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

ISBT’s Board of Directors announced the decision to cancel this year’s annual meeting, BevTech 2020, which was scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in San Diego, California. ISBT holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees. Concerned for the health and safety of its members & the residents of San Diego, the Board felt that cancellation was the only option, based on the best interests of the attendees, recommendations of relevant health authorities, and direction from government offices.
I SBT has already reached out to all registered members and exhibitors to communicate the process by which they can choose to receive a full refund or apply their registration fees to BevTech 2021. If you did not receive a link to a survey to indicate your preference, please contact the ISBT Office .
The board regrets any inconvenience this cancellation will cause for attendees. ISBT also reminds all registered attendees and exhibitors to cancel your flights and hotel reservations. For those who had reservations at the Doubletree Mission Valley, please refer to the hotel’s current policy for existing reservations posted at  .
We look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2021. BevTech 2021 will be held April 26-28, 2021 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.

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Committee Profile

The mission of the Quality Technical Committee is to promote the continuous improvement of the the quality and production of beverage products through the exchange of information concerning quality control activities as they apply to the beverage industry.

The Quality Committee is dedicated to promoting innovative technologies, methods and ideas aimed at improving the quality and production of beverage products. The annual meeting provides an open forum discussion on any quality-related topics. Papers are presented on areas of particular interest.
Quality Technical Committee Co-Chair Matt Lecky , Keurig Dr. Pepper
Quality Technical Committee Co-Chair Jim Post , Coca-Cola Consolidated
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Upcoming Events

A Call for Papers

The 2020 edition of the ISBT European regional meeting will be held in Amsterdam Netherlands on September 10, 2020. BevTech Europe is a Great Opportunity to Discuss the Latest Technology and Innovation in the Beverage Industry

If you are looking for an opportunity to present the latest technology and innovation 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.

Email Technical Program Lead Johannes Angres, President at Steinfurth, Inc. with your submission.  

Watch for more information about BevTech Europe 2020 as it becomes available.
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 . The deadline for submission for the April 15 issue of the ISBT Connection is April 10.
PepsiCo to Acquire Rockstar, Expanding Presence in Fast-Growing Energy Category - PepsiCo announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Rockstar Energy Beverages ("Rockstar"), the popular energy drink maker, for $3.85 billion.

Nestle Creates Market for Food-Grade Recycled Plastics, Launches Fund to Boost Packaging Innovation - Building on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period whilst working with others to advance the circular economy and endeavor to clean up plastic waste from oceans, lakes and rivers.

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - The following are resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety.

PepsiCo to Provide Enhanced Benefits to All U.S. Employees and Additional Compensation to U.S. Frontline During Unprecedented Health Pandemic - The additional compensation covers more than 90,000 frontline employees at both PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) and PepsiCo Foods North America (PFNA) and consists of a minimum of an incremental $100 per week for full-time employees over the next month. PepsiCo also announced it will hire 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months.
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.
DuPont Acquires Osmosis Specialist- DuPont  has signed an agreement to acquire Desalitech Ltd., a closed circuit reverse osmosis (CCRO) company.
Sip, Sip, Hooray: The Rise of the Eco-Friendly Straws - Straws have had quite a moment in the spotlight recently. Many of us have stumbled across an article (or two) mentioning restaurants that no longer provide plastic straws. There has even been coverage of various states that have banned them. 
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 April 10.  

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.