60 Minutes Takes Unprecedented Look Inside the Tabasco Factory


The McIlhenny family, makers of Tabasco for five generations, are a famously private clan worth untold millions, but 60 Minutes got access to their (literal) private island in Louisiana, Tabasco’s home since 1868, for a segment last night. A few of the interesting factoids you learn: the recipe is exceedingly simple (just red-pepper mash, vinegar, and salt); they only use heirloom peppers that come from seeds the family gives farmers “around the world”; and the company’s 200-person workforce cranks out 700,000 bottles a day. Ever wanted to see Sanjay Gupta with watery eyes? Today is your lucky day.

Tabasco: Fighting bland food since 1868 [60 Minutes]