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September 2, 2003

Reynolds Consumer Products and Presto Products Voted ''Best in Class'' by Retailers

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2003--Alcoa is pleased to announce that two of the businesses within its Alcoa Consumer Products business unit, Reynolds Consumer Products and Presto Products, were the recipients of the 2003 Category Colonel award by PLBuyer magazine, the leading publication for the private label market. Reynolds Consumer Products was recognized for its private label aluminum foil, and Presto Products for its private label food/trash bags and plastic storage products. The two businesses were recognized by the publication's retail readers from every segment of the industry including food, drug and grocery as "Best in Class." This is the second year in a row that Presto Products was recognized with this award.

Those honored with the award exhibit an overall commitment to private label product quality, knowledge of the industry, and partnering with retailers to drive store brand volume, profits and competitive differentiation.

"This award is a demonstration of our customers' appreciation of the products and programs Alcoa provides to the private label market. We are very pleased to receive this prestigious distinction," said Ruth Mack, President of Alcoa Consumer Products.

Alcoa Consumer Products is a global leader in the consumer packaged goods industry, supplying high quality and trusted foil, film and paper products to the retail and foodservice sectors. Within Alcoa Consumer Products, there are four businesses that globally manufacture and market branded and private label products. Reynolds Consumer Products is home to many well-recognized brands such as Reynolds Wrap(R) Aluminum Foil, Reynolds(R) Plastic Wrap and Reynolds(R) Cut-Rite(R) Wax Paper. Other businesses include Presto Products Company, North America's largest private label plastics company, Baco Consumer Products, the leading supplier of household wraps and bags in the U.K., and Reyco, a South American manufacturer and marketer of consumer and foodservice packaging products

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information go to