Event Schedule

Schedule-At-A-Glance

Special Events

Monday, November 4
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Kick off the week by joining your industry colleagues at the Welcome Reception! This relaxed event will give you time to network with peers, catch up with old friends, and enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Monday, November 4
7:30 pm – 10 pm

DWRF Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase

Take in the ambiance of the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago. The Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) is pleased to announce that we’re spending the evening at Jazz Showcase in Chicago for this year’s fundraiser. At this swanky entertainment venue, you’ll enjoy live jazz, socializing, and tasty food and drinks.

Tuesday, November 5
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Trade Show

IBWA Trade Show attendees get the chance to be introduced to the latest and greatest products and services offered by vendors that understand the bottled water industry. With time dedicated solely to conversation, decision making, and networking, don’t miss this opportunity to talk one-on-one with exhibitors that can help you make your business more successful!

Wednesday, November 6
8:00am – 10:45am

General Session, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Speaker

Come hear IBWA Chair Hih Song Kim (BlueTriton Brands) discuss what she’s learned during her tenure. She’ll also pass the gavel on to IBWA’s 2025 Chair Douglas Hidding (Blackhawk Molding), who will share his vision for his upcoming term as IBWA Chair. Joe Doss, IBWA president and CEO, will report on IBWA’s latest achievements and predictions for what’s in store for the future. IBWA will also hold our Awards Ceremony to celebrate the commitment of individuals and companies to the bottled water industry. Plan to join us as we pause to recognize the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals.

Full Event Schedule

PACK EXPO International will be open November 3 – 5 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and November 6 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

IBWA is holding our conference in conjunction with PACK EXPO International, which enables IBWA registrants to receive a complimentary badge for attendance at PACK EXPO. Once registered, IBWA attendees will be provided a link to register for PACK EXPO. With packaging and processing solutions for every industry, educational sessions, and networking opportunities, PACK EXPO is the most comprehensive packaging event of 2024. See the world’s largest showcase (2,000+ exhibitors) of technology, including many product launches, for more than 40 vertical markets, experience the wonder, and collaborate with experts (40,000+ attendees). Click here to learn more about PACK EXPO International.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: IBWA Registration

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Education Committee Meeting

Members Only.

11:30 am: Lunch on Own

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: PFAS Update 2024: Understanding the Sources, Regulatory Environment, and Solutions Available to the Bottled Water Industry (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: The session will focus on understanding how PFAS can impact your business from various sources, such as water sources, handling & processing, and packaging; the current regulatory environment; and effective strategies and solutions to manage this emerging risk.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Membership Committee Meeting

Members Only.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Artificial Intelligence in Your Business (1 Business CEU)

Session Description: Are you curious about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can be used in your business? As AI becomes more prevalent, it is important to understand what this new technology is and how it can be used in your business. First, you’ll hear from Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Assistant Director of Analytics at Loyola University. She’ll provide attendees with an overview of AI and tips on how it can be applied in business. Next, you’ll hear from Bob Hidell, Hidell International, a seasoned veteran in the bottled water business, who will discuss AI applications as it relates to our unique industry. Don’t miss the chance to attend this session and learn how to make AI work for you.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm:  Government Relations Committee Meeting

Members Only.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging Has Arrived in the U.S. — Now What? (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: Join AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton for a fast-paced discussion about packaging EPR in the U.S. Learn what states have enacted laws and where they are in their implementation, if you might be a producer under these new laws and what your obligations are, and whether something can or should happen at the federal level as even more states are expected to pass their own laws.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Technical Committee Meeting

Members Only.

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm: Key Issue Roundtable: Increasing Sales (Part 2) (1 Business CEU)

Session Description: With ever-changing markets, continued inflation, and economic uncertainties, business profitability remains an important topic. Plan to join Steve Keim, Berkshire Springs, and Phil Pena, Premium Waters, for an interactive conversation about how to retain your current customers and get new ones. Attendees will learn the value of customer retention, techniques for maintaining their customer base, and tools to find new customers. Come to this session and walk away with valuable insights from your peers and tools you can use to help your business thrive.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: IBWA Welcome Reception

Kick off the week by joining your industry colleagues at the Welcome Reception! This relaxed event will give you time to network with peers, catch up with old friends, and enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: DWRF Fundraiser – Jazz Showcase (Ticketed Event)

7:15 am – 5:00 pm: IBWA Registration

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 9:00 am:  IBWA Executive Committee Meeting (closed)

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Games That Prospects and Buyers Play (1 Business CEU)

Session Description: Are you ready to take your sales skills to the next level? In this session, you’ll gain understanding of commonly accepted selling steps, learn about what is driving your prospects/buyers reactions, discover the inherent conflict between the two above that stops/slows down your sale, and be introduced to some key concepts that break the old model. Attend this session and return to your workplace with skills and action items that will help your business grow!

