June 8 - Alto Wins Green Ribbon Award for Environmental Waste Minimisation
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Alto's recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) Moisturelock meat tray has won a prestigious Green Ribbon Award for environmental waste minimisation.  New Zealand’s Minister for the Environment, the Hon Dr Nick Smith, and the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Maggie Barry, announced the 2016 winners at a ceremony at Parliament last night. The Green Ribbon Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment.

Developed for New Zealand retailer Foodstuff, Alto’s rPET Moisturelock trays are 50 percent recycled plastic, and 100 percent recyclable. An additional innovative feature of the trays lie in their ability to capture fluid in the base. The little ‘dimples’ in the bottom of the tray hold the fluid there even when tilted or turned upside down, meaning customers don’t have to worry about any meat fluids sullying their shopping or, having to remove and dispose of soaker pads prior to preparing their meat.

Alto's collaborative relationship with Foodstuffs has delivered an innovative and functional pack, which also achieves the retailers’ environmental objectives.

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November 3 - Alto collaborates with Lewis Road Creamery to design iconic milk bottles
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<p>New Text Area</p>
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September 18 - 2014 Alto Young Butcher of the Year Announced
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<p>Timmy Watson has been named the 2014 Alto Young Butcher of the Year. Runner Up was Jeremy Garth from New World Woolston in Christchurch.</p> <p>The highly regarded competition, which was held in Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre recently, has recognised the talent of New Zealand’s butchers for three decades running, with the level of skill increasing every year.</p> <p>Watson, from Allenton Meat Centre in Ashburton, endured a cutting test, an exam, an interview and a grilling mystery onstage challenge involving a pop up butchery and an assortment of ingredients planted in the audience.</p> <p>Watson is looking forward to his prize of a study tour around Europe next year. “Being a part of such a prestigious industry event, and even better coming out on top, has just confirmed I am on the right path of one day having my own store. It just goes to show, when you put the work in, you get the results,” he says.</p> <p>Joining Watson on the study tour is Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year winner, Luka Young from PAK’nSAVE Lincoln Road in Auckland. (Runner Up was Amy Jones from New World Taumarunui.)</p> <p>Regional competitions were held earlier in June to determine a winner from both categories to go forward to the Grand Final.</p> <p>The Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition is supported by Alto Packaging, Competenz, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Cabernet Foods, Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, New Zealand Pork, Wilson Hellaby, Natural Farm and Tegel.</p>
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June - Alto a finalist in the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Awards
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<p>Alto has been selected as a finalist in the Best Packaging Innovation Category in the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Awards for developing Fonterra’s revolutionary Light Proof™ Milk bottle range.</p> <p>The Light Proof™ bottle preserves the nutritional value and fresh taste of milk and cream through a unique design that incorporates triple layer technology. With opaque inside and outside layers, the middle layer is the game changer; coloured black, it blocks out 100% of light. Also key to the design was ensuring the HDPE bottle preserved the nutritional value and taste of its contents while still remaining light weight and recyclable.  </p> <p>The World Dairy Innovation Awards were announced at a gala dinner during the 8th Global Dairy Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. The judging panel considered almost 160 entries from 30 countries in 17 categories.</p> <p> FoodBev Media’s awards schemes have been running for more than 10 years and are now recognised as the most important awards schemes to influence the international food and beverage industry. “Innovation continues to be the key driver in the dairy industry,” said FoodBev Media’s Bill Bruce, “and that was evident in the wide range of new products and packaging ideas, use of new ingredients, great new marketing campaigns, brand extensions and a huge variety of nutrition an environmental projects that interact with consumers and the wider community.</p> <p>Since 2007, FoodBev Media has organised the World Dairy Innovation Awards designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global dairy industry. The awards categories range from products including Best cheese and Best yoghurt, to Best dairy drink and Best functional dairy product; plus categories for brands; ingredients; packaging; design; manufacturing and processing; sustainability; and marketing and communications.</p>
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April - Lewis Road's Retro Range
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<p>Alto and Lewis Road Creamery collaborated on the design and supply of their new 750ml milk and 300ml cream bottle ranges. The unique new PET bottles and simple label design stand out on shelf as they are based on the old glass bottles. This has enabled the boutique brand to achieve a nostalgic feel and a new level of authenticity.</p> <p>Lewis Road Creamery has evolved from a little Dutch churn in a converted shipping container in Lewis Road, Bay of Plenty to an established brand with the range being available in the North Island and wider distribution planned in the South Island. </p>
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November - Alto wins Fonterra’s Supreme Vendor of the Year
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<p>Pact Group is proud to announce that Alto Packaging was recently awarded the Supreme Vendor of the Year and the Winner of Excellence in Supporting New Product Development by diary giant, Fonterra. Alto won the awards for their collaboration with Fonterra on the development and launch of Anchor’s LIGHT PROOF™ bottle. With a relationship spanning well over 15 years, both companies are aligned in providing high quality products to their distinguished markets.</p> <p>Alto was initially approached by Fonterra to assist in developing a milk bottle that completely blocked out any visible light. Research has shown that milk exposed to light negatively impacts the taste profile and nutritional value.</p> <p>The team at Alto conducted in-depth research into the manufacturing platforms used across Italy, South Africa and Spain. Alto was then able to establish which materials, designs, machines and product handling systems would best suit Fonterra's needs.</p> <p>Together, Fonterra and Alto delivered a milk bottle that has been recognized within Fonterra as one of their best large-scale commercial projects.</p> <p>Eric Kjestrup, General Manger of Alto Packaging, said: “We are proud to have partnered with Fonterra on this revolutionary initiative which has helped Fonterra differentiate its product in the market and benefited milk lovers by protecting and enhancing the flavour profile of fresh milk."</p> <p>Alto Packaging is dedicated to working with clients to innovate and deliver world class packaging solutions.</p>
