- UK Water Drinks Conference 2020
UK Water Drinks Conference 2020
NEW DATE: This is Zenith Global's 28th UK Water Drinks Conference, which has become the industry's main annual forum to debate key issues and meet other business leaders, from producers and suppliers to retailers and advisers. Its theme of 'Hydration Nation' has been selected to keep a focus on product benefit, while also addressing challenges such as sustainability and innovation.
About the event
The UK water drinks market has grown beyond imagination since the first industry event in 1992. The 2020 conference will provide updates and insights on consumer and market trends as well as exploring the direction of new product development and debating challenges from public health to packaging sustainability. Attendees will gain valuable perspectives for reviewing future business strategy, setting up new projects and advancing the prospects of the United Kingdom becoming a better 'Hydration Nation'.
Programme highlights include:
- Market overview from Kantar and Zenith Global
- Sustainability solutions from Ecosurety, Green Alliance, Natural Source Waters Association and Nestlé
- Industry leadership panel with Danone, Harrogate, Highland Spring and Nestlé
- Hydration research from University of East London and Danone
- Emerging segment innovation with AquaBritish, Bottle Up, DrinkThreeDots and Upbeat.
A display area will offer brands the opportunity to showcase their 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.
Thursday 3 September
Robin Bell, Senior Consultant at Zenith Global Ltd
Aimee Benson, Consumer Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel
Kinvara Carey, General Manager of Natural Source Waters Association
Questions and discussion
Hydration break and networking
Bryan McCluskey, Circularity Director for Natural Source Waters Association
Carlo Galli, Head of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters
Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser – Resource Stewardship for Green Alliance
James Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Ecosurety
Questions and discussion
James Pearson, Managing Director of Danone Waters UK & Ireland Ltd
James Cain OBE, Chief Executive of Harrogate Water Brands Ltd
Les Montgomery, Chief Executive of Highland Spring Group
Michel Beneventi, Managing Director of Nestlé Waters
Dr Joan Gandy, Consultant – Health, Hydration and Nutrition Science Team at Danone
Dr Paula Booth, Lecturer in School of Psychology at University of East London
Questions and discussion
Rehydration break and networking
Mark Neville, Founder and Managing Director of Upbeat
Sean McLintock, Co-Founder of DrinkThreeDots
Andrew Eversden, Co-Founder of Bottle Up
Harshit Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBritish
Questions and discussion
Networking drinks reception
Chief Executive Officer and Owner of AquaBritish
Starting a business in the construction industry, Harshit realised that there was so much waste in the world, from single use plastic from consumers and waste in many areas of industry.
This made him think about the solutions that companies currently offer to lessen their environmental impact and these were very lacking, so decided to create my own sustainable alternatives. Harshit created Aqua British to combat plastic pollution and EV-ON energy to bring electric vehicle charging infrastructure to the UK. In 2019, he created EV-ON energy and Aqua British, and also partnered with EV box and EV Connect America who are responsible for managing EV Charging Station all over the United States. Aqua British is partnered with the 2 biggest biotechnology companies of Europe who produce biodegradable Bottles, Caps and Labels on exclusive basis for British & India Market. EV-ON energy is also partnered with power bite Israel who came up with the slimmest power banks ever. In September 2019, Aqua British become proud exclusive partner of West ham United women football Club and an exclusive supplier to supply our artesian spring water.
Co-Founder of Bottle Up
Bottle Up is a global movement that started in London with a sugar cane bottle made in England and filled with English spring water, but Bottle Up could come to any city or country with the same local, sustainable solution.
Andrew played professional hockey for over 15 seasons in the Dutch Premier League and represented various clubs around the world. During his career he worked for multiple media companies including Sanoma Media and WeTransfer where he helped set-up online performance partnerships. His love and passion for sport is never ending as he is now also part time hockey coach for a Dutch premier league side. He has however swapped his own hockey stick for running shoes and recently completed the New York Marathon. Andrew started Bottle Up in 2019, offering retailers a solution to the growing consumption of single-use plastic water bottles.
Dr Joan Gandy
Consultant – Health, Hydration and Nutrition Science Team at Danone
Joan is a freelance Dietician, who additionally works as a Consultant for the Health, Hydration and Nutrition Science Team at Danone. Joan is also a registered dietitian and Fellow of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
Her research interests include assessment of fluid intake, healthy hydration, nutrition education and obesity. She was a member of the ILSI (Europe) expert group on Adequate methodologies for recording fluid and water intake at population level and Danone Research’s Fluid Intake Expert Group. Joan is a member of the Hydration for Health Initiative scientific committee. She recently joined the World Health Organization (Europe) expert group on Improving tap water consumption for decreasing the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and reducing the environmental footprint.
Managing Director of Danone Waters UK & Ireland Ltd
James Pearson is currently Managing Director of Danone Waters UK & Ireland. During the course of his career he has also worked as Managing Director of Danone Waters of Japan and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Region, based in Tokyo.
He has also held the position of Commercial Development Director for the Global Waters division based in Paris, and has worked as Commercial Director in London. Prior to this James has worked in a number of UK based commercial roles within Danone, Coca-Cola Enterprises and United Biscuits.
Chief Executive Officer of Ecosurety
James Piper is CEO of Ecosurety, the market leading compliance scheme investing in quality recycling.
With more than 1,000 customers including Danone, the Co-operative Group, Innocent and Virgin Media, Ecosurety supports efficient and more transparent investment in UK recycling projects via infrastructure, innovation and consumer awareness campaigns. 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 and is featured in Resource Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the waste sector.
Head of resource policy for Green Alliance
Libby joined Green Alliance in May 2017 as a senior policy adviser in the Resource Stewardship theme and is now the head of resource policy, leading our project work on resource efficiency and the circular economy.
