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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:56 AM
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Tabasco maker scraps museum to build levee

Source: Reuters
NEW ORLEANS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The maker of the world famous Tabasco hot pepper sauce has scrapped plans for a museum to pay for a more urgent need: the building of a levee to protect itself from another hurricane.

McIlhenny Co. will shore up its Avery Island facility in Louisiana, 15 months after Hurricane Rita's tidal surge came within inches of flooding the plant and halting production of Tabasco, The Times-Picayune newspaper reported on Thursday.

The plant, which sits over 9 feet (3 meters) above sea level and 13 miles (21 km) from the Gulf of Mexico, will be protected by a 17-foot (5.2-metre) levee that will cost $4.5 million.

"We've got to protect the nation from bland food," company vice president Tony Simmons said.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N14437648.htm
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Maiden England Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:07 AM
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1. We've got to protect the nation from bland food
Oh I love it!

Of course it will also protect the people that live on the family's land, and of course the nature reserve thats there too.

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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:10 AM
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2. At least SOMEONE in Louisiana has their priorities straight..........
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 11:16 AM by Double T
Maybe would should outsource FEMA and the ARMY CORPS of ENGINEERS to McIlhenny Co.
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:10 AM
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3. McIlhenny's has a history of helping people.
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 11:11 AM by longship
During big hurricanes they open their hurricane-proof factory to people in the area for shelter. They feed them (obviously quite well, I've heard).

This is a good company with a social conscience.
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:20 AM
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6. Didn't know there were ANY COMPANIES with a social conscience left......
Thanks for the info......time to restock the Tabasco Products, TODAY!
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951-Riverside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:58 PM
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18. They are doing this to protect their own company facilities
...which I have no problem with but its far from having a social conscience.
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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:43 PM
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24. True, but if what post 3 said is true...
then they are basically making a community emergency hurricane shelter, with good food to boot! If it saves them a few bucks so they don't have to rebuild/cleanup the building after a hurricane, that's just a bonus.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:06 PM
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26. McIlhenny's is still family owned.
No stockholders or big corporate investors to answer to. This lets them HAVE a conscious if they want to.

With most companies being owned by stockholders, most CEO's are afraid to act with a conscious because doing so reduces profits and dividends, and doing THAT will get you sued or fired.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:12 PM
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12. Yep, and everyone ets a big bottle of tobasco with every paycheck. n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:27 PM
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35. That is great news
Clearly they're a 'hot ' company :D
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:16 AM
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4. You're doin' a heckuva job, Tobascy!
As much as I support the preservation and diffusion of knowledge facilitated by a museum, especially one devoted to spicy condiments, I must place protection from natural disasters as a higher priority.
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:16 AM
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5. Time to buy another bottle of Tabasco!
or three... or four...

MMMM mmmmmm MMMMMMMMMMMM! :P

(On more than one level)
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dhill926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:50 AM
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7. Great in bloody marys.....
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:04 PM
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8. And scrambled eggs.



:thumbsup:




I think I'll buy a bottle next time I'm at the store.







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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:06 PM
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9. Scrambling eggs was my first cooking lesson....
And my mother demonstrated how to add a dash of Tabasco.
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Spiffarino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:10 PM
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11. And gumbo, red beans, black beans, etoufee, jambalaya...n/t
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Spiffarino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:08 PM
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10. It's nice to feel good about something I always buy
Unless we want to live a prehistoric life, we're pretty much forced to buy electricity from power companies that pump mercury and CO2 into the air, paper from the companies that pollute inland waterways with dioxin, gasoline from countries that fund terrorists or spill crude over pristine wilderness.

Knowing the maker of my favorite flavor is also a good citizen only adds to the pleasure.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:15 PM
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13. And they make the cute little bottles
..for MRE's. Makes unidentifiable mush very tasty. mmmm
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:20 PM
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14. Tabasco is the only brand name food I must have
good to know my brand loyalty is directed toward a good company. :thumbsup:
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:30 PM
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15. Um, here's another take on it, not so generous
The company is scrapping plans for a downtown revitalization project (museum) to build a levee around it's plant. It's not building a levee for N.O. in general, just around it's plant, at the expense of a potential tourist destination.

