Green Plant of the Year

Each year, we ask our readers to nominate a plant they believe is going above and beyond in sustainability. For this award, we look for a new plant, a major addition or renovation project less than three years old that exemplifies a commitment to a sustainable future for food and beverage manufacturing. 


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Processor of the Year

2023 Processor of the Year: JBS USA

Nov. 17, 2023
The U.S. organization catapulted its Brazilian parent from a small Brazilian butcher shop to the biggest animal protein supplier in the world; the next step being value-added ...
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Green Plant of the Year

Green Plant of the Year 2023: Hormel's Fontanini Foods

Oct. 16, 2023
Hormel’s Fontanini Foods plant used ingenuity and innovative engineering to drive down water and energy use and minimize the oils and sludge in the Illinois plant’s wastewater...
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Green Plant of the Year

Green Plant of the Year 2022: Vital Farms

Sept. 26, 2022
Vital Farms’ Egg Central Station in Springfield, Mo. processes 6 million eggs a day all while staying committed to sustainability. Read why Vital Farms was named Food Processing...
Green Plant of the Year

Green Plant of the Year 2020: Bimbo Bakeries USA

Oct. 5, 2020
With a solar array on the roof and employees beneath on a perpetual Energy Treasure Hunt, the Escondido, Calif. bakery has won several sustainability awards.
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Green Plant of the Year 2019: Smithfield Foods

Oct. 1, 2019
On a five-year mission to sustainability, this pet food plant in Orange City, Iowa, became zero waste-to-landfill.
Energy Efficiency

2015 Green Plant of the Year: Tasteful Selections

Sept. 9, 2015
Potato processor's efficient plant enables it to grow.
Energy Efficiency

2015 Green Plant of the Year: Planters Goes Nuts for Sustainability

Sept. 9, 2015
This Fort Smith, Ark. Planters facility dropped double-digits in energy and water use and has been zero waste to landfill for three years.
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Food Processing Awards Two Processors Green Plant of the Year status for 2015

Sept. 9, 2015
This year, the contenders were so well represented and loved, that we're introducing our very first co-Green Plants of the Year.