- 20th Global Water Drinks Congress
20th Global Water Drinks Congress
The highest level and most influential event for the global water drinks industry. Designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers, this 20th annual Congress will provide a complete overview of the latest market trends, innovations and issues alongside networking opportunities with key industry figures. Insights will be shared by leading international and regional businesses on the latest market and strategic developments, as well as by innovators and entrepreneurs bringing new ideas and taking up new challenges.
Zenith Global's annual Global Water Drinks Congress is regarded as the highest level and most influential forum for the global water drinks industry.
Designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers, the Congress offers attendees a complete overview of the latest market trends, developments, innovation and issues, alongside extensive networking opportunities.
The event will feature two days of conference sessions, a tour of Highland Spring's bottling facility, extensive networking opportunities, a gala industry dinner and presentation of the Global Water Drinks Awards 2023, highlighting the best in global water drinks innovation worldwide.
Leading international and regional manufacturers, industry suppliers and advisers will present on the latest market and strategic developments, as well as topical issues ranging from packaging and sustainability to water stewardship and innovation.
Speakers at last year’s Congress included Coca-Cola, Danone, Flow Water, Gerolsteiner, Icelandic Glacial, IRi, Kantar, Mahou San Miguel, Nestlé Waters, Niagara, PepsiCo, Rabobank and Spritzer.
Monday 27 November
Coach to depart from Gleneagles at 12.30, returning at 16.15
Coach to depart from Gleneagles at 13.45, returning at 17.30
Welcome drinks reception
Tuesday 28 November
Simon Oldham, Managing Director of Highland Spring Group
Ananda Roy, Senior Vice President – Thought Leadership Europe for Circana
Richard Lee, Strategic Insight Director - Drinks for Kantar
Ross Colbert, Managing Director, Investment Banking – Beverages for Capstone Partners
Questions and discussion
Hydration and networking break
Silvia Docampo, Water Category Director - Europe at The Coca-Cola Company
Stefano Marini, Head of Waters Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé
Jean Valvis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AQUA Carpatica, Romania
Facundo Etchebehere, Senior Vice President – Sustainability Strategy & Partnerships for Groupe Danone
Questions and discussion
Lunch and networking
Neil Kimberley, Industry Consultant and former Chief Strategy Officer of Essentia Water, United States
Clovis Thaumoux, Packaging Market Manager of Carbios
Mike Hecker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BE WTR, Switzerland
Questions and discussion
Rehydration and networking break
Gerrit Smit, Managing Director – Innovation Center Europe for Yili Group
Rahul Narang, Founder and Chairman of The Narang Group/Ocean Beverages, India
Andy Peykoff II, Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Bottling
Marco Tkachuk, Chief Executive Officer of IDS Ukraine
Questions and discussion
Cocktail drinks reception
Gala Industry Dinner
Global Water Drinks Awards presentation
Wednesday 29 November
Adrian Sym, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance for Water Stewardship
Questions and discussion
Leila Khoury, Chief Marketing Officer of Nirvana Water Sciences, United States
Questions and discussion
Maurizio Patarnello, former Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters and Flow
Jamie Douglas-Hamilton, Founder and Director of ACTIPH Water, United Kingdom
Hydration and networking break
Guillaume Zarka, Co-founder of Drink Waters, France
Daisuke Fujiwara, Executive Officer of Kirin Holdings, Japan
Mark Newby, Director of Trinsic Collagen, United Kingdom
Serena Dietrich, Director of Sustainability for Richard’s Rainwater, United States
Questions and discussion
Lunch and networking
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.
Chief Executive Officer of Alliance for Water Stewardship
As Chief Executive, Adrian Sym leads the pioneering work of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).
Adrian has extensive international experience ranging from Fairtrade International in Germany to grassroots NGOs in Nepal and Bangladesh.
His diverse experience, together with his academic background (Masters in International Policy and Diplomacy), has helped to shape Adrian’s view that addressing key global challenges requires fresh leadership from all stakeholder groups.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AQUA Carpatica, Romania
Jean Valvis was born in Athens on July 16, 1954, his family living in Geneva, where he started his studies. After finishing primary school in Geneva, he attended “Varvakios” Model High School.
He is one of the most important foreign entrepreneurs in Romania. He has Swiss and Greek citizenship. He is married and has three sons.
In 1994, he established Valvis Holding setting up Dorna Apemin, a joint-stock company with Romanian-Swiss capital. Within this company, three mineral water plants were built under the Dorna brand in Vatra Dornei, Suceava (Dorna, Poiana Negri, Izvorul Alb brands), between 1996-1999.
