Burnham & Morrill Company is founded by George Burnham and Charles
S. Morrill. Burnham brought meat and fish packing experience from his
days with Rumery and Burnham, a company he helped establish earlier.
Morrill had been one of Burnham’s foremen at Rumery and Burnham. Their
first plant opened on Franklin Street in Portland, Maine (another source
says that this is where the store and offices were established and that
the first plant was, in fact, established at Bucks Harbor, near
Machiasport, Maine). B&M’s first products included canned meats,
vegetables and fish. Their offerings included canned roast beef, mutton,
pork, lamb, roast chicken, roast turkey, carrots, turnips, corn and
other vegetables, plus herring, clams and lobsters.