See What the Inside of Portland’s B&M Baked Bean Plant Looked Like
For over 150 years, Mainers worked and produced world-champion baked beans at the B&M Baked Bean Plant in Portland, and the thought of driving by the plant on 295 and not seeing (or smelling) B&M beans left us feeling nostalgic.
Here are some amazing facts about the B&M Plant:
- The "B" (George Burnham) in B&M got things started on Franklin Street in 1867, making packaged meat and vegetables.
- The "M" (Charles Morrill) soon joined up with Burnham, and B&M was born.
- The plant moved to its current spot in 1913.
- The beans are made in gigantic 200-pound pots...900 pounds with the beans in them.
- The B&M warehouse is 40,000 square feet.
- After World War II, demand for baked beans doubled...a good thing for B&M.
- The source beans come from Manitoba and Michigan in 2000 pound bags.
- The plant has 75 current employees. In the heyday, there were 300.
- Back in the day, the working floor was always 100 degrees.
If you've never been to the B&M plant, we thought we would give you a look inside with this cool video.
Check out this fantastic 4K drone video of the B&M plant. Have some beans and franks and toast this Portland landmark.