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McIlhenny Company
Private (family-owned)
Industry Food processing
Founded 1868; 154 years ago (1868)
Founder Edmund McIlhenny
Headquarters Avery Island, Louisiana, U.S.
Key people
Harold Osborn, CEO
Products Hot sauce and other condiments
Number of employees
About 200 (per company web site, August 2014)
Heat Hot
Scoville scale 2,500 - 5,000 SHU

Tabasco sauce is the brand name for a hot sauce produced by US-based McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. Tabasco sauce is made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco), vinegar, and salt, and aged in white oak barrels for three years. It has a hot, spicy flavor.

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