Alpha Packaging is a manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polylactic acid (PLA) bottles and jars for the nutritional supplement, pharmaceutical, niche food and beverage, household chemical and personal care industries. All of the resins, colorants and other additives used in our manufacturing process are FDA approved. We have seven manufacturing plants strategically located across North America, one plant in the Netherlands, and a state-of-the-art container decorating facility in Winona, Minnesota. We are a leading supplier of packaging to companies in the natural products industry, and have been working closely with these companies for two decades to develop environmentally responsible packaging that protects their products’ integrity on retail shelves.
As a leader in PET vitamin bottles and personal care packaging, Alpha Packaging’s North American branches have developed a reputation for excellent quality, flexible scheduling and reasonable lead times. Our new plant in the Netherlands is focused on providing the same high quality and flexibility to European customers. We continue to work on sustainable packaging solutions, including bottles and jars with FDA-approved post-consumer resin (PCR) and lighter-weight options for the nutritional market. If you are interested in using recycled PET or HDPE in your bottles, we can make bottles with up to 100% post-consumer (recycled) content.
Key Market Areas
Alpha’s primary focus is rigid plastic bottles and jars for the nutritional supplement, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. We also manufacture packaging for the food and beverage markets, as well as household chemicals, automotive chemicals and pet products.
Major Products/Service Offerings
Sizes range from 0.5 ounce to 1.6 gallons, and include styles ideal for tablets and capsules; powders and granules; and liquids and lotions. We offer over 900 stock styles of HDPE and PET packaging, and can also help customers with custom designs using our in-house design and engineering capabilities. Alpha is known for custom-colored PET packaging, and we offer high-quality, environmentally friendly container decorating through our Technigraph division.
Alpha is known as the leading manufacturer of wide mouth PET bottles for the rapidly-growing “gummy” sector. We have a full range of bottle and jar sizes in our stock portfolio, and can also build a custom jar, packer, oblong or cylinder for a minimal investment.
In 2013, Alpha added substantial HDPE vitamin bottle capacity to the Northeastern United States. We built new molds for more than a dozen sizes of bottles, ranging from 50 cc to 950 cc. Sizes up to 300 cc are manufactured on brand new equipment using the injection blow- molding process. Larger sizes are extrusion blow molded on new equipment with brand new blow cavities. Production lines feature state-of-the art vision systems and leak detectors to accommodate pharmaceutical customers. We are currently stocking these bottles at our East Coast manufacturing facility, and will also begin stocking them on the West Coast in August 2014.
And for sports nutrition customers, we have expanded our line of PET Indented Label Large Packers, which are ideal for powdered products that require scoops or spoons. With the most recent addition of a 5,000-cc size, Alpha Packaging now offers the most complete line of sizes ranging from half-gallon to two gallons. We have lightweighted several sizes of PET Indented Label Large Packers to reduce the gram weight by up to 40%, and we’ve added HDPE canister lines to our West Coast manufacturing location.
All of Alpha’s PET Indented Label Large Packers are manufactured using a single-stage blow molding process. Standard colors are clear, white, cobalt blue, dark green, light amber and dark amber. Bottles are available with low minimums for standard colors; custom colors require a minimum of 10,000 pieces with a $500 purge charge, or Alpha will waive the purge charge for orders of 50,000 pieces or more.
Jeff Kellar, president and chief executive officer
Published in WholeFoods Magazine, July 2014