Gold Sponsors

  • Bericap
  • Sidel
  • Tetra Pak
  • Wet Beverages

Silver Sponsor

  • AFC

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Tuesday 8 October

  • BOTTLING PLANT TOURS

  • From

    Visit Dubai Refreshment and Mai Dubai

  • Coach 1     Leave 11.00, return 16.00 

    Coach 2     Leave 12.00, return 17.00 

    Coach 3     Leave 13.00, return 18.00

  • Dubai Refreshment is Pepsi bottler, which opened new facility in 2016, with investment of $180 million. Production spans carbonates, juices, teas and water, with lines for cans, glass and PET including blow moulding. There are 11,000 solar panels installed on the roof.

       

    Mai Dubai is owned by Dubai Energy & Water Authority and started operations in 2014. It completed a major expansion in 2019. “Mai” is the Arabic word for water. Production includes lines for PET, glass, cups and 5 gallon polycarbonate as well as pre-forms and blow moulding. Other features are solar panels for energy, extensive automation and high bay warehousing.

       

    Visits will include presentations, walking tours, refreshments and questions.

  • -
    Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Welcome reception

Wednesday 9 October

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Registration

  • Majlis Al Salam Ballroom

    Welcome address

    His Excellency Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Energy & Water Authority and Chairman of Mai Dubai LLC, United Arab Emirates 

  • REGIONAL MARKET

  • UAE industry and market trends and developments

    Panel discussion with 

    Tariq Al Wahedi, Chief Executive Officer of Agthia Group, United Arab Emirates

    Tarek El Sakka, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Refreshment, United Arab Emirates

    Alexander van ’t Riet, Chief Executive Officer of Mai Dubai LLC, United Arab Emirates 

  • Sponsor presentation

    Volker Spiesmacher, Sales and Marketing Director of Bericap

  • Sponsor presentation

    Michael Adams, Founder and Managing Director of WET Group

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Hydration break and networking 

  • Majlais Al Salam Ballroom

    Middle East trends and developments

    Panel discussion with 

    John Pugh, Managing Director of National Mineral Water Company, Oman

    Other panellists to be confirmed 

  • OPEN TO ALL CONSUMERS

  • Making water more affordable and accessible

  • Production and packaging solutions for emerging markets

    Vincent Le Guen, Vice President - Packaging for Sidel

  • India case study

    Dinesh Jadhav, Vice President - Supply Chain for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, India

  • Africa case study

    Speaker to be confirmed

  • Questions and discussion 

  • Majalis Al Salam Foyer

    Buffet lunch and networking 

  • Majalis Al Salam Ballroom

    KEYNOTE CEO SESSION

  • Panel discussion 

    Tim Brett, President of Coca-Cola Europe
    Henri Bruxelles, Executive Vice President - Waters & Africa for Danone Waters
    Maurizio Patarnello, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters
    Simon Lowden, President and Chief Marketing Officer - Global Foods at PepsiCo

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Rehydration break and networking 

  • OPEN TO SUSTAINABILITY

  • Panel discussion 

    Ben Jordan, Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola 
    Vincent Crasnier, Head of Sustainability for Danone Waters
    Carlo Galli, Head of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters
    Roberta Barbieri, Vice President - Global Sustainability for PepsiCo

  • Close

  • Al Falak Ballroom

    GLOBAL BOTTLED WATER AWARDS DINNER

    In the Ballroom of Burj Al Arab Hotel

  • Cocktail reception

  • Industry dinner

  • Global Bottled Water Awards presentation

  • Close

  • The Burj Al Arab is a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
    Buggies are provided for those that require transport.

