Ensuring legal security in the emerging food tech space – video

Hillary H. Hughes, principal, Foster Garvey, previews her SupplySide West/ Food ingredients North America presentation about food tech innovation from her attorney vantage point.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

October 20, 2022

Food brands entering the cool, new and exciting word of precision fermentation and other food tech products need not hinder innovation due to legal requirements of contracts, intellectual property (IP) or other hurdles. That is, as long as they are working with a trusted legal advisor.

Hillary H. Hughes, principal, Foster Garvey, is such a partner to many brands in the food industry. She helps ensure that parties are legally protected in this emerging area of product innovation. In this new video interview with Sandy Almendarez, vice president of content, SupplySide, Hughes talks about the life of a food tech attorney and how she found herself in this area of work.

They also cover:

  • How Hughes brings creativity and the entrepreneur spirit to practicing law.

  • The crossover between the sports, arts, entertainment industries with the natural products industry.

  • How 2022 will be Hughes’ first time at SupplySide West/Food ingredients North America.  

This video was recorded onsite at Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia.

Hughes will be talking more about how brands can navigate the food tech space during the SupplySide Stage session “Food technology trends, best practice & compliance” 12:45-1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at booth 5670 SupplySide West/Food ingredients North America. This session is open to all visitors; register here.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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