Arbor Investments, based in Chicago, Illinois, announces the acquisition of River Falls, Wisconsin-based Best Maid Cookie Company, Inc. (“Best Maid” or the “Company”), a manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label gourmet cookies and dessert bars in both fully baked and frozen dough formats. Terms of the sale were withheld.
Founded in 1943 by Swedish immigrant baker C. Arthur Erickson, Best Maid has built its reputation on superior product quality and unmatched customer service. The Company provides custom formulated, gourmet quality baked cookies and unique pre-portioned cookie dough products made with the freshest ingredients. Best Maid’s products are sold into the foodservice, convenience store and fundraising channels across the United States. In connection with the acquisition of Best Maid, Arbor partnered with management, led by the Company’s CEO, Deb Dartsch, who is Arthur Erickson’s daughter, and President, Ron Thielen, both of whom will continue to manage Best Maid. The Company will continue to operate out of its existing 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.
The Company will join Arbor’s Le Petit Pain baking platform which includes New French Bakery, Inc., a Minneapolis-based commercial bakery that manufactures a comprehensive offering of premium branded and private label take-and-bake and fresh artisan breads. The Le Petit Pain platform is overseen by Arbor Operating Partner, Mike Schultz, a twenty year executive in the baking industry, including as a former executive at CSM Bakery Products and Minneapolis-based Best Brands Corporation.
“Best Maid enjoys a distinguished reputation in the sweet goods industry for product quality, innovation and customer service,” said Brody Lynn, Vice President at Arbor Investments. “The Company’s management and employees have built a remarkable business and culture, and the complimentary product offerings at New French Bakery will enable both companies to provide greater service to their customers.”
“Best Maid is recognized for its superior quality in cookies and bars, which makes it an excellent fit with our current platform of premium artisan breads,” said Mike Schultz, Operating Partner at Arbor Investments.
“We are elated to be partnering with Arbor. Their extensive and unparalleled experience in the food industry, and in particular the baking segment, made them a perfect fit for Best Maid, our management team, employees and customers,” said Deb Dartsch. “Over the past 70 years, the Company has experienced tremendous growth adhering to our core principles, and we look forward to Arbor continuing that legacy and leading us in our next phase of growth.”