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food Safety

Since our beginning in 1889, quality has been paramount. Our founder, Willoughby M. McCormick, coined the motto "Make the best, someone will buy it." This is the earliest mention of a guiding principle for our company. McCormick is committed to product integrity–providing high-quality products, with world-class food safety standards, which are in full compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements in the markets in which they are sold. This obligation is captured in our Taste You Trust® principle.

The Five Pillars of "Taste You Trust"

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I. Quality, Safety and Compliance by Design

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II. Sourcing Excellence

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III. Insight and Influence

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IV. Everyday Great Execution

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V. People

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Leading the Industry with Purpose

McCormick is a founding member of the American Spice Trade Association (“ASTA”), which represents the U.S. spice industry in the global market. The highest priority of ASTA members is ensuring the supply of pure, safe spices to American consumers. Overall, ASTA creates value through the execution of a dynamic strategic plan built to deliver on goals of advocacy, food safety and collaboration in a pre-competitive environment. 

At McCormick, we know that delivering on this commitment will ensure we satisfy the expectations of our consumers and our customers. This is the accountability all McCormick employees, regardless of role, demonstrated every day through their behaviors and the standard we expect from our entire value chain. Our exacting standards start in the communities around the world from which we source and continue all the way until our flavors reach the table.

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Market Leader in Herbs and Spices

As the market leader in herbs and spices, McCormick is an active leader at ASTA, seeking to drive industry-wide excellence in compliance, safety and sustainability. Our engagement enables McCormick to collaborate with industry peers, governmental agencies and other parties to influence public policy and regulations in the U.S. and around the world.