IBWA Announces New Vice President of Government Relations

For Media Release
April 3, 2014

Alexandria, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is pleased to announce that Kristin Pearson Wilcox has been named IBWA Vice President of Government Relations.  Kristin’s background includes extensive legislative and association experience in the food and beverage industry.

She most recently served as vice president of government affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) where she managed all legislative and lobbying activities, led a variety of coalitions, ran the political action committee and grassroots outreach campaigns.  Her other areas of expertise include food labeling, food safety, health and nutrition claims, anti-obesity initiatives, environmental policy, and sustainability issues.  “Kristin has extensive experience in the food and beverage industry and a strong background in federal advocacy,” said Joe Doss, President and CEO of IBWA. “This important combination of legislative experience and familiarity with the packaged food and beverage industry will allow her to effectively represent bottled water’s interests to legislators and regulators.”

Along with serving at AFFI, Kristin worked for a number of other food-industry organizations, including the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), the National Yogurt Association (NYA), National Frozen Pizza Institute (NFPI), and Frozen Potato Products Institute (FFPI). She has a B.A. in politics and U.S. history from the University of San Francisco and a J.D. from American University.

Kristin Pearson Wilcox will officially join IBWA on April 22, 2014.  She can be reached at 703.647.4618703.647.4618 or by e-mail at kwilcox@bottledwater.org.

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Media Contact:
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chogan@bottledwater.org
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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters.  Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers.  IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products.

In addition to FDA and state regulations, the Association requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations.  A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.  Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-111-800-WATER-11 or log onto IBWA's web site (www.bottledwater.org) for more information about bottled water and a list of members' brands.  Media inquiries can be directed to IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan at 703-647-4609703-647-4609 or chogan@bottledwater.org.