Thursday 10 October

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Registration

  • Majlis Al Salam Ballroom

    OPEN TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

  • Fully bio- and marine-water degradable plastics

    Dr Isao Noda, Chief Science Officer of Danimer Scientific, United States

  • Countdown to plant-based plastic

    Speaker to be confirmed 

  • Producing bioplastics on an industrial scale

  • Sponsor presentation

    Cristina Giglio Tos, Head of Global Growth Initiative at Tetra Pak 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Hydration break and networking 

  • Majlis Al Salam Ballroom

    OPEN TO INNOVATION

  • United States developing functionality

    Rali Sanderson, Executive Vice President of Niagara Bottling, United States

  • Italy initiative on bottle to bottle recycling

    Carlo Pontecorvo, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrarelle, Italy

  • Italy leading on new packaging materials

    Speaker to be confirmed 

  • India focus on health and wellness

    Speaker to be confirmed 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Majlis Al Salam Foyer

    Buffet lunch and networking 

  • Majlis Al Salam Ballroom

    NEW OPEN-TUNITIES

  • CBD infused waters with botanicals and antioxidants

    Nicholas Reichenbach, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flow Alkaline Spring Water, Canada

  • Functional water for oral health

    Dr Angie Lang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Swirlit, United States

  • Protein water goes mainstream

    Joe Katterfield, Business Development Manager - Sports Nutrition & Health Foods at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

  • Natural, plant-based functionality

    Sean Moran, Founder of EauLab®, Ireland

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close

Now in its 16th year, Zenith Global’s 2019 Global Bottled Water Congress is designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers to gain a complete overview of the latest market trends, innovations and issues alongside excellent networking.

With bottled water growth outpacing other beverages, an exciting range of emerging categories are actively promoting water attributes. But there are multiple risks if innovation is not open about naturalness, sweetness, healthiness, functionality and sustainability. For consumers to open water in ever greater numbers, the future market opportunity is also open water.

Delegates will hear from leading international and regional manufacturers on market and strategic developments in addition to innovators and entrepreneurs.

Event highlights

  • Conference presentations by leading producers and innovators
  • Extensive networking time with key industry figures
  • Market updates and insights
  • Tours of Dubai Refreshment and Mai Dubai new bottling plants
  • Gala industry dinner featuring 2019 Global Bottled Water Awards in iconic Burj Al Arab ballroom.

  • Exclusive PepsiCo bottler since 1962
  • Moved to new facility in August 2016
  • US $180 million investment over last 5 years 
  • 6 production lines with capacity of 60 million cases 
  • 11,000 solar panels on roof to generate 37 megawatts.

To download the full document, please click here

About Mai Dubai
  • US $156 million invested since 2013, with mega expansion completed in late 2018
  • 8 production lines including glass and 16 litre plus pre-form and closure manufacture
  • 1.1 kilometre monorail with 44 vehicles
  • 26 metre high bay warehouse with 10 stacker cranes 
  • 18.1 megwatt sola power generation on site. 

To download the full document, please click here.

Dubai is the top business gateway to the Middle East and Africa. One of 7 emirates that formed the United Arab Emirates in the 1970s, Dubai hosted 16 million visitors in 2018, with 89 million people using its international airport.

The Mina A’Salam Hotel is a 5 star hotel on the Jumeirah beach, overlooking the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel. Translated as ‘Harbour of Peace’, the hotel has 292 luxury rooms and forms part of a waterfront resort that includes a traditional Arabic souk market, 50 world class restaurants and spa facilities, with complimentary ‘abra’ boats or buggies to transport you around.

The hotel is 27 kilometres from Dubai International Airport, a journey which often takes less than 30 minutes.

For delegates wishing to book accommodation, an allocation of rooms will be available at negotiated rates on a strictly first come, first served basis. To book your accommodation, please use the following link

Room rates (per night) as follows:

  • Single occupancy Deluxe  AED 1,100
  • Double occupancy Deluxe AED 1, 200

Above rates include breakfast, exclude taxes and services (7% Municipality fee, 10% services charge, 5% VAT and AED20 TE fee per room, per night). 

Room rates are subject to avaliablity. Once our allocation has been used up, or is released as contracted, room rates may fluctuate according to availability.

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Hotel, PO Box 75157, Dubai, UAE

t +971 4 366 8888     e  mjinfo@jumeirah.com

Full Congress package includes tour, conference sessions, documentation, reception and awards dinner. It excludes accommodation.

