Friday, February 27, 2009

Recycling........Get involved!

Bottled water companies work hard to protect the environment, and urge those that enjoy our products to do the same.

Did you know that:
  • The larger bottles found on the water cooler at home or in the office are sanitized and can be reused an average of 50 times before the bottled water company recycles them.
  • IBWA has joined forces with other food and beverage industries to encourage recycling.
  • IBWA is committed to actively participating in recycling and educating the public about the importance of recycling bottled water containers and all recyclable materials.
  • Recyclable materials are in high demand and help to create new goods out of old ones.

It is important for everyone to do their part and below you'll find where you can obtain recycling bins for your own home, office or community.

Recycling at home: For consumers that have recycling programs available through their municipality or locality, check your local phonebook to contact them and learn about recycling programs in your community and how to obtain the curbside recycing bins.

Recycling away from home: For specialized recycling bins that are made for the office, church, school or special events.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Consumers Vote for Bottled Water as Their "Number One" Beverage for a Healthy Lifestyle

In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive®, bottled water was the Number One choice of consumers when asked to identify the bottled beverage they most associate with living a healthy lifestyle. In the survey, respondents were asked, "Please think about living a healthy lifestyle. Which one bottled beverage do you associate most with living a healthy lifestyle?" The results were as follow (in descending order):

Bottled water (58 percent)
Milk (22 percent)
None of these (6 percent)
Bottled fruit beverages (5 percent)
Sports or energy drinks (3 percent)
Other (3 percent)
Bottled tea (2 percent)
Carbonated soft drinks (2 percent)
Bottled coffee (less than 1 percent)

Of the 3,238 consumers surveyed, 58 percent selected "bottled water" as the bottled beverage most associated with a healthy lifestyle. More than twice as many people selected bottled water as a healthy-lifestyle beverage than the next most popular choice: milk, which received 22 percent of the votes.

Linda McDonald, MS, RD, editor and publisher of Supermarket Savvy newsletter, said of the survey results, "It is encouraging to see that the majority of consumers make bottled water their healthy-lifestyle bottled beverage-of-choice. Because it does not contain calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial colors, alcohol, or other ingredients, I think that there is nothing better than water to refresh and hydrate, and bottled water provides a smart beverage choice."

"While all beverages have their role in the marketplace, consumers are choosing bottled water in greater numbers for a variety of reasons," said Stephen R. Kay, IBWA vice president of communications. "The consistent safety, quality, good taste, and convenience make bottled water a natural choice that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle."

According to Beverage Marketing Corporation in its 2007 report, "Bottled Water in the United States," U.S. bottled water sales exceeded 8.25 billion gallons, a 9.5 percent increase, bottled water per capita consumption level of 27.6 gallons increased by over two gallons, from 25.4 gallons per capita the previous year. Additionally, the wholesale dollar sales for bottled water exceeded $10.8 billion, an 8.5 percent increase over the prior year. Bottled water in 2003 emerged as the second largest U.S. consumer beverage category by volume behind carbonated soft drinks (CSDs); a position the industry still retains. "While CSDs still have volume and average intake levels more than twice as high as bottled water," Beverage Marketing reported, "the soft drink market has been stagnant lately, in no small part due to bottled water."

Water plays a critical role in the human body by aiding in respiration and digestion, cushioning joints and other important functions. Americans, therefore, should remember that refreshment and hydration are important year-round. To help individuals meet their personal hydration goals, IBWA has a hydration calculator available on its website (www.bottledwater.org.) This hydration resource is an interactive tool based on expert resources and the most current findings of the National Academy of Sciences. IBWA's Hydration Calculator (www.bottledwater.org/public/hydratio_main.htm) provides helpful suggestions about an individual's total fluid intake derived from both beverages and food, and other information about water's (including bottled water, public drinking water, and/or filtered tap water) vital role in refreshment, health and hydration.

