The winners of the 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards were announced on 23rd October at a Gala Dinner during the 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian.

Best Natural Still Water – sponsored by Sidel
Winner: Highlands Beverages Pty Ltd – Highlands Beverage Still Water

Best Natural Sparkling Water
Winner: Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Magma Cabreiroá 1L Glass

Best Flavoured Water - sponsored by Ardagh Group
Winner: Icelandic Glacial - Icelandic Glacial’s Elderflower Sparkling Water

Best Functional Water
Winner: Essentia Water, LLC - Essentia Water

Best New Water Concept
Winner: Wine Water Ltd - O.Vine

Best New Brand/Brand Extension
Winner: Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Cabreiroá 0,5L Gorjuss for Kids

Best Packaging/Label Design
Winner: Lofoten Arctic Water AS - Lofoten Water 

Best Packaging Solution
Winner: JUST Goods - JUST Water

Best Technology Innovation - sponsored by ICE Water Management
Winner: AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd - AquaBotanical Water

Best Cap/Closure - sponsored by Bericap
Winner: NutraPress (Australia) Pty Ltd- NutraPress Cap
Winner: Water.io - Water.Connected

Best Marketing or Social Media Campaign
Winner: Essentia Water, LLC – Essentia Presents The Overachievers

Best CSR Initiative - sponsored by Tetra Pak
Winner: AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd - AquaBotanical Water

If you have any questions regarding any of our winners, please contact Alice Schofield aschofield@zenithglobal.com 

The finalists for the 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards are now published.

Best Natural Still Water sponsored by Sidel

  • Britvic – Ballygowan Still Natural Mineral Water
  • Creative Properties Investments – Samarina Natural Mineral Water  
  • Dana – Dana Natural Mineral Water
  • Highlands Beverages Pty Ltd – Highlands Beverage Still Water
  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U -  Cabreiroá 1L Glass
  • Lofoten Arctic Water AS – Lofoten Water  

Best Natural Sparkling Water

  • Britvic - Ballygowan Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Magma Cabreiroá 1L Glass
  • Waterbomb Ltd - FACT + Almond

Best Flavoured Water sponsored by Ardagh

  • Groupe Acéricole SN - Maple 3 maple water
  • Icelandic Glacial - Icelandic Glacial’ s Elderflower Sparkling Water
  • VOSS Water - VOSS Sparkling Water in Strawberry and Ginger
  • VOSS Water - VOSS Sparkling Water in Raspberry Rose

Best Functional Water

  • Essentia Water, LLC - Essentia Water
  • Solan de Cabras - SOLAN DE CABRAS DEFENCE & REPAIR
  • TAIYEN BIOTECH CO., LTD - TAIYEN OCEAN ALKALINE ION WATER
  • Welldrinks Ltd - qwell collagen water

Best New Water Concept

  • AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd - AquaBotanical Water
  • Groupe Acéricole SN - Maple 3 maple water
  • Rhenser Mineralbrunnen - WasserGlück
  • SLG Werbeartikel Promotion Service GmbH - YourWater
  • Wine Water Ltd - O.Vine

Best New Brand/Brand Extension

  • Coca-Cola HBC (Ireland) - Deep RiverRock Revive & Relax (RnR)
  • The One Brand - One Less Bottle
  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Cabreiroá 0,5L Gorjuss for Kids
  • Icelandic Glacial - Icelandic Glacial's Flavored Sparkling Water

Best Packaging/Label Design

  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Cabreiroá 0.33L SuperWings Stickers
  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Cabreiroá 1,5L and 0,33L Special Edition - Spanish National Football Team
  • Icelandic Glacial - Icelandic Glacial's Flavored Sparkling Water
  • IDS Borjomi International - Georgian mineral water “Borjomi” Festive Edition
  • Lofoten Arctic Water AS - Lofoten Water  
  • Sidel - Salto Angel
  • Wine Water Ltd - O.Vine

Best Packaging Solution

  • Cabify - Water in a carton
  • JUST Goods - JUST Water
  • Smart Cups - Smart Cup Energy Drinks

Best Technology Innovation sponsored by ICE Water Management

  • AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd  - AquaBotanical Water
  • Smart Cups - Smart Cups Energy Drinks
  • Water.io - Water.Connected
  • Almond Foundation - Almond + FACT

Best Cap/Closure sponsored by Bericap

  • NutraPress (Australia) Pty Ltd- NutraPress Cap
  • Caps and Closures Pty Ltd - Precise Pour
  • Water.io - Water.Connected

Best Marketing or Social Media Campaign

  • Essentia Water, LLC – Essentia Presents The Overachievers
  • Feel Good Drinks - Feel Good Drinks Skinny Dip Campaign
  • Hijos de Rivera S.A.U - Cabreiroá  Social Media Campaign for the World Cup - Spanish National Football Team
  • Seeds&Chips - Water: Good Packaging for a Good Future

Best CSR Initiative sponsored by Tetra Pak

  • AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd - AquaBotanical Water
  • Cabify - Water in a carton
  • Coca-Cola HBC (Ireland) - Deep RiverRock ‘Thirst For Better’ campaign

If you have any questions regarding any of our finalists, please contact Alice Schofield aschofield@zenithglobal.com 

Category sponsors

  • Argah Group
  • Ice Water Management
  • Tetra Pak
  • Tetra Pak
  • Tetra Pak

In association with

  • BDSA

Media partners

  • Beverage Daily
  • Beverfood

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us.

