Registration is now open! Sign up today to attend the 2018 Mid-America Bottled Water Association (MABWA) Convention and Tradeshow #Integrate. Innovate. Motivate. This year’s annual event will take place April 4-6, 2018 at the Wyndham Garden River Walk in San Antonio TX.

Join industry colleagues from across the region and country for a top-level education program (earn CEUs). Gain the latest and most relevant information the industry has to offer and network to build valuable relationships.

 

Keynote Address: State of the Industry & Looking Forward!

Lynn Wachtmann, IBWA President

IBWA Chairman Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers) will provide a summary of the bottled water issues that IBWA is working on at the state, local, and federal level. Among the matters Lynn will discuss are:

complying with the new FDA regulations implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), IBWA efforts to defend the safety of BPA, attempts to ban the sale of bottled water, assisting IBWA members with plant siting and permitting, and promoting the importance of bottled water as a healthy hydration beverage.

Lynn was born in Napoleon, Ohio. He graduated from Four County Vocational School, majoring in electrical contracting. He is the co-founder of Maumee Valley Bottlers, which began selling bottled water in 1994. He is also the co-owner of RY Mar Water, which is a Culligan company. Lynn served for nearly 30 years in the Ohio legislature. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1985-1996, a member of the Ohio Senate from 1997-2004, and he again served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2005-2014. Lynn serves on various not-for-profit and corporate Boards. He is currently semi-retired and enjoys giving back to the community and serving others. He has two children, Cory and Aaron, and a granddaughter, Taylor.

Texas State Department of State Health Services Final Rules on Food Safety Standards: Update (1 CEU)

The Texas Department of State Health Services

This session will provide an update to the The Texas Department of State Health Services’ adopted amendments to its food safety regulations, including those which address bottled drinking water. Among many other revisions, the amendments incorporate by reference “21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 129, Processing and Bottling of Bottled Drinking Water, as amended”. The amendments also incorporate state drinking water standards for public and nonpublic water sources and specify safe practices by plant employees.

The Waiting is Over! FSMA is Coming Very Soon (4 CEUs)

Chris Dunn, DunnWorks, Atlanta, GA

This session will start off with an update on what the FDA has recently released that could impact your bottling plant. This will include multiple “Guidance Documents” where the FDA has put into writing some of their expectations on how they are interpreting and training inspectors on Preventive Controls. Then

we’ll review some of the document templates that are available to participants. We’ll pay special attention to making sure everyone is comfortable with their:

  1. Preliminary Steps
  2. Recall Plan
  3. Supply Chain including Supplier Information Forms and Supply Chain Preventive Controls when you have someone co-manufacture product that has your brand on it.
  4. Validation of your Ozone, Fluoride, and UV Preventive Controls (including excel sheet to do your own calculations).
  5. Environmental Testing: the who, what, why, how, how much, and how expensive.
  6. Using an internal audit program to get ready for government inspections.

You are also encouraged to bring your “work in progress” Food Safety Plan. There will be a sign-up sheet with times available to meet one-on-one with Chris to review your documents and discuss any situations unique to your plant at no extra cost.

Chris is a 43-year veteran of the beverage industry and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 20 years Chris has been involved with bottled water and packaged ice trade associations around the world and is a past chairperson of IBWA’s Communications Committee and Water Coolers Europe Environmental Sustainability Committee. Dunn is currently Treasurer of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations and Director the Mid-America Bottled Water Association. He is designated by Water Quality Association as a “Certified Water Specialist”, certified in HACCP, an SQF Practitioner, and qualified auditor for NSF.

Filtration Practices & How They Tie to FSMA & HACCP Requirements (1 CEU)

Robert (Connor) Rojina, Donaldson Company

During this session you will learn how proper modern filtration techniques and guidelines can help meet current best practices as well as requirements of FSMA as part of a required HACCP and HARCP plan, while also providing a lower cost of ownership through effective planning and use.

Connor Rojina is an Applications Engineer in Donaldson Company’s Process Filtration Division and an actively involved member of 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., and CAGI. He is highly experienced in technologies, applications, and regulations related to liquid filtration, culinary steam, and sterile air production in the food and beverage industry.

FSMA for Suppliers (1 CEU)

Chris Dunn, DunnWorks, Atlanta, GA

An overview of the new FDA Preventive Controls and how they apply to Suppliers. We’ll discuss the FDA’s definition that classifies Food Contact Materials as Food, highlight the GMP’s that are most applicable to suppliers (including equipment manufacturers) and touch on how the Foreign Supplier Verification Program will impact suppliers when their materials

contain raw materials, ingredients, and components from outside the United States.

