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Tabasco family served royal seal of approval

McIlhenny Company, the family-owned manufacturer of Tabasco red pepper sauce, has been given the royal seal of approval by the British monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II has awarded a Royal Warrant to the family-owned company, which celebrated its 140th anniversary last year. Royal Warrants are marks of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

 "We're absolutely delighted to know that Tabasco sauce has a place at Her Majesty's table," said Paul McIlhenny, fourth-generation president and CEO of McIlhenny Company. "England has always been very loyal to us, consistently ranking among the top markets in international sales. This is indeed a proud moment in Tabasco history."

Tabasco sauce was first exported to England in 1874. During World War II, the Queen Mother had her staff search London for Tabasco sauce, which was in short supply due to wartime constraints. As her deputy controller of supply wrote in his memoir, My Twenty Years in Buckingham Palace, "The Queen [Mother], when she was told that there was no more Tabasco sauce, took the news philosophically."

Tabasco sauce was created in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny on Avery Island, Louisiana, from a special variety of Capsicum pepper plants. Today, Tabasco is exported to over 160 countries.

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