     
Prices include 5% VAT Payment by 30 Aug
Early bird
Payment from 31 Aug
Standard
Full Congress    
Each delegate* $2,047.50 $2,257.50

 

Or book individual elements

   
08 Oct Tours, reception  $420.00 $472.50 
09 Oct Conference  $997.50  $1,102.50
09 Oct Awards dinner  $210.00 $210.00 
10 Oct Conference  $787.50 $892.50

*Concessionary rate applies to companies with annual sales below $2million. To book at this rate, please contact

e events@zenithglobal.com   t  +44 (0)1225 327900

The Dubai authorities now require event organisers to apply for a special permit. We are also obliged to collect specific details for each participant (your full name, nationality and country of residence) that will be submitted to PureArabia (an external agency acting on behalf of the Dubai authorities - https://www.pure-arabia.com/about-us).

Attendance at this event is reliant upon your permission to share this data. We are bound by the Dubai law and unable to accept your registration without your confirmation of these terms. All data will be destroyed after the conference.

Substitutions will be accepted up to 26 September. Cancellations will be subject to a $157.50 administration charge and cannot be made after 3 September. Bookings are subject to Zenith Global events terms and conditions, see www.zenithglobal.com/events. All delegates must pay Dubai VAT at prevailing rate, currently 5%. Rate may be subject to change.

Visas may be required from source countries. Click here for more information.  Zenith Global will be happy to help with visa support and documentation where possible.

We have a range of packages and exhibitor display opportunities available which will help 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 can 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 delegate 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
  • Headline and category sponsorship of the Global Bottled Water Awards, presented at the iconic Burj Al Arab.

For more information, please contact

Maxine Harle at mharle@zenithglobal.com or call +44 (0)1225 327941


 Tariq Al Wahaedi, Cheif Executive Officer of Agthia Group

Tariq Ahmed Saeed Al Wahedi joined Agthia in September 2015 as COO leading the manufacturing and supply chain operations of the Group. In November 2016, he was appointed as Acting Executive Vice President of Agri Business in addition to his COO responsibilities. Tariq is currently the CEO of Agthia Group PJSC since July 2017.

Tariq is a UAE national who graduated in Engineering from the University of Tulsa and holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He also serves on numerous boards as Board Member and Advisor to various non-profit organizations and companies across diversified industries including logistics, building materials and industrial development.

Prior to joining Agthia, Tariq held senior executive positions, most recently in Senaat, and prior to that in the Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corp, for 8 years.


 Tarek El Sakka, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Refreshment

Tarek is a 30-year-old veteran of the FMCG business. He is well known in the Middle East beverage industry having spent over 20 years in various locations and positions within the Pepsi system. 

Currently CEO of Dubai Refreshment Company (DRC), Pepsico's largest independent bottler in the lower gulf. DRC has over 1000 employees and Dh 1 billion annual turnover. It is the leading carbonated soft drinks maker in the UAE, and one of the oldest and most successful beverage producers in the Gulf. Tarek joined DRC in August of 2008 and has since led a major transformation in the company that has made it one of the most successful turnaround stories in the Dubai Financial Market with the market cap increasing by over fivefold since he took over. 

Prior to DRC Tarek was General Manager of Jordan Ice and Aerated Water Co. the Pepsico wholly owned bottling business in Jordan. In Jordan Tarek spent 4 years from 2004 to 2008 and left the company to one of the most successful periods in its history with revenue, share and profits hitting record highs and transforming the business from returnable to non-returnable and he launched Pepsi's entry into bottled water with Aquafina. 

Prior to Jofan Tarek had spent 11 years in PepsiCo in various functions and although his educational background is in Finance and accounting, he spent most of his career in marketing and commercial jobs, including being the Colas Marketing Director for Pepsi Middle East. 

Prior to Pepsico's career, Tarek spent 6 years (from 1987 to 1993) with Procter and Gamble in Geneva and in Saudi Arabia in both Finance and marketing roles. In addition to his work experience, he is an accomplished Tennis player who among other things had the privilege to represent his country of Egypt in Junior Wimbledon and the Davis Cup. 


 Alexander van ' Riet, Chief Executive Officer of Mai Dubai

Alexander van ‘t Riet is CEO of Mai Dubai LLC, a leading regional bottled water company. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, marketing, strategic consulting and general management.


