Your ISBT Connection | February 15, 2021
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Featured News
BevTech 2021 Thursday Program

The theme of BevTech's Virtual 2021 Program is "Trends and Innovations in Challenging Times." Sessions will be held Tuesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 29 with a featured topic each day. Technical Committee meetings will take place Monday, May 3 - Thursday, May 13.

The theme for Thursday, April 29 is "Innovations & the Future"
Philanthropy, CSR, ESG, Corporate Purpose, Social Investment: Confused Yet?

Dan Bena (Professor, Dan Bena, LLC)
Acidic Fermented Beverages as a Driver for Innovation and Functionality?

Martin Senz (Head of Research Institute for Biotechnology and Water, VLB)
Overcoming Headwinds for Beverages

Maia M. Jack (VP of Science and Regulatory Affairs, American Beverage Association)
Trends in the THC/CBD Beverage Category

Jeremy Marshall (Brewmaster, Lagunitas Brewing Company)
The Future of Beverage Manufacturing: From Visions to Solutions

Jörg Zacharias (Technical Expert Process Technology)
Final Day to Take Advantage of Early Bird Price for Virtual BevTech 2021

One Year Membership + BevTech® 2021 Bundle - Special Rate of $450 Ends Today
This bundled price represents a discount of $675, compared to the regular fees for membership ($275 for one year renewal) and annual meeting ($800 for in-person, early bird registration). The bundled price will increase to $500 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. This registration option is available to new and existing members. (If you are an existing member, 12 months will be added to your current renewal date.) New members will enjoy a full year of ISBT's member benefits.
Save the Date for ISBT's Virtual Annual Business & Awards Meeting!

The ISBT invites you to our Virtual Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on March 30, 2021 from 9-10 AM Central. The meeting will be less than one hour and provide our members with information on how ISBT has navigated the impacts of the pandemic while laying the groundwork for future success. We will also announce the winner of the highly coveted Best Committee Award for 2020-2021. 

The agenda includes:
  • President’s Remarks
  • Best Committee 2020-2021
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • BevTech 2021 & 2022

Please join us to learn more about what is happening in YOUR Society and how we can all work together to continue providing value to our members and the beverage industry.
Watch for more information and save the date on your calendar!
Remember These Dates for the Technical Committee Sessions!

May 3      Packaging Technology
May 4      Beverage Operations & Processing
May 5      Beverage and Ingredient R&D
May 6      Beverage Gases
May 7      Sanitation and Microbiological Control
May 10    Sweetener
May 11    Quality
May 12    Retail Equipment and Fountain Technology
May 13    Water Quality & Treatment
BevTech 2021 Virtual Expo Opportunities NOW OPEN for Registration!

Show off your innovation, technology, and latest products at the beverage industry’s premier annual virtual event.
This year, the BevTech 2021 Conference is going virtual! The expo event will also be virtual, so the format allows for more attendees to view your offerings. Show off your latest technology and innovations at the ISBT’s Technology Exposition. EXPO registration is now open. This will be our 68th BevTech Conference and Expo. The expo will run TWO days - Monday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 27 - and bookends the main conference virtual event,  thus ensuring a great opportunity to attract visitors.
We expect more than our usual 300 attendees. The new virtual platform will allow visitors easy access to promotional material and interactive sessions with you. There are event options to enhance your presence and attract interested parties with promotions and incentives. This will be one of the earliest industry- wide exhibition events in 2021 you’ll want to be part of it!
Additional details are posted on the ISBT website at
Early registration pricing for the expo is $500 through TODAY and includes one VIRTUAL booth. Don't delay - reserve your booth now! Please note: at least one member from your company must register for the full BevTech event.
Be part of the industry's premier event!

  • The premier forum for scientific and technical papers
  • 3 days (2.5 hours per day) of a beverage-focused program designed with broad industry appeal
  • Themes that cover trends, sustainability/quality, and innovation & the future
  • Technical Committee meetings focused on key industry issues
  • Ingredients, Gases, Water, Sweetener, Quality, Sanitation, Packaging - you get it all!

