December 2019

EPIA | Managing Director’s Report – October 2019

October 2019 Stan Williams

Bilbao, Spain October 2019 As the official association for packaged ice in Europe, the EPIA has now been serving ice producers, ice manufacturing equipment producers, and packaged ice supplies producers for over ten years. Our mission has not waivered since those early days but has been crystallized and focused to provide the most positive face for the ice industry in [read more]

The EPIA Must “Own” the Packaged Ice Industry in Europe

October 2019 Stan Williams

The concept of “ownership” began all the way back to the point when creatures from the sea began to inhabit the land. Most animals are inherently territorial. They will claim any desirable territory as their own and then defend and protect it when challenged. Long before there were towns, cities, and countries, there were groups of humans who banded together [read more]

Please Tell Me Why Is Ice Slippery?

July 2019 Stan Williams

We, as members of the EPIA, are all ice men and women in one way or another. Some of us administer the operation of the association, others build the machines and materials needed to produce packaged ice, while others perform the actual manufacturing and distribution of packaged ice. Therefore we should know a little or even a lot about the [read more]

EPIA | Managing Director’s Report – June 2019

July 2019 Stan Williams

Bilbao Convention 7-10 October 2019 We are getting ready to present some innovative ideas for our next convention in Bilbao, Spain. As the official association for packaged ice in Europe, the EPIA has now been serving ice producers, ice equipment manufacturers, and packaged ice supplies producers for over ten years. Our mission has not wavered since those early days but [read more]

EPIA | Secretary’s Report – March 2019

May 2019 Stan Williams

EPIA’s Financial Adjustments for 2019 & Copyrights 1 – The EPIA depends upon your financial support in order to provide a fertile platform for you to share ice industry ideas and strengthen relationships among ice men and women. Please remember membership dues are payable by the end of the first quarter of each year; 31 March 2019 for the current [read more]

EPIA | Managing Director’s Report – March 2019

May 2019 Stan Williams

Are We Polluters? As of March 2018, the European Union stated that it will require an 80% reduction of plastic bags by 2019. This means virtually every European country is now considering ways to bring about a significant reduction in the use of single use plastic bags, containers, and other items such as drinking straws. Well here we are in [read more]

EPIA | Managing Director’s Report – December 2018

January 2019 Stan Williams

We’ve come a Long Way on our Continuing Journey through Europe One of the many benefits of being a member of the EPIA and attending the annual conventions is that each year we as a group congregate in amazing cities throughout Europe. The European continent is saturated with cultures that constantly set the course of history from as far back [read more]

EPIA CONVENTION 2018

October 2018 Stan Williams

HOTEL MONACO & GRAND CANAL 15th to 18th, October 2018 CONVENTION & HOTEL UPDATE The celebration convention for ten years of constant improvement of the packaged ice industry in Europe.  As you all know by now, the hotel selected Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal is 150 meters from the iconic Piazza San Marco.  The hotel has set aside a block [read more]

Celebration of Ice 2018 – October 2018

October 2018 Stan Williams

[avatar user=”stanwilliams” size=”160″ align=”left”]Stan Williams Managing Director of the European Packaged Ice Association[/avatar] Let me start off by saying “Wow, what a ride.” How many of today’s EPIA members remember those first days during mid-January 2008 in Frankfurt when fifteen packaged ice manufacturers and five ice industry equipment and supplies manufacturers came together to discuss the future of package ice [read more]

EPIA | Managing Director’s Report – October 2018

October 2018 Stan Williams

[avatar user=”stanwilliams” size=”160″ align=”left”]Stan Williams Managing Director of the European Packaged Ice Association[/avatar] Does the EPIA Provide Substantial Benefits to Our Members?   The IWJ has helped spread information about the ice industry for all of us and back in September 2016, I thought it might be interesting to understand how associations evolved over the centuries. I hope many of [read more]