News Splash - June 24, 2010
Vol. 11, No. 23
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IBWA Maintains Opposition to
Baltimore Beverage Container Tax

As previously reported in IBWA News Splash (CLICK HERE to read), the Baltimore beverage container tax proposal (Legislative File 10-0474) passed the Baltimore City Council Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on May 2, 2010, after which it was sent to the full City Council for its consideration. After stalling for nearly six weeks, the full City Council finally took a vote on the measure on June 17, and it failed to pass.

LF 10-0474 in its original form would have imposed an excise tax of .04 cents per container on distributors who supply beverages—including bottled water—in non-reusable containers under 2 liters in size. Dairy products, nondairy milk-substitute products, and any beverage containing at least 10 percent natural fruit juices would be exempt from the provisions of the bill.

After failing to pass LF10-0474, Council Member Helen Holton made a motion to reconsider the bill on June 21, and offered an amendment to impose a tax of .02 cents per container on distributers who supply beverages—including bottled water—in non-reusable containers under 2 liters. 

The same day the full City Council advanced the legislation to a third reading for final passage to be voted on June 24, 2010.

IBWA has continued to work with industry allies to maintain opposition to the beverage container tax. In addition to those efforts, an IBWA action alert was sent to Bottled Water Matters signatories in Baltimore this week asking them to reach out to their City Council Members as soon as possible to encourage them to vote against the .02 cents per container tax.

Please contact IBWA’s Director of Government Relations Sarah Lashford at 703.647.4616 or with any related concerns or questions.

2010 Member Recruitment Contest:
Each One, Submit One

To date, six current IBWA members have recruited 13 new members. David Carlile (3M Purification, Inc.) is increasing his odds of becoming the winner of the 2010 IBWA Member Recruitment Contest. David recruited Claim Services International, a new Supplier member.

You can increase your chances of winning. Any member who submits to IBWA a new prospect lead who joins the Association becomes eligible for the 2010 Member Recruitment Contest grand prize drawing. Use the Prospect Lead Form to let IBWA know about your member prospect. Then simply fax or email your completed forms to IBWA's Manager of Member Services Benita Stocks at 703.683.4074 or

CLICK HERE for the Prospect Lead Form.

Each One, Submit One: If each current IBWA member submits just one prospect, we can double the number of valid prospects we have in our database. Send us information on the non-member companies you know. We will add them to the database, attach your name to the record as their sponsor, and send them recruitment materials. When they join, you can win!

BIFs to IBWA Past Due

IBWA’s 2010 plant inspection program has begun. The program is designed to assist bottlers in determining how well their bottling operation complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, as well as IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice requirements for bottled water production and sale. In 2010, annual plant inspections again are based on conformance with a bottling plant’s HACCP plan as well as FDA- and IBWA-mandated good manufacturing practices (GMP) requirements. 

Action Needed
The 2010 IBWA membership renewal materials, which include a copy of the two-page Bottler Information Form (BIF), have been mailed to all IBWA members. IBWA Bottler members should complete the BIF form and fax it to IBWA's Technical Programs Coordinator Dimeko Shaw at IBWA at 703.683.4074. (CLICK HERE for a copy of the BIF form.) To facilitate the scheduling of your inspection, we had previously requested that you return this form to IBWA immediately. If you operate more than one bottling facility, please duplicate the form and return one form for each plant. If a form is not received for each plant, the audit contractor may not be able to schedule the necessary inspections in 2010. 

Please note also that inspection fees may be based on the date the BIF is received by IBWA. BIFS were due by May 15, 2010. If your BIF is received after May 15, 2010, you may be responsible for paying a surcharge. (Your annual IBWA membership dues amount does not include the cost of your plant inspection.)

2010 DWRF Golf Tournament:
Tee Off and Help Fund Vital Research That Impacts the Bottled Water Industry

The highly anticipated Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) Golf Tournament tees off again this year at the majestic Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. This challenging yet playable David Harman design lies along historic Shingle Creek and features interconnected waterways, undulating fairways, and breathtaking 360-degree views.

