International Bottled Water Association
WE JUST CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT! I’ve often said that you can live without many things in your life, but you can’t live without water—bottled or not. As we pursue our busy daily schedules, having a convenient bottle of water should be a constant for all of us for many reasons. For starts, two-thirds of our bodies are water. Studies have shown that drinking water can be helpful with losing weight. Drinking water before a meal may allow you to eat less because you feel full from drinking the water. Research has also demonstrated that water may help to lubricate our joints by keeping the cartilage that surrounds our joints healthy. Many years ago, I attended a talk on a college campus given by a famous comedian. He lectured the students about not drinking enough water and on how dehydration was robbing them of their ability to remain alert in class and focus on their studies. He referenced studies on college students who were required to concentrate for extended periods of time and, in the absence of drinking water before the task, were found to be unable to maintain their attention spans. We also know that drinking water helps our bodies with elimination and can help to prevent constipation. Water also helps our kidneys and liver by flushing waste products from our bodies. While all the above is helpful information, we simply need to remember that drinking water is good for you! Sitting at your office desk during the day, watching your favorite television show in the evening, enjoying a great meal with family and friends, working out in your home or local gym—these are all fantastic opportunities to have a bottled water handy. For me, I keep bottled water in my car for my commute to and from the office in the Atlanta traffic.
International Bottled Water Association OFFICERS Chairwoman Shayron Barnes-Selby, DS Services of America, Inc. Vice Chair Lynn Wachtmann, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc. Treasurer Brian Grant, Pure Flo Water Company, Inc. Immediate Past Chairman Joe Bell, Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Shayron Barnes-Selby, DS Services of America, Inc. Joe Bell, Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc. Charlie Broll, Nestlé Waters North America Philippe Caradec, Danone Waters of America Andy Eaton, Eurofins Eaton Analytical Brian Grant, Pure Flo Water, Inc. Brian Hess, Niagara Bottling LLC Doug Hidding, Blackhawk Molding Co. Scott Hoover, Roaring Spring Bottling Dan Kelly, Polymer Solutions International Greg Nemec, Premium Waters, Inc. Bryan Shinn, WG America Company Robert Smith, Grand Springs Distribution Louis Vittorio, Jr., EarthRes Group, Inc. Lynn Wachtmann, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc. William Patrick Young, Absopure Water Co., Inc.
IBWA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairwoman Shayron Barnes-Selby, DS Services of America, Inc. Joe Bell, Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc. Charlie Broll, Nestlé Waters North America Philippe Caradec, Danone Waters of America Brian Grant, Pure Flo Water Company, Inc. C.R. Hall, Hall’s Culligan Henry R. Hidell, III, Hidell International Scott Hoover, Roaring Spring Bottling Dan Kelly, Polymer Solutions International Ed Merklen, DS Services of America, Inc. Bryan Shinn, WG America Company Lynn Wachtmann, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc. William Patrick Young, Absopure Water Co., Inc.
I’m raising a bottle of water to drink to your health!
Communications Committee Julia Buchanan, Niagara Bottling, LLC Audrey Krupiak, WG America Company Education Committee Glen Davis, Absopure Water Co., Inc. Douglas R. Hupe, Aqua Filter Fresh Environmental Sustainability Committee Leslie Alstad, Pure Flo Water Company, Inc. Jeff Davis, Blackhawk Molding Co. Government Relations Committee Derieth Sutton, Niagara Bottling, LLC Lynn Wachtmann, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc. Membership Committee Marge Eggie, Polymer Solutions International Kelley Goshay, DS Services of America, Inc.
Shayron F. Barnes-Selby
State and Regional Associations Committee Joe Cimino, ChoiceH2O Ross Rosette, H2Oregon
Shayron Barnes-Selby IBWA Chairwoman
Supplier and Convention Committee Brian Grant, Pure Flo Water Company, Inc. Dan Kelly, Polymer Solutions International
We must not overlook the diligent work of IBWA members and staff to get a “drop” of a mention (pun intended) about the importance of water consumption in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans! IBWA focused on increasing the water messages in the guidelines, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now include a recommendation to limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and drink water. Also, because of the work of IBWA members and staff, the recommendation—“Drink water instead of sugary drinks"—now appears on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlateMyWins graphic. See for yourself at bit.ly/MyPlateMyHydrationWins.
Technical Committee Andy Eaton, Eurofins Eaton Analytical Kevin Mathews, Nestlé Waters North America