Convention & Trade Show

IBWA and NAMA 2013 Conferences – Same Dates and Same Location
November 11-15, 2013 – Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) will again conduct two of their conferences over the same dates and at the same location.  The 2013 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show will be held on November 11-15 and the 2013 NAMA CoffeeTea&Water show will be held November 12-14.  Both conferences will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The two organizations met together in 2012 and feedback from conference attendees indicated that it was a successful co-location. Joint attendance reached 1000 registrants.  These individuals were able to experience a new level of networking and education through access to 132 exhibiting companies during the trade show and by participating in the 33 educational sessions that were offered. IBWA and NAMA plan to continue to build on this success for their 2013 conferences in Nashville.

The IBWA registration fee includes access to all NAMA events.

Plan to Attend

“Many bottled water companies, particularly those in the home and office delivery (HOD) business, also offer coffee and tea to their customers. Co-locating the IBWA and NAMA conferences will enable attendees and exhibitors to achieve a greater return on their investment by providing expanded educational programming, exposure to a broader range of products and services, and increased networking opportunities.”
— Joe Doss, IBWA President and CEO


The IBWA Annual Business Conference is the only national bottled water-centric event held in the United States. Financial analysis by Beverage Marketing Corporation indicate a 5.6% growth in bottled water sales in 2012, up from 4.1% in 2011.  With sales on the increase again, and new regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) being rolled out by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), attendance at the IBWA conference will provide the networking and educational opportunities you need to leverage and ensure a return-on-investment for you and your company.

IBWA and NAMA educational seminars, business sessions, and networking events will be held throughout the meeting dates, and the combined IBWA and NAMA trade show will be held on Wednesday, November 13. Plan to attend the 2013 IBWA Annual Business Conference, November 11-15, in Nashville, Tennessee, and select among the many components:

  • 26+ Education Sessions offering 19.25 continuing education credits (CEUs) (inclusive of NAMA sessions)
  • 150 Exhibitors at the trade show (inclusive of NAMA exhibitors)
  • Speed Meetings between bottlers and IBWA suppler members
  • Keynote Presentations
  • IBWA General Session and Annual Business Meeting
  • IBWA Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
  • Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) Fundraising Event
  • Welcome Reception
  • CPO Exam

…and last, but certainly not least—a $174 room rate at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel

For Conference and Trade Show Information: Contact Michele Campbell, Director of Conventions, Trade Shows, and Meetings at 703-647-4606 or via email

For Membership Information: Contact Dennis Carpenter, Manager of Member Services at 703-647-4615 or via email

An Added Opportunity - Register to Attend the 10th Global Bottled Water Congress: November 12-14

Zenith International’s 2013 Global Bottled Water Congress takes place from the November 12-14 in Nashville, Tennessee, alongside the 2013 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show and the 2013 NAMA CoffeTea&Water show.

During this year's program, delegates will hear from an inspiring group of US pioneers and leaders, including Kim Jeffery (Nestlé Waters), Jack Belsito (Voss), and Kevin Klock (TalkingRain). All this in the context of global market trends and international innovations.

Under the theme "Force of nature," the event is designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers, and analysts to gain a complete overview of the latest trends and thinking across all continents from top companies in each region, with extensive time for informal networking and discussion.

For full program details and to register, please visit

Zenith invites IBWA members to attend the Congress at a discounted registration rate. Although the full conference registration fee is $1,950, Zenith is offering IBWA members a 20-percent discount for a single registration—and a “two for the price of one” discount for multiple registrations. (Per-day and per-session pricing is also available.)