B&M Reaffirms Commitment to Portland
Unveils new 70 foot energy-efficient sign at
landmark Casco Bay food plant
| PORTLAND, ME Burnham
& Morrill Co., a division of B&G Foods, Inc., and the
manufacturer of B&M Baked Beans, the original
brand of brick-oven baked beans, announced today the
company will unveil a new B&M sign atop its historic
manufacturing facility at One Bean Pot Circle.
In part to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the
City of Portland, B&M has replaced the sign atop our
famous baked bean plant, said David L. Wenner,
President and Chief Executive Officer of B&G Foods. We
understand that our plant has come to be recognized as a
local landmark, and in that respect we believe a new
sign with updated artwork will honor both our iconic
brand and our strong and historic ties to the Portland
The prominent B&M sign was blown down during a wind
storm in 2009. The new sign will be illuminated with LED
lights, and has been designed to utilize only 25% of the
energy that the old sign consumed.
| Burnham & Morrill Co.,
a widely known Portland, Maine landmark, has been in the
canning business for more than a century. Back in 1867,
George Burnham, who previously had been a partner in the
canning firm of Rumery & Burnham, started his own
business and was joined by John E. Burnham and Charles
For nearly 50 years, the company was owned by the Burnham
family, but in 1910 George B. Morrill, Sr. bought out
the Burnham's interest and soon after, B&M moved from
13 Franklin Street, Portland, to its present site on Casco
Bay. In 1965, the address of the B&M plant was redesigned
as "One Bean Pot Circle." Since the company's
beginnings in 1867, the excellence of B&M products
has been recognized both nationally and internationally,
a fact attested to by the numerous medals and awards received
over the years from U.S. and world trade expositions.
For many years, attempts to "can" baked beans
were unsuccessful. The resulting product lacked the flavor
and texture of the homemade variety. Baking in pots, preferably
in a brick oven, is one of the secrets of the New England
baked bean. Burnham & Morrill Co. was well aware of
this secret, and they began to bake beans all day long
in this true New England way. The flavor of juicy salt
pork combines with a sauce made from a centuries-old recipe
and slowly penetrates the beans as they reach a golden
brown. The beans are sealed in tins or glass pots to hold
their freshness and flavor until the container is opened.
Although white pea beans are preferred by the majority
of consumers in the United States, red
kidney beans are popular with many people in New England.
Both varieties are packed by B&M. In addition
to Brick Oven Baked Beans, Burnham & Morrill also
produces a companion product of old New EnglandB&M
brown bread, both with and without raisins.
B&M employees take pride in producing products of
superior quality. Their skill, combined with the finest
of raw materials and a carefully controlled production
process, helps ensure a high standard of quality.
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