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McCormick & Company, Incorporated: Despite Its Recent Hunger for Tie-Ups, We Don't Posit McCormick Is Inflating Its Competitive Edge

Symbols
MKC
Sector(s)
Consumer Defensive
Rating
Current Price
$88.79
Fair Value
Economic Moat
Stewardship
Summary

In its 130-year history, McCormick has become the leading global manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of spices, herbs, extracts, seasonings, and other flavorings. McCormick's customer base includes top quick-service restaurants, retail grocery chains, and other packaged food manufacturers, with about 40% of sales generated beyond its home turf to include 150 other countries and territories. Beyond its namesake brand, the firm's portfolio includes Old Bay, Zatarain's, Thai Kitchen, Frank's RedHot, French's, and the recently cquired Cholula brand.

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Analyst Profile

Erin Lash

Sector Director
Erin Lash, CFA, is director of consumer sector equity research for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. In addition to leading the sector team, Lash covers packaged food and household and personal care companies.Before joining Morningstar in 2006, she spent four years as an investment analyst covering retail, transportation, and technology firms for State Farm Insurance.Lash holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Bradley University and a master's degree in business administration, with concentrations in accounting and finance, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She ranked second in the food and tobacco industry in The Wall Street Journal's annual “Best on the Street” analysts survey in 2013, the last year the survey was conducted.