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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wilson steers McCormick through its 125th year
Wilson steers McCormick through its 125th year

At McCormick & Co.'s "innovation" center in Hunt Valley, where consumers give feedback on flavors, restaurants get help with menus and company chefs experiment with sauces, Alan D. Wilson headed to the studio to film a video. It would be shown at employee meetings around the world and translated with subtitles into numerous languages. But this end-of-year business update would differ from those the McCormick CEO films each quarter. Wilson instead would reflect on what he sees as a remarkable milestone for the Hunt Valley spice-maker — 125 years in business. "We've built on the heritage that the founder created … but, fundamentally, we're...