Board of Directors Minutes: October 2000

Board of Directors Minutes: October 2000

INTERNATIONAL BOTTLED WATER ASSOCIATION

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Washington State Convention and Trade Center

Seattle, Washington

Friday, October 13, 2000

 

MINUTES

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Jeff Vinyard, Crystal Springs Bottled Water Company, who announced the presence of a quorum.  Those present were:

Officers

Jeff Vinyard, Chairman, Crystal Springs Bottled Water Co.

William G. Bell, Vice Chairman, Tyler Mountain Water Co.

Doug Oberhamer, Secretary/Treasurer, Deep Rock Water Co.

Peter Baker, Past Chairman, Crystal Rock Water Co.

 

Directors

Stewart Allen, Sparkling Spring Water Group

Timothy Fallon, Vermont Pure Springs, Inc.

David Krishock, Suntory Water Group, Inc.

John LaPides, Snow Valley, Inc.

Doug Oberhamer, Deep Rock Water Co.

Steve Raupe, Eureka Water Co.

Anthony Salamone, Sunroc Corporation

Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.

Phil Susterick, Culligan Bottled Water Co.

Mike Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc.

Marcus Wren, III, Music Mountain Water Co.

 

IBWA Staff/Counsel

Joe Doss, IBWA President

Robert P. Brady, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.

 

II. Approval of the Minutes

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the minutes of the June 7, 2000, Board of Directors Meeting.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

III. Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Doug Oberhamer reported that the financial status of IBWA remains very good.  Internal statements forecast the Association to be on budget with revenues of about $4,600,000.  As a measure of the strength of the support of IBWA members, dues revenue is projected to be slightly over budget and is about $2,200,000.  Revenues for the trade show are expected to be slightly under budget.  A surplus is expected at the end of the fiscal year, November 30.  The fiscal year-end numbers will be presented at the January Board meeting.  It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Secretary/Treasurers report.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

IV. Drinking Water Research Foundation

Drinking Water Research Foundation Chairman Jack West presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Drinking Water Research Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

V. Committee Reports

A.     Executive Committee

Chairman Vinyard reported that the Executive Committee met on Wednesday, October 11, 2000, and took the following actions:

1.      The Executive Committee appointed an ad hoc committee to review the IBWA dues structure in more detail.  As a result of continued consolidation and other issues impacting IBWA’s financial structure, the committee is tasked to develop options to make the dues formula more equitable in payment and honest in reporting. 

2.      It was reported that the investment policy for the reserve funds included several conservative investment options as provided by the investment firm, Kochis Fitz.  All options presented had a better rate of return than government securities, while still offering the appropriate protections from liability and loss. 

3.      The draft budget for 2001 was presented.  Projected revenues are approximately $4.5 million which is slightly less than the 2000 budget.  These figures will likely be adjusted as the convention/trade show tabulation and year-end numbers are recorded.

 

B.  Technical Committee

1.     Technical Committee Co-Chairman Tom Condon presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Technical Committee meeting Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

2.     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in December 1998 with new MCLs for a number of tap water disinfectants and disinfection by-products, including bromate, effective 1/1/02.  It is likely FDA will promulgate a standard of quality of 10ug/L (10ppb) for bromate.  The Technical Committee MOVED to amend Rule 2 of the Model Code effective 1/1/02 to include the following new section (c):

The International Bottled Water Association Board of Directors has mandated that IBWA member bottlers implement the following monitoring requirements for bromate in the Year 2001:

(1)   Effective January 1, 2001, bottlers shall monitor each raw source water for the presence of bromide and chloride for four consecutive quarters.

(2)   Effective January 1, 2001, bottlers shall monitor each final product type for the presence of bromide and bromate for four consecutive quarters.

(3)   IBWA has established a control limit for bromate in final product water of 10 ug/L (10 ppb).  Should a final product test result exceed 10 ppb, an action plan shall be developed and implemented that results in full compliance with the control limit no later than December 31, 2001.

(4)   Bottlers shall provide at the time of inspection documentation of compliance with the above monitoring requirements and, if applicable, the action plan.  For the Year 2001, the bottler shall notify IBWA of compliance quarterly with the above requirements.

 

Effective January 1, 2002, IBWA shall establish a Standard of Quality for bromate of 10 ug/L (10 ppb).  Monitoring requirements shall comply with regulations promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

MOTION CARRIED.

C.    Awards Committee

Awards Committee Chairman Phyllis Rokus, Reid Plastics, presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Awards Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

D.    Government Relations

1.     Government Relations Committee Co-Chairman Tim Fallon, presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Government Relations Committee meeting, Thursday, October 12, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

2.     At the June Board meeting, the committee adopted a motion that IBWA consider eliminating the multi-food option and cleaning-in-place option of the Model Code when the Committee reconvened in October.  A written notice of this intended Model Code amendment was faxed to the IBWA membership.  There was a Government Relations Committee MOVED to amend the Model Code with the following: 

New subpart (f):  “Multi-Food Equipment.  In order to minimize the potential for microbiological contamination of the finished product, noncarbonated bottled water shall not be stored, processed, or bottled in or through lines or equipment that are in contact with milk, fruit juice, or other food products likely to contribute nutrients for microbial growth.”  STRIKE subparts (g), (h) and (i)  The rule would be effective January 1, 2001.

 

 

 

MOTION CARRIED.

3.     At the June Board meeting, a task force was appointed to examine the optional provision of the Model Code that called for telephone numbers on labels.  The Government Relations Committee MOVED to adopt the task force recommendation for the following: 

At Rule 6 regarding point-of-contact information replace existing section 6(d) with the following:

(d)   In addition to the label information required under 21 CFR Parts 101.5 and 165.110 and 21 USC Section 343, it is strongly recommended the product label include one of the following means of contact that consumers can use to obtain additional product information

A telephone number of the bottler, distributor or brand owner.

The bottler’s, distributor’s or brand owner’s mailing address.

Bottlers or brand owners may also include other forms of contact, including but not limited to, the bottler’s or brand owner’s E-mail address or website.

 

MOTION CARRIED.

4.      It was MOVED AND SECONDED to extend the deadline for companies to establish a HACCP plan to January 1, 2002.  Any company that does not have a HACCP plan in place during 2001 will not be eligible for the Excellence in Manufacturing Award or Honorable Mention.  

 

MOTION CARRIED.

E.     Communications

Communications Committee Chairman Michael Neuwirth, Great Brands of Europe, Inc., presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Communications Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes. 

 

F.     International Report

Stewart Allen presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the International Council teleconference Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

G.    Supplier Committee

Supplier Committee Chairman Wayne Childress, W.F. Mickey Body Co., Inc., presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Supplier Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

H.     Membership

Membership Committee Chairman Phil Susterick presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Membership Committee meeting held Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

I.         Education

Education Committee Chairman Mike Verrochi presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the Education Committee meeting held Wednesday, October 11, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

J.      State Association Presidents

State Association Presidents Committee Chairman, Dan Geiger, Alpine Spring Water Co., Inc., presented the report.  A copy of the minutes of the State Association Presidents Committee meeting, Thursday, October 12, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

VI. Old Business

There was no old business before the Board.

 

VII. New Business

There was no new business before the Board.

 

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors, it was MOVED AND SECONDED to adjourn the meeting.  MOTION CARRIED.

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