Our guide below should provide you with all the information you need about the Global Bottled Water Awards.

Please note, entries must be recieved by 17 September.

If you have any other queries, please contact us on t +44 (0) 1225 327900 e awards@zenithglobal.com.

What are the categories?
  • Best Natural Still Water sponsored by Sidel 
  • Best Natural Sparkling Water
  • Best Flavoured Water sponsored by Ardagh Group
  • Best Functional Water
  • Best New Water Concept
  • Best New Brand/Brand Extension
  • Best Packaging/Label Design
  • Best Packaging Solution 
  • Best Technology Innovation sponsored by Ice Water Management
  • Best Cap/Closure sponsored by Bericap
  • Best Marketing or Social Media Campaign
  • Best CSR Initiative sponsored by Tetra Pak
Why should I enter?
  • Gain publicity from leading industry media
  • Benefit from independent international recognition
  • Enjoy year round marketing exposure
  • Attract validation for present and potential future investors
  • Showcase your product, service or campaign alongside other exciting innovators
  • Finalists and winners will recieve a comprehensive communications pack complete with a press release, logos for use on packaging, websites or email signatures, a certificate and of course a trophy for winners!
  • Network with finalists and winners at the event.
How do I enter?

   Simply click 'Enter now', select the category/ies you wish to enter and fill out your company information on the entry page.

  You will recieve a confirmation email and then a member of the awards team will contact you with the 'next steps' on your application.

How much does it cost to enter?

   You can enter multiple categories or products at a cost of €225.00 (excluding VAT) per entry. If you enter 3 categories, the 4th is free!

How do I pay?

   We accept most major credit and debit cards.

   Entries are paid by credit/debit card using the application process on our website.

   On receipt of payment, you will be sent a confirmation email. An email with a pdf e-receipt as proof of purchase will follow.

   If you are unable to pay by credit/debit card, please contact awards@zenithglobal.com

What happens once I have paid?

   Once you have paid, a member of the awards team will be in touch with further information on the 'next steps' of your application process.

What is the deadline to enter?

   Both payment and awards submission need to be made by Monday 17 September 2018.

Where are the awards presented?

   The awards ceremony will take place on 23 October 2018 during Zenith's Global Bottled Water Congress, at Evian-les-Bains in France.

   While we would be very pleased to see you there, attending is not a condition of entering the awards.

 15th Global Bottled Water Congress

    Tour Evian’s newly refurbished carbon-neutral bottling facility, followed by two days of conference sessions and networking opportunities.

    For programme details and to book, please click here.

When will the finalists be announced?

   Once all judges have submitted their feedback and scores, all points will be counted and verified.

   A press release will be released announcing the finalists. All entrants and finalists will be notified by the end of September 2018.

How do I contact you?

    If you have a query about the awards, call us on +44 (0) 1225 327900 or email awards@zenithglobal.com

We are delighted to hear that you are planning to enter the 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards. Here are some guidelines to help ensure you enter the correct category. To increase your chances of winning, please stick to these guidelines as closely as possible.

Further information and guidance will be provided once your application has been submitted for the awards.

If you have any questions, please contact awards@zenithglobal.com

To download the full category guidlines and top tips, please click here

Best Natural Still Water

 Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Flavour
  • Mouthfeel

 Samples are considered for this category.

 All products entered in to this category must be fit for purpose and approved for consumption.

Best Natural Sparkling Water

 Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Flavour
  • Mouthfeel

 Samples are considered for this category.

 All products entered in to this category must be fit for purpose and approved for consumption.

Best Flavoured Water

 To qualify as a flavoured water, fruit juice content should not exceed 25% of the product content.

 Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Flavour
  • Mouthfeel
  • Appearance

 Samples are considered for this category.

 All products entered in to this category must be fit for purpose and approved for consumption.

Best Functional Water

To qualify for this category, you must have a water that serves one of more functional purpose e.g. contacts caffeine, magnesium, zinc, vitamins, minerals or other functional ingredients.

Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Market need
  • Execution
  • Presentation
  • Functionality of product

Samples are not considered for this category.

