The Burris Logistics Timeline
Burris has a story tracing back to 1925 when John W. Burris and his father, Edward, worked together shipping tomatoes from the Delmarva Peninsula into Philadelphia.
On the return trip, they carried Acme Markets’ bread to its Delmarva region stores. Throughout its 93-year history, Burris has branched into food-service redistribution, public refrigerated warehousing and custom and retail specialty work.
Starting with two accounts, Acme Markets and A&P, John W. Burris and his father, Edward, worked together shipping tomatoes from the Delmarva Peninsula into Philadelphia. On the return trip, they carried Acme Markets’ bread to its Delmarva region stores.
1930: Burris Express sold to The Victor Lynn Company
1939: Burris Foods established
Burris begins laying the groundwork for eventually branching into food-service redistribution, public refrigerated warehousing and custom and retail specialty work.
Burris fleet of trailers
These trailers hauled all the groceries, bread and produce for Acme Markets and A&P from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia at the time.
1940 - 1948
1946: Kent-Sussex Tire Service Company acquisition
Burris acquires this Seaford, Delaware-based business.
1948: Food Distributor: Frozen Foods and fresh meats
Late 1940’s: First Frozen Food Truck
Burris begins shipping Frozen Foods and fresh meats out of this freezer in Milford, Delaware.
Original Pick System
Our original pick system in our first frozen food warehouse. The Burris Team Members are picking a load of Crosse and Blackwell Frozen Orange Juice.
A 25-year charitable giving commitment begins
Burris family members and employees first volunteer to cook chicken at the annual Milford Hospital Fair. This companywide fundraising effort continued for the next 25 years.
In the 1960’s, Burris also had another side business, Burris Poultry. Here is a picture of the poultry warehouse in the same building that is now our corporate headquarters in Milford today.
1967: Burris Poultry merges with J. McKinney Willis The Shorgood Poultry Company
In the early 1960’s Jack Burris was head of the Delmarva poultry industry. It was during this time that Col. Sanders’ came to cook chicken for the Burris Family. Jack, Lillian & Colonel Sanders (KFC).
Division of Bayshore Foods
Kane Miller later purchase Eventually Perdue
1972: Harrington, Delaware, facility acquired (pictured)
Originally built in 1973, the facility was added on to in 1995 to create 8 million cubic feet of freezer space. This retail case pick distribution center provides a full line of frozen foods to supermarkets, carrying more than 5000 SKUs.
1976: Burris Food Distributers sold
The company sold Burris Food Distributors, Inc. to Tom Pinto, a contract carrier for Acme Markets and A&P.
1979: Great Harrington Fire
Milford Hospital Fair
Jack and Lillian Burris and their son Bob.
1981: 1st Board Meeting
1985: Foodservice sold to Sandler Foods of Virginia Beach
1986: First Formal Management Training Program started with Bob and Joyce Anderson
1987: Lyndhurst, Virginia, facility acquired (pictured)
Constructed in 1987, with additions made in 1991 and 1995, the Lyndhurst facility is 223,607 square feet with 171,889 square feet of refrigerated space.
At the time this photo was taken, Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream was the number one volume item being shipped out of Burris Foods Harrington Warehouse.
1987: Glacier was purchased
This is how we got the snowflake logo.
1988: Sumter, South Carolina, facility acquired (pictured)
1988: Federalsburg, Maryland, facility acquired
This 137,727 square foot, retail case pick distribution center serves the eastern U.S. It houses refrigerated dairy, deli, produce and other specialty products, carrying more than 4000 SKUs.
1991: Chesapeake, Va. facility built, not acquired
1993: Sold Kent Sussex Tire Service
Jack and Lillian Burris together with their daughter Lilla and her husband Bob Hoopman, join Vice President of Superfresh, Casper Jenko for a Superfresh store opening in Baltimore, Maryland.
Pop Jack’s Video
Presented at Burris Foods Focus ’96 Seminar
Four generations of the Burris Family
Jack Burris, his son (and former CEO) Bob Burris, Bob’s son (and current CEO) Donnie Burris and Donnie’s one year old son Davis Burris.
Pictured: Jack Burris with his three sons, Bob, Howard and John.
1997: Benson, North Carolina, facility acquired (pictured)
1999: New Castle, Delaware, facility acquired
Strategically placed near I-95, and close to New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Port of Wilmington, this 135,000 square foot facility contains 14,450 square feet of refrigerated dock space.
