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Bush's Beans Celebrate 100 Years
August 21, 2008

If you had a bunch of friends over for a pool party/cookout this past summer, chances are you grabbed a can of Bush Beans. Your purchase has made Bushs products become the nations top selling baked bean brand. After 100 years, it is still family owned and operated today. In 1908, A.J. Bush started a tomato cannery.

Innovation during the 1940s led to the marketing of dry beans. In honor of our
100th birthday, there have been celebrations in all three plants throughout the summer months, says Lynn Murray, senior manager of dry bean procurement at Bush Brothers. Bush Brothers also participated in the Baked Bean Festival held on the 4th of July in Augusta, WI with the chairman and CEO of Bush Brothers and Co., Jim Ethier, serving as the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Darryl and Tina Berg of the North Central Bean Dealers Assn
dine with friends at a picnic sponsored by Bush Brothers & Company


U.S. Dry Bean Convention

In conjunction with the U.S. Dry Bean Convention which was held in Knoxville, TN, on July 19  22, Bush Brothers had another centennial celebration where participants of the convention were able to tour the Chestnut Hill production facility. The Dry Bean Council and approximately 275 attendees from the convention toured the plant.. Northarvests executive vice-president, Tim Courneya and board directors, Mark Streed, Milan, MN and Dan Webster, Penn, ND attended the celebration and  business meetings following the convention.

Bush Brothers made an exception to their company rules by allowing the tour groups directly on the plant floor. The groups actually saw all of the lines that the plant produces; all the baked bean products, hominy, variety beans, pinto and kidney beans. Bush Brothers also showed the tour groups where beans are unloaded, where they soak the beans, and even where the sauce is made, says
Murray. The group then went on the plants observation deck overlooking the plant facility where chairman Ethier spoke to the participants.

After the tour, the groups were brought to a park where everyone enjoyed southern cooking of ribs, chicken, turnip greens and Bushs new Grillin Beans. Many participants mingled with Jay Bush, spokesperson for Bushs Baked Beans, Duke, the talking dog and Jays Cousin Drew, the family chili expert. Jay is the son of Condon Bush and grandson of founder A.J. Bush. With Bush members Jay and canine companion, Duke, they have helped spread the word about Bushs beans and its famous secret family recipe. It has become part of the companys most popular advertising campaign ever.

We tried to really show some good ol southern hospitality to our friends at the U.S. Dry Bean Convention.  We hope our friends in the dry bean industry enjoyed the time spent with us, said Murray.

Bush Brothers currently has three facilities. Their corporate office is in
Knoxville, TN and production facilities in Dandridge, TN and Augusta, WI.

New Bean Products 

Bushs most recent products are their Grillin Beans line. There are four different flavors: Steakhouse, Smokehouse, Bourbon and Brown Sugar, and Southern Pit Barbecue. Bush Brothers tout it as the perfect combination to go with your grilled chicken, steak and pork chops. These, along with their other product lines, have helped Bush Brothers currently capture the baked bean market.  For recipes and a complete line of products, go to Bush Brothers website at Also on the website, check out their latest commercials with Jay and Duke, along with Dukes Doghouse, where Duke gives you a virtual tour of his pad when he is not on tour.




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