Best New Water Concept

 This category is to acknowledge innovation of a product or concept. You do not have to have a finished product to enter this category.

  Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Differentiation
  • Uniqueness of concept
  • Value proposition
  • Presentation of concept

 Samples are not required for this category.

Best New Brand/Brand Extension

 To qualify for this category, your brand or brand extension needs to have launched no earlier than January 2017.

 Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Functionality
  • Differentiation
  • Design/appearance

 Samples are not required for this category.

Best Packaging/Label Design

This category is open to anyone with an innovative and exciting packaging and label design for bottled water. Examples of designs include interactive packaging, artistic or other unique label design, innovate bottle shapes. This category is also open to pouches, cans, cartons and any other water containers.

Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Functionality
  • Differentiation
  • Design/Appearance
  • Expression of product

Samples are not required for the category.

Best Packaging Solution

This category is open to anyone with an innovative packaging solution for the industry. Examples of innovations include interactive packaging, new or alternative packaing materials and sustainable packaging solutions.

Judged on:

  • Innovation of concept
  • Product/Initiative
  • Differentiation
  • Functionality
  • Design/appearance

Samples are not required for this category.

Best Cap/Closure

This category is open to anyone with an innovative closure system.

Judged on:

  • Value
  • Functionality
  • Ease of use
  • Innovation

Samples are required for this category.

Best Technology Innovation

This category is open to anyone with innovative technology for processing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and safe dispense or vending. This includes equipment, materials, speeds, efficiency, quality, computing, e-commerce and the Internet of Things as well as sustainability.

Judged on:

  • Degree of improvement from previous technology
  • Degree of innovation from incremental to ground-breaking new concept
  • Value of benefit in cost saving, efficiency improvement, breadth of application to wider industry

Samples are not required for this category.

Best Marketing or Social Media Campaign

This category is open to any campaign, marketing initative, social media campaign or outreach or consumer engagement advert.

Judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Conceptualisation
  • Execution
  • Responses

Judged in proportion to budget spent, i.e. low-budget or localised campaigns will not be expected to generate as much response and the execution is evaluated with the budget limitations in mind.

Entry can include a video or link to your marketing campaign. This must be in English or have English subtitles. The video must not exceed 2 minutes.

Best CSR Initiative

This category is open to any social, community and environmentally-focused corporate responsibility campaigns and initatiatives. Entries can be internally or externally oriented or can be very local or national/international.

Judged on:

  • Innovation of social community and environmental sustainablity presentation
  • Evidence of sincerity and commitment to the initative
  • Changes made relative to effort/money put into the initative

Entry can include a video or link to your marketing campaign. This must be in English or have English subtitles. The video must not exceed 2 minutes.

Michael Cervin, Senior Editor of BottledWaterWeb.com

Michael Cervin has been the Senior Editor of BottledWaterWeb.com for 12 years writing about every aspect of the bottled water industry. He is the author of “Our World of Water: The Good, the Bad & and the Ugly of Earth’s Most Critical Resource,” and his own water blog, This World of Water. Michael has been both water judge and watermaster at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting for over a decade, and was invited by the Chinese government to participate in the Golden Headwater Protection Summit in Beijing, where he conducted water tastings for 80 Chinese media. He has also been a judge and presenter at the Global Bottled Water Awards in Prague, and is a professional wine and spirits judge. He has appeared on TV and in print as a water authority including Fox News Health, OT Television, The Tasting Panel, Draft, The Clever Root, Food & Beverage World, Planet Experts, Water Quality Products Magazine, and many others.

Dr Yasemin Bradley, Nutrition and Diet Consultant 

Yasemin Bradley is a Turkish female physician specalised as a nutiritonist and dietitian. She was also a television presenter and writer. She graduated from the Dokuz Eylul Univeristy in Izmir studing medicine and worked as a prime-time news presenter at the television channel Kanal D. 

 

Paul Thomson, Water and Environment Director at Zenith Global Ltd 

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

Paul has successfully delivered a wide range of projects and initiatives in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and 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. Paul is fluent in English and French and holds a BSc. Hons in Environmental Science from the University of Sussex, a Maîtrise in Environmental Science from Montpellier University, and a DESS in Hydrogeology from Avignon University.

