Supply chain challenges and innovations
Supply chain concerns have been top of mind for dietary supplement brand holders and formulators for years. The fallout from the global pandemic has sharpened this focus. While the worst of those shocks seem to be over—such as the unavailability of shipping containers and the soaring cost for their use—the event has made it clear that the model of picking up the phone to place an order with a broker when inventory is getting low is becoming an anachronism.
Session attendees can expect to learn:
• The biggest ongoing supply chain risks.
• How companies can make their supply chains more robust.
• The innovations that are making supply chain forecasting easier.
  • 9:00-10:15 Panel: Meet the Herb Farmers with the American Herbal Products Association. Rajnish Aswasthi, Sunflag Agrotech: Marisol Cervantes Bobadilla, Plantamex; Matt Dyabla, Herb Pharm; Edward Fletcher, Native Botanicals; Jeff Higley, Oshala Farms.
  • 10:15-10:45 Data integrity in the supply chain. Shelly Blackwell, EAS Consulting Group.
  • 10:45-11:30 Panel: Quantifying supply chain concerns. Brandon Casteel, SPINS; Anand Swaroop, Cepham; Scott Steinford, Trust Transparency Center.
  • 11:30-12:00 Quality assurance in the supply chain. Marielle Weintraub, Eurofins.
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Date & Time
Tuesday October 24th, 2023 9:00am PDT
End Date & Time
Tuesday October 24th, 2023 12:00pm PDT
South Pacific Ballroom F
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phHank Schultz
 Senior Editor, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phMarisol Cervates Bobadilla
Head of Research and Field Team, Plantamex
Marisol is a Biotechnology engineer specialized in Plants and Microbiology, with 3 years of experience working on medicinal and aromatic plants. Marisol specializes in the development of biofertilizers and biopesticides and is responsible for leading the research and field team in Plantamex in order to obtain the best quality herbs.
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phRajnish Awasthi
President and CEO, Sunflag Agrotech
I have been working with farmers community to develop sustainable farming for last 28 years. Sunflag Agrotech is one of the oldest certified Organic company in India certified way back in 1999-2000. Since then we have been doing taking over the lands which had been degraded and eroded due to years of negligence and left open. Till now we have converted more than 2500 Hactatres of degraded land to productive farms lands, producing various Fruits,herbs and aromatic crops. I also lead a Not for Profit organization (NGO) named as Agricon which works for rural economic reforms through agriculture and Natural resource management. I am founding member of the organization and currently President of organization.
I am involved in various Government committees as advisor and consultant for policy making for agriculture ,forest and environment protection.
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phMatt Dybala
Director of Agricultural Operations, Herb Pharm
Matt Dybala is Director of Agriculture at Herb Pharm, where he oversees production of over 75 herbs of commerce.  Herb Pharm is the nation’s leading liquid herbal supplement company comprised of diverse organic farms and production facilities located in the beautiful Siskiyou-Klamath bioregion. Over the past 16 years, Matt has shared knowledge with farmers and industry leaders to improve the successful cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants from seed to harvest. Matt holds a degree in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and is a current student in the botany and plant pathology department at Oregon State University. 
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phJeff Higley
Co-owner & Founder, Oshala Farm
Jeff Higley, along with his wife Elise, founded Oshala Farm in 2013. At the 290-acre certified organic farm in the Applegate Valley of Oregon, they grow more than 80 different medicinal and culinary herbs which they sell fresh and dried to a wide variety of wholesale and direct markets. Over the last 25 years, Jeff has farmed vegetables in Southern California for CSAs, farmers markets and restaurants, and has grown vanilla, kava, fruit, flowers and vegetables in Fiji for wholesale, resort and direct markets. Oshala specializes in producing and providing the highest quality certified organic botanicals. Working with producers of teas, tinctures, cosmetics, body products, nutraceuticals, pet food companies and many others, Oshala Farm provides product makers exceptional quality farm-direct botanicals that companies have come to depend on to meet their supply demands and their most stringent of specifications. Jeff also maintains a busy teaching schedule, teaching about growing herbs, drying and farm finance at universities, conferences and events.
