NSF International today announced the appointment of Christopher Dunn, a 30-year veteran of the beverage industry, to General Manager of NSF’s Beverage Quality Program. The beverage quality program tests, audits and certifies bottled water and natural mineral waters, flavored and functional beverages, and packaged ice.
Dunn has served as President of his own company, DunnWorks, LLC, a consulting firm that provides assistance in business development and market strategy to the water, beverage and consumer package goods industries, for the past four years. During the early development of his company, Dunn served as Senior Vice President of BIOTA Brands of America, Inc., a bottled water company that developed environmentally-friendly ways using renewable resources to manufacture their bottles.
Dunn has also worked as Vice President of Business Development, Corporate Planning and Marketing for DS Waters LP, a producer and distributor of home, office and retail bottled water products. Prior to DS Water, he worked at Coca-Cola for nineteen years where he held numerous marketing positions. Dunn holds an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Denver.
“Chris will bring solid leadership to his new position with an exceptional track record in both business development and strategic marketing,” said Nancy Culotta, NSF Vice President. “With his solid industry experience, NSF’s beverage customers can be assured that we will help meet their ever-increasing certification needs to support their products internationally.”
In his new role, Dunn will be responsible for providing a high level of service to new and existing customers, as well as the ongoing growth of the NSF Beverage Quality Program both domestically and abroad. He will oversee operations including audits, laboratory testing, state licensing and certification services for manufacturers working within the beverage and packaged ice industries. Dunn will also act as a liaison between NSF and regulatory agencies, retailers, code officials, and staff to ensure compliance with voluntary, consensus standards, as well as government and industry regulations.
Background on NSF’s Beverage Quality Program
NSF’s Beverage Quality Program conducts annual, unannounced plant inspections covering every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water, through the disinfection and treatment process, and including the container closure process. Extensive laboratory testing is also performed on the beverage product for over 160 chemical, inorganic, radiological and microbiological contaminants.
In 1984, due to increased consumer use and interest in bottled water, NSF created a bottled water certification program based on applicable FDA regulations. That same year, NSF developed a relationship with the International Bottled Water Associations (IBWA) and began providing independent inspection and audits of IBWA member facilities as a condition of the bottlers’ IBWA memberships. When the bottled water industry began to expand in the mid 1980s, the NSF Bottled Water Certification Program expanded along with it. This expansion continues today and now includes not only bottled water and mineral water but also flavored and functional beverages.
NSF collaborates with world-leading associations, including IBWA, Bottled Water Cooler Association (BWCA), Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA), European Bottled Watercooler Association (EBWA), Associaçao Brasileira da Industria de Áquas Minerais (ABINAM), Latin American Bottled Water Association (LABWA), International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) and International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA).
For more information on NSF’s Beverage Quality Program, visit NSF's website.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.