President’s Letter

Dear SEBWA Members,

I know I am late but what a great show we had at Stone Mountain with 3 organizations under one roof. I want to thank Robert Smith, SABWA, and Rudy Ramon, MABWA, for all working together to make this happen. I would like to thank the Suppliers (who help so much keeping our organization running) for putting on a fantastic show. This worked out so well that we will be doing this again in the ‘Big Easy’ (New Orleans) March 9th and 10th.

If you have not seen the emails, registration is open and going well. If you have not been attending the shows, you do not know what you are missing. With all the new FSMA regulations, PCQI, and also PFAS’s, you need to attend; there is vast knowledge there for you. The new regulations are upon us and we need to be ready.

This year we will have some very informed speakers who will enlighten all of us. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so today. This organization is for all Bottlers, Distributors, and Suppliers. Your contribution is needed to make this a continued success. Our industry is under the microscope of many issues (recycling, regulations, state park ban, and city bans) just to name a few. We need to work together to help our industry grow. The go green movement is rolling down the hill and picking up speed and we need to be ready. For example, a new regulation in California (AB 792) would have required PET bottles to contain a minimum of 10% recycle material in January 2021. That percentage would increase to 25% in 2025, and 50% by 2030. Luckily Governor Newsom vetoed this bill.  This is just a small sample of what can happen if we do not stay informed, attend meetings stay up to date on all regulations.

The networking that happens at the meetings are priceless so please join, come to the conventions, and take part and enjoy. As my tenure as president comes to an end, I would like to thank the members of the Association for allowing me to serve. It was my pleasure. I would also like to thank Susan Gibson and her group JSJ Productions for all the hard work they put in to keep the organization running. Thanks Again!

Clay Bell