If you have any questions, please contact the ISBT Office at or 972-233-9107 x203.
Your ISBT BevTech EXPO Team
BevTech Asia Pacific - June 17, 2021

"Understand the Emerging Trends in the Asia Pacific Beverage Industry"

ISBT today is announcing the first BevTech Asia Pacific! It will be held on June 17, 2021 during the Propak Exhibition at Bitech in Bangkok Thailand. The event plan is to host an in person/hybrid event which will become an annual regional industry event.
Just a few of the topics being explored are new emerging trends in beverages, focus on health and wellness, plant-based beverages, challenges like sugar tax, shift towards mid and low-calorie offerings, and of course sustainability.
Don't miss out and join us for the inaugural event and spread the word about this premier ISBT event. Click the link below for more details.
ISBT Call for Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!
ISBT Responsive Ways of Working - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Now to Support Your Industry
Be a pioneer and champion of responsive ways of working! Join us on the first ISBT initiative dedicated to aligning and deploying a set of behaviors, processes, and practices that will drive enhanced collaboration across our society!
Across the industry, a system of behaviors and technology-enabled tools is being deployed to enable more agile and collaborative ways of working. They can be used by individuals, teams, and organizations to more effectively collaborate, evolve ways of working, empower teams, and encourage a “test and learn” mindset.
At ISBT, we urgently need assistance to define and implement best practices in this area, including promoting collaborative behaviors and better leveraging collaboration tools such as Basecamp. These responsive working behaviors will be a key enabler to implementation of our Society’s strategic priorities.
If you have expertise, a passion for, or would like to develop skills on responsive working/ collaboration best practices, we are interested in hearing from you for volunteer opportunities. Please contact Manus Mitchell ( or Gary Robson ( to learn more. 
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  • Launching in April is a two-module course on preforms, blow molding, bottles, PET process chemistry and properties, QC methods, and other key attributes. Registration will open in April at the Beverage Institute.
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  • A Quality Manager for a major brand commented that “the Fundamentals of Beverage Technology is an excellent course.”
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Did You Know?
"Did You Know?" is a series of interesting events and changes to the ISBT and the beverage Industry. If you have an ISBT tidbit or a "fun fact," send it to
Did You Know... about the ISBT?

  • This logo was used from 1954 to 1956; it was designed to show the science of soft drinks.
  • The first president of the SSDT, Joseph Hale of PepsiCo, presided over the first planned meeting in Washington, DC in 1954. In the early years, the Society had 47 members. Membership hit a high of over 1,000 in the early 2000s.
  • Harry Korab became the Executive Director and was the steadying force of the Society for 39 years.
  • In San Diego in 2012, power was lost in the area the meeting was held. No power, lights, or even a cold drink was available. This led to the development of emergency response plans for BevTech meetings.
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 goals of the ISBT to become a global source and exchange platform of knowledge and innovation in the beverages industry.
My professional career and my personality were very positively impacted by my international experiences. As well, my ISBT membership and activities have been an important part of my personal growth over the years. As a member of the ISBT leadership team, I’m able to combine my personal and professional skills with the technical expertise of a German engineer in service of our society and the beverage industry.
Welcome, New Members!
ISBT is proud to announce we have gained 6 new members since February 1. Please join us in welcoming them to the association! (To view the complete 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 next issue of the ISBT Connection is February 24.
PepsiCo Unveils Rockstar's First Redesign In Over A Decade - According to PepsiCo, Rockstar has been sporting the same look for over a decade, and given every brand's penchant for redesigning, it was high time.

Coca-Cola to Sell South African Bottling Stake to Investors - Coca-Cola Co. is planning to sell a stake in its South African bottling unit to local investors in a deal worth about 10 billion rand ($669 million), in line with an agreement with local regulators, according to people familiar with the matter.

Nestle close to deal to sell Poland Spring to buyout firm One Rock - Nestle SA has entered into exclusive talks to sell its North American bottled water business, whose brands include Pure Life and Poland Spring, to private equity firm One Rock Capital Partners LLC, people familiar with the matter said.
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.
Parker Elects Jillian Evanko and Lance Fritz to its Board of Directors - Parker Hannifin Corporation announced the election of Jillian C. Evanko and Lance M. Fritz to its Board of Directors, effective January 27, 2021.
Save the Date: CGA Diversity & Inclusion Member Panel Discussion - The CGA Diversity & Inclusion Member Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 2 - 3 PM (Eastern). Watch for a discount code of $25/person for ISBT members in the March 1 ISBT Connection.
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 February 24.