Gold Sponsor

  • Tetra Pak

Supported by

  • Aqua Carpatica
  • Drilcorp

In association with

  • British Soft Drinks Associatio
  • Natural Hydration Council

Media partners

  • Beverage Daily
  • Beverfood
  • FoodBev Media
  • Packaging Today
  • Plastics in Packaging

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us.

Tuesday 12 March

  • Congress Hall

    BREAKFAST BRIEFING

  • Making Extended Producer Responsibility more effective

    Panel discussion with

    James Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Ecosurety 

    Paula Chin, Sustainable Material Specialist for World Wildlife Fund

    Paul Rhodes, Safety, Health and Environment and External Affairs Manager at Greggs plc

    Additional panelists to be confirmed.

  • Congress Foyer

    Refreshment break

  • Congress Hall

    MARKET OVERVIEW

  • 2018 UK market developments and 2019 outlook

    Simon Johnson, Insight and Advisory Director at Zenith Global Ltd 

  • Changing consumer and retail landscape

    Sara Royo Alcalde, Strategic Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel 

  • Achieving maximum household penetration

    Simon Oldham, Chief Commercial Officer of Highland Spring Group

  • Questions and discussion

  • Congress Foyer

    Hydration break and networking

  • Congress Hall

    BUILDING BRANDS

  • Beyond simple hydration: exciting and energising consumers about healthy hydration

    Michel Beneventi, Managing Director of Nestlé​ Waters UK Ltd

  • Leading the way internationally

    Gemma Morgan, Marketing Manager - Evian and Badoit at Danone Waters UK & Ireland

  • Questions and discussion

  • TACKLING PLASTIC

  • Tackling plastic by focusing on consumer behaviour

    Rachel Gray, Behaviour Change Manager at WRAP

  • Ensuring a deposit return scheme works for everyone

    Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners 

  • Sensible approaches to eliminating plastic packaging waste

    Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability and Director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group

  • Cartons as a sustainable opportunity for growth

    Sustainability expert Tetra Pak, UK/Ireland

  • Questions and discussion 

  • Congress Foyer

    Networking lunch

  • Congress Hall

    RETAILER PANEL

  • Future market and retail dynamics with

    Panel discussion with

    James Bull, Head of Sustainability at Tesco 

    Additional panellists to be confirmed

  • INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY

  • Water with added energy

    Chris Sanders, Sales Director of Radnor Hills Water

  • Alkaline ionised water

    Jamie Douglas-Hamilton, Founder and Director of  ACTIPH Water

  • Questions and discussion 

  • Congress Foyer

    Rehydration break and networking 

  • Congress Hall

    NEW ENTREPRENEURS

  • FACT in cans using blockchain to deepen consumer connection

    Oliver Bolton, Founder and Managing Director of Waterbomb Ltd

  • Infusing water with Loveau

    Simon Green, Partner and Commercial Director of Tudor Drinks 

  • Stress relief water

    Kris Ingham, Founder of Rejuvenation Water 

  • Questions and discussion 

  • Drinks reception

  • Close

The UK bottled water market has grown beyond imagination since the first industry event in 1992, under a halo of healthy convenience. 

With a theme of 'Thirst for growth', this 27th annual conference will focus on the new challenges facing business leaders, from consumer shopping and added product functionality to concerns over plastic and sustainability. 

Delegates will hear from established companies as well as other experts and innovators on: market, consumer and retail trends; tackling the big environmental questions; and the latest in innovation including enhanced and functional waters. 

Programme highlights include:

  • Market overview from Highland Spring, Kantar and Zenith Global
  • Brand building insights from Danone and Nestlé
  • Ideas for tackling plastic from Cambridge Institute for Sustainability, Coca-ColaEcosuretyTetra Pak, WRAP and WWF
  • Retailer perspectives from Greggs and Tesco
  • Innovation opportunities from ACTIPH Water and Radnor Hills 
  • New entrepreneurs including Rejuvenation Water, Tudor Drinks and Waterbomb

A display area will offer any brand company the opportunity to showcase its bottled water drinks FREE of charge in our 'Chiller Corner' , which provides allocated shelf space in display fridges for all attendees to discover and taste. New businesses will gain valuable and constructive feedback first hand from industry experts and peers. 

