Man Who Defended World From 'Bland Food' Dies at 68
Paul C.P. McIlhenny was CEO of company behind Tabasco sauces
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2013 6:52 AM CST
Tabasco's CEO Paul Paul McIlhenny died yesterday, the company said.   (PRNewsFoto/McIlhenny Company)

(Newser) – Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Company that makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot pepper sauces sold the world over, has died. He was 68. McIlhenny was a member of a storied clan whose 145-year-old company has been producing the original world-famous Tabasco sauce on Louisiana's Avery Island for several generations, since shortly after the Civil War. A company statement today credited McIlhenny's leadership with introducing several new varieties of hot sauces sold under the Tabasco brand and for greatly expanding their global reach.

"We will clearly miss Paul's devoted leadership but will more sorely feel the loss of his acumen, his charm and his irrepressible sense of humor," said McIlhenny Company president Tony Simmons of the executive who once proclaimed, "We're defending the world against bland food."

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Feb 25, 2013 10:53 PM CST
I remember back in the early 70's I used to carry my Tabasco Sauce bottle everywhere I went and people would look at me funny at Sizzler's, Denny's or any restaurant because back then Hot Sauce was rare and was not readily available like it is today. I never left home without it...and I played many a joke on my blue eyed friends who had never tasted Hot Sauce...Ah those were the days..
Feb 25, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Feb 25, 2013 7:41 AM CST
I like their mayonnaise and their chocolate wedges, but for hot sauce, I'm a Texas Pete fan. I even buy those carry along packets from Amazon so I always have it when I'm eating out. Growing up, there was never any hot sauce but Tobasco in the house. My Dad loves it. Most people I know prefer Tobasco. He sure made a popular product.