She previously spent nearly ten years as an editor at Resource Media, an environmental publishing and communications company aiming to lead discussions around sustainability and resource use. She edited the company’s flagship magazine, Resource, as well as overseeing the company’s daily news site. Her role also involved working on projects for many of the main organisations active in the field of waste and resources and managing contract publications including The Loop, the members’ magazine for the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), and Green World, the official magazine of the Green Party of England and Wales. Libby’s areas of expertise include the circular economy, marine plastics, energy from waste, household waste and recycling collections, food waste, and the sharing economy. She holds a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in English Literary Studies from Durham University.
James Cain OBE
Chief Executive of Harrogate Water Brands Ltd
James Cain commenced his career at Asda Wal-Mart working alongside chief executives Allan Leighton and Paul Mason in the demanding retail business environment.
Working as PA to both Paul Mason and Tony DeNunzio at Asda Wal-Mart, he then moved into logistics, where he became the youngest ever general manager, responsible for a mega-distribution centre employing 1,200 staff. While his fast-track training and experience at Asda provided a springboard to lead Harrogate Water Brands, James learned the water business from the bottom up, working in operations before being appointed chief executive officer. Under James, Harrogate Spring has become Britain’s No1 premium water brand; while ethical water brand Thirsty Planet, launched in 2007, has now raised over £2.2 million for Third World water projects via charity Pump Aid. In 2015 James was made an OBE for his charitable work. James has overseen multi-million-pound investments in state-of-the-art facilities, guided the company into new home and export markets and pioneered industry-leading green packaging solutions and recycling initiatives.
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.
Consumer Insight Director - Packaged Grocery at Kantar Worldpanel
Aimee is a Consumer Insight Director at Kantar where she works across a wide range of leading manufacturers and FMCG brands.
Aimee began her career at the research and strategy consultancy Populus before joining Kantar’s Worldpanel division six and a half years ago. Her first role was working with the grocery retailers where she developed her shopper expertise, before moving to support Kantar’s manufacturer clients in 2017. In her current role she leads a variety of FMCG accounts and delivers projects which inspire her clients to take successful decisions about their brands. Aimee is passionate about delivering actionable insights to her clients, and regularly presents Kantar’s latest viewpoints and reports to her clients and comments on category trends in the media.
Circularity Director for Natural Source Waters Association
Bryan joined the NSWA in February 2019 in the newly created position of Circularity Director, leading the industry engagement with the proposed Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland.
Previously Bryan was Group Operations Director of Highland Spring, having been with the business for over 20 years and held a number of positions within the Group in the areas of IT, operations, technical, procurement, water resource management, acquisition and integration and general management.
General Manager of Natural Source Waters Association
Kinvara was appointed General Manager of the Natural Hydration Council (NHC) in January 2011. The NHC was set up to promote water as the healthiest way to hydrate.
In 2019 the NHC changed its name to the Natural Source Waters Association to more closely reflect both the membership of the organisation and the work it does. Its members are all producers of natural source waters and represent approx. 75% of the water bought in the UK. (Brecon Carreg, Danone Waters, Harrogate Water Brands, Highland Spring Group, Montgomery Waters, Nestlé Waters, Roxane, Shepley Spring and Wenlock Spring.) The Natural Source Waters Association continues to work with dieticians and other partners to promote water as the healthiest way to hydrate as well as working with stakeholders to look at ways to eliminate packaging waste through building a circular plastics economy, and protecting the environment. Prior to this, Kinvara was an Associate Board Director at leading PR agency, Freud Communications where she worked for ten years. During that time, she developed corporate and consumer communications strategies for companies including KFC, Pizza Hut, PepsiCo and Mars Incorporated. This included internal and external proactive communications, behaviour change campaigns, crisis and issues management and stakeholder engagement. In addition to working in the food and drink sector, Kinvara managed media clients such as Random House publishing and Warner Bros.
Head of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters
Carlo is Italian, and has been with Nestlé since 1991. He has 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.
Managing Director of Nestlé Waters
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.
Lecturer in School of Psychology at University of East London
The focus of Paula's research is the effects of hydration on cognitive performance and fine motor skills.
As an active member of the Hydration, Nutrition, Cognition Research Unit fundamental work has concentrated on the parameters of the effect of water supplementation on cognitive performance and mood in children. This research has provided foundations for applied research, for example whether increasing water consumption can ameliorate deteriorating cognitive performance and mood in elderly populations. I completed my PhD on the “Effect of Water Consumption on Schoolchildren’s Fine Motor Skills, Cognitive Function and Mood” at the University of East London in 2015. I then spent 18 months as research fellow at London South Bank University before moving back to the University of East London to continue my hydration research whilst working as a Lecturer.
Founder and Managing Director of Upbeat
Mark is Founder and Managing Director of Upbeat.
Senior Consultant at Zenith Global
Robin is a Senior Consultant, specialising in the West European and North American markets, in addition to overseeing the North American business unit.
He is responsible for the delivery of client projects across consultancy, market intelligence and commercial insight. Robin has 15 years of strategic marketing and product development experience in food and consumer durables markets. Most recently Robin has launched both food service and direct to consumer food ranges into new and existing markets for Apetito AG and Kerry Foods, executing product and route to market strategies. Robin holds an MSc in International Management and an MBA in International Business.
Our Chiller Corner gives entrepreneurs, start-ups and brands 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 it 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.
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Coronavirus: Should a lockdown on London be enforced at the time of the conference, we will postpone the conference to March 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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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 relevant audience. We are happy to tailor a bespoke package to suit your needs and budget.
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- 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
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