Tangy TABASCO Sauce comes from a family-owned and operated business, the McIlhenny Company, founded in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. To this day, the company is still family-owned and operated on that very same site. Aged for up to three years in white oak barrels and using a high-quality distilled vinegar, TABASCO Sauce is still one of the country’s favorite condiments. Labeled in 22 languages and dialects it is sold in over 180 countries and territories. About half of the company’s 200 employees actually live on Avery Island, with many of their parents and grandparents having worked and lived there as well. Anthony “Tony” Simmons, the current President and CEO, is the seventh McIlhenny in a chain of direct descendants who have strived to preserve the legacy and traditions of the company’s creator.