McCormick buys seafood seasonings operation

January 13, 1993|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

McCormick & Co. Inc. took another major step into the seafood seasoning business yesterday with the announcement that it acquired the consumer products business of Golden Dipt Co., a division of DCA Food Industries of Garden City, N.Y.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

This is the second acquisition of a seafood seasonings operation by the international spice and flavorings company, based in Sparks. The first was Old Bay seasonings, which was bought from Baltimore Spice Co. in 1990.

"This is a good indication of our interest in establishing a presence in other sections of the grocery store," said Harold J. Handley, vice president and general manager of the McCormick/Schilling Division, which is responsible for McCormick's retail operations.

Trading under the brands Golden Dipt and Nature's Bay, the division bought by McCormick has 53 seafood seasonings, batters and breadings, which also include some products for chicken, Mr. Handley said.

The products are available at most major grocery chains, and Golden Dipt is the leading seller of seafood cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, he said. Mr. Handley refused to disclose Golden Dipt's sales figures.

McCormick would continue to buy the seafood seasonings from the contract packers that had supplied the product to DCA Food, Mr. Handley said. However, the company would study the possibility of making the product itself, he said.

About a dozen DCA workers who were involved in sales and marketing would be hired by McCormick, Mr. Handley said.

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