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 the 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 Waters and Nestlé Waters
- Ideas for tackling plastic from Cambridge Institute for Sustainability, Coca-Cola and WRAP
- Retailer perspectives involving Tesco
- Innovation opportunities from ACTIPH Water and Radnor Hills Water
- Hear from 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, buyers, suppliers, retailers, advisers and the trade press.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and quote CZEN1103
to 8 February
from 9 February
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 e email@example.com t +44 (0)1225 327903
Christine Robinson e firstname.lastname@example.org t +44 (0)1225 327900
Our innovator marketplace 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
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 email@example.com t +44(0)1225 327941
James Piper, Managing Director of Ecosurety
James Piper is managing director 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 MD 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.
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.
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
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.