- 17th Global Water Drinks Congress
17th Global Water Drinks Congress
Tour Highland Spring's bottling operations, followed by two days of conference sessions, networking opportunities with key industry figures and a gala awards dinner. Delegates will hear from leading international and regional businesses on the latest market and strategic developments, as well as from innovators and entrepreneurs contributing to the industry.
About the event
Tour Highland Spring's bottling operations, followed by two days of conference sessions and a gala awards dinner. Delegates will hear from leading international and regional businesses on the latest market and industry developments, as well as from innovators and entrepreneurs with their latest ideas.
The 'Beyond the Bottle' theme reflects a focus on innovation into new water drinks, new packaging, new technology and wider new business challenges.
Now in it's 17th year, Zenith Global's 2020 Global Water Drinks Congress is designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers to gain complete overview of the latest market trends, innovations and issues alongside extensive networking.
- Conference presentations by leading producers and innovators
- Market updates and insights
- Extensive networking opportunities
- Tour Highland Spring's bottling plant
- Gala industry dinner featuring 2020 Global Water Drinks Awards
Confirmed speakers so far include
Director – Marketing and Business Development for Bisleri, India
Ms. Anjana Ghosh is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Bisleri International Pvt Ltd. After having worked in the steel industry for over15 years, Ms. Ghosh joined Bisleri in June 2006 as Deputy General Manager, Sales & Marketing.
Over the next three years, Ms. Ghosh grew with the brand to General Manager and to Director. In her current capacity as Director, she has been the driving force behind the new image and market reach of Bisleri and its consistent profitable growth year on year. Ms. Ghosh was primarily responsible for bringing innovation to the brand and strategizing the engineering of Bisleri from Blue to Green. After the brand re-engineering the new and young image of vibrant Bisleri ensured that the company's sales zoomed ahead. The journey from Blue to Green saw a revolution of change in the perception and demand of the brand. She is strategically and aggressively growing the brand by working on market penetration with a winning and prudent combination of backward and forward integration. Market penetration, revamping and restructuring of sales teams to increase bottling units is part of her winning plan. Her vision and foresight keeps Bisleri ahead of times and above all competitions. She has inculcated the never give up spirit in each of her team members which motivates them to take Bisleri to unprecedented growth. Ms. Ghosh is a post graduate in Business Administration with a specialization in Projects & Planning from Mumbai University.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President – Waters and Africa for Groupe Danone
Henri Bruxelles started his career at Danone in 1987 where he had several assignments in Marketing in Germany, France, Spain and Brazil as VP Marketing for Danone Brazil in 1998.
In 2002, he was appointed VP Marketing of Danone France and in 2004, VP Marketing of Dairy WWBU. Then in 2008, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Danone. In 2010, he was appointed General Manager of Danone Portugal and, in 2013, General Manager of Danone Argentina.
Chief Executive of Highland Spring Group
Les joined Highland Spring, then a £3.2m turnover business, in 1985. Previously Finance Director, he was appointed Chief Executive in 2008 and has played a pivotal role in establishing the Group as the UK’s leading bottled water supplier.
He spearheaded the acquisitions of Speyside Glenlivet and the water division of Greencore Group plc, key milestones in achieving his vision of growing turnover to £100m which was achieved in 2014 and the company has continued to grow with a focus on the Highland Spring range, the biggest selling brand of natural source water in the UK. Under Les’ leadership the company continues to thrive with recent investment of over £30m as part of a £50m investment plan. This includes a new factory and 73,000 bottle an hour production line at our Blackford site, to which in July 2017, we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty, The Queen to perform the official opening, which was a highlight for the company and staff and recognition of the success of the business as a whole. The company is immensely proud to have been the number 1 accredited bottled water business for over a decade by the Good Shopping Guide and is working closely with governments and other trade partners to improve the re-cycling rates of plastic bottles and drive the vision for a truly circular plastics economy. Les lives in Falkirk with his wife Elaine and two daughters. As well as being a long term season ticket older at his local football club, Falkirk FC, his interests include golf, gym, reading and running. He was proud to join 17 of his colleagues on a trip through the Vine Trust to Tanzania at the end of 2018 and help build two homes for vulnerable families in the Moshi district.
Federico Sarzi Braga
Senior Vice President – Waters Business Unit for Nestlé
Federico joined Sanpellegrino in 2000 as a Senior Brand Manager. He had managed different roles within the commercial area in Italy before he was transferred to Paris in 2005 as Head of Marketing for Nestlé Waters Europe.
In 2008, he returned to Italy as Head of the Italian Business Unit. In 2014, Federico was appointed as NW UK BEO. Under Federico's leadership, the UK Waters business delivered double-digit growth in the past three years, despite the turbulent business environment. Through innovation, consumer and shopper activation, Federico led the business to achieve impressive market share gain, notably holding the number 1 position in value at the end of 2016. He was influential in driving international business expansion, as well as the development of local brands.
Head of Sustainability for 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.
Andy Peykoff II
Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Bottling
Family owned and operated since 1963, Andy’s humble beginnings at Niagara Bottling started in manufacturing as a teenager. By 26, he became CEO and since then has worked to build the largest privately held beverage company in North America.