In 1998, he established Dorna Lactate SA and built, under the green field scheme, a dairy processing plant in Dorna Candreni and, in 1999, a processed cheese factory in Vatra Dornei, with a range of 85 dairy products under LaDORNA brand. In 2000, he established a subsidiary of the holding in Athens: Dorna Hellas.
In 2002, he concluded the transaction with Coca Cola and sold the Dorna mineral water division. In the same year, he also laid the foundations of the Ecological Biofarms project, as part of the eco agricultural activity performed by the Dorna Agri company, a project launched in 2004, for Bio cereals. In 2003 and 2004, a cottage cheese factory (Ortoaia, Suceva) and a sheep milk feta cheese factory (Mihail Kogalniceanu, Constanta) were built under the green field scheme.
In 2006, he invested in SC Viti-Pomicola Samburesti and in 2009 he launched a range of wines under the following brands: Château Valvis, Domeniile Samburesti and Samburel de Olt.
In 2008 LaDorna dairy products division is sold to Lactalis, one of the largest dairy company in the world.
From this point onwards, Jean Valvis focused on developing the wine division- Domeniile Samburesti and starting other projects which started showing results in 2010: extending investments in eco agriculture and eco energy projects with Dorna Agri, on 8,000 ha land nearby Calarasi (Roseti), South of Romania and launching the brand AQUA Carpatica, the only naturally sparkling mineral water in the world with 0g nitrates/liter (Nitrate Free). Even from its launch, AQUA Carpatica became a success and a serious competitor for the mineral water market in Romania, the claim - “The purest mineral water in the world”, a water with a unique characteristic: zero nitrates.
With a special understanding of new consumption trends, he takes on challenges, and in plain pandemics and economical struggles dares to launch a completely new category on the market: hard seltzer under Wet brand name and also the first Romanian mineral water produced in can. In July 2022, he concluded the 3rd big international transaction, a strategic partnership with PepsiCo, by selling 20% of AQUA Carpatica company shares.
From 1998 to 2002 he was the President of the Mineral Waters Employers’ Organisation (OPA). Between 2000 and 2008, he was a member of the Management Board of the Romanian Employers’ Confederation. From 2005 to 2016 he was a member of F.I.C. (Foreign Investors Council), and in 2006 he was elected as a member of the Management Board of F.I.C. and appointed vice-president of the board of F.I.C until 2015. Since 2016 he is the vice-president of AOAR, and he was the chairman of the agriculture taskforce for Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei (CDR) between 2016-1019.
He was named in 2017 The Brand Creator by Business Magasine, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and 2010 by Bucharest Business Week Newspaper, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 by Capital magazin.
In 2004 awarded by Daniel, The Metropolitan Bishop of Moldavia and Bucovina, with “The Cross of Moldavia and Bucovina” for his involvement in supporting the local community and the environment by creating new jobs within a sustainable and environmental respectful project of Bio Farming in 2004. Through his Foundation, Valvis Foundation, he initiated several actions to help sectors of society in need, both in Romania and in Greece.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BE WTR, Switzerland
Mike Hecker is a Swiss based Food Tech Entrepreneur specialised in creating & building leading, technology driven, consumer brands & new categories.
Mike's main focus today is on impacting positively the planet with better, more responsible water hydration with www.bewtr.com. BE WTR innovates in upgrading tap water with patented technologies that positively impact taste & experience.
Managing Director, Investment Banking – Beverages for Capstone Partners
Ross is a Managing Director in Capstone Partners’ Consumer Investment Banking team and brings 35 years of Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets experience to the firm.
His cross-border transaction experience includes leading M&A advisory engagements across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Ross is a recognized beverage industry thought leader and is a frequent guest speaker at industry events and in news media including CNBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
Prior to joining Capstone Partners, Ross was Managing Director /Global Head of the Beverage team at KPMG Corporate Finance from 2019 - 2023. Prior to KPMG, Ross spent 9 years as Managing Director and Global Sector Head - Beverages at Rabobank, a leader in Food & Agriculture finance where he had responsibility for US$9.0 billion in commitments across nearly 90 large & mid-cap beverage clients. Ross was at Rabobank from 2011 until 2019.
Ross was Managing Director and COO at Beverage Marketing Corporation from 1999-2007, and President of Haas Financial Corporation from 1987- 1999. Ross spent the first five years of his career in operating roles at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Miami and Cadbury Schweppes plc.
Packaging Market Manager of Carbios
Senior Vice President – Thought Leadership Europe for Circana
Ananda supports top corporate executives in FTSE-100 organisations identify & capitalise on growth opportunities, sharpen marketing effectiveness & optimisation, & use the power of analytics and data-driven inputs to make smart commercial decisions.