Here is a proud Jack Burris with two of his twelve grandchildren, Megan Burris Fischer and Donnie Burris (current CEO of the company) at the opening of the new Burris Orlando facility in 2001.
Apr 28th: Burris enters Florida through SACS purchase
Included two buildings in Jacksonville, one in Haines City, one in Lakeland, and one in Orlando (which was sold). There were five buildings in total.
May 11th: Burris Foods, Inc., becomes Burris Logistics
Sept 11th: Rolled out first in-house warehouse (pictured)
Operating system V3 installed at Federalsburg. What a date in history for Burris and America
Purchased Webster MA freezer later sold in 2004; New freezer acquired for Orlando, Florida, facility
This equipment acquisition brought facility’s total refrigerating space capacity to a 7,400,000 cubic feet.
2002 - 2003
2002: Federalsburg Wins “Vendor of the Year Award”
Started in 2002 and for years after, Federalsburg Wins “Vendor of the Year Award” from Giant Landover
2003: Federalsburg, Maryland and Jacksonville, Florida, facilities acquired; Jacksonville, Florida, freezer renovation and addition; Second Lakeland, Florida, facility acquired
The Federalsburg facility serves the eastern U.S. as a retail case pick distribution center for refrigerated dairy, deli, produce and more specialty products, with more than 4000 SKUs. The Jacksonville facility is convenient to both I-95 and I-10 and features 7,650,158 cu. Ft of refrigerated space.
The Lakeland facilities are 30 miles from Tampa, 40 miles from Manatee and 50 miles from Orlando. This central Florida location serves customers on both of the state’s coasts, as well as much of its citrus industry.
2004 - 2005
Jan 2004: John E. “Jack” Burris, 3rd generation leader passes
“A Mountain of a Man with the Soul of an Angel”
Jul 2004: Vocollect Selection Process
Sep 2004: Freezer capacity increased at Elkton, Maryland, facility
New equipment acquisition increases the total of refrigerated space available at the Elkton facility to 6,196,161 cubic feet.
2005: Purchased D.L. Matthews incorporated into Federalsburg.
Burris acquires Honor Foods, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Burris Logistics strengthened its foodservice redistribution capabilities when it welcomed Honor Foods to the Burris family.
Atlanta, Georgia The Fresh Market distribution program
Apr: The Burris Brand is developed
The goal of this initiative was to establish a unified voice for Burris Logistics and present one brand to the company’s internal and external audiences. Through a series of customer interviews, employee research and a competitive analysis, a new Burris brand platform was created that captured the essence of the organization.
Aug: Freezer capacity increased at Rocky Hill, Connecticut, facility
New equipment acquisition increases the total of refrigerated space available at the Elkton facility to 9,605,000 cubic feet.
Jan: Burris University
Jun: Burris acquires N. Winer & Son, Springfield, Massachusetts
Burris Logistics added to its foodservice redistribution capabilities when it welcomed N. Winer & Son to the Burris family.
Jan: Sold Sumter, SC, Benson, NC and Chesapeake, VA freezers (pictured)
Mar: “OPERATOR FRIENDLY” Award
Presented to us in recognition of our valued partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club.
May: Business Segments
Custom Supply Chain Solutions, Foodservice Redistribution, Cold Storage, Transportation Management
Jul: Burris Delivers for You
A culture of integrity focused on exceptional customer service. A track record of starting up challenging programs delivered with flawless implementation. Seamless integration across any and all I.T. platforms and business processes. Guaranteed performance levels that customers can count on. Effective management of consigned or owned inventory through extensive procurement expertise. Strong vendor relationships that benefit our clients and vendors alike.
Sep 20th: Robert D. “Bob” Burris, 4th Generation Leader passes
The 4th generation leader of Burris Logistics died on September 19 at his home in Milford, Delaware. Bob began working for the family business at age 12. Throughout his life, Bob willingly passed along his ideas, wisdom and natural talents as a successful businessman to many aspiring entrepreneurs.
Donnan R. “Donnie” Burris selected to be CEO
On October 25, the 5th generation of Burris family leadership begins as Donnie Burris assumes the role as CEO of Burris Logistics.
Remembering Lillian Marshall Burris
Lillian Marshall Burris passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in her home surrounded by family. She was 94.