Alexander has worked for multinationals like Air Products, Gemini Consulting and Avery Dennison and was a board member in global equity-owned companies like Innovia Films and Constantia Flexibles. Alexander lived in 7 European counties, the Middle East and the USA, and is the author of the book “In pursuit of Chocolate”.


Alexander earned BBA from Oglethorpe University and a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.


 Volker Spiesmacher, Sales and Marketing Director of Bericap

Volker Spiesmacher, born in 1954, graduated as an Economist in 1984 from the University of Mainz, Germany.

He has been working in the packaging industry since 1986 and during this time has held  various positions, including working as Sales Manager for Tetra Pak Germany.In Russia he was appointed Deputy General Director at JV Progress, a food processing company producing apple concentrates and which was at that time the second largest juice bottler in the region. The company was a joint venture between Tetra Pak and the Russian State.

In Serbia Volker gained experience as Sales Director for Tetra Pak, building up the new sales organisation after the crises in the former Yugoslavia.Back in Germany he held the position of Vice President – Sales & Services, Europe/Asia for White Cap, a company of Schmalbach Lubeca, which became first Amcor White Cap and subsequently Silgan White Cap. In this role he gained management experience in many countries, including across Europe as well as in Asia and South America.


 Simon Lowden, President and Chief Marketing Officer - Global Foods at PepsiCo

Simon Lowden is the President of PepsiCo Global Foods. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.


Lowden has built a global reputation for leading transformative brands and innovation, fostering best-in-class marketing capabilities and shepherding collaborative functional teams, culled from more than two decades of experience across multiple businesses and roles in multinational companies such as PepsiCo and Unilever.
Now, as President, PepsiCo Global Foods, Lowden, is applying his vision and talent to drive growth across the global foods category, which includes four of PepsiCo’s billion dollar brands – LAY’S, Doritos, Cheetos and Quaker.


Since August 2018, Lowden has also been leading the PepsiCo Plastics Agenda, charged with steering the vision, critical partners and innovation initiatives to lead PepsiCo’s plastics reduction agenda. He is also responsible for media and content, overseeing the in-house PepsiCo Content Studio and Global Media Center of Excellence.


Before joining Global Foods, Lowden was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo North America Beverages, where he oversaw the transformation of PepsiCo’s North American beverage portfolio through a renewed consumer marketing effort and a step change in product innovation.
Additional PepsiCo leadership roles have included, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo International for five years, where he was responsible for the development of PepsiCo’s Food and Beverage portfolio across more than 100 developing and developed markets around the world, as well as Vice President of Marketing, CSDs for PepsiCo International.


Lowden joined PepsiCo from Unilever in 1996 as the Marketing Director in the United Kingdom before moving into a pan-European assignment. He began his career at Unilever where he honed his trade on brands such as Lynx and Axe. Lowden holds a BSC in Geography and Geomorphology from Kings College, London. A huge sports enthusiast, Lowden was an avid rugby player and now spends his time competing in triathlons, including the internationally renowned Ironman.


Lowden is a member of the client councils at Facebook and Twitter.


 Roberta Barbieri, Vice President - Global Sustainability for PepsiCo

Roberta Barbieri is PepsiCo’s Vice President for Global Sustainability with over 20 years of experience in environmental sustainability. In her role with PepsiCo, Roberta is accountable for executing PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose sustainability strategy, with specific responsibility for integration of sustainability into core business processes, and for delivery of PepsiCo’s goals on Climate, Water Stewardship, Waste, and Sustainable Packaging.  Before joining PepsiCo, Roberta worked for Diageo, where she held the position of Global Environmental Director and served as the principal architect of Diageo's Global Environmental Sustainability strategy.

Roberta currently serves on the steering committees of the 2030 Water Resources Group and the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastics Action Partnership.  She is past chair of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable’s Water Working Group and has served on the steering committee for the CEO Water Mandate.  Roberta holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven, as well as a BS in Environmental Conservation and International Studies from the University of New Hampshire.  In addition to her native English, Roberta speaks Spanish and Italian.


