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McCormick teams up with IBM to create new flavors

 (File photo)

(File photo)

McCormick & Co. has teamed up with IBM to use artificial intelligence in its flavor and food development, the firm announced Monday.

The company will take hundreds of millions of data points developed from its more than 40 years of food science work and use machine learning to develop more flavor profiles.

“McCormick’s use of artificial intelligence highlights our commitment to insight-driven innovation and the application of the most forward-looking technologies to continually enhance our products and bring new flavors to market,” Lawrence Kurzius, McCormick’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. “This is one of several projects in our pipeline where we’ve embraced new and emerging technologies.”

McCormick expects to launch its first product platform using artificial intelligence by late spring this year. The ONE platform will include one-dish recipe flavors including Tuscan Chicken, Bourbon Pork Tenderloin and New Orleans Sausage.

ONE will include spice mixes that can season protein and vegetables. McCormick said artificial intelligence has helped the company access an expanded portfolio of flavor profiles, enhanced their creativity and sped up how long it takes the company to develop flavor formulas.

McCormick has plans to scale its use of the technology globally by 2021.

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