Your ISBT Connection | September 1, 2020
Featured News from ISBT
Please Take Our Brief BevTech 2021 Survey

ISBT is working on plans for BevTech 2021, our premier event and always a great source of professional development and networking opportunities. As we plan for 2021, we want your feedback!

We ask that you take just a couple of minutes to answer a few, brief questions that will guide us towards providing the best opportunities for you in 2021. Please take this survey no later than 5 PM CT, Friday, September 4.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at
Brian Stegmann Transitions into Executive Director Role

I would like to introduce myself and speak to my vision on the organization as I move into the role of Executive Director. I have just retired from Ingredion after 42 years of service. Beginning September 1, 2020, I will continue working with Larry Hobbs on my transition into the Executive Director position. On January 1, 2021, I will become acting Executive Director, and Larry will work with me in a support role for the rest of year.

I want to take this time to thank Larry, the Board of Directors, our support staff, and all of ISBT’s members for their help in this transition. I feel I have gathered valuable information and knowledge in my tenure with Ingredion, not to mention in my roles as President and Treasurer of the Society. We all have gone through a very difficult time with the Coronavirus, and it has forced the Society and business in general to make many significant changes. We had to cancel our annual meeting in San Diego this year, and we are working hard to determine how the meeting will look in Orlando next year. This virus has impacted the whole world and has forced us to convert all of this year’s regional meetings into a virtual format.

To further enhance the value of your ISBT membership, we have set up webinars on many topics that impact our day-to-day business. We have also worked with the Beverage Institute by ISBT® to provide technical content in a webinar format.

Additionally, ISBT has embarked on a plan to change the configuration of the board of directors, including how they will oversee the operations of the Society. All of these items will help to better prepare our organization for the future, and I am excited to see this organization become a more member-centric society.
ISBT Announces Emeritus Scholarship for Current ISBT Members / Family Members

It is the objective of the ISBT scholarship program to provide financial support to academically qualified students who have shown an interest in pursuing a career in the beverage industry, either by course work or through an internship with beverage companies or suppliers to the beverage industry.
Beginning in 2019, ISBT added an Emeritus Scholarship option for ISBT members, or any of their immediate family, who are interested in applying for a scholarship.
For general information about ISBT's Scholarship Program, click here. For Eligibility Requirements and Application Details, click the button below. 
Emeritus Scholarship Timeline

September 18 — Deadline for ISBT Emeritus Scholarship applications and all supporting documentation to be received
October 1 — Decisions to be made by the Scholarship Committee and reviewed by the Board of Directors for the Emeritus Scholarship
October 15 — Checks to be completed and administered to the scholarship recipient(s) or their school 
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, and we are currently looking for volunteers. We urgently need assistance in communications and marketing roles to assist with promotion of this event and increasing ISBT’s profile in an effort 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 - Only Two Weeks Left to Sign Up to Learn From the Experts!

Online Live Seminar in four sessions beginning September 16, 2020

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

Special Rate of $220 for Members/$250 for non-members 

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.
Special Discount Extended Until October 1st: Sweetener Technology Course for $240
Learn the technology and uses of: HFCS – Sucrose – Stevia – Saccharin – Aspartame – Ace K – Sucralose – Neotame – Advantame 
Why Sign Up?
To learn the technology and uses of HFCS, sucrose, stevia, and other 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.
Sweeten Your Day! Learn From the Experts
ISBT Regional Meetings
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 powerhouses.
This year’s virtual conference will span a total of 4 hours, including: 
  • Five 20-minute presentations + 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 September 17, 2020

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 ISBT and attend for 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 a webinar on September 17, tentatively from 9 AM – 3 PM Central. The planning committee is working on an agenda packed with informative, interesting, and trending topics. A preliminary program will be available soon, but here’s a sneak peek at some of the content, with more to come:

  • Beverage Industry Market and Perspectives
  • CO2 Impurities Control
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Beverage Caps

