Bush Brothers & Company's success is proof that well-spent ad money makes a difference -- even if you're up against the "big boys" of beans: Campbell's, Van Camp's, B&M. Not deterred, however, the company turns out one of the leading US brands of canned baked beans, Bush's Best -- made from a family recipe. It also cans other beans (black, garbanzo, pinto, refried), chili, greens, peas, and hominy, all of which are sold through retail food outlets and foodservice operators in the US. Company spokesbrother Jay Bush and his "talking" dog Duke (who is always threatening to reveal the Secret Family Recipe), star in the food maker's popular TV commercials. (The man-and-his-dog duo started doing commercials in 1995).
Offering some 20 varieties of legumes, Bush Brothers sells one-third of all the canned beans in the US, making the company a worthy rival to well-known bean sellers. Not content with its boatload of bean varieties and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the company introduced Grillin' Beans in 2008. The canned beans are prepared using different flavors of barbecue sauce and meant to accompany barbecued foods, especially beef and pork.
Bush Brothers president and chief executive Tom Ferriter was appointed as a new member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association in January 2010. The move keeps Ferriter and Bush Brothers in tune with the latest in the industry; his term expires in 2012.
The company has manufacturing facilities in Augusta, Wisconsin, and Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. Founded as a tomato cannery in 1908 by Jay's great-grandfather, A.J. Bush, Bush Brothers remains family-owned and -operated.