Most Trusted Spices/Seasonings: McCormick & Company
Willoughby McCormick and his staff of three young workers began selling flavor extracts, fruit syrups, and juices door to door in 1889, working out of a cellar in Baltimore. Today, McCormick & Company makes custom flavors for eight of the top 10 global food-service restaurants. The company’s products can account for 90 percent of a meal’s flavor for just 10 percent of its cost.
Most Trusted Juice: Tropicana
Sicily native Anthony T. Rossi founded Tropicana after spending a number of years in Florida in the 1940s packing fruits for gift boxes to be sold in department stores like Macy’s and Gimbels. He began producing frozen concentrated orange juice and then, in 1954, developed the flash pasteurization process that led to the company’s most well known product, Tropicana Pure Premium. Today, Tropicana buys about one-third of all oranges grown in Florida.
Most Trusted Bottled Water: Dasani
Dasani was launched in 1999 by the Coca-Cola company. Up to 30 percent of a Dasani water bottle is made from plants, specifically Brazilian sugarcane byproduct.