Alastair Campbell 2015 BWCA speaker

John Dundon, BWCA Chairman announced at the BWCA 2014 AGM & General Meeting that one of the top names in public and political life, Alastair Campbell, is heading the bill at the 2015 British Water Cooler Association annual conference on 19th March 2015 at The Nottingham Belfry.

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Delegates will be able to book shortly.  Watch this space!

 

EDEN SPRINGS ACQUIRES FROM NESTLE WATERS DIRECT

Watercoolers Europe Member Eden Springs, has confirmed the acquisition of FIVE water cooler businesses (for an undisclosed sum) from Nestlé Waters Direct in Germany, Russia and Portugal, which are new markets for them; and in Poland and the Netherlands, which will enhance their position in those countries.

Eden Springs already services offices with water and/or coffee in 15 countries and this acquisition will increase their client base from over 650,000 to approximately 1 million.  The deal is expected to increase Eden’s annual turnover by around 30%, from over €280million to approximately €370million.

This reflects Eden Springs’ confidence in the present and future growth of the European water and coffee market following a period of contraction during the recession.

Chief Executive Office of Eden Springs, Raanan Zilberman commented:  “I am excited with the opportunity the NWD acquisitions bring.  Germany is Europe’s strongest economy and offers a big potential for Eden not only in office water services, where we will gain a leading presence, but also for office coffee services.

“We will expand our activities in Eastern Europe in two important markets, Poland and Russia, that will boost future growth and enable us to expand both activities, water and coffee, to a larger potential client base.”

The acquisition will be financed through a combination of equity and debt and is subject to the customary regulatory and other approvals, with both parties working to complete the transaction in the coming month.

Source:  Eden Springs

BWCA Training Courses

The British Water Cooler Association requires the highest standards of quality, safety and hygiene by its Members.  Training is a mainstay of membership and an integral part of the Association annual audits.

On 18th September Dr Terrie Child from Food Hygiene Technologies will be guiding delegates through the BWCA Plant Operators Course.  The objective of this course is to define the standards expected in the performance of production and bottling operations.  It is wide ranging and encompasses all of the essential operations and practices required both by the regulations and best manufacturing practices.

On 23rd September Ken Driver of FoodTechnologists.com has a full house of delegates learning Food Safety & HACCP for Distribution Depot Managers & Supervisors.  This one day course, with a pre-course element, covers best practice and basic principles of food safety management systems & legislation and how to prepare for the BWCA distributor audit.

Both the above courses are mandatory for BWCA Membership.  Further information on BWCA training.