Your ISBT Connection | August 15, 2020
Featured News from ISBT
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!
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)!
Upcoming Webinars
Watch your email over the coming weeks for more information about each of these webinars and the links to register:
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) 
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.
BevTech Asia Pacific - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Now to Support Your Industry

Become a pioneer and join us on the committee to be part of the first BevTech Asia Pacific. The event with be held in Bangkok Thailand in June 2021, we are currently looking for volunteers. We urgently need assistance in a communications and marketing role to assist with promotion of the event and increasing ISBT’s profile to gain new members in the region. If you live or work in the Asia Pacific region and are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Sean Herrington ( or Chris Bryant ( to learn more.
Beverage Institute by ISBT® 
Packaging Technology Seminar

A series of 4 webinars beginning September 16, 2020

Each 2-hour webinar is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time 

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

• Lana Giddings (Plastipak)
• Michael O’Leary (DAK Americas)
• Dan Durham (Plastic Technologies, Inc)
September 23 - Plastic Closures/Test Methods and Closure Resins

• Dustin Vance (Silgan)
• Sarah Tannahill (INEOS)
• John Sugden (Dow)
October 14 - Can Bodies/Ends and Glass Bottles

• Jason Oder (Ball Can)
• Dave Dineff (AGR International, Inc.)
October 21 - Bag in a Box and Pouches/Flexibles

• Patrick Shea (
• Dennis Calamusa (ALLIEDFLEX Technologies, Inc.)
What Will You Learn?
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!
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.
Only Two More Weeks to get this Special Discount - $240 until Labor Day

Sweetener Course

HFCS – Sucrose – Stevia – Saccharin – Aspartame – Ace K – Sucralose – Neotame – Advantame 

Why Sign Up?
Learn the technology and uses of HFCS, sucrose, stevia, and the high-potency sweeteners.
Who Should Take This Course?
If you work with sweeteners or purchase sweeteners, this course is for you!
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 Canada 2020 will be held as a Webinar on Thursday, September 17

Theme: Beverage Headlines - Beverages in the News

Online registration to the event is now open. Click here for more information and to register. Registration is free for members. Non-members may join and attend at the introductory rate of $250. This rate covers one full year of membership with the ISBT.
The 2020 BevTech Canada event will be held as webinar on September 17, tentatively from 9 AM – 3 PM Central. The planning committee is working on an agenda packed with very interesting and trending topics. The Preliminary Program will be available soon.
Sneak peek of the program includes:
  • Beverage Industry Market and Perspectives
  • CO2 Impurities Control
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Beverage Caps
  • And More
The Call for Papers is now closed; however, we still welcome presenters that want to share their point of view on:
  • Supply Chain Resilience in Disruptive Times
  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainability in The Industry
  • Foods Service
  • Quality and Food Safety Management
The preliminary program will be posted to the BevTech Canada page as soon as it is available.

Great people in a virtual environment - SEE YOU ALL at BevTech Canada 2020!
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 can also “virtually” network with other industry professionals at the end of every presentation.
Registration: Online registration will open soon, so stay tuned for notifications. 
Featured Board Member Profile
Marcio Amazonas

Why did I want to be elected to the ISBT board of directors?
In one word: Service. But I confess that it is both self-serving and to serve the professional network I cherish and to whom I owe a big chunk of my successes along my career. I think I took more than I was able to give back, despite having served on the Board and committees. The one area I believe I can still have unique contributions to is the international reach of our Society. We are continuously making progress and must not lose momentum.

How long have you been a member of ISBT?
I have joined the ISBT as soon as I moved to the US, in 1998. Since then I only missed one BevTech due to a work conflict.
How has membership benefited you?
It gave me high exposure inside my company and in the talent marketplace. I received the Best Paper Award in 1999, made numerous presentations at committee meetings and general sessions, joined the Board in 2002 and served as committee co-chair (Global Issues and Sustainable Packaging). But the personal relationships I was able to build, including with professionals from competing companies,
were invaluable and would not have been built anywhere else.
Provide us some of your contributions, projects, efforts or activities with ISBT?
In addition to the exposure indicated above, I would highlight the relentless investment made in Latin America since 2001, working closely with Alberto Helguera to create a regional event in Mexico, which we succeeded in 2002 (Water Technology Seminar), in 2007 (UV-Ozone Seminar) and, since 2012, with BevTech Latin America annual meetings.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
Continuity of Latin American representation and expansion of membership to reach new regions via in person or virtual access to our content. Support for the committees to harmonize standards for the protection and continuous improvement of the beverage industry (main focus: sustainability issues such as microplastics, straws, recyclability and ocean plastic)

Are there any goals you would like to help the ISBT achieve?
Yes, increase membership numbers, promote new regional meetings and publication of new harmonized beverage standards (e.g. 100% recycled packaging). The main strategy to achieve these goals would be to strengthen the technical network of peer organizations.
What does being a member of the ISBT mean to you?
Our Society is made of individuals who generously share their time, expertise and contributions with their peers, shaping the Society’s reputation while strengthening their organizations’ leadership position. Members also help level the playing field by offering exposure to individuals and companies in less advantageous position, offering them a unique and safe space for technical collaboration and professional development.
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 8 new members since August 1. 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 28.
Anheuser-Busch looking for a slam dunk in nonalcoholic beer category with Budweiser Zero - A big name is joining the burgeoning nonalcoholic beer market: Budweiser.

Coca-Cola Introduces Recyclable Paperboard-Based Rings on Can Multipacks - Coca-Cola European Partners is introducing CanCollar - a paperboard packaging solution - for multipack cans in Spain. The move will avoid the use of 18 tons of plastic a year.

PepsiCo Partners with Microsoft for New Era of Operational Agility and Product Innovation Amid Rising Consumer Demand - Five-year partnership will accelerate PepsiCo’s ability to meet the rising demand for its food and beverages and drive new innovations across its operations and consumer experiences

Dr. Pepper Urges Patience Amid Soda Shortage - Dr. Pepper urged patience on Monday as it faces a pandemic shortage of its flavorful soft drink.
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.
Airborne Labs International Offering Discounted Equipment - Airborne Labs International is pleased to announce a limited time special sale from now through August 31, 2020.
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 28. 
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