About IBWA

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters.

Founded in 1958, IBWA's member companies include U.S. and international bottlers, distributors, and suppliers. IBWA unifies the bottled water industry and represents uncompromising commitment to the safety and availability of bottled water worldwide. While IBWA represents companies of all sizes, the vast majority of our 640 members are small, locally owned companies, with 60% reporting $2 million in annual gross sales and 90% reporting less than $10 million in annual gross sales.

IBWA Mission Statement

To serve the members and the public, by championing bottled water as an important choice for healthy hydration and lifestyle, and promoting an environmentally responsible and sustainable industry.

IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which strictly regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products. To achieve its goals and best represent its members and the bottled water industry, IBWA utilizes a system of committees to establish objectives and execute successful programs.

IBWA committees include Communications, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Government Relations, Membership, State and Regional Associations, Supplier and Convention, and Technical.

In addition to the comprehensive FDA and state regulations that govern the bottled water industry, IBWA 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.

The Benefits of Membership

IBWA prides itself on being a resource to its members; providing them with opportunities, tools and information to help them succeed in the bottled water industry. The following are some of the specific benefits that you will enjoy as an IBWA member:

Free promotional listings in the IBWA Membership Directory, and the Buyers’ Guide issue of the Bottled Water Reporter. The IBWA’s Buyers’ Guide is a must-have resource for bottled water professionals looking for trustworthy and knowledgeable suppliers. This comprehensive listing of IBWA supplier member companies can help you find the best deals on the products and services you need. Find the IBWA supplier members that can help you be a success by quickly scanning the alphabetical company list.

Free anytime access to the IBWA membership database (distributed electronically upon request), for your marketing purposes.

Free promotional listing in the IBWA Online Buyers’ Guide, a gateway to the most comprehensive resource for the bottled water industry. From labels to containers to bottling equipment, the IBWA Online Buyers' Guide is the source for everything bottled water.

Opportunities to network and establish relationships with representatives and owners of the country’s leading bottled water companies (potential clients) during events at IBWA members-only meetings held throughout the year.

Free subscription to the Bottled Water Reporter, IBWA’s bimonthly magazine and the only U.S. publication written solely for the bottled water industry. Supplier members receive deep discounts on advertising.

Free company listing in the IBWA online Directory of Member Web Sites.

Participation on the IBWA Board of Directors and in Committees.

Access to the Members-Only section of the IBWA web site.

Discounted rates to exhibit at IBWA Trade Shows.

Complimentary tabletop to exhibit at IBWA Winter and Summer meetings.

Free subscription to the IBWA News Splash, our weekly e-newsletter.

These valuable services afford members

increased exposure to potential clients (both fellow members and nonmembers) who look to IBWA as the source for information on companies that supply equipment, products and services to the bottled water industry.

Should you have questions about membership contact us at [email protected] or 703-683-5213

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The Healthy Choice

To lead a healthier life, one of the simplest changes you can make is drinking water instead of other beverages that are heavy with sugar and calories.

So, if you want to eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors, and other ingredients from your diet, choosing water is a right decision.

You can count on bottled water when it comes to reliable, safe, and consistent quality.

When it comes to quenching your thirst, nothing does it better than convenient, healthy, safe, zero calorie bottled water.  It’s the smart beverage choice.

When looking to make healthy lifestyle choices, one of the simplest changes you can make is to drink water instead of less-healthy sugary beverages.  For those who want to eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors, and other ingredients from their diet, choosing water is the right choice – whether from the tap or in a bottle. Bottled water is the smart decision and a healthy choice when it comes to you packaged beverage options. 

  • According to the Institute of Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, one-third of American adults are overweight and another one-third is obese.  And, over the last 30 years, children’s obesity rates have climbed from 5 percent to 17 percent.  
  • Drinking zero-calorie beverages, such as water, instead of sugary drinks is regularly cited as a key component of a more healthful lifestyle. Promoting greater consumption of water from all sources, including bottled water, will support the efforts of communities striving for a healthier lifestyle.  
  • With the United States facing high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, drinking water – bottled, filtered, or tap – is always a healthy decision.  Convenient access to bottled water as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages helps consumers make better choices.