Bottled water is regulated as a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which mandates stringent standards for safety, quality, production, labeling, and identity. Along with the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are required of all foods, bottled water must comply with several other applicable regulations, including Standards of Identity, Standards of Quality and additional, specific bottled water GMPs. Being a packaged food product, bottled water is also bound by the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA) and the full range of FDA protective measures designed to enforce product safety requirements and protect consumers.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BOTTLED WATER COMPANIES SEND OVER ONE MILLION SERVINGS OF SAFE DRINKING WATER TO HURRICANE VICTIMS

International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) members have so far donated more than one million bottled water servings to assist with Hurricane Ike relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. This number is expected to grow this week as IBWA bottlers, many of which are small mom and pop businesses, continue to dispatch their product to fulfill the growing demand for safe drinking water in storm ravaged coastal areas.
IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss said that truckloads of donated bottled water began heading to Coastal Texas in advance of the storm to ensure the water was in place the moment it was needed.

“Taking the initiative prior to the storm making landfall, IBWA and the bottled water industry continue to produce, coordinate, and distribute critical bottled water supplies. The donated bottled water is being sent directly to affected communities throughout the region and through official relief agencies and organizations such as FEMA, the American Red Cross and others,” Doss said.

“Hurricane Katrina was a tremendous eye-opener for government officials, emergency response professionals, communities, and industry, alike. We saw how critical bottled water is for disaster-stricken communities and the importance of a coordinated, effective response to get drinking water to people in need.”

“In the past week, IBWA members have donated at least one million bottled water servings--and counting--ranging from small half-liter bottles to five gallon bottled water cooler containers. This is in addition to the unreported quantities of bottled water from other IBWA members and non-members who are taking action.”

The IBWA donations are in addition to 800,000 gallons of bottled water distributed by FEMA since hurricane Ike hit the gulf coast on the weekend.
These donations follow similar efforts when hurricanes Hanna and Gustav slammed the US coast earlier this month. IBWA members gave almost one million bottled water servings to residents in affected areas.

The bottled water industry has, over the years, provided many millions of servings of bottled water to survivors and rescue personnel during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and forest fires, and in other emergency situations such as September 11. IBWA members have also delivered tanker trucks of fresh water and 5-gallon water cooler bottles to those in need. IBWA has developed an online IBWA Emergency Response Directory (ERD), which contains a list of organizations and government agencies responsible for emergency and disaster response activities. IBWA members and other interested parties can successfully navigate the proper channels and help provide bottled water and other resources to those in need by downloading the ERD at http://www.bottledwater.org/public/downloads/erd.pdf.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Bottled Water Containers Now the Single Most Recycled Item

The national recycling rate for PET plastic bottled water containers (.5 liter or 16.9 ounce size) has improved by 16.42%, according to new data from two new studies: “2008 Post Consumer PET Bottle Bale Composition Analysis” and “2007 Report on PET Water Bottle Recycling,” both produced by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). According to data from an earlier 2006 bale content study for all beverages, the number of PET bottles counted per pound was approximately 12. In 2008, the total number of PET bottles increased to 13.78, a reflection of the dramatic increase in water bottle collection, as well as the continued lightweighting of other plastic containers. The 2007 NAPCOR study on water bottle recycling has determined that the recycling rate for water bottles is 23.4%, representing a significant 16.42% increase over the 2006 recycling rate of 20.1%.

With data compiled during an extensive bale composition study in 15 locations in 14 states, the 2008 NAPCOR PET analysis states: “Water bottles are now the most recycling container in curbside programs by weight, and overwhelmingly by number.” PET water bottles now account for 50% of all the PET bottles and containers collected by curbside recycling. This trend was consistent in all curbside bales sampled nationally, with no major shifts observed in any other plastic container category. The biggest jump in water bottle collection for recycling was in California, where a state-funded consumer education campaign, emphasizing that water bottles are recyclable, seems to be having the desired effect.

Average Gram Weight per Bottle Declined by 26.7% Over Past Seven Years
In tandem with the new NAPCOR data, IBWA tracked the average amount of plastic used in .5 liter (16.9 ounce) PET bottles, using published data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) to determine the lightweighting trend currently being seen in many brands of bottled water. In the year 2000, the average weight of a plastic water bottle was 18.90 grams. It has declined consistently on an annual basis and by 2007, the last year BMC has complete data (as of this date), the average weight of a PET water bottle was 13.83 grams – a 26.7% decline.

