Our story starts with cherries. When Mae and Theodore Sherman decided to purchase their first cherry orchard in Central Lake, Michigan, little did they know the impact it would have on their families. Or, the future of food production. The year was 1935 and the combination of the sandy soil, temperate weather conditions and the winds blowing off of Lake Michigan were a combination for success. Eventually, William (son of Theodore) and his wife Marian Sherman relocate from Deshler, Ohio, to purchase their own cherry orchard in East Jordan. Sherman Canning Company is established in 1961 and a family tradition is born.

Today, the third generation has expanded this simple beginning into Burnette Foods, a locally and nationally sourced distributer of fruit and vegetables with production facilities throughout the state of Michigan. As one of the nation’s largest producers of shelf-stable fruits and vegetables, Burnette Foods remains committed to producing high quality products, with state-of-the-art sustainability practices from recycling tin to upcycling fruit pits. Yes, fruit pits. After all, our story starts with a simple cherry.


Responsive, committed, personalized service.

Experienced sales colleagues and customer service representatives consistently yield long-standing corporate relationships. Contact our sales department for more information or product samples.

ACRES of Burnette-owned farm land.

SQUARE FEET of processing, warehousing, and operational space.