It’s rather indicative of the industry’s current zeitgeist that our Plant of the Year Award goes to one producing nutraceuticals. That’s not the only reason, of course—Abbott’s Tipp City, OH facility is an inspirational plant of the future that absolutely exudes the careful thought put into its goal of obtaining efficiency and excellence at every level. Our cover story profile on its operations will make that clear.
However, it’s also a reflection that health and food are becoming almost interchangeable. Consumers are looking for more personalized healthcare solutions, and one of the ways they are doing it is to actively choose more nutritional foods and beverages.