Icelandic Glacial™, award-winning, premium natural spring water from Iceland, announced today that it was named “Best in PET” at the Gala Awards Dinner during Zenith International’s Global Bottled Water Congress in Nashville, TN.
Selected for its innovative design, sustainability efforts, and consumer and market impact, Icelandic Glacial beat out several brands in the international packaged water industry.
“We are honored to accept this award. The Icelandic Glacial team works diligently to create a product that truly reflects the raw, natural beauty of Iceland. We aim to provide consumers with a taste of Iceland that is reflected in our packaging,” commented Jon Olafsson, chairman and co-founder, Icelandic Glacial™. “This award further reinforces how we stand out in our industry, and continue to deliver a distinctive experience to consumers that will help us continue to grow our brand internationally.”
The 2013 Global Bottled Water Awards recognized a range of categories that demonstrate new ideas and best practices in the international packaged water industry. Winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry experts from Zenith International and FoodBev Media, among others.
Icelandic Glacial’s™ polyethylene terephthalate style-bottles won the award for the overall best bottle and packaging in the PET category. Judging criteria was based on products that offered added value, had market impact, are fit for purpose, support claims made, are innovative, and provide improved consumer convenience and ease of use. Additionally, judges looked for packaging that stands out through excellent and original designs and sustainability initiatives that create measurable environmental benefits.
“Everything about the Icelandic bottle enhances the expectation and experience. Its design and colouring combine the key characteristics of natural, frosty and clear,” commented Richard Hall, Chairman, Zenith International.
This honor comes on the heels of Icelandic Glacial™ expanding global distribution into several European markets, including the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Ukraine.
About Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water™
Born and bottled in Ölfus, Iceland, Icelandic Glacial™ is the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral® natural spring bottled water for both product and operations. An environmental pioneer in the industry, Icelandic Glacial™ uses 100% natural green energy in the form of geothermal and hydroelectric power to fuel production, delivering a super-premium bottled water from pristine Iceland to consumers while maintaining a “net zero” carbon footprint.
The source of Icelandic Glacial™ is Iceland’s legendary Ölfus Spring, a naturally replenished catchment zone formed during a massive volcanic eruption more than 5,000 years ago. The Spring has been deemed certifiably sustainable by Zenith International, Europe’s leading food and drinks consultancy. The Ölfus Spring produces water so pure that nothing is added or taken away. As a result, Icelandic Glacial™ possesses exceptional balance that is the envy of the industry, featuring a naturally occurring low mineral content and naturally high alkaline pH level of 8.4.
As a testament to its exceptional purity, Icelandic Glacial™ was chosen by Parfums Christian Dior as the exclusive hydration method, which is used in their Diorsnow line of skin-lightening beauty products.
Icelandic Glacial™ is distributed in the United States by Anheuser-Busch, which took a 20 percent ownership stake in the company in July 2007.
For more information about Icelandic Glacial™, visit www.icelandicglacial.com