Your ISBT Connection | June 1, 2020
Featured News from ISBT

The ISBT invites all current members to our first Virtual Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on June 4, 2020 at 10 AM Eastern Time. We will keep the meeting to within one hour and cover a lot of critical information.

It’s been a big year of change for ISBT! The Society has adapted to meet the needs of its members and the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.

The agenda includes:
  • President’s Remarks
  • Organizational Updates Related to the Executive Director, Treasurer, and Beverage Institute Director Positions
  • Strategic Planning Update
  • Beverage Industry Resource Guide
  • Awards – Best Paper 2019, Best Committee 2019-2020, Circle of Honor
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Board Election Results
  • New Operating Model

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about what is happening in YOUR Society and how you might engage with us in the coming year.

All current ISBT members should have received their invitation and the registration link via email. If you did not receive it, please contact the ISBT Office so you can join us.

Why Sign Up?

Join the record number of new Beverage Institute students who have saved money with this valuable offer.

July 1 is when this discount ends, so enroll now!

Who Should Take this Course?

Any beverage professionals wanting to increase their technical knowledge and help advance their career.

How Do I Sign Up?

Click on this link to view course options:

Use coupon code “specialdays” to get the discount pricing.

The print edition of the Beverage Industry Resource Guide has been finalized and can be viewed online now. The physical directory will be hitting mailboxes and desks within the next month. We thank everybody who participated in the guide for your help and input.
Beverage Institute by ISBT ® 

The Beverage Institute continues to offer access to a free course designed for the restaurant and fountain beverage dispensing industry.

Why take this Offer?

Join others who have taken advantage of this free offer from the Beverage Institute, including key personnel from CO2 suppliers, fountain equipment installers, and fountain operators. All have acquired valuable insight and best- of-practice sanitation methods from these guidelines at a time when it is most critical.
Who Should take the Course?
Anyone who operates or provides services to fountain equipment. Ensure your personnel are adequately trained in the sanitation of these units!

Offer Ends July 3, 2020 – Act Now

To take advantage of this offer, with no strings attached, follow these easy steps to enroll:
  1. Go to:
  2. Click on the “BUY $99.00” button.
  3. Complete the form to enroll and click on the “SIGN UP” button.
  4. Click on “Have a coupon?” and enter “connection” as the coupon code for free access.
  5. You will receive an email when the enrollment is processed.
  6. Enrollment must be made by July 3, and after enrollment, you will have access to the course for one year.
Upcoming Events

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 will open soon so watch this space. All participants must be registered in order to receive a personal invitation. The BevTech® Europe Planning Committee would like to invite all current and potential members to share their industry insights and offer to make an online presentation during this fantastic event.
This year’s virtual conference will span a total of 4 hours, including:
·   Five presentations: each presentation with be 20 minutes (live or pre-recorded) + 10 minutes of questions/discussions live with the presenter.
·   One live panel discussion by some of the most influential specialists in the industry. This 50-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 20-minutes allocated for each break.
For the five presentations, 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 Europe 2020 - Call for Papers

Our 2020 conference theme is " Future Requirements, Solutions, and Uncertainties in the Beverage Industry: Lessons Drawn from Managing Global Supply Chains During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

If you are looking for an opportunity to spotlight the latest technology and innovations in beverages, consider presenting at the wildly popular BevTech Europe 2020 Conference! The BevTech Europe planning committee would like to invite all current and potential members to share their industry insights at this fantastic annual event.

We are specifically looking for presenters and papers in the following areas:

  • 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

All presentation proposals (with a very brief summary of content) are to be sent to our Technical Program Leads - Johannes Angres and Dr. Joerg Zacharias - before June 30, 2020 . Accepted presenters will be notified by July 10, 2020 and speakers will be expected to submit their presentations by August 10, 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 many 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 Spanish presentation to spotlight the latest technology and innovations in the Beverage Industry. Do not 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 the 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.
If you are interested in presenting at BevTech Latin America® 2020, send your application and a brief summary of the topic to our Technical Program Lead   Alicia Certucha before July 17, 2020.
Accepted presenters will be notified by July 30, 2020, and all final presentations should be submitted by September 14, 2020.
Registration: Online registration will open soon, so stay tuned for notifications.
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 4 new members since April 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 June 15 issue of the ISBT Connection is June 11 .
The World Has Changed, But Investor Interest in ESG Remains. What’s Expected of Your Company? - Over the past decade, interest in how companies manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has grown considerably. Investors, consumers and employees increasingly expect companies to account for issues such as worker safety, climate change and financial transparency.

How PepsiCo’s Stock Grew 40%, More Than 6 Times Its Revenue Growth - Between 2016 and 2019, the company saw its stock jump nearly 43% despite a modest 7% revenue growth. What really changed?

Face Shields to the Front Lines - Coca-Cola North America, MakersRespond Address Critical Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment.

CGA Welcomes Jack Finn of FIBA Technologies and Chris Ebeling of Messer Americas as Incoming Chair and Vice Chair of the Association’s Board of Directors - During the recent Annual Meeting of the Association, which was held virtually, John F. (Jack) Finn of FIBA Technologies, Inc., and Chris Ebeling of Messer Americas were unanimously elected 2020 Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) Board of Directors.
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.
The Importance of Oxygen Measurement in Soft Drinks- Depending on the beverage’s composition, high levels of dissolved oxygen in soft drinks may have a considerable impact on the soft drink’s quality and shelf life. Not only the drink itself, but also the package type needs to be considered.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Provides a Week of Food for Furloughed Workers - Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED partnered with The Great Grocery Giveaway to provide a week of food for furloughed workers in the greater Birmingham area.
Messer Brings New Keyes, California Carbon Dioxide Plant on Stream - Messer, the largest privately-owned industrial gases company, announced that it has started operation of its new Keyes, California carbon dioxide (CO2) plant, bringing it on line to serve existing and new customers in northern California and surrounding geographies via rail network.
PepsiCo Initiative to Ensure Plastics Never Become Waste - Across PepsiCo’s Business and brands, the company has made it a business imperative to help build a circular future for packaging and a world where plastics need never become waste.
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 May 28.