 Vincent Crasnier, Head of One Planet One Health for Danone Waters

Vincent is head of One Planet One Health and reports in to Executive VP Waters member of Danone Executive Committee. He leads Sustainable Development strategy and transformation on Circular Packaging (new bottle collection and recycling) worldwide, Carbon Neutrality on Brands (Evian…) and Water Stewardship programs. One Health initiatives like Naturality and Water Access.

Prior to this, he was Senior Vice-President Pledge for Danone North America and lead a cross-functional team to implement The Dannon Pledge program reporting to the President of US Yogurt Business (2bn$ in sales). The transformation program includes Sustainable Agriculture, Transparency and Naturality shifting 50% of brands to Non-GMO with positive business impact. Manages stakeholders and partner NGO’s. Build strategy on Beyond Organic and joined Regenerative Organic Certification initiative with Patagonia.

Carlo Galli, Head of Sustainability from Nestlé Waters

Carlo is Italian and has been with Nestlé since 1991. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of Nestlé’s operations worldwide with specific focus on water resources.

Carlo joined Nestlé Waters in 1991 in Italy and managed natural mineral water concessions of key brands such as Levissima, Panna and S.Pellegrino. In 2005, he was appointed as the Head of Water Resources at the Nestle’s global bottled beverages division (Nestlé Waters). Carlo joined Nestlé Group Corporate Operations in 2008 and successfully redefined the water stewardship strategy for all Manufacturing facilities and agricultural supply chain.

Carlo played a key role in the elaboration of the new International Water Stewardship Standard. He has become an active member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Technical Committee and has received the “2017 Water Stewardship” prize. He is currently an AWS Board member.

In his new capacity as Head of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters, Carlo especially leads the two key strategic areas of water and plastic stewardship which contribute to the resilience and growth of our water business.

He is playing a key role in ensuring deployment of the certification commitments recently made by Nestlé Waters - 100% of factories to be AWS certified by 2025 and in setting up the new plastic stewardship strategy aimed at ensuring a circular economy for our bottled water packaging.

Dr Isao Noda, Chief Science Officer of Danimer Scientific

Isao Noda was born in Tokyo, Japan.  He came to the United States in 1969 and was graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1974 with B.S. degree in chemical engineering.  He received his M.S. in bioengineering (1976), as well as M.Phil. (1978) and Ph.D. (1979) in chemical engineering also from Columbia.  In 1997 he received D.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Tokyo. 

He worked for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1978 to 2012.  After retiring from P&G, he became the Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation at Danimer Scientific in Bainbridge, Georgia.  He also holds a position of Affiliated Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of University of Delaware. 

His main expertise is in the broad area of polymer science.  He is well known for the invention of a novel class of bio-based and fully biodegradable plastics based on medium-chain-length branched poly(hydroxyalkanoate) copolymers (mcl-PHAs) now commercialized under the tradename of Nodax™ by Danimer Scientific.  He has about ninety (90) patents granted in the US and the EU, published over four hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, and coauthored three books. 

Rali Sanderson, Executive Vice President - International at Niagara Bottling

Rali Sanderson is Executive Vice President of International, Product Development, and Contract Manufacturing. He also serves on Niagara’s Executive Board, and is Chairman of the Niagara Advisory Board in Mexico, the Board of Nu-Pure Beverages in Australia, and the Board of Shepley Springs in the U.K..  Niagara has experienced a phenomenal 35% CAGR during his 16 year tenure. At the same time, he has minimized Niagara’s environmental impact per unit by more than 50%.  Rali graduated from the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business with a major in International Business and Honors Studies, and from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He current lives in Southern California with his wife Briana and two children.

Nicholas Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer of Flow Alkaline Spring Water

Nicholas Reichenbach (Flow Founder and CEO) is a serial entrepreneur who has launched a steady stream of diverse and successful businesses, from gaming software to a leading social video chat platform. Nicholas has innovated a number of industries, most recently disrupting the water category with Flow Alkaline Spring Water, a sustainably packaged spring water built on the power of mindful positivity. Sourced from Nicholas' family’s artesian spring in the quiet woods of Bruce County Ontario, Canada, Flow is a naturally alkaline water with a high pH level that is both sustainably sourced and packaged.