Water Category Director - Europe at The Coca-Cola Company
A seasoned professional in the Food & Beverage industry, Silvia Docampo brings 20+ years of experience with The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills & Citi.
Prior highlights include directing innovative brand and marketing strategies for products such as Coca-Cola, FuzeTea and Fanta, across the Western Europe and Iberia regions.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from ICADE and has honed her skills in Leadership and Business Innovation through the Executive Education programs at IE Business School and ESADE.
Silvia is deeply passionate about people development, diversity, and empowerment. Her expertise lies in weaving together innovative strategies that result in overall growth for the brands she oversees.
Senior Vice President – Sustainability Strategy & Partnerships for Groupe Danone
Facundo is an economist with a Master's in Political Science from the Universidad Católica Argentina.
Co-founder of Drink Waters, France
Industry Consultant and former Chief Strategy Officer of Essentia Water
Managing Director of Highland Spring Group
Chief Executive Officer of IDS Ukraine
Strategic Insight Director - Drinks for Kantar
Executive Officer of Kirin Holdings, Japan
As an author of more than 60 publications, Daisuke’s main research interests are in immunology and microbiology.
Daisuke attended the University of Tokyo and achieved a Ph.D. He started his carrier as a basic scientist at Kirin before becoming a visiting researcher the national research center of Japan and completing his post-doc at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.
Currently, Daisuke is serving as General Manager of the Institute of Health Sciences of Kirin Holdings CO., Ltd and leading R&D innovation by linking research activities and business development. In addition, Daisuke serves as visiting lecturer at the University of Tokyo.
Founder and Chairman of The Narang Group / Ocean Beverages
A graduate in Entrepreneurship from Babson College in Boston, Harvard Business School’s Owners President Management Program, and several YPO-HBS Programs, Rahul Narang, under his leadership & business acumen...
The Narang Group is all about “Crafting Brands”, dating back to 1999, when Rahul’s love for Red Bull led to launching the brand & novel energy drink category in the country. Since then, the group has successfully introduced an entire nation to some of the finest beverage brands over the last two decades, such as Evian, Perrier, Twinings, Monster, Lindt, Fever Tree & several others. The route-to-consumer that was built & developed for these brands in India over the years, soon led to the idea of launching his own portfolio of lifestyle health & wellness beverages.
The Narang Group owns the No. 1 premium natural mineral water in India – Qua from the Himalayan Foothills, & Ocean Beverages. Apart from Qua & Ocean, the group’s current portfolio also comprises of world class brands such as illy & Haribo.
When it comes to inspiring smarter hydration, Ocean Beverages aim to set the benchmark, with Ocean Fruit Water, Ocean Natural Energy Drink & Ocean Natural Mixers, all of which have been crafted as ‘better-for-you’ products, with a focus on sustainable living. The brand’s purpose is to redefine hydration for 350 million consumers in the country, by constantly creating natural innovative beverages that are not only good for them, but the environment too.
Virat Kohli – internationally renowned Sportsman, has a stake in Ocean Beverages along with several other high-profile investors. With it’s unique portfolio of good-for-you hydration+ beverages, Ocean is the No.1 brand in the fruit water & premium mixer segment in the country.
Rahul, being a member of YPO (Young President’s Organization) since 2010, and also serving on the Board of YPO South Asia as Regional Finance & Alliance Officer since 2019, firmly believes in life-long learning, through education, exchange of ideas and meaningful relationships.
President & Chief Executive Officer of the Sanpellegrino Group at Nestlé Waters
Milan-born Stefano Marini is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Sanpellegrino Group, a leading company in the mineral water and soft drink sector.
Marini joined the Sanpellegrino Group in 1999 . Over the years he held roles of increasing responsibility before becoming Head of Generating Demand at Nestlé Waters in 2012. In this position, Stefano helped to define strategies for the region covering the UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, and Hungary, coordinating the marketing and sales teams across several European countries and managing the development of an international product portfolio .
In 2014, he returned to Italy to manage the Group's domestic market business as Head of the Italian Business Unit. He held this role until 2018, when the Sanpellegrino Group appointed him Business Executive Officer of the International Business Unit, tasked with helping to further grow Made in Italy brand ambassadors S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, across more than 150 countries in which the company is present.
Former Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters and Flow
Andy Peykoff II
Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Bottling
Family owned and operated since 1963, Andy’s humble beginnings at Niagara started in manufacturing as a teenager.
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. Niagara has grown to over 50 manufacturing facilities in four countries producing a diverse range of beverages including still, sparkling and alkaline water as well as teas, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, protein drinks and non-dairy milk products.
