McCormick & Company is an American food company that manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavoring products for the industrial, restaurant, institutional, and home markets. At over four billion dollars, it topped the Lawry's acquisition a decade earlier, to become the largest acquisition in the company's history. McCormick's consumer segment has brands in approximately 150 countries and territories. In 2003, McCormick was added to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index; acquired UniqSauces of the UK and Zatarain's of Louisiana; and sold its packaging businesses, Setco and Tubed Products, as well as its Jenks brokerage business assets. [12] Gilroy Foods of Gilroy, California became a wholly owned subsidiary in 1961. Also sold in 1996 were Gilroy Foods and Gilroy Energy, as well as Giza National Dehydration of Cairo, Egypt. It acquired Ben-Hur Products, a similar California-based company, in 1953, and Canada's largest spice firm, Gorman Eckert & Co. Ltd. of London, Ontario, in 1959. The company acquired Ducros of France in 2000, later renamed McCormick France. Willoughby M. McCormick (1864–1932), started the business in Baltimore at age 25 in 1889. [25], In December 2015, McCormick announced that Lawrence E. Kurzius, head of global operations, would become CEO effective February 2016. The retail range includes spices & herbs, recipe mixes, extracts, condiments, marinades, stocks, broths, bouillons, sauces, toppings, homemade desserts, rice mixes, salad dressings and breadings. Other acquisitions included Armanino Farms, the world's largest grower and processor of chives, from Armanino & Son, Inc., of San Francisco in 1986; and three California companies in 1987: Gentry Foods of Gilroy, Parsley Patch of Windsor, and The Herb Farm of Encinitas. [2][3][4] The spice mix recipe varies slightly among restaurants and manufacturers. Montreal steak seasoning, also known as Montreal steak spice, Canadian steak seasoning, or Canadian steak spice, is a spice mix used to flavour steak and grilled meats. Other acquisitions included Baker Extract Co. in 1962, Cake Mate cake decorating in 1967, Childers Foods (later part of Golden West Foods) in 1968, and Tubed Products, an Easthampton, Massachusetts contract food packer and producer of plastic tubes, also in 1968. [7], The United States Bureau of Chemistry investigated McCormick & Company in 1916 for adulteration in its black pepper product. McCormick acquired San Francisco-based coffee, spice and extract house A. Schilling & Company in 1947, enabling McCormick to begin coast-to-coast distribution in the U.S.[11] McCormick continued to use the Schilling name for its Western division until the 1990s, with the last product containers marked Schilling produced in 2002; since then, all of the company's products have been marketed under the McCormick name nationwide. [citation needed], McCormick & Co. World Headquarters, opened October 2018, "McCormick & Company's (MKC) CEO Lawrence Kurzius on Q4 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript", "McCormick to add French's mustard, Frank's RedHot in $4.2 billion deal", "McCormick & Co Inc 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)", "McCormick & Co Inc 2014 Q1 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)", "McCormick and Company, Inc. – Company History", "McCormick seasons its business by closing Lawry's deal", "FTC Challenges McCormick's Acquisition of Unilever's Lawry's and Adolph's Brands", "McCormick Looks to Acquisitions for Growth", "McCormick Enters Agreement to Acquire Kamis, a Brand Leader of Spices, Seasonings and Mustards in Poland", "Kohinoor Foods form JV with US firm McCormick", "McCormick signs agreement to buy Chinese company", "Premier Foods Plunges After McCormick Abandons Buyout Talks", "McCormick closes $4.2B acquisition of French's, Frank's RedHot maker", "The world's biggest spice company is using AI to find new flavors", "McCormick & Co. opens new Hunt Valley headquarters",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia (United States), Club House spices and Billy Bee Honey (Canada), This page was last edited on 21 August 2020, at 02:39. The McCormick (east) and Schilling (west) retail units were consolidated to form a Grocery Products Division in 1975 with headquarters in Baltimore. Started in Halifax, Canada, by William Henry Schwartz, the son of a German baker of the same name from Amsterdam, the company grew as a family operation. The smoked meat seasoning is derived from pickling mixes used in Romanian Jewish cuisine. [22] During that year, it also acquired Kamis S.A., a privately held Polish company with leading brands in spices, seasonings, mustards and other flavor products in Poland for $291 million.