How Capsules are Made in South Carolina

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

April 25, 2013

2 Min Read
How Capsules are Made in South Carolina

I spent part of my recent vacation to visit in-laws in South and North Carolina touring Capsugel's capsule manufacturing facility in Greenwood, SC.  My husband, father-in-law and I took got to see the capsule-making process from the raw material to finished capsule.

The company takes granulated material, manipulates it, adds color or logos (if requested by its customers) and then turns it into capsules. We also go to see the different method it uses to create its vegetarian capsules.

Capsugel wishes to keep it's manufacturing practices proprietary, so I couldn't take pictures and I can't say too much, but I can say that I had no idea that how big its operations is. I've toured facilities before, and often ask, "How large is the facility?" This is the first time I got a response in acres rather than square feet.

It was truly interesting to see how much goes into that little delivery device I take on a daily basis to meet my nutrient needs.


After the Capsugel tour, Steve (my father-in-law) saw my interest in food and supplement manufacturing, so he let me tour his work. He works at Hartness International, a Greenville, SC, company that builds packaging machines for the beverages and food industries.

At Hartness, he showed us the assembly lines and machines the company is are building. One machine was running that takes unfolded cardboard milk cartons and loads them into a machine. They were running the machine to learn how they could shave a few seconds off of the process. The video below shows the machine in action. I can't tell exactly what is it designed to do at each step, especially without the product loaded into the machine, but I know it is designed to take the flat cardboard and stack it in a way that it feeds into the rest of the machine (not attached in this video).

Steve specializes in building the "grabbing" parts of machines, the parts that lift, sort and set products into packages.  Below is a water bottling machine sorter that he helped develop.


It was great to have my family along for (and lead) tours of manufacturing facilities, especially since they are more mechanically minded than I am.  I thank Capsugel and our wonderful tour guide there, Kevin Ashley. Who knows, maybe all of my vacations will soon include stops to supplement facilities?

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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