Your ISBT Connection | December 15, 2020
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The ISBT Connection Celebrates One Year Anniversary!

Since the ISBT Connection debuted on December 15, 2019, it has been integral for ISBT communication with existing and future members and also provided a forum for our members to showcase their latest news and products. We want to thank you for helping us grow and evolve the newsletter over the past year and we look forward to continue working to make the ISBT Connection the voice of the beverage industry. Early this summer, we also delivered our first print and online publication of the Beverage Industry Resource Guide. These new member benefits will help facilitate ISBT members to do business with one another and shine a spotlight on the work our members do throughout the industry. Recently, the ISBT Board of Directors authorized our publishing partner, Data Key Communications, to sell sponsorship in the ISBT Connection in an effort to help support the production efforts for both print and online communications on behalf of ISBT.

We are excited about these milestones for our digital publications and hope that you have found them valuable. If you would like to see your company featured in an upcoming issue of the ISBT Connection or the Beverage Industry Resource Guide, please email

The ISBT Staff, Board of Directors, and highly skilled volunteers have also done a tremendous job of implementing our new operating model. The team has generated many ideas to reduce cost, increase revenue, and work efficiently to ensure that we provide tremendous value to our membership. This fall the Beverage Institute by ISBT delivered a very well received series of Packaging webinars. We also held high quality virtual meetings for BevTech Canada, BevTech Europe, and BevTech Latin America and achieved record setting attendance. While we have achieved many milestones this year, we are not resting. We are also in the midst of finalizing an excellent BevTech 2021 virtual program and you will continue to see articles about that event over the next several months.

I want to sincerely thank you for your contributions to ISBT having another successful year. Please enjoy a happy and safe holiday season as we look forward to a prosperous 2021.

Sal Calandra
President, ISBT
BevTech 2021 Virtual Event

ISBT is putting together a virtual meeting containing all of the content that you have come to expect from BevTech. This program will include a great lineup of keynote speakers discussing timely topics, Technical Committee meetings, and an Expo.

The 2021 theme is Trends and Innovations in Challenging Times. Keynote speakers, plenary spotlights, and panel discussions will be held Tuesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 29 with a featured topic each day, including Trends, Sustainability / Quality, and Innovation & the Future. Technical Committee meetings will take place Monday, May 3 - Thursday, May 13.
This will be our 68th BevTech event.

Plan to attend and be part of the industry's premier event!
  • The premier forum for scientific and technical papers.
  • Beverage focused program designed with broad industry appeal
  • Technical Committee meetings focused on key industry issues
  • Ingredients, Water, Sweetener, Quality, Sanitation, Packaging — you get it all
  • Networking with Industry peers
ISBT Call for Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!
ISBT Responsive Ways of Working - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Now to Support Your Industry
Become a pioneer and a champion of responsive ways of working! Join us on the first ISBT initiative dedicated to aligning and deploying a set of behaviors, processes, and practices that will drive enhanced collaboration across our society!

Across industry, a suite of behaviors and technology enabled tools are being deployed to enable more agile and collaborative ways of working. They can be used by individuals, teams, and organizations to more effectively collaborate, evolve ways of working, empower teams, and encourage a “test and learn” mindset.

At ISBT, we urgently need assistance to define and implement best practices in this area, including promoting collaborative behaviors and better leveraging collaboration tools such as Basecamp. These responsive working behaviors will be a key enabler to implementation of our Society’s strategic priorities.

If you have expertise, a passion for or would like to develop skills on responsive working/ collaboration best practices, we are interested in hearing from you for volunteer opportunities. Please contact Manus Mitchell ( or Gary Robson ( to learn more.
Beverage Institute by ISBT®
Share the Beverage Institute
Send this flyer to your peers, suppliers and customers and help them reap the benefit of education from the Beverage Institute! Click to download the Beverage Institute Introduction Flyer.
Winter Special Promotion

Kick off the New Year by advancing your knowledge! From December 1, 2020, until January 31, 2021, the Beverage Institute is offering a 25% discount off list price for all course enrollments. You will have 12 months from your enrollment date to actually take the course(s). Use coupon code “holidays”. Click here to enroll
Help Train Your Company Employees with Beverage Institute Courses in 2021

The Beverage Institute provides programs to support larger scale training programs at your company and can also be incorporated into Learning Management Systems (LMS). For more information, contact
Committee Profile
Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee is dedicated to promoting innovative sanitation and microbiological control technologies and advances within the beverage industry. The committee meets on an annual basis to provide papers on beverage sanitation and microbiological control topics of interest as well as an open forum discussion. It compiles and provides technical reference information pertaining to sanitation and microbiological control.
Click the button below for more information about the Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee, including a list of officers, current activities, and more.
Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee Chair Brett Vastano, PepsiCo
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 5 new members since December 1. Please join us in welcoming them to the association! (To view the complete 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 December 28.
For ISBT Members: CGA’s 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Webinar - ISBT members may access this webinar on-demand through December 28, 2020 for $25 per person (the CGA member price).

Panera and Pepsi Team Up to Give Away Free Pizza and Soda - Panera and Pepsi are collaborating to offer consumers a virtual pizza party during this unprecedented time. Through December 20, the two brands will spread cheer by awarding 1,000 lucky winners a $50 Panera e-gift card towards Panera’s new Flatbread Pizza and Pepsi pairing.

Biden OBM Director Pick Supported National Soda Tax - Neera Tanden, President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Office of Budget and Management director, has supported a national soda tax that critics claim would most impact low income citizens, according to a Fox News report.

Largest Coca-Cola Bottler Targets Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 - The world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler has set out plans to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its value chain within two decades, becoming the latest company to set an ambitious target under pressure to slow global warming.
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.
Introducing Packaging 101 Bootcamp - The Packaging School has launched a new course! Packaging 101 Bootcamp is the most recent addition to our catalog and we'd love for you to drop by and see what it's about.
Fast, Reliable & Low Maintenance CO2 & Nitrous Pumps & Equipment from CryoVation - CryoVation manufactures many types of Pumps for many industries. Industrial Gas, Beverage, Fire Safety, cannabis and other industries use CryoVation for pump repairs and new pump installations.
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 December 28.