Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, spices and seasonings specialist McCormick & Co. (NYSE: MKC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at McCormick's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

McCormick facts

Headquarters (Founded) Sparks, Md. (1889)
Market Cap $5.7 billion
Industry Packaged foods and meats
Revenue $3.36 billion

Chairman/CEO Alan Wilson

CFO Gordon Stetz, Jr.

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 25%
Cash/Debt $55.4 million / $970.2 million
Dividend Yield 2.4%
Competitors International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 5,635 members who have rated McCormick believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ebigmac and All-Star ikkyu2, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Just last month, ebigmac tapped the stock as a particularly tasty pick: "McCormick is 'the brand' in spices, has significant R&D investments and will continue to benefit as people continue to want 'some spice in their life' or at least in their food."

Over the next five years, in fact, McCormick is expected to grow its bottom line at a respectable rate of 9.1% annually. That's faster than main rival International Flavors (5.1%), as well as other food stocks like ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) (7%) and H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ) (7%).

CAPS All-Star ikkyu2 elaborates on the bull case:

McCormick. They import, process and package the spices that flavor your food. It's a monopoly. It's a dividend yielder. It's a commodity. It's almost a precious metal -- used to be, spices were weighed and exchanged for silver. It's a consumer staple. What it is is a company I wish I owned. ... THE SPICE MUST FLOW!

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