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Beverage Operations and Processing Technical Committee


The mission of the Beverage Operations & Processing Technical Committee is to share the basic / best practices of beverage operations, review new / traditional beverage processing techniques, and advise guidelines, best practices, and principles to benefit a successful beverage processing facility.

Current Activities

Make plans to attend the Beverage Operations and Processing Technical Committee virtual meeting at BevTech® 2021. The Beverage Operations and Processing Technical Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Watch this page for the committee agenda in late 2020. The theme of this year's BevTech is Trends and Innovations in Challenging Times.


Please click on the More Information button for additional details about any of these subcommittees. If anyone wishes to join a group, please contact the Subcommittee Chairs.

Aseptics Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: The subcommittee will present current issues pertaining to aseptic packaging of beverages. The subcommittee also identifies, develops, adopts, and publishes voluntary guidelines for the manufacture of aseptic beverages.

Subcommittee Chair

John Keenan
Phone: 423-650-6740

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Contract Packaging Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: This subcommittee monitors and reports on operations and process developments in Contract Packaging facilities.

Subcommittee Chair

Doug Poulos
Refresco Beverages US Inc.
Phone: (706) 494-7571

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Education and Beverage Institute Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: This subcommittee coordinates the development of education modules and seminar speakers as needed.

The Subcommittee Chair position for this committee is open. If you are interested in the position, please contact the ISBT office at for more information.

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Ingredient Mixing Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: This subcommittee promotes the understanding and expertise of ingredient mixing technologies and provide a technical forum for discussion of how best to handle and mix established and new ingredients for the global beverage industry.

Subcommittee Chair

Mark Huling
Semi-Bulk Systems, Inc
Phone: 3053237724

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Sampling Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include:

The aim of this subcommittee is to develop industry standards for the sampling and evaluation of solid parts in liquid or semi-liquid food applications as well as the description of the corresponding liquid / beverage.

The focus is, therefore, placed on the sampling and physical analytical methods rather than processing and parameters. Since there is of course an interaction between the process and the product / beverage, these interactions are also considered.

The ongoing main scope of the groups work is to develop the document of the growing guideline: Inclusion Sampling Guideline Beverage and Food Applications with Inclusions and Physical Methods for Analysis.

Joerg Zacharias

Subcommittee Chair

Joerg Zacharias
Krones AG
Phone: (049) 9401-701916

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Areas of Interest

  1. Water Treatment
  2. Ingredient Handling
  3. Mixing / Blending
  4. Filling
  5. Product Processing / Preservation Types:
    1. Chemical Preservatives
    2. Tunnel / Dual Pasteurization
    3. Hot / Warm Fill
    4. Retort / Hydrostat
    5. Aseptic / Ultraclean
    6. Other Novel processes
  6. Contract Packaging Operations

Beverage Institute by ISBT®

The Beverage Operations and Processing Technical Committee worked with the Beverage Institute by ISBT® and The Packaging School to develop the following courses:

Fundamentals of Beverage Technology

Fundamentals of Beverage Technology

The Fundamentals of Beverage Technology is a self-paced, interactive session providing a technical overview of the beverage industry. It covers the complete supply chain from research and development to ingredients, processing, packaging, and food safety to finished goods distribution.

The Introduction to Beverage Processing and Introduction to Finished Goods Distribution modules were developed in conjunction with the Beverage Operations and Processing Technical Committee.

Non-Member: $399
Member: $299

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BevTech Presentations


  • Validation of Pre-production and packaging material sterilization of aseptic filler — Manoj Sawale
  • Dissolved Oxygen and Carbonation Control in Carbonated Soft Drink Process and Filling Systems — John Mojonnier
  • Kolsterising Improving Austenitic Stainless Steel — Chad Beamer
  • ISBT Beverage Institute — Sally Potter


  • Commercialization of High Pressure Processed Beverages — Nali Prchal (American Pasteurization Company)
  • PET Airveyor System Cleaning Technology and the Potential Benefits — Matthew Bilski (Ecolab)
  • PET Blow Molding for Beverage Processors — Daniel Durham (Plastic Technologies Inc.)
  • Optimizing Beverage Freshness Throughout Production with the Alignment of Sensory Panels and ESR Technology — Dr. Boris Gadzov (FlavorActiV Ltd.)


  • Automated Production Line QA Testing - Bottle Closure Torque and Application Angle — Gabor Szakacs (Mesa Laboratories)
  • New Beverage Three Hour Method for Determination of ACB Contamination, Qualitative and Quantitative Technology — Jessica Bernstein (Invisible Sentinel)
  • Low Dissolved Oxygen Beverage Blending — Mike Lucas (Bevcorp LLC)
  • Warehouse Automation & Package Quality - Robots and Requirements — John Barry (Vertique/StorFast)