Your ISBT Connection | August 1, 2020
Featured News from ISBT
ISBT® Announces Special Membership Pricing Through October 10, 2020!

Take advantage of a special promotional ISBT membership rate of $250 USD. Whether you're a brand new member looking to attend one (or ALL) of our regional events in September and October, or you've been a member for years and just want to renew and save a few bucks, NOW IS THE TIME!

Your membership includes:

Please use the buttons below to join now or renew. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ISBT Office.
Reconnect with the Beverage Industry!

For the first time ever, ISBT will offer a comprehensive VIRTUAL program of topical, technical, and trendy presentations designed to enhance your knowledge and expertise. This series of presentations is given by top subject matter experts and hosted by the premier technical society – and it’s all accessible from the comfort of your office or home. NO NEED TO TRAVEL!
Join us on August 5 for the start of the 2020 virtual event of the year in the beverage industry: ISBT will host one webinar per week in August. And if you are an ISBT member – IT IS FREE!  If you aren’t a member, check out the great offers for you (see below under Webinar Pricing )!
REGISTER NOW for the August 5 webinar!
Cannabis Regulatory Summary –
Presented by Robert Knight of Chart Industries
Explore the growth, key definitions, and ongoing regulatory issues of the cannabis industry. Understand the drive towards cannabis-infused beverages and the projections that CBD-infused beverages will be mainstream. With a CAGR of 74.7%, it is one of the fastest growing segments in the overall industry. Learn about some of the market drivers, advantages, various product categories, and challenges of this new, still-to-be-defined market. Don’t miss this session!
Other Upcoming Webinars
Watch your email over the coming weeks for more information about each of these webinars and the links to register:
August 12 - Not Invented Here? Contract Packagers are a New Frontier for Leading Brands Seeking Innovation
Presented by Carl Melville (The Melville Group) and Ron Puvak (Contract Packaging Association)
August 19 - Business Continuity and Resilience Plans - ISO 22313
Presented by Jennifer Lott (SGS)
August 26 - Proposition 65: Regulatory Overview, Warning Label Exemptions, and Highly Litigated Compounds
Presented by Kelly Magurany (NSF) 
BevTech Canada 2020 - Registration Open!

Due to current social conditions, this year's BevTech Canada event will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 .
BevTech Canada is a great place to learn about the latest beverage industry technology! Whether you are looking for an opportunity to speak on a specific topic or want to hear about and discuss the latest industry innovations, we invite you to join us at BevTech, Canada 2020.
This year’s theme is “Beverage Headlines: Beverage Industry in the News”.  We are preparing for an interesting and informative meeting, and we look forward to breaking new ground as a virtual event in 2020.

Registration is now open!  Registration is FREE for ISBT members. Non-members can join ISBT for the discounted price of $250 USD, a $50 savings. Please click the appropriate button below to register.

Thank you for your interest in participating in BevTech Canada!
Best regards,
The BevTech Canada Team
BevTech Canada 2020 - Call for Papers!
We would love to have YOU join us as a speaker or guest! Interested presenters, please send your abstract to our technical contacts, Stephan Frehner and David Watson, before August 10 .
Stephan Frehner
David Watson
905 515 2878
ISBT Needs Your Help!

Volunteer Now to Support Your Industry

We need you! Your expertise, your passion, and your support can help make the ISBT better and even more relevant in these uncertain times. How can you help? Just say yes!

You can volunteer for the following areas by simply updating your member profile :
  • Supporting BevTech USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, India, Asia Pacific
  • Generating Technical Content Publications and Guidelines
  • Developing and Reviewing Materials for Beverage Institute by ISBT®
  • Serving on committees such as Membership, Business Development, or Marketing
In addition to these general needs, we have immediate need for folks in the following areas:
  • Google Analytics Reporting and Analysis
  • Business Development Skills

If you’re interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please reach out to the ISBT Office directly at .

And don’t forget that you can always join any Technical Committee by expressing interest on the Technical Committee Application . (To join a subcommittee, please reach out to the subcommittee chairs directly to learn about current projects, meeting schedules, etc.) 
Beverage Institute by ISBT ® 
Packaging Technology Seminar

ISBT is launching a new four-session webinar series dedicated to beverage packaging, beginning on September 16th.

Each Session is Two-Hours in Length:
September 16 - PET Bottles/Test Methods and PET Resin

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
September 23 - Plastic Closures/Test Methods and Closure Resins

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
October 14 - Can Bodies/Ends and Glass Bottles

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
October 21 - Bag in a Box and Pouches/Flexibles

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Why Sign Up?
Led by industry leaders, this course provides the technology needed to make and use primary beverage packaging.
Who Should Take This Course?

If you evaluate options, purchase, design, or work with packaging materials, this course is for you!
The course will allow you to upskill and create a “no-regrets” tool kit, so you’re prepared for any of the ways your role might evolve.
Now get all 4 sessions for $220 (ISBT Members) or $250 (non-members)
Due the current environment, ISBT has reduced the fee from $645.

How to Sign Up?

Click on either the QR code or the button below.
Don't Let Summer Slip by Without Taking Advantage of This Special $240 Offer - a 33% Discount!

