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  • Sidel

Sponsored by

  • Americk Packaging

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  • Agr Europa

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Tuesday 14 March

  • Zenith Springboard breakfast briefing

    Tailored advice for early stage entrepreneurs

     

    The session will be led by Paul Martin, Zenith Springboard’s Principal Consultant and an experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years in the industry. It will provide delegates with advice and tips on building a successful beverage company, as well as offering valuable information for anyone looking to move into bottled water.

     

    Limited space available. Click here for further details on Zenith Springboard.

  • CONFERENCE: WHAT'S NEXT FOR BOTTLED WATER?

  • SCENE SETTING

  • 2016 UK market developments and future outlook

    Market review covering plain water, flavoured water, functional water and juicy water. Includes consumption, value, leading companies, challenges, opportunities and forecasts to 2020.

    Simon Johnson, Managing Consultant at Zenith Global Ltd

  • Changing consumer priorities

    Impact of issues around health and wellness, economic pressures and changes in grocery shopping. Detailed assessment of post millennial generation including search for authenticity

    Gwladys Hall, Strategic Insights Director for Kantar WorldPanel

  • Questions and discussion

  • Hydration break

  • GROWTH DRIVERS

  • Driving growth by expanding consumer choice

    The scope and scale of innovation is increasing, with brand companies constantly having to improve choice, flavour and consumer engagement. We hear from a market leader on driving growth by responding to consumer demands around health and wellness, added value and convenience.

    Tara O’Rourke, Head of Brand Marketing at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland

  • Making water interesting

    The choices for consumers to explore new and convenient ways to enjoy bottled water are growing. This session looks at the importance of innovation in marketing and consumer engagement across a range of channels in ensuring sector growth and in offering consumers healthy alternatives.

    Speaker to be confirmed from Britvic Soft Drinks

  • International keynote: Sparkling flavour

    With sales of Sparkling Ice now heading towards $1billion, sparkling flavoured water is now providing US consumers with a real alternative to traditional carbonated soft drinks. The importance of taste, refreshment and healthy choice in building up a portfolio and appealing to a wider audience.

    Kevin Klock, Chief Executive Officer of Talking Rain, United States

  • Questions and discussion

  • A better match: Sidel solutions for water from concept to consumer

    In an era of changing consumer needs and increased demand for bottled water, you will hear how Sidel’s complete line solutions for water help to protect your products, delight your customers and strengthen your brand.

     

    Laurent Fournier, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Sidel

  • Lunch

  • Panel: Where next on key environmental issues?

    Consumer expectations, industry action and government policy. Challenges and opportunities around recycling, recycled content, lightweighting, deposit schemes and communications.

    Panellists include:

    Jane Bickerstaffe, Director of the Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN)

    Linda Crichton, Head of the Waste and Resource Management Programme, (WRAP).

    Samantha Harding, Litter Programme Director for Campaign to Protect Rural England

  • MARKET ISSUES - STREAM 1

  • Retailer panel: Maximising opportunities for growth in the retail space

    Perspectives on broadening of the category and the optimum positioning of bottled water in a changing retail environment.

    Neil Robinson, Soft Drinks and Crisps Category Buyer at BP

    Philip Banks, Category Buying Manager – Soft Drinks and Chilled Juice at Tesco plc

    Nick Kirby, Ecommerce and Analytics Director at Bridgethorne Ltd

     

  • Re-hydration break

  • INNOVATION, INNOVATION, INNOVATION - STREAM 1

  • Disruption to gain attention, space and sales in online grocery shopping

    In response to consumer demand for local, artisanal more specialist products, new online portals are creating an exciting new e-commerce supply chain for smaller independent retailers, providing access to a range of independent food outlets for increasingly discerning consumers.

    Claire Nuttall, Founder of Brand Incubator

  • Plant-based waters: where do they sit in the beverage category?

    Focus on coconut water, how it is perceived in the context of the wider beverage category, where it is going and what are the wider expectations for plant-based beverages.

    Tamara Arbib, Founder of Rebel Kitchen

  • Essence water: has its time come?

