Saturday, April 30, 2016

RVing To River Plantation - Day 11 – Bush’s Beans

One of the two scheduled rally events for this day was a visit to nearby Chestnut Hill, TN and the original home of Bush Brothers & Co (Bush’s beans) and after living here for many years and driving past it many times, we decided it was time to pay them a visit.  Bush’s is a family owned company that began in 1905 when AJ Bush began canning tomatoes for Stokley Van Camp located in nearby Newport, TN.

By the 1920’s, Bush’s was incorporated and was canning many types of vegetables under their own label and they continued to expand.  In 1969, the company developed their Secret Family Recipe and began moving away from the variety of vegetables to concentrate on baked beans.  And now, thanks in part to the Jay and Duke’s advertising campaign, they control about 80% of the baked bean market in the USA and remain as a privately owned company being run by the fourth generation of family.  For more about the company history, click this LINK and if you're ever in the Sevierville area, it's worth a visit.

While I was hopeful of a plant tour, the visit to the local facility was actually just the visitors center and museum, which included a movie of company history and the manufacturing operation – I guess you can’t have folks wandering around a food facility for health reasons.  Here is a shot of the complex which is just across the road from the plant and the original homestead.

In addition to the plant in Tennessee, they also have one in Wisconsin both beginning with navy beans to make their famous products. 

We ended the day with about 30 folks sitting around a big campfire with multi-colored lasers lighting up the rising smoke.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. Interesting history of Bush's Beans another American success story.

  2. Larry, Talk about an American success story! The Bush Bean story is right up there... I put off doing the tour for a couple of years. When we first go here, they were still doing plant tours but for whatever reasons...perhaps insurance or health requirements as you pointed out, they stopped doing the tours. As such, we lost interest and we'll just stick to eating their beans. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. So good to know a little more about one of our mutual companies, Larry!

  4. I would have been disappointed about the "no tour" thing too.

  5. It would have been fun to tour the building but I still like their baked beans!

  6. Our son was just talking about Bush's the other day. I guess seeing the visitor's center and original homestead is better than nothing.


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