“Recycling rates continue to rise while bottle weight tumbles downward,” said Joe Doss,
President and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association. “But this improvement, while encouraging, reminds us that more needs to be done. It is very clear that the bottled water industry is swiftly headed in the right direction while delivering the convenience, safety and refreshing hydration that made bottled water so popular in the first place.”

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Bottled Water Container Safety

Bottled water is but one of thousands of beverage and food products packaged in plastic and satisfies consumer demands for the safety and convenience of packaged food and drinks.
All plastics (and other materials) intended for contact with foods or beverages, including bottled water, are regulated by FDA to help assure their safety. The materials used in all bottled water containers are shown to be safe through extensive laboratory testing.

FDA comprehensively regulates the safety of food, including bottled water, by carefully reviewing food and beverage packaging materials before allowing them on the market. As part of its review, FDA assesses the migration potential of plastics and the substances with which they are made.

FDA allows food-contact plastics for their intended use based on safety data. The process includes stringent requirements for estimating the levels at which such materials may transfer to the diet. FDA's safety criteria require extensive toxicity testing for any substance that may be ingested at more than negligible levels. This means FDA has affirmatively determined that, when plastics are used as intended in food-contact applications, the nature and amount of substances that may migrate, if any, are safe.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bottled Water and Emergency Response

Some groups have sought to frame drinking water issues as a “bottled water versus tap water debate” and that confuses consumers.

Consumers are not uniformly replacing their public drinking water with bottled water. Many consumers likely drink both bottled water and tap water depending on the circumstances. It does not, however, always amount to a tap versus bottled water choice.

Consumers across the United States choose bottled water because it is a healthy, refreshing beverage. In some cases, consumers drink bottled water as an alternative to other packaged beverages because it does not contain calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial flavors or colors, alcohol and other ingredients. Or, they choose bottled water because they are not always satisfied with the aesthetic qualities (e.g., taste, odor, color) of their tap water. There are thousands of public water systems across the US, most of which are succeeding; but others are faced with occasional “challenges,” emergencies, or natural events that may cause service interruptions.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bottled Water and the Environment

Annual bottled water production accounts for less than 2/100 of a percent (0.02%) of the total ground water withdrawn in the United States each year. The bottled water industry uses minimal amounts of groundwater to produce this important consumer product—and does so with great efficiency. Visit the web site of the Drinking Water Research Foundation (www.dwrf.info) for a study summary of the report, “Bottled Water Production in the United States: How Much Ground Water is Actually Being Used?”

Even though it is a minimal groundwater user and is one of among thousands of food, beverage and commercial water users, bottled water companies actively support comprehensive ground water management practices that are science-based, treat all users equitably, multi-jurisdictional, and provide for future needs of this important resource.

Consumers should be aware that bottled water containers are fully recyclable and should be properly recycled through whatever system a local municipality has in place. In fact, all bottled water containers--whether plastic, glass or aluminum—are recyclable. IBWA actively supports comprehensive curbside recycling programs, partners with other beverage and food companies, municipalities, and the recycling industry, seeks to educate consumers about recycling, and works to increase all recycling to reduce litter.

The bottled water industry is working to reduce its environmental footprint by using lighter-weight plastics for its containers and increasing the fuel efficiency in the transportation of their products to market.

Convenience-sized water bottles are not a major part of the waste stream, accounting for less than one-third of one percent all waste produced in the U.S. in 2005. Any efforts to reduce the environmental impact of packaging must be comprehensive and focus on all consumer goods.

The larger bottles found on many home and office bottled water coolers can be sanitized and re-used an average of 40 times before the bottled water company removes them from the marketplace and recycles them. That is why the bottled water industry is considered one of the “original recyclers.” Larger, single-use bottled water cooler containers are recyclable.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bottled water firm to launch refund program

A leading Canadian supplier of bottled water says it will voluntarily introduce a refundable, half-litre plastic bottle and it's hoping other large multinational rivals will follow its example.
But Canadian Springs' competitors say they help fund the municipal Blue Box recycling system, which works just fine for them.
Mississauga-based Canadian Springs says it will start collecting a 25-cent deposit on all 500 ml bottles as of Jan. 1.

