Malcolm Parker was enjoying a successful career as a flavor chemist with a now defunct Baltimore extract company in 1897. However, an unfortunate trolley car accident left him blind, and Malcolm lost his position with the company soon after. Though he lost his sight, he did not lose his vision. Determined to prove himself, Malcolm used his vast experience and knowledge to begin his own flavor business, Parker Vanilla Products, Inc.

In 1916, Malcolm’s son Llewellyn decided to join the family business. He used his full understanding of his father’s mission to run the firm from 1933 through 1959. Three of his key employees served the company for over 45 years, providing a continuity for which we are greatly indebted. Under his leadership, the company expanded its focus, adding many new flavors and selling to several national ice cream manufacturers for the first time in company history.

Llewellyn’s son Malcolm contributed 62 years of service to Parker Flavors. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Malcolm built relationships with the bakery industry throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Many of those accounts are still customers today. Read more about Malcolm’s legacy.

Four generations later, the company remains family owned and operated in Baltimore with Malcolm’s son Tim at the helm. Since joining the firm, he has enhanced the company’s marketing strategy to continue the growth of Parker Flavors, Inc. Today, Tim serves as CEO.

Our expertise comes from our history. We’re proud to have passed down a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to service that solidify our position at the industry’s leading edge.

our legacy

We are humbled and grateful for the entrepreneurial tradition of our forebears and the customer-centered culture they created. Their perseverance has served our company well, forging ahead in good times and bad, providing a beacon of inspiration to us all. To borrow a phrase, we truly stand on the shoulders of their success. With four generations’ experience, we are ready to offer you a legacy of great taste!