Andy’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation has built a unique family culture that drives Niagara’s success. Andy values giving back to the community through Niagara Cares which supports families in need, helps provide access to water in underdeveloped countries and seeks to find a cure for follicular lymphoma. The company’s numerous awards include Beverage Forum’s Large Company of the Year, Ernst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year for Family Business, Deloitte’s Best Managed Company and Walmart’s Sustainable Supplier of the Year.
Andy is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and lives in Southern California with his wife Jaime and their six children.
Chief Marketing Officer of Nirvana Water Sciences, United States
As Chief Marketing Officer of Nirvana Water Sciences (NWS), Leila Khoury is an integral member of the executive team, propelling their science-backed functional beverage lines, Nirvana Super™ towards unparalleled growth and market distinction.
Leila brings to the table a formidable track record in the competitive beverage sector, specializing in transforming start-ups into leading industry players. Previously, Leila was the Vice President of Marketing at MAD TASTY, the market leader in CBD-infused beverages. Prior to this, she spearheaded business development at First Beverage Ventures, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the beverage industry, where she worked with some of the most notable emerging beverage brands in the world.
Beyond her professional acumen, Leila is deeply committed to health and wellness - a passion rooted in her athletic background. She was a Pac-10 All-American gymnast at UC Berkeley and represented Lebanon in elite international competitions. An advocate for holistic well-being, Leila fuses her gymnastics expertise with functional strength training and yoga, embodying a lifestyle that seamlessly dovetails with her professional aspirations in wellness-focused industries ranging from medical and tech to consumer-packaged goods.
Leila received her degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and lives in L.A. with her husband and three children. Her favorite beverages are Strawberry Basil
Lemonade Nirvana Super™ Water and the Citrus Nirvana Super™ Shot.
Director of Sustainability for Richard’s Rainwater, United States
Serena Dietrich, is the Director of Sustainability with Richard's Rainwater, the first net-positive bottled water.
With Serena’s leadership, Richard’s has implemented a framework to measure and reduce environmental impact internally and with external partners. While some in the water industry have begun prioritizing sustainable packaging, Serena and Richard’s Rainwater are taking it a step further to prioritize the sustainability of the water itself.
Director of Trinsic Collagen
Managing Director of the Yili Innovation Center Europe
Gerrit Smit (PhD) is the managing director of Yili Innovation Center Europe, which is based in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Before joining Yili he worked as SVP R&D at Valio, Finland; at Unilever (2004-2011) as R&D Director Flavour and Consumer Research; at NIZO food research (1993-2004) in The Netherlands, where he was as board member responsible for the departments Flavour, Nutrition and Ingredients. Moreover, he held for 12 years an endowed professorship at Wageningen University (NL) in Molecular Flavour Science.
He obtained a masters degree (Utrecht University) and PhD degree (Leiden University) in molecular biology.
On 27 November, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Highland Spring bottling facility, along with the local Tullibardine Whisky Distillery.
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 accommodation
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's 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 is available at a negotiated rate of £330 per night on a strictly first come, first served basis. This rate is inclusive of overnight accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, use of the Club facilities and VAT. To reserve, please call +44 (0)1764 694499 (select option 1), or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the group booking code ZEN3110
Room rates are subject to availability. Once our allocation has been used or is released as contracted, room rates may fluctuate according to availability.
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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 international scale.
The awards will open from June 2023 until September 2023, and the winners will be announced on 28 November 2023, during the 20th Global Water Drinks Congress.
- Best Natural Still Water
- Best Natural Sparkling Water
- Best Flavoured Water
- Best Functional Water
- Best New Brand
- Best Brand Extension
- Best New Water Concept
- Best in Can
- Best in Carton
- Best in Glass
- Best in PET
- Best Packaging/Label Design
- Best Dispense Innovation
- Best Technology Innovation
- Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign
- Best CSR Initiative
Our event and awards sponsorship packages offer a unique and effective opportunity to showcase your brand and services to a highly relevant audience.
You can choose from our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship packages, or we can create a custom sponsorship package to suit your specific needs and budgetary requirements.
Sponsorship opportunities include:
- Presentation within the main event programme
- Opportunity to host a workshop, roundtable or drinks reception
- Exhibit display in the networking area
- Distribution of marketing material / product samples
- Delegate passes
- Discounted delegate access for your clients
- Branding across event collateral, including stage backdrop, lectern and programme
- Logo on event webpage hyperlinked to your website
- Sponsored email communication to all attendees
- Sponsored social media posts
- Regular mentions in Zenith Global's event marketing and press releases
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