Hot sauce gives N.O. a cold shoulder: McIlhenny Co., the makers of Tabasco, have put plans for a New Orleans museum on hold and will instead spend money on a levee to protect its Avery Island production plant, The Times-Picayune says. McIlhenny had planned to build a museum, retail store and cooking school on St. Charles Avenue, but the company says a levee is more important now. Hurricane Rita came within inches of flooding the plant, a move that would have stopped Tabasco production for months.

http://www.businessreport.com/newsDetail.cfm?aid=10375&...
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:43 PM
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17. The Museum is a "nice to have", the levee is a "must have"...
if the plant washes away, their source of philanthropy washes away with it.
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:28 PM
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19. That is true, however
A $4.5M investment in downtown N.O. would do a lot more to help the city recover than $4.5M worth of inert concrete around a production plant. True, they were threatened by Katrina, within inches, but they were not washed away by the worse weather disaster in the US in my lifetime.

Both are important investments but it seemed to me that the posts in reaction to the OP seemed to assume that they were donating the cash to help the N.O. levee system in general. It is, instead, to protect their profit center.

Sorry if I sound cynical but this is not an act of philanthropy.
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jilln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:21 PM
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27. They only have so much money...
Seems to me protecting their factory and the workers' jobs is not a bad plan. They can still do the museum later if they choose.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:31 PM
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20. A neocon dream come true.
Private concerns pay for everything including "public" works projects, expecting to make a profit out of it. Gov't pays for nothing, because they see no "need".
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:32 PM
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22. Fine by me
should be no need to pay our taxes then
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:48 PM
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25. You don't think the Federal Gov't should pay for levees in NO?
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:03 PM
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32. Yes I do
But they're not doing much in the way of helping americans lately. Joking.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:38 PM
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16. Smoked Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
lip-smacking delicious! :loveya:

Chipotle: http://countrystore.tabasco.com/index_category_more.cfm...


The regular Tabasco sauce isn't my favorite hot sauce, but it's good. I prefer this homemade, hot hot hot stuff, that you seriously only use two or three drops of. Tabasco got a nice flavor, but sometimes I just want hot hot hot.
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:31 PM
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28. Chipotle is better than teenage sex!!
To me, their regular Tabasco is one-dimensional, but the smokey and hot and mellow Chipotle sauce is perfect on ANYTHING!

I'm gonna try it on ice cream... and pudding... and ....

Warning... Usually, if I like anything this much, they stop making it. Stock up.. and send glowing reviews of this product to McIlhenny's.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 PM
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30. I'm addicted to almost everything Chipotle
And Tabasco was just added to this list. :loveya:

I found a chipotle dip mix a month ago at a craft fair, and was in heaven.

I may as well buy this by the case. :)
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:31 PM
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21. Hot sauce
is there anything it can't do?
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:33 PM
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23. That is really good for the people in the area
I'm partial to Crystal Hot Sauce, though, which is also made in Louisiana.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:36 PM
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31. I tried Cryastal's once
I didn't care for it. It was more salty and not as flavorful as I'd like, and very very mild for my tastes.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:06 PM
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33. I have a sensitive mouth, but like tangy tastes.
So Crystal is perfect for me. I also like the vinegar undertaste to it.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:22 PM
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34. Well, that explains it
:)

I'm Cajun, so the hotter the better. :P

I had a boss in high school who couldn't take anything hot. He had moved here (DFW) from New Jersey. Once a co-worker and I dared him to eat a mild pepper for $2. He cried while he swallowed because it was so hot. It was very entertaining, and there were a lot of people watching.
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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:34 PM
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29. oysters with tabasco
fritos with tabasco and lemon, yuuuuummy

I love tabasco so I will buy them exclusively here on out.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 10:43 AM
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36. tabasco is the One True Hot Sauce....
I grew up eating Tabasco on damn nearly everything. Yum!
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