The company, formerly known as Crystal Springs, said the deposit-for-refund system is the best method of reducing waste and that its customers would gladly participate.
"As far as we're concerned, all bottles should bear a deposit. We have hundreds of thousands of customers paying the deposit on the larger (water-cooler style) bottle and they're more than happy to do it," said Canadian Springs' president Richard Stephens.
The initiative has the support of the non-profit Recycling Council of Ontario.

"Here's a company that's willing to step up and take responsibility and voluntarily put together a program to support their customers in bringing back this package and staying out of a subsidized system," said the council's executive director Jo-Anne St. Godard.
He noted that in Ontario, taxpayers foot 50 per cent of the cost of the municipality's Blue Box program

The move comes amid growing pressure from consumers and municipalities to promote recycling and reduce litter.
The city of Toronto is looking at ways to cut all packaging material that ends up in landfill either by banning, taxing or requiring refundable deposits on such products.
London, Ont., recently banned the sale of bottled water in municipally owned facilities, such as arenas and community centres.

Canadian Springs is hoping other multinational bottled water companies follow its example, Stephens said, even though it doesn't compete with them in corner stores and supermarkets.
Most of Canadian Springs' sales are direct to the business or consumer.
It has a "limited" retail presence, Stephens said.
But at least one major player in bottled water sales said it sees no reason to "reinvent the wheel."

Plastic water bottles are already recycled through municipal Blue Box programs, which are heavily subsidized by industry, said John Challinor, spokesperson for Nestle Waters Canada, whose brands include Pure Life.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Norland International Blow Molders

Norland International's Freedom Series PET Blow Molders are capatable with Oxo-Biodegradable preforms. To see a list of Norland International's Freedom Series PET Blow Molders please click here. Please contact Norland today to learn more.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bottled Water is the Perfect Beverage Choice for the Holiday Season and Cold Winter Months

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The holiday season is a time to celebrate, go to parties, and spend time with family and friends. Additionally, many consumers may not realize that maintaining proper hydration is as important during the colder fall and winter temperatures as it is during warmer seasons.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reminds consumers that bottled water provides the perfect beverage choice for those who wish to avoid or moderate calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial colors or flavors, alcohol and other ingredients. Whether as a replacement for high-calorie beverage choices or as an alternative to alcohol beverages for guests and designated drivers, bottled water offers consumers a refreshing, hydrating beverage that provides consistent safety, quality, convenience, and good taste. And with the variety of types available - from spring and purified to mineral to sparking bottled water - consumers have many choices to suit their specific needs and occasions.

Water plays a critical role in almost every bodily function, and Americans need to remember that it's easy to become dehydrated in the winter, and not just in the summer. The colder it is outside, the harder your body must work to maintain proper body temperature - and that extra energy requires proper hydration. To help individuals meet their personal hydration goals, IBWA has a hydration calculator available on its website (www.bottledwater.org.) This hydration resource is an interactive tool based on expert resources and the most current findings of the

National Academy of Sciences, as reported in its February 2004 report, "Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate." IBWA's Hydration Calculator provides helpful suggestions about an individual's total fluid intake derived from both beverages and food, and other information about water's vital role in refreshment, health and hydration. To use the IBWA Hydration Calculator, visit www.bottledwater.org.
For more holiday hydration and bottled water tips and for general information about IBWA and bottled water, a packaged food product regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), visit http://www.bottledwater.org/.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

BOTTLED WATER: MORE THAN JUST A STORY ABOUT SALES GROWTH

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) today released 2007 bottled water statistics, compiled by BMC, a research, consulting, and financial services firm dedicated to the global beverage industry (www.beveragemarketing.com). 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. Additionally, the wholesale dollar sales for bottled water exceeded $11.7 billion in 2007, a 7.8 percent increase over the $10.8 billion in 2006. These statistics demonstrate continued consumer demand and appreciation for the convenience, healthfulness, and good taste of bottled water brands consumed on-the-go, during exercise, at restaurants or meetings, and at home or the office. However, consumers should also know that bottled water safety and quality result from multiple layers of regulation and standards at the federal, state and industry levels.

