"French's mustard" redirects here.
It is not to be confused with French mustard.
|Product type||Mustard, condiments, food items|
|Owner||McCormick & Company|
|Introduced||1904; 116 years ago (1904)|
|Previous owners||R.T. French Company|
By 1921, French's Mustard had adopted its trademark pennant and begun advertising to the general public.
French's is now owned by McCormick & Company.
It burned down in 1884 and they relocated the flour mill to Rochester, New York.
They named their mill the R.T. French Company.
Robert French died in 1893 and brother George became company president.
George (who developed the creamy yellow mustard) and another brother, Francis, introduced French's mustard in 1904.
In 1926, French's was sold to J. of the United Kingdom, a company that produced home care products such as & J. ColmanLysol, Reckitt's Blue and Brasso, and its own mustard brand, as well as other products such as the Frank's RedHot condiment line.
In 1928, the Atlantis Sales Corporation was formed as a subsidiary of R. T. French to handle sales and distribution of French's, Reckitt, and Colman products.
Atlantis remained a separate entity through the nineteen-fifties
Forman produced a variety of pickle products, including a well-known piccalilli relish.
In 1965, French's introduced a new line of "Cattlemen’s" barbecue sauce.
The winery was sold in 1983.
In 1986, Reckitt & Colman acquired Durkee Famous Foods; in 1987 and consolidated headquarters in New Jersey.
Durkee's French onions became French's crispy fried onions.
In 1999, Reckitt & Colman merged with Benckiser NV to form Reckitt Benckiser.
In 2017, McCormick & Company acquired French's from Reckitt Benckiser.
For many years, the fictitious "Carol French" was the face of the company.
Her name appeared on numerous recipes and cookbooks, the oldest of which may be Dining Delights from 1948.
Until 1987, French's headquarters was located in Rochester, New York.
The headquarters is now located in Chester, New Jersey.
During its heyday, French's was a sponsor of the local weather forecast, featuring its address prominently in television advertising.
The former headquarters location at 1 Mustard Street is now home to a variety of professional offices and public agencies.
French's also had facilities in Shelley, Idaho, for potato products.
A plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania, was constructed in 1957 and closed in the 1990s.
A plant in Fresno, California, closed in 1994.
Manufacturing operations were consolidated in Springfield, Missouri.
Historically R. T. French may have manufactured a complete line of spices and extracts, condiments, pickle products, sauces and gravy mixes, instant potato products, and pet care products, in particular canary and parakeet seeds.
As of 2016, in certain markets French's markets mustards, Worcestershire sauce, a line of mayonnaise-based products, ketchup, barbecue sauce, potato sticks, and fried jalapeños, as well as a line of French's fried onions.
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