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

 

Venue

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 use exit 3. 

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS 

t  +44 (0)207 467 1318   f +44 (0)207 467 1313 

For further details, visit: www.congresscentre.co.uk

Accommodation

For anyone looking to book accommodation close by, we have a room allocation available for delegates with a negotiated rate at My Bloomsbury Hotel. Rates are valid on bookings made before 11 February and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Rates for Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March

Standard single: £170 room only inc VAT, standard double: £190 room only inc VAT 

*Breakfast £15 inc VAT

My Bloomsbury Hotel 

11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HD

For further details, visit  www.myhotels.com/bloomsbury/

To book, contact res@myhotels.com and quote CZEN1103

 

Full day Super Saver
to 8 February
With VAT   Standard
from 9 February
With VAT
Per delegate £595 £714   £675 £810
Concession* £195 £234   £225 £270

Substitution will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to £80 + VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 8 February. Bookings are subject to Zenith Global Event terms and conditions, available on the Zenith Global website. All delegates must pay UK VAT at prevailing rate, currently 20%. 

*A concessionary rate of £195 + VAT is 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        fherrington@zenithglobal.com   t  +44 (0)1225 327903 

Christine Robinson    crobinson@zenithglobal.com     t    +44 (0)1225 327900

 
 

Our Chiller Corner gives entrepreneurs, start-ups, and brand companies the opportunity to display and promote products to all attendees as well as gaining valuable, first-hand feedback from industry experts and peers.

Once registered for the conference, delegates can sign up for shelf space absolutely free in one of our sampling fridges and for inclusion in a table display within the networking foyer. There is limited space available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Reasons to sign up

  • Priceless feedback
    Gain invaluable advice on all aspects of your product from taste, feel, look and design. Take the opportunity to chat to other industry members about your wider marketing and business approach. Use constructive criticism to your advantage and come away with key ideas and opportunities to help move your product forward.

  • Great brand visibility
    Put your product in the hands of gatekeepers, investors, retailers, buyers, and consultants. Gain the high-quality industry exposure you have been looking for.

  • Get people talking
    Product sampling creates the opportunity for great conversation. Watch and listen as attendees react to and talk about your product. Take notes and see how competitor products are also received.

Please contact us once you have received your booking confirmation for the conference if you would like to take part. Full details and guidelines will be given if you qualify for this opportunity.

For more information, please contact Maxine Harle e mharle@zenithglobal.com  t +44(0)1225 327941  

 

We have a range of packages and exhibitor display opportunities available which will offer a unique and effective opportunity to showcase your products and services to a highly captive audience. We are happy to tailor a bespoke package to suit your needs and budget. 

Packages include: 

  • Table top display in the refreshment/networking area providing a high level of branding
  • The opportunity to take full advantage of excellent networking opportunities
  • Exclusivity in your sector (platinum level sponsorship only)
  • Presentation opportunity within the event programme
  • Promotion of your company through branding on all marketing materials including Zenith Global's marketing emails, website and Twitter account
  • Company branding on the stage backdrop during the event
  • The opportunity to distribute marketing material/products at delegate places
  • A chance to build your company profile further through inclusion in Zenith Global press releases, social media activity and in the download material post event
  • Additional delegates places at discounted rates
  • The opportunity to host a breakfast meeting, drinks reception, delegate workshop
  • Sponsored tweets from Zenith Global's company account
  • The opportunity for a live Q&A with the audience during the sponsor presentation through an interactive poll
  • Category sponsorship of the InnoBev Awards

For more information, please contact Maxine Harle e mharle@zenithglobal.com  t +44 (0)1225 327941 

 
James Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Ecosurety 
 

James Piper is CEO of Ecosurety, the market leading compliance scheme investing in quality recycling. James is driven to bring about positive change in the compliance market through increased transparency and accountability. Since taking the position of CEO in 2016, he has worked to demonstrate that recycling compliance need not be perceived as a tax, but an opportunity for brands to align their producer responsibility obligations with their sustainability agenda.

In this way producers are now demanding more from their compliance spend and James and the Ecosurety team are leading the way through a collaborative approach across areas of education, innovation, collaboration and infrastructure in the UK recycling sector. Heavily involved in strategy, policy and company values, James is also passionate about fairness, equal opportunities and a healthy work-life balance across the business.