Tee-off with us at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2010. (Transportation departs from Rosen & Peabody Hotels at 7:15 a.m.)

The entry fee is $195.00 per person ($59.00 is tax deductible), which includes transportation, green fee, golf cart, a box lunch, and a continental breakfast. Cash prizes will be awarded, and the Pro Shop is open to all. (Ticket Event)

CLICK HERE for a registration form.

CLICK HERE for a detailed sponsorship form.

Your participation will help fund the vital research impacting the future of bottled water products and the industry. Please register by Friday, September 8, 2010. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, please contact Tamika Sims (703.647.4614 / or Dimeko Shaw (703.647.4612 /, or visit the new DWRF website:
We are looking forward to another enjoyable day of golf!

Time is Running Out to Nominate Someone for the 2010 IBWA Awards Program:
Deadline Extended to June 30

Recognizing the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals has a long and celebrated history at IBWA. Since 1961, we’ve been faithfully taking time to pause and acknowledge that, without the dedication of our member companies and their staffs, the bottled water industry would not enjoy its past or current success.

Thus, IBWA is proud to announce that we will accept applications for the 2010 IBWA Awards Program until the nomination deadline of June 15, 2010. The winners will be announced at IBWA's General Session on Thursday, September 23, during the 2010 IBWA Convention and Trade Show (co-locating with InterBev) in Orlando, Florida, September 20-24, 2010.

Award Categories

IBWA's Route Salesperson of the Year Award
Nobody exemplifies customer service in the bottled water industry better than your route salespeople. That's why IBWA created its Route Salesperson of the Year Award—to honor those individuals who represent your company and interact with your customers on a daily basis.
Click here to view the Route Salesperson of the Year Nomination Form.

IBWA's Plant Manager of the Year Award
Your plant manager makes a tremendous impact in achieving business goals and objectives. It's your plant manager who ensures, on a daily basis, that your bottled water is a safe product for your customers. The IBWA Plant Manager of the Year Award recognizes the hard work and dedication that plant managers exemplify for their companies and the bottled water industry.
Click here to view the Plant Manager of the Year Nomination Form.

The IBWA Board / Kristin Safran Directors’ Award
This award recognizes IBWA members whose advocacy, commitment, or actions on behalf of IBWA and the bottled water industry have achieved clear and measurable results for IBWA and the bottled water industry as a whole. Only IBWA Board of Directors, Executive Committee members, and Committee Chairs may provide candidate nominations for the Directors' Award.
Click here to view the IBWA / Kristin Safran Directors’ Award Nomination Form.

Environmental Stewardship Award
The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes member companies who have excelled in creating and implementing sustainable environmental projects and conservation measures. This award also provides an opportunity for IBWA to educate consumers, government officials, and the media about the environmental, conservation, and stewardship policies practiced by the bottled water industry.
Click here to view the Environmental Stewardship Award Entry Form.

2010 Bottled Water Hall of Fame
sponsored by Beverage World magazine and IBWA
This prestigious award honors individuals, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the bottled water industry and their communities. The Bottled Water Hall of Fame award offers the bottled water industry a unique opportunity to salute its outstanding leaders.
Click here to view the 2010 Bottled Water Hall of Fame Nomination Guidelines.

If you have questions, contact IBWA Publications and Special Projects Manager Sabrina Hicks at 703.647.4601 or

A Healthy Perspective on BPA

Canada’s Financial Post recently published an article supportive of bisphenol-A (BPA) by Julie E. Goodman, an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a research scientist who has conducted studies of BPA at low-levels. Her conclusions:  BPA has been demonstrated to be safe. Substituting less studied materials for BPA could be dangerous. CLICK HERE to read.

IBWA Welcomes New Members

Claim Services International, Supplier
Danbury, CT

Hickory Springs Water, LLC, Candidate Bottler
Elloree, SC

Frontenac Crystal Springs, Candidate Bottler
Clayton, NY