There may be no product that says Maryland like Old Bay seasoning. The rust-colored blend of herbs and spices has been included in recipes for everything from baked pumpkin seeds to chicken wings and of course, steamed blue crabs.
The question is how big of an ingredient the product will remain in Maryland's economy as its owner, McCormick, considers relocating.
Founded in 1889 as a maker of root beer, flavoring extracts and fruit syrups, McCormick is now a $9.3 billion company with spices and seasonings — Old Bay being the most famous — that sell in more than 110 countries. It is the sixth largest company in the state of Maryland, according to Forbes, and in its last fiscal year the company reported $389 million in profits.