The call for papers is now closed, but we still welcome presenters who want to share their points 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 8 innovative technical presentations in Spanish!
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 in the eight 50-minute live sessions, where Speakers and Attendees will offer comments and ask questions about the latest technology and innovations. Everyone can also enjoy the “virtual” coffee-breaks and communicate with other industry professionals at the end of every presentation.
The call for papers is now closed and Online Registration is Open! Registration is free for members. Non-members may join and attend at the introductory rate of $250. This rate covers also one full year of ISBT membership to access the other ISBT webinars and to all of ISBT’s manuals and guidelines.
Click here for more information and to register.
These are the topics included in our Technical Program:
1a. ISBT Latam introduction and welcome by Gabriela Mejia M. Organizing Committee.
1b. ISBT Beverage Institute-Status of the beverage industry, by Maria Piedad Lopez – Pepsico.
2. Preventing Impurities in the CO2 used in beverages, by Ardis Ríos - Pentair
3. Granular ferric hydroxide GFO for selective removal of arsenic in drinking water, by Juan Carlos Pinilla - Lanxess
4. Integration of Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Analysis for sustainable beverage production by Belén Salazar – Handy Seafood
5. Disinfectant PHMB based during COVID-19 period, by Juan Manuel Niño – Larking, Colombia.
6. Laser PET tooling on Labels. Advanced surface decoration keeping the minds open, by Jorge Alberto Pucci – Moldintec
7. Impact of Sustainable Development Objectives, by Sergio Moreno Gonzalez – Coca Cola FEMSA.
8. Control and Automation of Manual Operations in the beverage industry as a base of a continuous improvement and regulatory compliance, by Francisco Sanchez V. – ProLeit.
Our Technical program will be posted in the BevTech Latin America page shortly, stay tuned for notifications. 
Committee Profile
Packaging Technical Committee

The Packaging Technology Technical Committee provides a forum for industry stakeholders to collaborate to create voluntary guidelines and best practices to benefit the industry as a whole. The committee promotes the understanding of shared beverage packaging challenges and innovative beverage packaging technologies on a global format. One such example is the recent Cetie and ISBT novel collaborative approach to jointly develop and distribute global beverage industry voluntary guidelines. The result will be a unified guideline that can be used by global brands and their suppliers while creating, producing, and packaging their products.
Our current subcommittees include:
  • Cans Test Methods – NEW! We are currently seeking a Subcommittee Chair and members. Interested ISBT members should reach out to Lana Giddings and specify whether you’re interested in helping to lead the subcommittee or just participate.
  • Correlation Review of CO2 Test Methods
  • Education and Beverage Institute
  • Harmonization of CETIE and ISBT Closure Test Methods
  • PET Bottle Test Methods
  • Prevention of PET Stress Cracking and Crazing
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Thread Specs Review
  • Torque & Application Angle
The committee is currently working on a new course for the Beverage Institute by ISBT® by hosting a 4-part Packaging Seminar on September 16 and 23, October 14 and 21. Check out the article in this issue of the newsletter for more information, or click here to register.
Click the button below for more information about the Packaging Technology Technical Committee, including a list of officers, current activities, and more.
Packaging Technical Committee Chair Lana Giddings, Plastipak Packaging
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 3 new members since August 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.
Upcoming Events
  • September 3 - A Virtual Convening of Young Global Leaders on WATER, SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND COMMUNITIES
  • September 17 - BevTech Canada will be held online on Thursday, September 17
  • October 8 - BevTech Latin America will take place online on October 8, 2020
  • November 9 - 13 - PACK EXPO Connects is a virtual event like no other. Live chats, live product demos and enhanced lead generation are just a few of many items offered to maximize opportunities for industry connections.
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 September 11.
PepsiCo Sustainability Focus: Water - As the world faces an unprecedented global pandemic, we are seeing clearer than ever the importance of access to clean water.

The Coca-Cola Company Water Stewardship Strategy - Optimizing water use and water stewardship efficiencies requires continuous progress.

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 Tiger Woods Strategy - Dr. Julie Rice from The Packaging School is here to break it down for you in a brief explanation of 'The Tiger Woods Strategy'.
Messer's MAP Gases and Package Leak Detection System - Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) protects the quality of fresh products, from hummus to salad mixes to shredded cheese and baked items. Messer provides MAP gases as well as precision systems for delivering the gas or gas mixture at the proper rate and ratio to the packaging equipment.
Airborne Labs International Offering Discounted Equipment - Airborne Labs International is pleased to announce a limited time special sale from June 15, 2020, to September 30, 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 September 11.