Joining NBWA and the Importance of CO2 Safety

NBWA Beer Distributors Association

As a leading source in beverage and brewing industries, the team at CO2Meter could not be more proud to join the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)

Founded in 1938 in the aftermath of the prohibition, the NBWA continues to represent thousands of independent beer distributors and accounts for 130,000 employees all geared towards strengthening the beer distribution market. 

Over the years, a tremendous amount of beverage and brewing professionals have continued to stand by CO2Meter for providing CO2 safety solutions across the industry. In joining with the NBWA, CO2Meter will further assist beer wholesalers in being able to provide a separate line of service to their customers and continue to ensure CO2 safety monitoring and education.

In discussing the exciting opportunity of CO2Meter joining the NBWA, we were able to interview Director of Product Strategy, Eduardo Alvarado with Taprite/Aalberts Dispensing.

Eduardo happens to be a longtime NBWA member and CO2Meter partner who provides CO2 safety solutions to many leading beverage, dispensing, and brewery industries around the world.

Like Eduardo, CO2Meter has proven experience across the brewing and beverage fields, noticing a significant rise in customer awareness on the topic of CO2 safety due to the CO2 shortage that has become more prevalent in the news today.

After interviewing Eduardo, CO2Meter was able to gain further understanding on the importance of beverage and brewing distribution and what makes the NBWA so unique and valued throughout this community. 

It is important to note, that as a preferred supplier for the soda and beer industries "TapRite" now has formed together with sister company "Aalberts" to bring to life further technologies in their tailor-made and fail-safe beverage dispense products.

In providing Eduardo with his own Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor and Data Logger to test specific areas throughout his involvement, he is no stranger to the importance of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) safety detection across this vital, but at times, hazardous industry.

(SAN-10) Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor and Data Logger

The SAN-10 specifically is designed to monitor and measure carbon dioxide, temperature, and relative humidity in confined spaces such as near beverage dispensers, BIB racks, brite tanks, fermenters, mash tuns, keg coolers or anywhere CO2 is stored or produced; which could lead to potential hazards. 

We were lucky enough to dive into Eduardo's experience in the field and gain a glimpse of his knowledge and understanding of how CO2 comes to play in the industry and what customers/partners are most concerned with in regards to the inert gas.

CO2Meter: Tell us a little bit about your industry. How did you get started, and what is your main mission?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Taprite started in 1940 in New Jersey as an equipment supplier of beer dispensing equipment. In 1997 Taprite merged with Standard-Keil and relocated to San Antonio, Texas under the Taprite-Fassco name, at which point Taprite began supplying to the soft drink industry as well as the beer industry. In 1999, Aalberts Industries acquired Taprite and its sister company North American Dispense, ultimately merging the two under “Taprite” in 2010. In 2016, Aalberts Industries acquired Schroeder America and Vinservice, Schroeder America was merged under Taprite and Aalberts formed Aalberts Dispense Technologies which comprises of Taprite (Schroeder America), Vinservice (Italy) and DSI (Germany)".

CO2Meter: What is the main mission at Taprite?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Overall, Aalberts dispense technologies main mission is to be the beverage experience specialists, delivering innovative, tailor-made and fail-safe beverage dispense products and solutions that brings great brands to life."

CO2Meter: What are your fields specialty areas?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Dispense fonts (towers) & design, chilling and conditioning control, pressure regulation, dispense control (bar guns and tea towers) and keg packaging spears."

CO2Meter: In your experience, what has been the biggest advent/change in your industry recently? What has been the most important need from your customers?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Most recently our customers have needed dispensing methods that limit or do not require a customer to touch a dispenser. Aalberts dispense technologies has worked on several innovations that reduce the customers physical interaction with the equipment".

TapRite BiB Rack

Pictured Above, TapRite BIB Rack and Potential CO2 Hazard Space

CO2Meter: Tell us a little bit about your experience with the NBWA and its influence on your overall business?

Eduardo Alvarado: "The NBWA has been a fantastic avenue to reach all of the beer wholesalers in the USA. The conference has been a great resource to network and meet the key decision makers. Additionally, they have provided an avenue to reach beer distributors and offer our solutions." 

CO2Meter: When it comes to your customers, are they concerned more with compliance, safety, or technologies when it comes to additional devices in their facilities?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Typically our customers and those in the industry are concerned with compliance/safety, brand recognition/promotion, and acquisition cost."

CO2Meter: Has anyone in your company or those around you experienced any unfortunate CO2 exposure incidents?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Fortunately, we have not". 

CO2Meter: When you hear the term "CO2 safety monitoring" how prevalent is this topic in the industry? What has been your experience in terms of providing CO2 safety monitors for your customers?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Being the leading CO2 regulator manufacturer in the USA, CO2 safety is a primary concern of ours. Awareness regarding CO2 safety has greatly increased over the years due in part to our products and services offered by companies such as". 

CO2Meter: What do the next 18 months / 3 years look like in your field?

Eduardo Alvarado: "Given the current climate, it is hard to say. Overall we see a reduction in the number of taps some establishments are installing. There seems to be a focus on core brands over variety. Some niche bars continue to offer variety but keg turnover is a concern"

In addition to gaining industry feedback from Eduardo, at TapRite - CO2Meter continues to recognize the large impact that carbon dioxide has been able to play in regards to its involvement in brewing and beverage industries.

Our team will maintain a mission in providing CO2 safety solutions and technologies to applications and industries alike, further educating on the topic of carbon dioxide safety, confined spaces, and ensuring compliance in your establishment.

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