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phEdward Fletcher
President, Native Botanicals, Inc.
Edward Fletcher has been in the botanical business and made his livelihood with plants for all of his adult life. He learned about plants from the roots up, propagating and growing native American wildflowers in his family’s 4th generation ornamental nursery business, Gardens of the Blue Ridge. As Cultivation Manager at Wilcox Natural Products, Fletcher developed and managed the cultivation program overseeing nearly 4,000 hectares in 8 different countries of medicinal species. He continued this work as the Chief Operating Officer of Strategic Sourcing, Inc.’s Botanical Division for 15 years.
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phBrandon Casteel
VP of Partnerships, SPINS
Brandon Casteel is the Vice President of Partnerships for SPINS – he leads the teams responsible for Brokers/Distributors/Ingredient Supplier/Co-Manufacturer Partnerships, Strategic Partnerships, and Financial Partnerships for SPINS.  He has been at SPINS for almost 4 years and prior to that had long stints in the Staffing/Recruiting and Telecommunications Industries.  He has 5 children and 6 pets and is based in the Atlanta, GA area.
a356241bdfac9ca89d7c77419b423dcf-huge-adAnand Swaroop
Founder & President, Cepham, Inc
Anand Swaroop, Ph.D., is a biochemist, founder of evidence-based nutritional ingredient supplier Cepham, and co-founder of Nutrify Today. With a Ph.D. in chemistry from the esteemed University of Allahabad, he left a lucrative pharmaceutical career to bring innovative Ayurvedic ingredients to the United States through Cepham. Swaroop shares his insights and industry knowledge through Nutrify Today with the vision that healthy people can produce healthy societies.
11fa57c318fd46d063afb78f1c42fdaa-huge-phScott Steinford
Principal, Trust Transparency Consulting
Scott Steinford, an expert on organization and industry leadership with proven executive-level success. He has led organizations, including start-up, turnaround, and growth opportunities, and through M&A transactions in both Buyer and Seller Representation roles. He has held CEO or President roles in multiple industry organizations, including ingredients, brands, contract manufacturers and trade associations. Steinford founded Trust Transparency Consulting and Trust Transparency Center encouraging responsibility and accountability to the dietary supplement industry. He supports the United Natural Products Association and serves as an Editorial Advisor to Nutrition Business Journal and Nutraceutical World. He is the current Entrepreneur-in-residence at Texas A&M University's Mays School of Business, where he works in the Executive MBA Capstone program.
78ed1904b28cd04e1f67784ad8e70412-huge-shShelly Blackwell
Sr. Director Dietary Supplement and Tobacco Consulting Services, EAS Consulting Group
Shelly Blackwell has over 22 years of quality and compliance experience in highly regulated environments. After starting her career as a Microbiologist, she held senior leadership positions in the dietary supplement, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, including 7 years as the Quality Assurance Director for GNC / Nutra Manufacturing and leading the Quality Systems and Compliance Team at Bausch and Lomb in Greenville, SC. Shelly has lead FDA inspections throughout her career and is also a lead auditor herself, auditing raw material suppliers and finished product manufacturers all over the world. Shelly holds certifications from the American Society of Quality and the Institute of Food Technology and has a Biology degree from James Madison University.
b47fd2f8a0147691bffb31eabd4604ad-huge-weMarielle Weintraub
Director of Scientific Strategy, OTC & Contaminants Testing, Eurofins FCT
Marielle Weintraub, Ph.D. is the Director of Scientific Strategy, OTC & Contaminants Testing, Eurofins-Madison.  She is responsible for the development/support of the OTC/GMP program, designed for ingredient/product testing required under 21 CFR parts 210/211. Weintraub is a member of AOAC working groups and expert review panels, CHPA's Quality/Manufacturing Committee, and an active member of AHPA.