Your ISBT Connection | May 1, 2020
Featured News From ISBT

Learn more about our six candidates for the Board of Directors! They are a strong group of ISBT contributors and you will have the opportunity to vote for 3 of these candidates prior to our Virtual Annual Business Meeting in June. You will receive more information about the business meeting and the details of the voting process in the May 15th version of the ISBT Connection.
Anthony Amendola
Gabriela Mejia Mecalco
Andy Reim
Emilia Rico
Victoria Sapelkina
Bob Yeoman

Please join the Beverage Institute team in wishing a farewell and “thank you” to Sally Potter for her years of service as she retires from the Beverage Institute by ISBT®.
In April 2015, Sally took on the role that became responsible for creating the Beverage Institute. She has been wildly successful, leaving a legacy of 6 courses created, which include 32 individual education modules, plus leading 13 seminars at BevTech. 2020 started with a boom as the Beverage Institute set new enrollment records for each month so far!
Sally has a long record of service with the ISBT. She has been a member for 20 years and has served in many roles besides the Beverage Institute. She was President in 2014, served on the ISBT Board of Directors for 12 years, and then served on the Board for 3 additional years as the Beverage Institute Director. As a long-time packaging expert for the Coca-Cola Company, Sally led many of the Packaging Technology Technical Committee’s subcommittees on PET Bottle Test Procedures, Plastic Closure Test Procedures, and Sports Closure Safety Tests Procedures. She was also on many other subcommittees dealing with subjects such as stress cracks, thread finish reviews, and CO2 test procedures.
Sally says, “I would like to thank all the volunteers who created and reviewed content for the Beverage Institute! We all want the beverage industry to be safe, healthy, and prosperous, and we do this by sharing knowledge. Because of your willingness to share your knowledge and your time, we are improving our industry for the future. I ask that you all continue to support Tom Reimer as he carries on this important strategic mission for ISBT. And I’m not saying good-bye just yet — maybe I’ll see you in Orlando!”
Thank you, Sally, for your selfless service in the creation of the Beverage Institute!
Good luck, and we hope you enjoy your retirement!


The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has developed materials that companies may consider if establishing procedures for determining the suitability of critical employees to work after potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for companies to use when dealing with critical infrastructure workers who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus . CDC's " Essential Critical Workers Do's and Dont's " also contains good work practices for critical workers and their employers. 

Based on the CDC guidance and recommendations, CGA has developed a series of new resources for companies to use as templates for their own internal protocols and assessments:

  • Model Flow Chart for Employee Ability to Work: shows protocols that could be used for dealing with employees who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Return To Work Requirements: provides a model set of requirements for assessing the ability of employees to return to work after exposure to COVID-19.
  • Visitor Site Access Questions: offers a model questionnaire that companies can use for potential visitors to company facilities.
  • Visitor Access Sign: provides a model sign that companies can use to educate potential visitors to company facilities.

These resources may be accessed from CGA's online COVID-19 Industry Toolkit:
Committee Profile

Bob Yeoman, the President and CEO of B&R Compliance is the Technical Committee Chair of this active group. Under Bob's leadership, the committee has successfully engaged many technical subject matter experts to update one of the most commonly used ISBT Guidelines, Bulk Carbon Dioxide Quality Food Safety Guidelines and Analytical Methods and Techniques Reference .

This committee has also been contributing to the Beverage Institute by ISBT ™. The first course developed by Beverage Gases is the Carbon Dioxide learning module. The course outline can be accessed here. The committee also developed a course for Beverage Gases entitled: ISBT-104 Beverage Gases: Argon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen, which can be accessed here.

If you are interested in purchasing this course, register here.
For more information about the Beverage Gases Technical Committee including a list of officers, current activities, and more, click the button below.
Beverage Gases Technical Committee Chair Bob Yeoman, B&R Compliance Associates LLC
Beverage Institute by ISBT ® 

Launching the first week of May at an introductory price of $360!