Niagara supplies global and local retailers and contract manufactures for some of the country’s most recognized beverage brands. Andy continues his commitment to world-class manufacturing and supply chain by investing in industry leading software and the fastest, most technologically advanced PET bottling lines in the world. Under Andy’s leadership, Niagara has grown from two to over 30 manufacturing facilities producing a diverse range of beverages including still, sparkling and flavored water, tea and isotonics. His dedication to product innovation and environmental sustainability at Niagara has paved the way for the design of one of the lightest bottles in the world and the company becoming the largest user of recycled PET in North America. Andy’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation has built a unique high growth culture that drives Niagara’s success. The company’s numerous awards include Beverage Forum’s Large Company of the Year and Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year for Family Business. Andy is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and lives in Southern California with his wife Jaime and their six children.
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.
Chairman of Zenith Global Ltd
Richard Hall is an acknowledged expert on the international food and drinks sector, chairing and speaking at numerous industry conferences as well as offering independent comment through his blog.
In April 2018, he served as an expert witness in one of the largest court cases in US corporate tax history. With a degree in Economics and Government from the University of Bath, where he was also Students’ Union President, he worked in the Group Commercial Department of UK dairy market leader Unigate before joining the Dairy Trade Federation as Economic Adviser. In five years as a Director of the Dairy Trade Federation, he also served as its Head of Public Relations and as Secretary General of the European Federation of Dairy Retailers. From 1987 to 1990 he was Director and General Manager of beverage market consultancy Canadean. He formed Zenith in 1991 as a specialist business consultancy for the food and drink industries. The company now has 40 staff working for more than 1,000 clients in over 50 countries. It provides a full range of consulting and market information services. In 2015, Zenith acquired the Beverage Digest business in the United States. He also chairs FoodBev Media, which he founded in 2000. Its team of 15 staff publishes two business journals and manages the foodbev.com website. Richard has undertaken many consultancy projects over the past 30 years as well as helping form several industry organisations, including the foundation and chairmanship of the Natural Hydration Council. In 2010 he was Series Consultant for the BBC Money Programme series on The Foods That Make Billions. In 2013 he completed six years as Chairman of the Bath & North East Somerset Quartet Community Foundation, after two years as Chairman of the Bath City of Festivals Steering Group and two previous years as President of Bath Chamber of Commerce. He is currently Chairman of The Royal High School Bath and a Director of Bath Philharmonia.
About Highland Spring
- Highland Spring is one of the leading UK producers, investing over £100 million on its expansion over the past 10 years.
- Sourced from the majestic Ochil Hills, the water was the first in Britain to be certified as coming from organic land.
- The Glen bottling site in Blackford bottles up to 2 million litres per annum.
About Tullibardine Distillery
- Located on the site of Scotland's oldest brewery dating back to the 12th century, Tullibardine was developed as a traditional distiller in 1949.
Location and hotel
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles was host to the G8 summit of world leaders in 2005 and golf's Ryder Cup in 2014. It has 3 championship golf courses, Scotland only restaurant with 2 Michelin stars and an award-winning spa.
The 850-acre Gleneagles estate is 1 hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. It has its own railway station.
For delegates wishing to book accommodation, an allocation of rooms at The Gleneagles Hotel will be available at negotiated rates between 19-22 October, on a strictly first come, first served basis.
To book your accommodation, please use the following link, entering the code 202191020 under “event code”. The room rate per night is £335.
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Room rates are subject to availability. Once our allocation has been used up, or is released as contracted, room rates may fluctuate according to availability.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder PH3 1NF
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|Pay by 11 Sep Early booking rate||Pay by 22 Oct Standard booking rate|
|Full Congress||Each delegate||£1,590.00||£1,790.00|
|Separate elements||20 Oct tour, reception||£300.00||£350.00|
|21 Oct conference||£900.00||£950.00|
|21 Oct awards dinner||£150.00||£200.00|
|22 Oct conference||£700.00||£750.00|
Coronavirus: Should a lockdown on Scotland be enforced at the time of the Congress, we will postpone the event to October 2021. In this instance, our usual cancellation terms will apply - you will have up to 30 days before the new conference date to cancel your booking with no charge. Substitutions can be made at any time.
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Visas may be required from some countries. Zenith Global will be happy to help with via support and document where possible.
We have a range of sponsorship and exhibitor display opportunities available, offering a unique and ffective opportunity to showcase your products and services to a highly engaged 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 opportunists
- 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 marketing emails, website and Twitter account
- Company branding on the stage backdrop during the event
- The opportunity to distribute marketing material/products at delegate spaces
- 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 discount
- The opportunity for life Q&A with he audience during the sponsor presentation through an interactive poll
- Headline and category sponsorship of the Global Water Drinks Awards.
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The industry's only Global Water Drinks Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the packaged water industry. The awards are a great way for you to enhance your brand and ensure your product, concept or campaign is recognised on an intenraitonal scale. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 21 October 2020, during Zenith Global's 17th Global Water Drinks Congress. More information to follow.
- Best Natural Still Water
- Best Natural Sparkling Water
- Best Flavoured Water
- Best Functional Water
- Best in Can
- Best in Carton
- Best Glass
- Best PET
- Best Packaging/Label Design
- Best Cap/Closure
- Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign
- Best CSR Initiative
- Best Technology Innovation
- Best New Brand/Brand Extension
- Best New Water Concept