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Aug 2012 - We All Scream for Ice Cream
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<p> </p> <p>Alto and Cadbury Ice Cream have worked together to develop a 2-litre oval tub. This represents a major shift from the previous square container and is based on consumer preference.</p> <p>The IML label allows for full branding ensuring consumers can see the product from all angles. The tub has also been made in Cadbury's specific and unique colour purple, making it difficult for consumers to miss!</p> <p>For further information please contact: Ian Janetzki +61 418 330 572</p>
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June 2012 - Alliance Formed to Produce Environmentally-friendly Packaging
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<p>Alto Packaging and International sustainable resins supplier, Cardia Bioplastics Limited, have announced a strategic partnership to produce high performance packaging solutions with environmental benefits.</p> <p class="Default"> “Packaging is an integral part of modern day living and we use it in nearly every thinkable industry,” said Dr Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia.</p> <p class="Default">“For this reason, the development of packaging solutions with improved environmental properties, through the use of renewable components, is important for the packaging industry to consider.</p> <p class="Default">“By incorporating our thermoplastic starch resins into their packaging systems, Alto Packaging is taking significant steps to reduce the environmental footprint of their packaging products,” said Dr Glatz.</p> <p>Initially focusing on fresh food packaging, the new packaging will be manufactured with Cardia’s bioplastic resins, which have a higher renewable content and lower carbon footprint than conventional resins. Furthermore, they are compatible with current plastic recycle processes and will be food safe compliant.</p> <p>For further information, please contact: Ron Starnes +64 9 415 5190</p>
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June 2012 - Alto Ought To Be Congratulated!
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<p><br />Congratulations Alto Food Packaging for winning a Gold Medal in the Packaging category at the 2012 New Zealand Pride in Print Awards for the Meadowlea 500gm tub.</p> <p>Alto’s award was based on the recognition that the dry offset print process used for decorating the Meadowlea 500gm tub is restrictive, but using laser engraved plates from Polar Graphics and skilful printing on printers at Alto’s Hamilton site we were able to achieve a high-end result.</p> <p>Want to learn more? Please contact: John-Paul Geyer +64 21 580 953</p>
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Dec 2011 - Ski Packs a Punch!
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<p>Alto has recently installed state of the art production cells for the relaunch of the market leading Ski 1kg and 1.2kg Yoghurt packs in thin wall IML technology. The new systems use virgin plastic pellets automatically fed to high-speed injection moulding machines. The high quality plastic labels are robotically inserted during the moulding operation . The finished product is then visually inspected by the latest vision systems technology before the parts are robotically stacked and packed into cartons. The finished cartons are then robotically palletised.</p> <p>These systems are the most advanced of their type in world and offer exceptional product quality standards and efficiency of operation. They are also fully automated not requiring any human intervention. The new systems have created an unrivalled bench mark for the industry!</p>
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Oct 2011 - Hottest Colours of the Season
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<p>When you need a colour boost, look no further than Alto’s in-mould labelling. Bright colours transform your packaging and make it really stand out on the shelf. What a better way to promote your credentials! Just look what we helped one of our customers to do.</p> <p>Alto was awarded the Flora pro-activ business based on offering technology to improve decoration. This was imperative for the customer who felt its sales were being impacted by poor packaging stand-out!</p>
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Dec 2010 - Alto wins IMDA Award
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<p>Alto Packaging was thrilled to receive an Honourable Mention Award at this year’s American In Mould Labeling Awards (IMDA) for Goodman Fielder’s 1KG Meadow Fresh yoghurt tub. </p> <p>This thin wall injection moulded tub and lid differs to the industry standard dry offset printed yoghurt container that is predominant in theNew Zealandmarket. </p> <p>Through the use of advanced in mould labeling (IML) technology, Meadow Fresh yoghurt stands out in the supermarket fridge and was the first 1kg yoghurt package of its kind in theNew Zealandmarket. A sophisticated six colour sheet fed offset print process is used to achieve high quality life-like graphics. Made from polypropylene, this tub is 100% recyclable and collectable by council kerbside recycling programs.</p>
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Dec 2010 - Alto Key Winner at Fonterra Awards
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<p>We are pleased to announce that Alto Henderson was awarded The DIFOTIS Award for a Major Supplier. To clarify,  DIFOTIS stands for Delivery in Full on Time and in Specification, and is the primary measure Fonterra uses to evaluate suppliers. AltoHendersontopped all of the packaging suppliers to all Fonterra sites acrossNew ZealandandAustraliato win this award, which is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and focus the Alto Henderson Team put into their day to day work. Recognition from customers like this helps reaffirm Alto’s position as a preferred supplier and continues to build our relationship going forward. </p> <p>In addition, Alto Hamilton Food won two awards; one for Excellence in Print and one for Supporting a Major Capital Project. A number of our sales team also received commendations for their sales support. </p> <p><strong>Overall Winner </strong>for:</p> <p>Excellence in Service - DIFOTIS Major >$5m:Henderson</p> <p>Excellence in Print – Rigid Plastic Packaging – IML:Hamilton</p> <p>Excellence in Supporting Major Capital Projects:Hamilton</p> <p><strong>Highly commended </strong>Vendor Representatives for:</p> <p>AltoHamilton: John Waterhouse, Phil Morris</p> <p>AltoHenderson: Keith Sinton, Bruce Chave</p> <p>Alto Mulgrave: Kate Crawford</p> <p><strong>Highly commended </strong>for:</p> <p>Vendor Audit in both the Hamilton and Mulgrave sites</p> <p><strong>Highly commended </strong>for:</p> <p>Vendor DIFOTIS > 98%Hamilton</p>
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