Booming sales of mayonnaise in Mexico helped fuel McCormick & Co. Inc. to record spice sales and profits for 1991.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James A. Hooker said yesterday that while sales of spices in the United States were good, international gains drove most of the company's approximately 17 percent profit growth for the quarter and year.
U.S. sales benefited because McCormick spices won shelf space in 700 new stores.
But international sales, including those in Australia and Europe, showed the most strength, he said.
Sales of jars of sauces have done particularly well in England, he said.
"And Mexico continues to be really surprising. . . . They use mayonnaise like we use butter, I guess. We can't make enough," he said.