alyssa Sanchez at alyssa.sanchez@informa.com.