Recognizing the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals has a long and celebrated history at IBWA. Since 1961, we’ve been faithfully taking time to pause and acknowledge that, without the dedication of our member companies and their staffs, the bottled water industry would not enjoy its past or current success. Thus, IBWA is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2022 IBWA Awards Program. The winners will be announced during IBWA’s General Session at the 2022 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show, October 24-27, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.
Video Narrative Option
For those awards that request a written narrative describing why a nominee should receive a particular award, nominators have the option to provide instead a 3-minute (or less) video. Those videos should be provided to IBWA in either .mov or .mp4 formats. Videos can be emailed to [email protected]. (Note: Email attachments larger than 10 MB are not accepted by IBWA’s office Outlook email system. If your file is larger than 10 MB, you may have to use a service such as Hightail.com to email the file.) Click on the award category you are interested below for more details.
IBWA’s Route Salesperson of the Year Award
Nobody exemplifies customer service in the bottled water industry better than your route salespeople. That’s why IBWA created its Route Salesperson of the Year Award—to honor those individuals who represent your company and interact with your customers on a daily basis.
IBWA’s Plant Manager of the Year Award
Your plant manager makes a tremendous impact in achieving business goals and objectives. It’s your plant manager who ensures, on a daily basis, that your bottled water is a safe product for your customers. The IBWA Plant Manager of the Year Award recognizes the hard work and dedication that plant managers exemplify for their companies and the bottled water industry.
The IBWA / Kristin Safran Directors’ Award
This award recognizes IBWA members whose advocacy, commitment, or actions on behalf of IBWA and the bottled water industry have achieved clear and measurable results for IBWA and the bottled water industry as a whole. Only IBWA Board of Directors, Executive Committee members, and Committee Chairs may provide candidate nominations for the Directors’ Award.
Environmental Stewardship Award
The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes member companies who have excelled in creating and implementing sustainable environmental projects and conservation measures. This award also provides an opportunity for IBWA to educate consumers, government officials, and the media about the environmental, conservation, and stewardship policies practiced by the bottled water industry. To show IBWA’s appreciation for all sustainability efforts, all entrants will receive recognition in IBWA News Splash and Bottled Water Reporter. We certainly encourage all of our members to apply.
Supplier of the Year Award
IBWA’s Supplier of the Year award highlights the outstanding performance of our supplier members. That performance can be demonstrated in a variety of ways—with examples being (but not limited to) the following:
- product innovation
- customer service
- technological advances
- “green” initiatives
- community service
- any efforts advancing interests of the bottled water industry.
IBWA strongly encourages all IBWA bottler members to nominate IBWA supplier members for the IBWA Supplier of the Year award.
Product Innovation Award
The Product Innovation Award celebrates the creativity and ingenuity found in the bottled water industry. The judging panel will use the following criteria when reviewing all entries: Is the product genuinely innovative? Does it introduce a new concept? Does it introduce a new technology? Does it offer added value to the bottled water industry? Has the product had a positive impact on the bottled water industry? Does the product improve bottler or consumer convenience and usability? Can the supplier justify/support all claims made about the product? Companies are encouraged to provide supplemental materials for review along with the written or video narrative.
IBWA Advocacy Award (“The Selby”)
To recognize exemplary advocacy taken by an IBWA member or nonmember, IBWA established an advocacy award during its 2014 June IBWA Board and Committee Meetings. This award acknowledges an individual or organization whose advocacy efforts have had a positive impact on the national/global conversation about and larger public policy issues important to the bottled water industry.
2022 Bottled Water Hall of Fame
This prestigious award honors individuals, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the bottled water industry and their communities. The Bottled Water Hall of Fame award offers the bottled water industry a unique opportunity to salute its outstanding leaders.
If you have questions, contact IBWA Communications Coordinator Chris Torres at 703.647.4608 or [email protected].