Claire Nuttall, Founder of The Brand Incubator 

With over 20 years experience working in high calibre, demanding agency world with many successes working with big blue chip brands, businesses and entrepreneurial start ups, Claire has a highly sought after mix of instinct, skills and down to earth approaches to innovation. Inspiring, fresh and challenging in her thinking, she adds that bit of a difference when you need it most or you have hit a block that seems impossible to break through. Her approach is entrepreneurial, identifying insights that will make a difference is a speciality, diagnosing where barriers or opportunities lie is another, then identifying, prescribing and implementing effective innovation, commercial strategies and creative / marketing solutions which help clients to accelerate growth and profitability of their business. From identifying the gap and solution for GSK's now £100m brand Sensodyne Pronamel or partnering the creation of a £19m food brand year 1 Claire delivers growth. Claire writes a monthly Talking Shop for the Food & Drink industry magazine The Grocer and feeds trend insights into LS:N bi-monthly from 2014. She regularly speaks at industry seminars giving talks about innovation, NPD, future trends and the ever changing health agenda. She also co-founded the much talked of Thrive Talk Executive business club who meet bi-monthly to discuss edgy industry issues and challenges involving entrepreneurs, retailers, venture capital and big blue chip marketers and directors.
 

Dr. Peter Schropp, Member of the Executive Board at Doemans Academy/ Water Sommelier Union

Education: PhD in Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich

Activities:

  • Member of the Executive Board at the Doemens Academy in Munich (Germany).
  • Course director for the unique Water Sommelier education in German and English language.
  • Lecturer for alcoholfree beverages and water/mineral water at diverse institutes.
  • Managing Director of the Water Sommelier Union (WSU) – the association of all educated and experienced Water Sommeliers throughout the world.

 

Thank you to our current category sponsors

 

We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available including headline sponsors of the awards and the individual category sponsors.

Headline sponsorship

Headline sponsorship includes:

  • One full delegate place at the 15th Global Bottled Water Congress and gala awards dinner worth €1,895.00. Excludes accommodation and VAT.
  • The opportunity to present one winner with their award at the gala dinner
  • Company logo on all awards marketing material between now and the event
  • Company logo on the awards page of Zenith's website with a hyperlink to your company homepage
  • The sponsor will always be referenced in the category title e.g. Best Natural Still Water sponsored by Company X
  • Regular mentions in social media when promoting the awards.
Category sponsorship

Category sponsorship includes:

  • The opportunity to present the winner with their award at the gala dinner
  • Company logo on all awards marketing material between now and the event
  • Company logo on the awards page of Zenith's website with a hyperlink to your company homepage
  • The sponsor will always be referenced in the category title e.g. Best Natural Still Water sponsored by Company X
Categories
  • Best Natural Still Water sponsored by Sidel
  • Best Natural Sparkling Water
  • Best Flavoured Water sponsored by Ardagh Group
  • Best Functional Water
  • Best New Water Concept
  • Best New Brand/Brand Extension
  • Best Packaging/Label Design
  • Best Packaging Solution
  • Best Technology Innovation sponsored by Ice Water Management
  • Best Cap/Closure
  • Best Marketing or Socai Media Campaign
  • Best CSR Initiative sponsored by Tetra Pak
What do sponsor packages include?

All packages can also include a number of discounted delegate places to the Global Bottled Water Congress, as well as pre and post event social media and marketing exposure.

We are happy to tailor a bespoke package to suit your particular needs and budget.

Interested in sponsoring?

For more information on our sponsorship packages, contact Maxine Harle on e mharle@zenithglobal.com or t +44 (0) 1225 327341

The 2017 awards have attracted over 100 entries from 23 different countries and was supported by two category sponsors; GO2LIFE Technology and Tetra Pak.

Additional support came from numerous media partners and associations: Alimarket, Beverfood, Bottled Water Web, Global Water Intel, Asia Middle East Bottled Water Association, British Soft Drinks Association, European Federation of Bottled Waters and International Bottled Water Association.

To view last year's winners presentation, click here

2017 Winners

Best Natural Still Water - Sponsored by GO2LIFE Technology

Lofoten Actic Water - Lofoten Water AS, Norway

Best Natural Sparkling Water

Magma Original Alumino 0.5 - Hijos de Rivera, Spain

Best Flavoured Water

Lime Mint Sparkling Water - VOSS, Norway

Best Functional Water

Virtue Energy Water - Virtue Drinks, United Kingdom

Best New Water Concept

AquaBotanical - AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd, Australia

Best New Brand/Brand Extension

Cabreiroá 0.33 Kidz - Hijos de Rivera, Spain

Best Packaging Design - Sponsored by Tetra Pak

Lofoten Arctic Water - Lofoten Water AS, Norway

Best Packaging Solution

Ice River Green Natural Spring Water - Ice River Springs, Canada

Best Cap/Closure

Water.Connected - Water.IO, Israel

Best Label

AFS - San Benedetto, Italy

LifeWTR - PepsiCo, United States of America

Best Social Media or Marketing Campaign

Natural Mineral Water - Solan de Cabras SA, Spain

Best CSR Initiative

CSR Aqua Viva Campaign - Knjaz Milos, Serbia

Gold Award

CSR Aqua Viva Campaign - Knjaz Milos, Serbia

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