Friday, June 27, 2008

Bottled Water Insider, Vol. 1, No. 12

Bottled Water Insider
Vol. 1, No. 12
June 27, 2008

Minnesota’s Mdewakanton Sioux Equipping New Bottling Plant with Norland Systems.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will open a water-bottling plant on their reservation in July on tribal lands located in the Shakopee and Prior Lake area southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Work is underway to ugrade an old warehouse to house the bottled water plant. Bottling equipment from Norland International will be installed in early July, with production scheduled to begin July 30.

For the complete story, as published by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, click here.

US Bottled Water Sales Continued to Rise in 2007
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) has released 2007 bottled water statistics, compiled by BMC, a research, consulting, and financial services firm dedicated to the global beverage industry ( These numbers show that U.S. bottled water sales and consumption continue to rise, as consumers increasingly choose bottled water over other beverages.

In 2007, total bottled water volume was 8.8 billion gallons, a 6.9 percent increase over 2006, and the 2007 bottled water per capita consumption of 29.3 gallons increased nearly two gallons, from 27.6 gallons per capita the previous year.

Click here to read the full study:

Reminder: Norland Videos Now on YouTube
You can now view full versions of four of Norland’s most asked for product videos. Previously, product videos on our web site have been limited to about 2 minutes. Now, these videos are available for full runs of up to 10 minutes. The easiest way to access these YouTube videos is to go to Norland’s web site (, click on “product videos” in the menu bar, and then click on the product video you wish to view. This automatically links you to the videos on YouTube.

Or you can go to directly to YouTube and use the following links:

SpectraPak™ 5000 small bottle production line

Freedom™ 3000 Small bottle blow molder

TritonLine™ Large-bottle production line

Large-bottle RackStacker™
The case for blowing your own bottles

Bottle Cleaning Must Meet FDA and IBWA Standards. How To Select the Right Washer for Your Business
For those in the bottled water industry, it is obvious why bottles must be properly washed before they pass through the filling and capping processes.

Throughout manufacturing, empty bottles are vulnerable to a variety of airborne contaminants, from the instant they leave a customer’s water cooler to the time they are filled with water.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) industry standards require that all bottles be washed to strict specifications.

Bottling production lines must be located within clean rooms — controlled-atmosphere rooms that reduce or eliminate dust, insects and bacteria from the areas in which bottles are washed, filled and capped.

Some high-performance bottle washer/filler units have built-in, self-contained clean rooms that isolate the bottle-washing process from airborne dust or bacteria.

To comply with government and industry standards, bottle washers must be capable of thoroughly cleaning bottles using an effective cleansing agent and water solution heated to a minimum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least one minute.

To read the important details on how to selection your washer, click here.