    How does essence water differ from other flavoured water alternatives? Is there room for more innovation around flavour alone? What are the prospects for innovation and growth without sweetening of any kind?  

    Ali Lazem, Founder of Flo Drinks

  • Probiotic water: lifestyle and functional benefit

    With probiotic water now offering an alternative to consumers interested in gut health, what is the opportunity?

    Kara Rosen, Founder of Plenish

  • Questions and discussion

     

     

  • TECHNICAL SEMINAR - STREAM 2

  • Council Chamber

    Panel: Where next on key environmental issues?

    Consumer expectations, industry action and government policy. Challenges and opportunities around recycling, recycled content, lightweighting, deposit schemes and communications.

    Panellists include:

    Jane Bickerstaffe, Director of the Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN)

    Linda Crichton, Head of the Waste and Resource Management Programme, (WRAP).

    Samantha Harding, Litter Programme Director for Campaign to Protect Rural England

  • Meeting Rooms 3 & 4

    Technical Briefings - Welcome

  • Abstraction licence reform

    The UK Government is committed to reforming the water abstraction licensing regime. Forum to discuss implications. This session will provide a forum to discuss the implications.

    Helen Kelleher, Water & Environment Manager at Zenith Global Ltd

  • Discussion and questions

  • Rehydration break and networking

  • Emerging contaminants

    Insight into the world of chemicals known as ‘contaminants of emerging concern’.

    Dr Ulrich Kreuter, Technical Manager EMEA at NSF International

  • Discussion and questions

  • Defending Source Protection Zones

    As housing and major infrastructure projects advance into previously undeveloped areas, Source Protection Zones are key policy tools. Discussion will cover the mechanisms to determine and review these zones, and the limitations to the protection they afford.

     

    Paul Thomson, Water & Environment Director at Zenith Global Ltd.

  • Fracking

    The Government is hoping that the shale gas industry will one day revolutionise Britain’s energy supply industry. With site preparation commencing in Lancashire, and planning applications submitted for other sites, we will briefly consider developments in the sector, and their implications for water source users. 

     

    Paul Thomson, Water & Environment Director at Zenith Global Ltd.

  • Discussion and questions

  • STREAMS 1 & 2

  • Networking drinks with sampling of new products

  • Close

The bottled water category is being redefined. With the lines between categories increasingly blurred, consumers are turning to an ever wider range of flavour, functionality and added value. New niche brands are achieving high growth potential.

Delegates will hear from established companies as well as innovators on: market, consumer and retail trends; how aqua plus drinks are evolving; the latest in innovation; and key social and environmental challenges facing the industry.

The audience will be drawn from senior industry managers, suppliers, retailers, advisers and the trade press.

Reasons to attend:

  • Gain insight into the dramatic shifts taking place in the market
  • Take a look at how water is evolving beyond traditional perceptions
  • Network with established brand companies alongside emerging innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Be at the heart of discussions into what further potential there is for growth
Full day To 10 February With VAT   From 10 February With VAT
One delegate £625 £750   £675 £810
Afternoon technical seminar only £250 £300   £300 £360

* Full day bookings may choose between the two streams in the afternoon. Technical session includes sustainability panel.

Substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to £80 + VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 10 February. Bookings are subject to Zenith Event terms and conditions, details of which are available on the Zenith website. All delegates must pay UK VAT at prevailing rate, currently 20%.

A concessionary rate of £195 ex VAT is being offered to start ups and early stage entrepreneurs. To be eligible companies must be within two years of formation and with annual sales below £500,000. For more information and to book at this rate, please contact:

Fiona Herrington at fherrington@zenithglobal.com  or call +44 1225 327903 or
Christine Robinson at crobinson@zenithglobal.com  or call +44 1225 327900

The Congress Centre offers an ideally located and contemporary venue in the heart of London’s West End. It is situated close to Tottenham Court Road underground station, from which you should use exit 3.

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
t +44 (0)20 7467 1318
f +44 (0)20 7467 1313
www.congresscentre.co.uk

For full details on how to reach the venue click here

Zenith’s flexible range of event sponsorship options will enable you to build awareness of your company, providing an excellent platform to raise your profile and reach a wider audience. We work with our sponsors to develop a package that meets specific needs and helps to deliver maximum value.

