About 900 McCormick & Co. investors packed into a Hunt Valley ballroom Wednesday to hear about the company's performance, applaud its stock price gains and see how it is marketing its spices, recipe mixes and other goods worldwide.
But mostly, they turned out for the goody bags.
The gifts, packed with McCormick products, are the big draw to the company's annual meeting. McCormick has handed them out to all comers for more than two decades.
"We always come for the bag," said Joyce Friedman of Pikesville, who figures she's been to about 20 of the events with her husband. "But we enjoy the meeting."
The size of the gathering —...