He is a regular speaker at industry events, featured in Resource Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the waste sector and has been recipient of a number of business leader awards.

Paul Rhodes, SHE and External Affairs Manager at Greggs 
 

Paul is the External Affairs Manager at Greggs. Although originally qualifying as an Industrial Chemist, Paul moved into Safety, Health and Environmental management within the chemical industry for a period before taking a similar role within Greggs. More recently, Paul has taken on the role of External Affairs Manager, supporting the business in driving its Sustainability strategy. Externally, Paul sits on a number of trade associations and sector groups supporting the retail industry in sustainable business practices. Away from work, Paul and his wife spend the majority of their time looking after their 6 children, meaning time for anything else is always considered a ‘luxury’.    

He is a regular speaker at industry events, featured in Resource Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the waste sector and has been recipient of a number of business leader awards.

Simon Johnson, Insight and Advisory Director at Zenith Global Ltd 
 

Simon Johnson is Zenith’s Insight and Advisory Director.

Simon is experienced in business planning, competitor analysis, distributor recommendations, pricing and promotion recommendations, route to market analysis and market quantification. Simon has worked on multiple international beverage assignments and is considered the go-to expert in developing strategy and opportunities for food and drink businesses.

Prior to joining Zenith Simon worked as a Business Manager for an International Development organisation and as a Business Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sara Royo Alcalde, Strategic Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel
 

Sara is Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel where she works across a wide range of big-name soft drinks manufactures and FMCG brands.

Sara has international experience with Kantar Worldpanel, where she’s been for a decade and developed her career and a passion for delivering consumer insights which have tangible results on her clients’ bottom line.

In her current role, she leads a variety of accounts across packaged groceries and projects which inspire clients in a wide range of sectors to take successful decisions about their brands.

Sara is passionate about the effective communication of insight, and regularly presents Kantar Worldpanel’s latest Thought Leadership to her clients and contributes as a speaker at the company’s client-facing events.  

Simon Oldham, Chief Commercial Officer of Highland Spring Group 
 

Simon has nearly 25 years of FMCG commercial experience having begun his career at Procter & Gamble. He started as an analyst before taking on a number of roles in the Sales, Marketing and Commercial planning functions, initially at P&G and subsequently Whyte & Mackay where he went on to run the UK Commercial team as UK MD.

Simon joined Highland Spring Group in 2010, originally as Sales Director, and is now Chief Commercial Officer, leading the company’s Sales, Marketing, Export, Technical and Supply Chain teams to create consumer demand and drive growth domestically and overseas.

Simon is actively involved with the grocery industry’s benevolent charity, Grocery Aid, where we sits on the Presidents Fund Raising Committee. (PFRC)

Michel Beneventi, Business Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters UK Ltd
 

Michel joined as the BEO for Nestlé Waters UK Ltd, in September 2017, previously he was Country Manager at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited and Nestlé Caribbean Inc. (NCI) for 3 years. Before moving to Trinidad, Michel was the Country Business Manager of Nestlé Waters Switzerland. Previously to that Michel held the position of CFO at Nestlé Waters Zone Europe for 5 years, based in Paris at the Headquarters of the Nestlé Waters group and was before at Nestlé Waters Hungary from 2001 until 2003. Michel joined Nestlé in 1998.

Gemma Morgan, Marketing Manager - Evian and Badoit at Danone Waters UK & Ireland
 

Gemma leads the marketing for Evian in UK, an iconic brand of the category and a flagship brand of Danone. She joined Danone Waters UK/IR in 2017 to head up the evian marketing team, and shortly after managed the announcement of Evian's commitment to be 100% circular by 2025. She is passionate about driving forward this commitment, as well as activating the brand’s unique ‘Live Young’ platform and its partnership with The Championships, Wimbledon.  She began her marketing career in Danone’s Dairy Division in the UK working on the Activia and Actimel brands. She later moved to Canada leading the Naya brand relaunch for Danone Naya Waters, before returning to the UK Dairy Division to lead communications on Activia. In 2010 she moved to Johnson and Johnson, where as Global Senior Marketing Manager she led strategy, communications and innovation for the Cough Cold franchise. She returned to Danone to take up her current post.