Bottled water is a packaged food product that is comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is subject to stringent standards for safety, quality, production, labeling, and identity. Along with the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are required of all foods, bottled water must comply with several other applicable regulations, including a Standard of Identity, Standards of Quality and additional, specific bottled water GMPs. Being a packaged food product, bottled water is also bound by the full range of FDA protective measures designed to enforce product safety and protect consumers. States can also regulate bottled water inspections, sampling, analyzing and approving bottled water sources, and testing laboratory certification. As part of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, IBWA members voluntarily utilize the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) for a science-based approach to bottled water production and safety. FDA recognizes HACCP as a key component of food safety and consumer protection.

John G. Rodwan, Jr., editorial director at Beverage Marketing Corporation, said of bottled water, “U.S. residents’ unabated thirst for bottled water can be attributed to several factors. Many consumers recognize it to be healthy, safe, and convenient. It’s a versatile product, suitable for consumption at any time of day and need not be kept cold (like soft drinks or juice) or warm (like coffee or tea). As far as ready-to-drink commercial beverages go, it’s relatively inexpensive, and, with competitive pricing, it is increasingly affordable for consumers.”
“While all beverages have their role in a marketplace with an abundance of drink choices,” says

Joe Doss, IBWA President and CEO, “consumers are choosing bottled water as a refreshing, healthy, hydrating beverage and as an alternative to others because it does not contain calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial colors, alcohol or other ingredients.”
BMC continues to foresee bottled water surpassing carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) to become the largest beverage category by volume within the next five to seven years. Rodwan of BMC said, “As concern about obesity spreads and intensifies, bottled water’s lack of calories appears that much more attractive to consumers.”

“Consumers must also be made aware of the bottled water industry’s outstanding record of environmental stewardship, protection, and sustainability,” IBWA’s Doss concluded. “Bottled water containers are 100 percent recyclable and the industry works on a number of fronts with recycling advocates, communities, and our beverage and food partners to increase recycling. Bottled water is also at the forefront utilizing measures to reduce our environmental footprint and protect natural resources.”

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Norland Partners with Planet Green Bottle Corporation

NEW: Norland International has partnered with Planet Green Bottle Corporation to introduce oxo-biodegradable (oxo-bio) PET preforms and plastic bottles to the bottled water industry. The oxo-biodegradable additive to PET resin considerably speeds up bottle decomposition. PET bottles containing no oxo-bio additives take an estimated 1,000 years or more to decompose. PET bottles containing the oxo-bio additive naturally decompose within four to ten years in standard landfills, significantly lessening environmental impact of discarded bottles.

All Norland blow molders process the new oxo-biodegradable PET performs.

For more information about oxo-biodegradable PET bottles, click here http://www.norlandintl.com/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=27 Or call Bruce Kucera at Norland International, at 402.441.3737, or e-mail him at bk@norlandintl.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Just A Reminder:

The Norland International "Success Guide for the Bottled Water Business" is now avaliable for download in a .pdf format. Download the Success Guide today to get the valuable information on how to start your own bottled water business. Click here to purchase the Success Guide!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Types of Bottled Water

First, "bottled water" or "drinking water" is water sealed in sanitary containers that meets all applicable federal and state standards. It cannot contain any chemical additives or sweeteners and must be calorie-free and sugar-free. However, various kinds of bottled water are commercially available. A quick look at the label tells you that bottled water may be drawn from either municipal water supplies or from protected natural sources such as springs and wells. According to the IBWA (International Bottled Water Association), about 75% of the bottled water sold in the US comes from natural sources. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines different types of bottled water on the basis of (1) its water source and (2) its chemical composition at the time that it is drawn from the source.

Artesian Water/Artesian Well Water is water drawn from a confined aquifer where water under pressure rises above the water table.

Spring Water can be collected only at the spring or from a bore hole adjacent to the spring that taps the aquifer feeding the spring. The properties of the water drawn from the bore hole must be the same as that of the water in the spring.

Well Water derives from a hole bored or drilled that taps the water of an aquifer. This water must be pumped to the surface.

Purified Water is produced through distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or some other water treatment process. This water originates as either tap water (i.e., from a municipal system) or groundwater. Depending upon the water treatment process used, other acceptable names include distilled water, purified drinking water, distilled drinking water and deionized water.

