This year's theme, Healthier environment, aims to highlight the challenges and opportunities which exist in developing and maintaining a more sustainable bottled water industry. This applies to communicating benefits, addressing concerns over the environment, responding to the media and reassuring consumers, as well as innovating effectively and ensuring profitable growth.

Now in its 7th year, the Congress is designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and analysts to gain a complete overview of the latest trends and thinking across all continents from top companies in each region, with extensive time for informal contact and discussion.

This year the UK Bottled Water Industry Conference will be held immediately afterwards. Delegates attending both events will benefit from discounts on full congress bookings.

To save at least £100 + VAT per delegate on joint online booking, click here.

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Full programme

Monday 1 November


Private check-in registration opens                               Terrace


Highland Spring bottling plant tour and Tullibardine distillery visit


Tour of The Highland Spring Group's bottling plant at its headquarters in Blackford, Perthshire.


Coach 1 departs and returns                                          Hotel entrance


Coach 2 departs and returns


The Highland Spring Group is the United Kingdom's largest supplier of bottled water, employing over 400 staff. Bottling up to 350 million litres, the group produces brands including Highland Spring, Speyside Glenlivet, Gleneagles and Green Valley. It also produces private label waters for some of the UK's major supermarkets and foodservice retailers.

The company oversees five rural production plants and was the first UK bottled water company to be awarded organic status for its land in the Ochil Hills in Perthshire in 2001. One of Europe's most modern plants, the Blackford site has four state of the art bottling lines for glass, PET and multipacks across a range of still and sparkling sizes. The tour will include an introduction to Highland Spring's pioneering management information system.

Delegates will then be taken to visit the nearby Tullibardine distillery, including a malt whisky tasting. Located on the site of Scotland's oldest brewery dating back to the 12th century, Tullibardine was developed as a traditional distiller in 1949. 

Welcome reception and buffet dinner                                                         Glendevon


 Welcome drinks reception                                                         


Buffet dinner

Conference : Healthier environment

Tuesday 2 November


Registration and refreshments                                    Barony/Ochil/Ruthven


REGIONAL MARKET OVERVIEW                                   Gleneagles Suite


Welcome and UK market growth outlook
Les Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer of the Highland Spring Group


Ireland - a land of natural opportunity
Robert Dry, Head of Marketing for Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland Ltd


Questions and discussion




Global market trends and industry leader actions
Richard Hall, Chairman of Zenith International Ltd


Keynote address: Satisfying tomorrow's consumer
Thomas Kunz, President Danone Waters for Danone group 


Keynote address: Delivering for consumers
David Reid, Chairman of Tesco plc


Questions and discussion


Hydration break




Public concerns, industry objectives and media outcomes                                            
Ian Hall, Communications Director of Natural Hydration Council Ltd, United Kingdom


The bottled water controversy - a collective communication challenge                                                             
Hubert Genieys, Senior Vice President - Corporate Communications for Nestlé Waters and President of the European Federation of Bottled Waters


Questions and discussion


Buffet lunch                                                                     Strathearn Restaurant


MAXIMISING PRODUCTION EFFICENCY                     Gleneagles Suite


Refining a new low cost product model
Pierluigi Tosato, Chief Executive Officer of Acqua Minerale San Benedetto SpA, Italy


Eco-initiatives and lightweighting
Andy Peykoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Bottling LLC, United States


Closures: cost reduction and environmental considerations
Arnaud Lebecq, Sales Director for Bericap, France


Questions and discussion


Rehydration break




Working with water - a global challenge
Dr Ric Horobin, Water & Environment Director of Zenith International Ltd


New bulk water solutions for water stressed regions
Juan Carlos Szydlowski, Director of Waters of Patagonia, Chile


Innovation in sustainable packaging from rPET to PlantBottle TM
Gopal Krishnan, Senior Director - Global Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company


Questions and discussion




water innovation awards Gala Dinner


Dress code: business suit


Cocktail reception in Glendevon   


water innovation awards Gala Dinner in Ballroom

In honour of Scotland's famous bard, Robert Burns, guests will be asked to be upstanding for the Scottish ceremony of piping in the Haggis. Ceremony will involve a bagpiper leading in the chef carrying the haggis, followed by a formal recital and a whisky toast.


Presentation of water innovation awards



Wednesday 3 November


BUILDING BRANDS IN EMERGING MARKETS                  Gleneagles Suite


India:  affordability and aspiration
Rahul Narang, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Narang Group


Africa:  making access a reality
Joao Sampaio, Chief - Global Marketing Department for Wayfield Refriango, Angola


Brazil: future prosperity and innovation
Amilcar Augusto Lopes Junior, President of AcquaIncorp


East Europe: breathing new life into brands
Vladimir Ashurov, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IDS Borjomi International


Questions and discussion


Hydration break




Ustronianka with Iodine: healthy innovation
Michal Bozek, President and owner of Ustronianka, Poland


How stevia works with water 
Luca Quagliani, Vice President of Sales - Europe, Middle East & Africa for PureCircle


Beauty inside out
Scott-Vincent Borba, founder of Borba, United States 


Questions and discussion


Buffet lunch                                                                  Strathearn Restaurant


SATISFYING THE RETAILER AGENDA                      Gleneagles Suite


Retailer discussion

Jamie Feeley, Bottled Water Buyer for Tesco plc

Danielle Jack, Soft Drinks Technical Manager for Tesco plc

Other panel members to be confirmed


Refreshment break




Building premium brands 
Jack Belsito, Chief Executive Officer of Voss, Norway 


Flavoured and functional water market trends worldwide 
Martyna Zimakiewicz, Senior Consultant for Zenith International Ltd 
Global market, regional breakdown, key countries, market dynamics, main trends, flavours, functions, innovation, leading companies and brands, volumes to 2009, outlook to 2015




About the venue

United Kingdom bottled water consumption has grown rapidly to more than 2,000 million litres in 2009 and the market is now one of the world's top ten by value. A relatively high proportion of 22% is imported. Sales dipped in the past two years but started to regain momentum in 2009.

Scotland, part of the United Kingdom, was once dominated by heavy industry but financial services and tourism now contribute most to the country's economy, with the capital city of Edinburgh counted as one of Europe's largest financial centres.

The Gleneagles Hotel is renowned as one of the best Five Star resorts in the world and hosted the 2005 G8 summit.  Set in 850 acres of breathtaking Perthshire countryside at the foot of the  Highlands, the hotel is home to three top Scottish Championship golf courses.  The hotel also offers guests a luxury gym and spa, two swimming pools and four restaurants including the two Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles.

Gleneagles is on the main London to Inverness railway line and under one hour's drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow international airports.

An allocation of rooms at agreed rates is available for delegates attending the Global Bottled Water Congressand UK Bottled Water Industry Conference. Click here for a booking form

The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1NF Scotland,  t  +44(0) 1764 662231,  f +44(0) 1764662134, e




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