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Greenhouse Gas 101: Emissions Measurement and Management at Your
Manufacturing Facilities, Office Spaces, and With Your Vehicle Fleets (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: Are you interested in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in your facility? Attend this hour-long workshop on how to measure and calculate your GHG emissions with discussion of reduction practices that can also lead to cost savings.

8:45 am – 10:15 am: IBWA State Affairs Task Force

Members Only

9:15 am – 10:15 am: Update on Microplastics Testing, Regulation, and Research (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: This session will introduce the evolving topic of nano- and microplastics. The webinar will explain what nano- and microplastics are, provide nano- and microplastic sources and occurrence, review the latest regulatory outlook, and discuss possible sampling and analytical options.

10:15 am – 10:45 am: IBWA Regional Associations Committee Meeting

Members Only

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Bottled Water Filtration: Part of High-Quality Assurance (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: Safe drinking water is vital to our existence. It provides us with the hydration that every one of our organs needs to function. Bottled water offers a portable water source that could be very safe if prepared correctly. This session will discuss the ways to check for major impurities, bacterial contamination prevention, final filtration, and the integrity test. Come to this session and gain valuable knowledge on how to maintain your high-quality assurance in your product.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Communications Committee Meeting

Members Only

12:30 pm –  3:30 pm: IBWA Trade Show and Lunch

 4:15 pm –   5:30 pm: DWRF Trustees Meeting

7:15 am – 5:00 pm: IBWA Registration

8:00 am – 10:45 am: IBWA General Session, Annual Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, Keynote Presentation, and Continental Breakfast (1.5 Business CEUs)

Session Description: Come hear IBWA Chair Hih Song Kim (BlueTriton Brands) discuss what she’s learned during her tenure. She’ll also pass the gavel on to IBWA’s 2025 Chair Douglas Hidding (Blackhawk Molding), who will share his vision for his upcoming term as IBWA Chair. Joe Doss, IBWA president and CEO, will report on IBWA’s latest achievements and predictions for what’s in store for the future. IBWA will also hold our Awards Ceremony to celebrate the commitment of individuals and companies to the bottled water industry. Plan to join us as we pause to recognize the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

Members Only.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Bottled Water Sales Trends (1 Business CEU)

Session Description: The bottled water category reached a new volume production high in 2023, and widened its lead as the most popular packaged beverage in the United States, with growth continuing into 2024. During this fast-paced session, learn how the category and its key segments are performing, how inflation and other developments are impacting the business, as well as the outlook for the future. Also, get perspective on competitive refreshment beverage categories like carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, and more.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch on Own

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Supplier and Convention Committee Meeting

Members Only.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Emerging Contaminants and Regulations: An Update on What’s New (1 Technical CEU)

Session Description: In an ever-changing world, water producers must simultaneously track and keep pace with new regulations, new possible contaminants, and changing standards for substances like per- and poly-alkyl substances (PFAS), 1,4-Dioxane, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, BPA, microplastics, and more. Come to this session to get a detailed summary of all new and pending federal and state regulations, emerging contaminants and their degrees of relevance and risk to the bottled water community, and future methods and tools to stay current with this dynamic topic.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Watching the Dust Settle: What Is the Outcome of the 2024 General Election and Its Impact on the Bottled Water Industry

Session Description: Come and join with industry peers as we discuss the outcome of the 2024 general election, which is occurring the day before this educational session! This session will review the U.S. presidential, senate, and congressional elections and who to expect to control the levers of legislating come January 2025. We will also dive into key state outcomes, as changes of legislative control will impact how the bottled water industry engages in issues in the coming year.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: CPO Program: PTRM Update and Study Session (1.25 Technical CEUs)

Session Description: This session is your one stop for all things related to the updated IBWA Plant Technical Reference Manual (PTRM) and CPO Exam. First, attendees will learn what’s new about the new PTRM! Next, let’s have some fun while challenging one another and a “plant manager” or “quality manager” in a game show format. If you have ever attended an IBWA annual meeting, you know the drill…but attend anyway as this version of the game is updated with new material from the 2023 IBWA PTRM. Come join the fun, and maybe even learn something new!

8:00 am – 10:00 am: Board of Directors Meeting and Continental Breakfast

Members Only.

8:00 am – 11:00 am: IBWA CPO Exam

Ticketed Members Only.

PACK EXPO International

IBWA is holding our conference in conjunction with PACK EXPO International, which enables IBWA registrants to receive a complimentary registration for attendance at PACK EXPO. Once registered, IBWA attendees will be provided a link to register for PACK EXPO.

With packaging and processing solutions for every industry, educational sessions, and networking opportunities, PACK EXPO is the most comprehensive packaging event in 2024. See the world’s largest showcase (2,500+ exhibitors) of technology, including many product launches, for more than 40 vertical markets, experience the wonder, and collaborate with experts (40,000+ attendees).