Mineral Water contains more than 250 ppm of total dissolved solids (FDA standard) which are present at the point of emergence from the source. No minerals can be added to this water nor can it be drawn from a municipal source. In Europe, any recognized spring water with minerals can be called mineral water.

Sparkling Water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had when it was drawn from the source. Soda water, seltzer water and tonic are not considered bottled waters.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Did You Know?

On average, a healthy person can go several weeks without food, but only three to four days without drinking. That's because your brain is made up of about 70% water, your blood 83%, and your lungs almost 90%. Your body needs to replace an estimated 2.5 quarts of liquid each day.

If you do not drink enough clean water you put your major organs at a disadvantage and the risk of building up unhealthy toxins in your body. The benefits to your health by drinking clean water regularly are quite simply, too important to dismiss.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Norland Will Also Be Exhibiting at Water Africa 2009!

Norland International Inc. will also be exhibiting in Accra, Ghana at the Accra International Convention Center on April 1st-3rd 2009.
Stop by and get some expert advice from two of Norland's sales professionals, Chris McCormack and Daren Waters.See you there!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Visit the Norland International Inc. Booth at the WQA Aquatech show in Chicago (Rosemont) IL, USA

Visit with Norland bottling plant design engineers at booth #743 during the WQA Aquatech show March 18th-20th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near Chicago, IL USA.

Norland will be unveiling its NEW TRITON160™ 3 & 5 gallon automatic washer / filler/ and capper as well as displaying key components of the SpectraPak3000™ small bottle production line.

Norland will be bringing three of their sales professionals; Daren Waters, Matt Rennerfeldt, and Nick Wieseler as well as one of their techinical engineers Dave Eurek.

Stop by and learn more about Norland’s quality equipment and experienced after sales service.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Planet Earth Water First To Use Earth Caps

Planet Earth Bottled Water of Lincoln, NE is the first company worldwide to use Norland International Inc's Oxo-Biodegradable Earth Caps. Norland has gone to great lengths to make sure that their products are earth friendly. So it only makes sense that they name their new Oxo-Biodegradable caps - "Earth Caps".

Troy Krause, the General Manager of Planet Earth Bottled Water said "People often don't realise that every time they use a bottle of water, the cap is discarded. We hope the caps are being recycled, but most likely they are not. It's nice to know that Earth Caps can break down in less than 10 years if they are not recycled."

Earth Caps are unique because they can be recycled with normal plastics as well as being able to degrade when they are thrown away. "We at Planet Earth Water are always looking for ways to distribute our product while being environmentally conscience" said Krause.
Thank You Planet Earth Water, you are making a difference.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Norland Interntational Introduced NEW TRITON160 Automatic Bottle Washer / Filler / Capper

The TRITON160 is the newest innovation from your friends at Norland International. This top performer is a economically priced, fully automatic 3 & 5 gallon washer, filler and capper. The TRITON160 follows in a long line of tradition of quality Norland products, offering great equipment at a reasonable price. The proven technology from Norland’s TRITON450, a 450 bottle-per-hour automatic system has been utilized to make the new TRITON160 one of the most advanced small bottling lines on the market today.


The TRITON 160 was designed for the small to medium size operator, not just in terms of volume but size as well. One of the many unique features of the TRITON160 and all TRITON Series products is their ability to run 3 and 5 gallon bottles at the same time. The small footprint of the machine allows it to fit into most spaces, measuring 9.1ft (277.4cm) x 4.4ft (134.1cm) x 8.1ft (248.9cm). This allows bottlers to install the TRITON160 into a smaller area if space limitations are a concern.


When you add in the high productivity and the small space requirements of TRITON160 you have one extremely efficient piece of bottling equipment. The TRITON160 gives the bottler the capabilities to keep up with the high demands of the ever expanding market while meeting the stringent IBWA recommendations. The first TRITON160 rolled off of the Norland assembly line in January 2009.


The proud owner is Joe Devine owner of H2ecO, located in Texas. Mr. Devine called Norland and was in need of a fully automated 3 & 5 gallon machine and the TRITON160 seemed to fit his needs perfectly.


Thank you, Joe.We are looking forward to hearing how well the TRITON160 meets and hopefully exceeds your expectations.