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"French's mustard" redirects here. French's_sentence_0

It is not to be confused with French mustard. French's_sentence_1


Product typeFrench's_header_cell_0_0_0 Mustard, condiments, food itemsFrench's_cell_0_0_1
OwnerFrench's_header_cell_0_1_0 McCormick & CompanyFrench's_cell_0_1_1
CountryFrench's_header_cell_0_2_0 U.S.French's_cell_0_2_1
IntroducedFrench's_header_cell_0_3_0 1904; 116 years ago (1904)French's_cell_0_3_1
MarketsFrench's_header_cell_0_4_0 WorldwideFrench's_cell_0_4_1
Previous ownersFrench's_header_cell_0_5_0 R.T. French Company

Reckitt BenckiserFrench's_cell_0_5_1

WebsiteFrench's_header_cell_0_6_0 French's_cell_0_6_1

French's is an American brand of prepared mustard, condiments, fried onions, and other food items. French's_sentence_2

Created by Robert Timothy French, French's "Cream Salad Brand" mustard debuted to the world at the 1904 St. French's_sentence_3 Louis World's Fair. French's_sentence_4

By 1921, French's Mustard had adopted its trademark pennant and begun advertising to the general public. French's_sentence_5

French's is now owned by McCormick & Company. French's_sentence_6

History French's_section_0

Brothers Robert and George French bought a flour mill in 1883 in Fairport, New York. French's_sentence_7

It burned down in 1884 and they relocated the flour mill to Rochester, New York. French's_sentence_8

They named their mill the R.T. French Company. French's_sentence_9

Robert French died in 1893 and brother George became company president. French's_sentence_10

George (who developed the creamy yellow mustard) and another brother, Francis, introduced French's mustard in 1904. French's_sentence_11

In 1926, French's was sold to J. French's_sentence_12 & J. Colman of the United Kingdom, a company that produced home care products such as Lysol, Reckitt's Blue and Brasso, and its own mustard brand, as well as other products such as the Frank's RedHot condiment line. French's_sentence_13

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. French's_sentence_14

Atlantis remained a separate entity through the nineteen-fifties French's_sentence_15

In 1960, French's purchased L. French's_sentence_16 C. Forman and Sons Pickle Company of Pittsford, New York. French's_sentence_17

Forman produced a variety of pickle products, including a well-known piccalilli relish. French's_sentence_18

In 1965, French's introduced a new line of "Cattlemen’s" barbecue sauce. French's_sentence_19

The line was inaugurated with the trip of a horse-drawn "chuck wagon" from Buffalo, New York, across upstate New York to New York City and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June, 1965. French's_sentence_20

In 1970, the company purchased Widmer Wine Cellars of Naples, New York. French's_sentence_21

The winery was sold in 1983. French's_sentence_22

In 1985, the company sold its instant potato operations in Shelley, Idaho, to Pillsbury. French's_sentence_23

In 1986, Reckitt & Colman acquired Durkee Famous Foods; in 1987 and consolidated headquarters in New Jersey. French's_sentence_24

Durkee's French onions became French's crispy fried onions. French's_sentence_25

In 1999, Reckitt & Colman merged with Benckiser NV to form Reckitt Benckiser. French's_sentence_26

In 2017, McCormick & Company acquired French's from Reckitt Benckiser. French's_sentence_27

For many years, the fictitious "Carol French" was the face of the company. French's_sentence_28

Her name appeared on numerous recipes and cookbooks, the oldest of which may be Dining Delights from 1948. French's_sentence_29

Locations French's_section_1

Until 1987, French's headquarters was located in Rochester, New York. French's_sentence_30

The headquarters is now located in Chester, New Jersey. French's_sentence_31

During its heyday, French's was a sponsor of the local weather forecast, featuring its address prominently in television advertising. French's_sentence_32

They also were a prominent sponsor of the Rochester Red Wings baseball club, often in conjunction with a local brand of hot dogs, Tobin's First Prize. French's_sentence_33

The former headquarters location at 1 Mustard Street is now home to a variety of professional offices and public agencies. French's_sentence_34

French's also had facilities in Shelley, Idaho, for potato products. French's_sentence_35

A plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania, was constructed in 1957 and closed in the 1990s. French's_sentence_36

A plant in Fresno, California, closed in 1994. French's_sentence_37

Manufacturing operations were consolidated in Springfield, Missouri. French's_sentence_38

Products French's_section_2

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. French's_sentence_39

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. French's_sentence_40

See also French's_section_3


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