Your ISBT Connection | September 15, 2020
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Featured News from ISBT
ISBT Executive Director Announcement

Please help us welcome Brian Stegmann to the position of Executive Director of the ISBT.

Brian worked for Ingredion 42 years, beginning in corporate engineering, working on various projects at their plants in North America and around the world. Over the past twenty five years, his work has included building transfer terminals, providing technical and engineering support to both food and industrial customers. His technical background includes ISO certified auditor, ISO Food Defense & Safety audit team. He was the chair of the Food Defense & Agriculture Security Council for ASIS and is a member of CIPAC (Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council) Food & Agriculture Sector Division. 

He is a former President and Treasurer of the ISBT and has been a member for more than 20 years.

Brian is looking forward to the challenge of the position and is eager to help the Society move forward in these uncertain times.
ISBT Announces Emeritus Scholarship for Current ISBT Members / Family Members

Application Deadline is This Friday!

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.
Beverage Institute by ISBT® 
Packaging Seminar Begins Tomorrow! Registration Ends at 5:00 P.M. Central on Tuesay, September 15


SCAN THE QR code or click this link
Online Live Seminar in 4 Sessions beginning September 16, 2020

Each 2-hour session is from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time

Special Rate of $220 for Members / $250 for non-members
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 Canada 2020 is THIS 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 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, 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern TIME. 

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.
Online Registration is Open! Registration is free for members. Non-members may join and attend at the introductory rate of $250. This rate also includes one full year of ISBT membership plus access to the other ISBT webinars, as well as 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 - Gabriela Mejia Mecalco, Organizing Committee.
1b. ISBT Beverage Institute-Status of the Beverage Industry - Maria Piedad Lopez, Pepsico.
2. Preventing Impurities in the CO2 Used in Beverages - Ardis Ríos, Pentair
3. Granular Ferric Hydroxide GFO for Selective Removal of Arsenic in Drinking Water - Juan Carlos Pinilla, Lanxess
4. Integration of Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Analysis for Sustainable Beverage Production - Belén Salazar, Handy Seafood
5. Disinfectant PHMB-Based During the COVID-19 period - Juan Manuel Niño, Larking, Colombia
6. Laser PET Tooling on Labels - Advanced Surface Decoration Keeping the Minds Open - Jorge Alberto Pucci, Moldintec
7. Impact of Sustainable Development Objectives - 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 - Francisco Sanchez V., ProLeit
Our technical program can be viewed on the BevTech Latin America page, or on this page in Spanish.
Featured Board Member Profile
Johannes Angres

Why did I want to be elected to the ISBT board of directors?
I believe that my leadership skills focused on strategic cooperation are very compatible with the ISBT goals of helping our society become a global source of knowledge and innovation in the beverages industry. My professional career and my personality were very positively impacted by my international experiences, with both ISBT membership and activities as an important part of my personal growth over the years. As a member of the ISBT leadership team, I will be able to put my personal and professional skills, along with my technical expertise as a German engineer, to good use in service of our society and the beverage industry.
How long have you been a member of ISBT?
I have been a member of the ISBT since 2006.
How has membership benefited you?
Being an ISBT member gave me the chance to actively impact our industry over the last 12+ years. I have appreciated especially the interactions with other members in committee and sub-committee groups where dedication and the common professional sense in matters impacting our industry are helping to solve the upcoming challenges and to develop solutions and best practices for the beverage industry. My active work for the society gave me the chance to develop my personal and professional skills beyond the framework provided in a typical work environment.
Provide us with some of your contributions, projects, efforts, or activities with ISBT.
The Packaging Committee, with its diverse subcommittees focusing on topics close to the area of my professional work, motivated me pretty early to active participation. As Chair of the Correlation of the CO2 Test Methods Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the Torque and Application Angle Subcommittee, I have been able to support the ISBT in developing guidelines around these two important topics. Since 2016, I have been part of the team organizing the ISBT Meeting in Europe, and since 2017 have been the BevTech Europe Technical Programme Leader. Over the last two years, I have been the chair of the Packaging Committee. It is a great honor to serve on this ISBT committee with its very active sub-committees, creating the largest number of guidelines contributed to the society (with more to come!). Supporting and motivating our sub-committees in their efforts to continuously adapt to transforming industry needs and to collaborate within and beyond ISBT is my major focus as the PTC chair. We have just completed work on the harmonized closure guidelines between ISBT and Cetie, a specific example of how collaboration is successfully extending the global footprint of the ISBT.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
My goals as a member of the board are pretty much the same as my personal goals:
  • maintaining our industry’s high technological guidelines
  • motivating industry professionals and ISBT members to active participation
  • emphasizing to the industry and our members that fairness and open exchange are the most important ingredients for solutions and guidelines that benefit our industry
  • supporting the interdisciplinary exchange between different industry areas and ISBT committees – understanding that most of the challenges coming up these days are global – and impacting/touching not just one but often different aspects of our industry
  • conserve our knowledge and expertise as “wisdom” sources for our industry
  • grow the intentional impact of the ISBT
Are there any goals you would like to help the ISBT achieve?
Extend the footprint of the ISBT – globally
What does being a member of the ISBT mean to you?
What I love about our society is that ISBT is able to motivate its members to active and dedicated cooperation, helping to keep our industry innovative and focused on high technology excellence. It is great to be part of an organization of industry professionals (humans behind global brands) sharing professional interests, dedications, and passions, while interacting in fair and open communication of knowledge. These are for me the true “ingredients” to positively impact the beverage industry future. 
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 8 new members since September 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.
Upcoming Events
  • 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 28.
Coca-Cola HBC Working Toward a World Without Waste - Coca-Cola HBC's Mission 2025 aims to ensure that 100% of its consumer packaging is recyclable by 2025.

Club Soda Market to See Huge Growth by 2025 - What's Ahead in the Global Club Soda Market? Benchmark yourself with strategic steps and conclusions recently published by AMA.

PepsiCo, USAID Launch Five-Year, $20 Million Partnership to Empower Women in Agriculture- New initiative aims to demonstrate the business case for supporting a gender-inclusive supply chain while increasing sustainable food production.
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.
Sure Purity CarboGuard- Take a look at how the Carboguard system protects your beverages and beverage production equipment from unwanted impurities found in carbon dioxide.
Catch Up on SGS North America's Food Webinars - As a provider of solutions for food safety, quality and sustainability, SGS North America regularly hosts food webinars so you can ensure that your knowledge of the industry is up to date.
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 28.