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners 
 

Nick Brown is Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners in the UK, leading the company’s work on Sustainable Packaging, Community Programmes, Water stewardship, Energy & Climate Change, and Sustainable Agriculture.

Nick has had a number of roles in Operational & Commercial functions at CCEP driving change and innovation through the organisation.

Outside of work, Nick is a father of 3 young boys, a Scout Leader and keen club cyclist when time allows.

Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability and Director of The Prince of Wales's Leaders Group
 

Eliot leads CISL’s team that bridges between business and policy makers to bring about a more sustainable economy. He is the current Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change, and of the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.

Eliot’s work has a strong focus on climate change, but he also helps drive action on the circular economy, plastics and issues around the social and justice implications of economic change. He represents the Corporate Leaders Group on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition and has been responsible for CISL work that has included collaborations with the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, a number of European governments and a wide range of senior business stakeholders

Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability and Director of The Prince of Wales's Leaders Group
 

James Bull, head of packaging, Tesco PLC

Committed to removal, reduction and redesign of packaging across Tesco’s global supply chain, ensuring we only use packaging with a purpose and everything we use can be reused.

Focused on closing the loop through education and advocacy; simplify material usage, improve retrieval and recycling and increase recycled content. 

Chris Sanders, Sales Director of Radnor Hills
 

Chris Sanders is Sales Director of Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company Ltd. Since joining Radnor Hills in 2008 Chris has worked his way up from local van sales representative to Sales Director, managing a team of 12 and a turnover of 42 million.  When Chris joined Radnor Hills their turnover was circa 13 million and he claims to have had a full head of hair, something he omits he is unable to claim now. During his time in sales, he has worked in Foodservice, Retail, On-trade, and the CTN channels and thoroughly enjoys working across such a diverse industry.

Chris and his team are constantly working with their customers to adapt to customer and industry challenges as well as evolve categories and the launch of their newest range, Radnor Energy demonstrates this.

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton, Founder and Director of  ACTIPH Water
 

Jamie founded ACTIPH water after rowing from Australia to Africa when he realised mixing small amounts of sea water with their water hydrated them faster than ordinary water. This inspired him to research water all over the world to see what else was possible with enhancing water. He found alkaline ionised water in Japan and with this technology was the first to market in Europe and is now pioneering the growth of this new category.

Oliver Bolton, Founder and Managing Director or Almond and Waterbomb Ltd
 

Oliver has been working in the soft drinks industry over the last 12 years, having founded his disruptive hydration business, Waterbomb in 2007. Waterbomb was the first European soft drinks company to become a B Corp in 2015 and Oliver is dedicated to building purpose-led brands that support people and the planet. He launched his new food-tech platform, Almond earlier this year. Almond is a blockchain based ecosystem that aims to create an alternative goods market to better benefit consumers, the planet and purpose-driven brands. A secure, hidden ‘Almond Matrix Code’ is included on partner products to create a unique digital identity which then allows brands to share specific product supply-chain data and offer token loyalty rewards. Almond launches in partnership with Waterbomb's new ‘FACT’ organic flavoured, zero sugar water. 

Simon Green, Partner and Commercial Director of Tudor Drinks
 

Simon has a broad experience having spent the best part of 20 years working in the drinks industry.  The earlier part of his career saw him spend time at Heineken, GSK, and Carlsberg, where he had a variety of sales, marketing and NPD roles.  More recently he was the marketing & export director at Global Brands where he curated and developed their portfolio drinks brands on products such as Franklins & Sons, Hooch, VK and licensed brands form Diageo and Molson Coors. 

Simon is now a partner in Tudor Drinks and working entrepreneurially to build Harry Brompton’s London Ice Tea. He has been instrumental in developing and launching LOVEAU, an innovative and premium brand for the fast-growing sparkling infused water category.

Kris Ingham, Founder of Rejuvenation
 

After quitting his job in the City, Kris launched innovative health drink, Rejuvenation Water, in early 2016. After discovering the health benefits of Amino Acids 10 years previous to this, Kris set about bringing Amino Acids to the mass market in a convenient and tasty way, hence Rejuvenation Water was born. Rejuvenation Water can now be found in 8 countries as well as retailers such as Costco, Tesco, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons and Ocado.

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