International Bottled Water Association | IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 4, 2012
IBWA and NAMA 2012 Conferences – Same Date and Same Location
Alexandria, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) announced today that they will conduct two of their conferences over the same dates and at the same location. The 2012 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Tabletop Trade Show will be held on November 12-16, and the 2012 NAMA CoffeeTea&Water event will be held November 13-15. Both conferences will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Many bottled water companies, particularly those in the home and office delivery (HOD) business, also offer coffee and tea to their customers. Co-locating the IBWA and NAMA conferences will enable attendees and exhibitors to achieve a greater return on their investment by providing expanded educational programing, exposure to a broader range of products and services, and increased networking opportunities,” says IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss.
IBWA and NAMA educational seminars, business sessions, and networking events will be held throughout the meeting dates, and the combined IBWA and NAMA trade show will be held on Wednesday, November 14. For information on registering to attend or exhibit at the IBWA Annual Business Conference and Tabletop Trade Show, please visit www.bottledwater.org/events, or contact Michele Campbell at [email protected]; 703-647-4606.
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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to set comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products.
In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.
IBWA is proud to be a partner with Keep America Beautiful and a supporter of Drink Up, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which encourages Americans to drink more water more often – whether from the tap, a filter, or in a bottle. Choosing water is always the healthy choice.