If you are responsible for or need to understand beverage water or wastewater treatment, then this is your course. This course will help you to understand the impact and importance of water and its conservation, and the criteria to select the optimal process for the application.
•               Global supply of potable water as a critical resource
•               Importance of the water cycle / supply
•               Treatment technologies of pretreatment, granular activated carbon (GAC), membrane technology (RO), coagulation & flocculation, and ion exchange treatment systems
•               Disinfection technologies of ozone and ultraviolet (UV)
•               Wastewater treatment and water conservation


The newly released Microbiology and Beverage Gases courses are driving record enrollments. The release of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology course will continue to add to the excitement. Sign up for a course by June 1, and take 40% off list price with special code “ specialdays ”. Access to the courses is good for one year from sign up date, so enroll now while the price is right. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your knowledge and advance your career!
Upcoming Events
BevTech Europe 2020 - Call for Papers

The 2020 edition of the ISBT European regional meeting will be held in September 2020.

Our 2020 conference theme is " Further Requirements, Solutions, and Uncertainties in the Beverage Industry".

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:

• Smart Factories
• Implementing Lean & OpEx
• Leadership and Employee Engagement Techniques
• Cost Reduction Strategies
• New Technologies
• Industry 4.0
• Quality and Safety Management

Please contact our Technical Program Lead, Johannes Angres, with your submission.
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 3 new members since March 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 steveg@datakey.org . The deadline for submission for the May 15 issue of the ISBT Connection is May 13.
U.S. DOT Emergency Special Permit 21025 Authorizing Cylinder Requalification Expires June 30; Requests for Extension Due May 1 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) emergency Special Permit 21025 will expire on June 30, 2020. This Special Permit allows the filling and offering for transport certain DOT specification cylinders in hazard class 2.1 and 2.2 that are up to 12 months overdue for periodic requalification.

Soda Water Market Worth Observing Growth: Coca-Cola, Cott, Danone - A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI with title "Global Soda Water Market Insights by Application, Product Type, Competitive Landscape & Regional Forecast 2025" is designed covering micro level of analysis by manufacturers and key business segments. 

Coke Puts Social Distancing Message in Times Square - Coca-Cola has chosen what is normally one of the most crowded places on Earth to send a social distancing message as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.

PepsiCo Makes Another Entry Into Energy Drinks - PepsiCo announced that it will be the sole distributor of Bang energy drinks, produced by Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VPX).
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.
Diversey Gives Peace of Mind During COVID-19 Epidemic - Diversey’s goal is to provide expert knowledge and innovative cleaning and sanitation products to our customers as quickly as possible during this time of great need.
The importance of equilibrium in a package for correct measurement results of dissolved CO2 - The correct determination of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in carbonated beverages is important for quality control and consumer satisfaction. Homogeneous samples are essential for reliable, accurate and reproducible results.
Analytical Science & Technologies - The Future Today - When gas requirements are critical to your future, Analytical Science & Technologies can move you there, today.
System Cleaners - External Filler Cleaning - With an automatic High Flow cleaning solution you get a range of benefits.
Sure Purity - A Trusted Partner for Your Business - Sure Purity is a TRUSTED partner for your business. Our reputation is staked on delivering on our promises and delivering on these every day.
Messer Taking Steps to Provide Safe and Reliable Supply of Gases During COVID-19 - Whether it is a healthcare facility receiving our life-saving medical gases or related services, or a food processor keeping food on the table during the pandemic, our people and technology enable us to deploy invaluable assets to assist with supply continuity.
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 steveg@datakey.org or upload to the Beverage Industry Resource Guide by May 13.  

The Beverage Industry Resource Guide is an opt-in members-only member resource. So far, more than 100 ISBT members have signed up. If your company has already opted-in, make sure to login and update your profile so that readers who come across your listing see relevant, accurate information about your company. To learn how to upload an article to the Beverage Industry Resource Guide, click here . If you haven't opted in yet, click here to learn how.