Nicholas' robust track record includes creating and scaling dozens of  businesses including Rabbit (a leading social video chat platform backed by Google Ventures, CrunchFund and other leading VCs) and Magmic Games (Voted top 10 mobile social game & app publisher having produced over 300 games from Guitar Hero mobile to New York Times Crosswords).


 Dr Angie Lang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Swirlit

Practicing dentist and entrepreneur, Angie launched a beverage company, Swirlit. Seeking to provide alternatives to sugary and acidic drinks with a focus on oral health, the Swirlit functional beverage range is a world first. 

Seeing first hand the damage caused by sugary and acidic drinks, Angie’s goal is to prevent people’s exposure to common dental problems through scientifically backed healthy drinks, and in turn improve population health. The road to product launch included 10 years of research and development. 

Angie holds degrees in Nuclear Medicine, Dental Surgery and Health Law from the University of Sydney, and a postgraduate degree in Strategy and Innovation from Saïd Business School at Oxford University. 

With 15 years experience in dental practice, serving as a clinical advisory board member for a dental corporate, professional panel member for the NSW Dental Council and NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Angie is at the frontline of dental health, policy and governance. 

Joe Katterfield, Business Development Manager - Sports Nutrition & Health Foods at Arla Food Ingredients

Joe Katterfield, Business Development Manager EMEA, Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

Joe Katterfield is a business development manager at Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI), a global leader in value-added whey protein ingredients and a subsidiary of Arla Foods Amba, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark.

He is a member of the strategic business unit ‘health & performance nutrition', a commercial group that focuses on the development and supply of unique whey protein ingredients, to enable cutting-edge consumer products within beverage, health and high-end sports nutrition categories.

One of his main activities is the analysis of market developments, product launches, consumer trends and purchase drivers relating to functional protein beverages, to create inspirational product concepts and resources that promote AFI's whey protein ingredient portfolio. In addition, he guides prospective beverage brands and manufacturers on protein beverage concept development and technical considerations, to support new product development that increases business opportunities in this growing category.

Before joining AFI, for 8 years Joe worked in R & D for numerous food and beverage manufacturers, launching commercial beverages and nutritional products into the UK, Denmark, and the USA. 

Joe holds an MSc Food Science from the University of Reading, and BSc Sport & Exercise Nutrition from Leeds Carnegie.

Sean Moran, Founder of EauLab

Seán Moran is the founder of EauLab® - a start up beverage brand that utilizes the botanical power of plant-based ingredients and other raw ingredients to offer purer, truer, more natural body-helpful water.

EauLab® debuted at the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) in London earlier in 2019 to great acclaim. It achieved finalist for Best Brand, Best Drink Concept and Best Health & Wellness Drink in the World Food Innovation Awards held by FoodBev Media in association with IFE.

The brand has also been selected to showcase in the Ecotrophelia Next Generation Food future trends space at the world’s largest food and beverage event, ANUGA 2019 - as a bold, creative and captivating innovator.

Prior to a life of entrepreneurship, Seán spent almost two decades in the New York City advertising agency world.  He rose through the ranks of account management at global agencies Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, TBWA. As an account director, Seán managed several teams with blue chip clients such as Pernod Ricard, Cadbury’s, Citigroup.

Seán lives on the west coast of Ireland where he believes the world is a small place with connective technology.  He thanks Steve Jobs, daily.

The industry’s only Global Bottled Water Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the packaged water industry.

Open to innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as established brands from around the globe, the awards are a great way for you to enhance your brand and ensure your product, concept or campaign is recognised on an international scale. 

This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during Zenith Global’s 16th Global Bottled Water Congress on 9 October, in Dubai. 

The Categories 

  • Best Natural Still Water Sponsored by Sidel
  • Best Natural Sparkling Water
  • Best Flavoured Water Sponsored by WET Group
  • Best Functional Water
  • Best Can 
  • Best Carton
  • Best Glass
  • Best PET Sponsored by AF Compressors
  • Best Packaging/Label Design 
  • Best Cap/Closure 
  • Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign 
  • Best CSR Initiative Sponsored by Guala Closures Group
  • Best Technology Innovation 
  • Best New Brand/Brand Extension
  • Best New Water Concept

To enter, please click here

For more information, contact awards@zenithglobal.com

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