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
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $3.3 billion

CEO Alan Wilson (since 2008)

CFO Gordon Stetz, Jr. (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 23.6%
Cash/Debt $43.0 million / $977.2 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 297 members who have rated McCormick believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars mrindependent and rd80, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just two weeks ago, mrindependent tapped McCormick as a particularly tasty income opportunity:

Stable stocks should look appealing given the uncertain economic future for developed economies. The current dividend yield of McCormick & Company is about 2.5%. Current ROE is 26% and the stock is trading for just 16 times expected earnings. The current payout ratio is 0.4 and the five year average payout ratio is 0.4

While McCormick's shares trade at a price-to-cash flow of 15.7 -- a premium to rival International Flavors (11.9), as well as other dividend-paying food stocks like Kraft (NYSE: KFT) (12.1), PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) (13.1), General Mills (NYSE: GIS) (12.2), and Unilever (NYSE: UL) (10.1) -- Fools believe it's well worth paying up for. With more than half of the North American spice and seasoning market, McCormick generates cash flows that are easily one of the most reliable in the business. In fact, McCormick has managed to pay a dividend for 85 consecutive years, prompting All-Star rd80 to recommend the stock for income-hungry investors: 

McCormick is a classic stock for investors who want income and have little tolerance for wild swings in the market.

It isn't a super high yielder. ... But it has an excellent track record of raising that dividend every year and the payout ratio is a very reasonable 41%.

Solid balance sheet, decent income, a pinch of growth, easy on the volatility is a recipe for a green thumb in an uncertain economy.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. McCormick is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. PepsiCo is also an Income Investor choice, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on it. Unilever is a choice of both Income Investor and Global Gains. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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