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Abbott expands nutrition capacity with new $75m plant in India

FBR Staff Writer Published 16 October 2014

US-based Abbott Laboratories has unveiled a new nutrition manufacturing plant in Jhagadia, in the Indian state of Gujarat which represents an investment of around INR4.5bn ($75m).

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The plant, which is spread over an area of around 159,850m2, uses sealed production procedure that ensures the products are untouched by human hands until the final packaging stage and are not exposed to outside elements during manufacturing.

It will produce products including Similac, PediaSure, Ensure Mama's Best and Glucerna, by employing nearly 400 people.

By partnering with Abbott's nutrition R&D center in Bengaluru, the production site will also produce customised nutrition products to meet the customer health requirements in the country.

Abbott Laboratories Global Nutrition executive vice president John Landgraf said: "We believe that our ongoing commitment represents an investment in a healthier India by providing high-quality nutritional products that will meet the health needs of local consumers."

Abbott plans to source 80% of ingredients for the plant from local suppliers and is helping 1,500 dairy farmers in the region to expand operations and increase milk production.

The company will employ Karnal technology to reuse water from the plant to feed 6,800 eucalyptus and casuarina trees planted on-site.

The company also operates two manufacturing plants in Himachal Pradesh and Goa.


Image: Abbott currently operates three manufacturing plants in India. Photo: courtesy of Abbott.