Chris is a 43-year veteran of the beverage industry and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 20 years Chris has been involved with bottled water and packaged ice trade associations around the world and is a past chairperson of IBWA’s Communications Committee and Water Coolers Europe Environmental Sustainability Committee. Chris is currently Treasurer of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations and Director the Mid-America Bottled Water Association. He is designated by Water Quality Association as a “Certified Water Specialist”, certified in HACCP, an SQF Practitioner, and qualified auditor for NSF.

 

What Your Suppliers Can do for You!

MABWA Suppliers

Whether you are the CEO of an expanding corporation or the owner of a fledgling enterprise, the success of your business is inextricably linked to the performance of your supply chain. The performance of your suppliers will absolutely impact your customers’ perception of your business and the service they receiveThis session, presented by SEBWA Supplier Members, will cover the importance of areas such as: time to market for new products, delivery lead times, delays in response to customer service requests, inventory shortages, and poor product or service quality, and new product offerings.

 

Table Top Trade Show

Join fellow attendees for the 2018 MABWA Tradeshow, Reception & Raffle. This highlighting event offers you a great chance to visit one-on-one with industry suppliers and learn what products and services they offer to enhance and help grow your business. Purchase your Raffle tickets early and have a chance to win some great give-aways.

 

Conference Town Hall Discussion & Q&A

Craig Brewton, AquaOne

Craig Brewton, AquaOne will moderate a conference discussion covering all aspects of the 2018 MABWA education program. This important session will provide a great opportunity for attendees to ask questions and gain further insights from fellow attendees about what they learned during the conference. Don’t miss this important session designed to leave with a greater understanding of the issues and ways to #Integrate. Innovate. Motivate. and take some great ideas back to your business!

Schedule of Events

APRIL 4, 2018

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


APRIL 5, 2018

8:00 am – 8:10 am

8:10 am – 12:10 pm


12:10 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 


APRIL 6, 2018

8:00 am – 8:10 am

8:10 am – 9:10 am


9:10 am – 10:10 am

10:10 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:30 am



Registration

MABWA Board of Directors Meeting

Welcome & Networking Reception


EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

Welcome – Brian Rose, MABWA President

The Waiting is Over! FSMA is Coming Very Soon! (4 CEUs) Dunn

MABWA Business Lunch & Annual Business Meeting

Filtration Practices & How They Tie to FSMA & HACCP Requirements (1 CEU) (Rojina)

FSMA for Suppliers (1 CEU) (Dunn)

What Your Suppliers Can do for You!



TRADESHOW, RECEPTION & RAFFLE


GENERAL SESSION

Welcome – Brian Rose, MABWA President

Keynote: State of the Industry & Looking Forward (Wachtmann) (1 CEU)

Texas Department of Health Update (Ressler) (1 CEU)

Break

Conference Wrap-Up & Q&A (Brewton)

Conference Hotel – Wyndham Garden River Walk, San Antonio

Located on the Museum Reach near the San Antonio Museum of Art and a short walk to the Pearl Brewery District, our hotel is the ideal setting for culture lovers and business travelers alike. With views of the San Antonio River and easy access to the charm of the Riverwalk, guests at this non-smoking hotel will also be near The Downtown Reach and The Mission Reach, making a perfect destination for a tranquil getaway. Given our prime location, you will find our service and convenience mark us as the best choice for your San Antonio stay.

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-garden/san-antonio-texas

Reserve your accommodations at Wyndham Gardens River Walk by calling 210.515.4555. Be sure to ask for the special MABWA Room Rate of $131.00 S/D. THE DEADLINE FOR ROOM BLOCK RESERVATIONS IS MARCH 1, 2018! Enjoy this great room rate three days prior and/or three days after the conference by blocking extra time!

REGISTER Online to attend the 2018 MABWA Convention & Tradeshow!

For further information please contact MABWA at 512.894.4016, email Susan Gibson at susan@jsjproductionsinc.com, Regina Rogers at regina@jsjproductionsinc.com, or go to the website at www.mabwa.org. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MARCH 1, 2018!

Mid America Bottled Water Association (MABWA)

PO Box 1747

Dripping Springs, TX 78260

Phone: 512.894.4106 Fax: 512.858.0486

Email: Susan Gibson susan@jsjrproductionsinc.com or Regina Rogers regina@jsjproductionsinc.com

www.mabwa.org