If you would like information on the range of table-top display and other sponsorship opportunities available for the conference, please contact Nick Crossland e ncrossland@zenithglobal.com t +44 (0)1225 327941

Following last year's success, Zenith's Water & Environment team is holding another technical seminar at Zenith’s annual UK bottled water conference, Thirst, exploring the challenges facing bottlers. The seminar will explore the importance of securing a reliable and sustainable source of high quality water, and how businesses can manage water source risks. It will be preceded by a panel session in the main Thirst event discussing sustainability, where next on key environmental issues?

The seminar is aimed at anyone with an interest in the risks and opportunities arising from the use of a private water supply, and will cover the following areas:

  • Abstraction licence reform
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Defending protection zones
  • Fracking

Main conference in Council Chamber

13:45 Sustainability Panel Session Where next on key environmental issues?
Consumer expectations, industry action and government policy. Challenges and opportunities around recycling, recycled content, lightweighting, deposit schemes and communications.

Panellists include:

  • Samantha Harding, Litter Programme Director for Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Jane Bickerstaffe, Director of the Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN)
  • Linda Crichton, Head of the Waste and Resource Management Programme, WRAP.

Meeting Rooms 3 and 4

14:40 Technical Seminar - Welcome

14:50

Abstraction licence reform
The UK Government is committed to reforming the water abstraction licensing regime. Forum to discuss implications. Helen Kelleher, Water & Environment Manager at Zenith Global Ltd
15:20 Discussion and questions
15:30 Rehydration break and networking
16:00 Emerging contaminants
Insight into the world of chemicals known as ‘contaminants of emerging concern’.
Dr. Ulrich A. Kreuter, Technical Manager EMEA at NSF International
16:30 Discussion and questions
16:40 Defending Source Protection Zones
As housing and major infrastructure projects advance into previously undeveloped areas, Source Protection Zones are key policy tools. Discussion of the mechanisms to determine and review these zones, and the limitations to the protection they afford.
Paul Thomson, Water & Environment Director at Zenith Global Ltd.
17:10 Fracking
The government is hoping that the shale gas industry will one day revolutionise Britain’s energy supply industry. With site preparation commencing in Lancashire, and planning applications submitted for other sites, we will briefly consider developments in the sector, and their implications for water source users. 
Paul Thomson, Water & Environment Director at Zenith Global Ltd.
17:20 Discussion and questions

The seminar will run between 14:40 and 17:30 in Meeting Room 4, located on the fifth floor of the Congress Centre, and adjacent to the Council Chamber, the location of the UK Bottled Water Conference. Refreshments will be provided.

Presenters

The presenters will include:

Paul Thomson  

Paul is Director of Zenith’s Water & Environment team. He has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of water resources and hydrogeology, and is a Chartered Geologist.

Paul has delivered a wide range of groundwater projects and initiatives in Europe, as well as further afield in Africa, the Middle East, Central and East Asia. He provides technical leadership for Zenith’s water resource projects and has a strong focus on source risk assessment, borehole installation and testing, and technical Due Diligence. He is also an experienced Expert Witness.

Helen Kelleher  

Helen is a qualified hydrogeologist with extensive experience of water resource assessment and management within the bottled water and soft drinks industry. She is Zenith’s Water & Environment Manager and has responsibility for team and project management with a focus on UK projects.

Helen has been with Zenith since 2003, during which time she has gained experience in the development of new and existing bottled water sources, thermal water sources in the UK for bottled water and spa use applications, and environmental and source Due Diligence.

Helen is a specialist advisor on UK regulations for bottled waters, including the natural mineral water recognition process.

Ulrich Kreuter  

Ulrich holds a PhD in Geology. He has over 26 years international experience in the bottled water industry and in regulatory environment.

He has directed several commercial and research projects and has advised leading international bottlers as well as privately owned companies. He has extensive experience in technical and regulatory consulting and project management.

Ulrich is a member of the EFBW (Quality-Regulatory Group), GWCA, WE (chairman environmental committee) and FH-DGG.

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