International Bottled Water Association | NEWS RELEASE | November 15, 2012
Stewart E. Allen Inducted Into the Beverage World Bottled Water Hall of Fame
New Orleans, LA – Today Beverage World magazine and the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) inducted Stewart E. Allen into the Beverage World Bottled Water Hall of Fame during the 2012 IBWA Annual Business Conference in New Orleans, LA, held November 12-16.
Mr. Allen, special advisor to the DS Waters Board of Directors, has been a forceful and eloquent supporter of the bottled water industry for many years. At 17, Mr. Allen was a helper on a beverage delivery truck; by 28, he was the vice president of sales and marketing at MBL Beverages, an Eastern Canadian Pepsi bottler.
He has served the bottled water industry in various volunteer roles—treasurer of the Canadian Bottled Water Association, IBWA committee chairmanships, IBWA director, IBWA chairman, International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA) delegate, ICBWA chairman (twice), and the Drinking Water Research Foundation’s vice chairman of the board of trustees.
“In all his industry roles, Stew has helped to guide the bottled water industry through several challenging issues and trends. But he is not one to draw attention to his achievements—nor does he boast of his many charitable activities,” said IBWA President Joseph Doss.
IBWA and Beverage World magazine have inducted 36 bottled water executives into the Bottled Water Hall of Fame. They are an exclusive group. These individuals have shown devotion, creativity, and love for the bottled water industry above and beyond the call of duty. In addition, their association with the industry, and civic and charitable activities exceed those of the average business person. In short, Hall of Fame inductees are those who have earned the respect and admiration of their peers for their extraordinary service to the bottled water industry.
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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.