Sweetener Course

Learn About the Uses and Technology of HFCS, Sucrose, Stevia, and High-Potency Sweeteners

Why Sign Up?
Sweeteners are one of the most important ingredients in beverages, but they can also be the most controversial beverage ingredient.
In this course you will learn the technology and uses of HFCS, sucrose, stevia, and high-potency sweeteners.
Who Should Take This Course?
Any beverage professionals wanting to increase their technical knowledge and help advance their careers.
If you work with sweeteners or purchase sweeteners, this course is for you!
The course will allow you to upskill and create your “no-regrets” tool kit, so you’re prepared for any of the ways your role might evolve.
How to Sign Up?
Click the button below.
Upcoming Events
BevTech Europe Virtual Conference to Take Place September 10, 2020  
The 2020 ISBT European regional meeting will take place on Thursday the  10th of September from 14:00 to 18:00 Central European Time . Unlike previous years, we will meet and socialize on a virtual platform.  
Online registration is now open . All participants must be registered in order to receive a personal invitation. The call for papers is now closed and we are thrilled that this year’s event will be packed with the usual high-quality presentations brought to you by some of the beverage industry’s powerhouse.
This year’s virtual conference will span a total of 4 hours, including:  
  • Five presentations: each presentation will be 20 minutes + Live questions/discussions with the presenter. 
  • One live panel discussion by some of the most influential specialists in the industry. This 60-minute discussion will highlight the knowledge gained from managing COVID-19 impacts at different stages of the supply chain. 
  • Two virtual “coffee breaks” with about 10 minutes allocated for each break. 
For the live panel discussion, speakers are free to talk about their experiences in managing their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic but other subjects are also welcome, such as:
  • Sanitation of Fountain Systems in a Retail Environment 
  • Global Quality Standardization vs. Regional Approach Implementation 
  • Smart Use of Manufacturing and Quality Data 
  • Quality and Safety Management 
  • The need to launch new products/applications/packaging quickly versus proper testing 
Join us for BevTech Europe 2020. Same exciting people – just a different room!
BevTech Latin America ® - Virtual Webinar October 8, 2020

ISBT will host its 2020 Latin American Regional Conference in a virtual webinar format with 10 innovative technical presentations!
Join us in this alternative “venue" that will allow beverage professionals from all countries in Latin America and other regions in the world to participate in our conference, learn more about the ISBT Technical Committees, and understand what the Latin American beverage industry is looking for.
We invite all current and potential members of ISBT to participate as a speaker with a presentation in Spanish, spotlighting the latest technology and innovations in the beverage industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to present at the BevTech Latin America 2020 conference!
We are looking for speakers and papers related to the following topics and trends affecting the Beverage Industry:
  • How COVID-19 has changed food and beverage processes
  • The economic impact of COVID-19 in the beverage industry
  • Sustainability and trends in the packaging and beverage processes
  • New challenges of sanitation, microbial control, and water treatment
  • Non-invasive quality control solutions for processes, ingredients, and packaging
  • New challenges for fountain technology in beverages after COVID-19
  • Understanding sugar and sweeteners for healthy products
  • Learning more about the gases used in the beverage industry
Speakers and attendees will be able to offer comments and ask questions during the 50-minute live sessions. Everyone will also have the opportunity to “virtually” network with other industry professionals at the end of every presentation.
Registration: Online registration will open soon, so stay tuned for notifications. 
Committee Profile

Bill Kennedy is the Technical Committee Chair of this diverse group, which also includes subcommittees for sucrose, high fructose syrup, stevia, and supply chain. Their goal is to foster an environment in which beverage industry professionals can share information relating to sweeteners - usage, benefits, issues, storage, security, sustainability, and transportation - that promotes continuous improvement and environmental responsibility. For instance, collaboration and sharing of information across companies helped to develop the Extended Wash guidelines, which were recently expanded to 144 hours. This committee has also hosted (twice!) the ISBT Thursday seminar on Sweeteners.
Click the button below for more information about the Sweetener Technical Committee, including a list of officers, current activities, and more.
Sweetener Committee Chair
Bill Kennedy, Carry Transit
Sweetener Committee Mentor
Andrea Belford, Ingredion, Inc.
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 3 new members since July 15. Please join us in welcoming them to the association. (To view the list of new members, click the button below.) For information about joining ISBT, click Join ISBT below.
Industry News
*If you have news (i.e., new hires, personnel promotions, facility changes, etc.) that you would like to see mentioned in the ISBT Connection, please email . The deadline for submission for the next issue of the ISBT Connection is August 12 .
PepsiCo Partners to Design Recyclable Paper Bottles - PepsiCo has joined the consortium of global consumer goods companies, including Unilever, to further develop and scale the world’s first recyclable paper bottle, initially developed by Diageo and Pilot Lite.

Sharpen Your Knowledge with the IBDEAU Draught Beer Academy - The IBDEAU Draught Beer Academy is a 4-day introduction to draught beer dispensing.

Southeastern Grocers Partners with Coca-Cola to Share a Meal with Families in Need - In-store program provides support to Feeding America® food banks in the fight against hunger.

Philadelphia Eagles switch to Pepsi for soft drink sponsorship - Food and beverage giant gets pouring rights at NFL franchise’s Lincoln Financial Field.
Sponsored Resource Guide News
* The Beverage Industry Resource Guide contains information from Beverage Industry Supplier Members from a promotional standpoint. It is for advertising purposes and does not reflect the opinions or position of ISBT.
Messer Distributor Group Celebrates Annual Meeting and Election of New Board Members - The Messer Distributor Group (MDG), a leading network of independent distributors and suppliers, recently announced new additions to the group’s Board and pivoted from a planned in-person annual meeting to a highly successful virtual event.
If you have sponsored content (i.e., new products, case studies, white papers, etc.) that you would like to see mentioned in the ISBT Connection, please email or upload to the Beverage Industry Resource Guide by August 12.