Country Maid announces air date of Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” segment featuring Butter Braid® Pastries

on October 7, 2019

West Bend, IA (Nov. 11, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid®  braided pastry, has announced the upcoming air date for the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made braided pastry segment. They will be featuring Butter Braid brand pastries. The episode will reveal the unique production process in manufacturing the company’s flagship product.

The segment on Butter Braid pastries will air on the Science Channel/Discovery Channel on November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. CST. Check the Discovery Channel’s website, or your local listings to verify the air date incase there are any programming changes.

How It’s Made takes viewers behind the scenes in factories around the world to show how raw materials are transformed into finished products. The show airs in 130 countries and is broadcast in more than 30 different languages. Country Maid has been manufacturing frozen food products, namely Butter Braid pastries, since 1991 for the fundraising industry.

Country Maid, together with its national network of dealerships, has been able to help thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $150 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes.






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Country Maid Achieves SQF Certification

on October 7, 2019

West Bend, IA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Country Maid, Inc., makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries, announces they have been awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification. This is awarded from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a globally trusted, recognized, and accepted food safety and quality program.

SQF certification provides assurance that the products sold by certified manufactures have passed rigorous international standards for food safety and quality. Products produced and manufactured under the SQF certification retain a high degree of acceptance in global markets by retailers, consumer brands, and foodservice providers.

“Our implementation of this globally recognized food safety program reinforces Country Maid’s commitment to deliver safe food to the marketplace,” said Steve Melnyk, Vice President of Manufacturing.

To achieve SQF certification, suppliers complete extensive training. They develop, document, and implement food safety and quality plans. They also undergo a third-party audit. The audit process evaluates a company’s food safety and quality programs. That include cleaning and sanitation, personnel practices, and plant maintenance.

For more information, visit www.countrymaid.net.

Country Maid, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company, manufactures the “famous” Butter Braid® pastry, available only through fundraisers for the purpose of helping non-profit groups raise funds for various causes. Country Maid, together with its national network of dealerships, has helped thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $150 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes. Employing approximately 60 workers from 20 Northwest Iowa communities, Country Maid continues to grow and live out the mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves.”






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Governor Branstad Visits Country Maid and Tries Hand at Braiding Pastry Dough

on October 7, 2019

West Bend, IA (Aug. 21, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries, hosted Governor Branstad at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Bend on Wednesday. This visit was made possible with help from the Kossuth/Palo Alto Economic Development Corporation.

The Governor spent the afternoon meeting employees and learning more about the company and its products. During the tour, the Governor even tried his hand at braiding pastry dough on the production line, which he says is harder than it looks. Following the tour, Branstad spoke with employees about programs and incentives his office has developed; these incentives are meant to attract sustainable businesses to Iowa and help small businesses, such as Country Maid, grow.

Every year, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor visit all 99 Iowa counties and are always impressed with the passion of employees and management. “Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I look forward to visiting every county, every year and learning more about the businesses that make rural Iowa vibrant,” said Branstad. “Country Maid, with their commitment to community, helping those less fortunate, and military appreciation efforts, is a business Iowans can be proud of.”

Country Maid, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company, manufactures the “famous” Butter Braid pastries. These products are only available through fundraisers for the purpose of helping non-profit groups raise funds for various causes. Together with its national network of dealerships, Country Maid has helped thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $150 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes. Employing approximately 60 workers, Country Maid continues to grow and live out the mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves.”






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Butter Braid® Brand Family Put Smiles on the Faces of Hospitalized Kids!

on October 7, 2019

The Butter Braid® brand family partnered with Shriners Hospital For Children® for the 2014 humanitarian event. 150 goody bags were packed with toys, crafts, and games for the children. Also, handmade get well cards were made for each bag. Five large totes were donated and filled with puzzles, books, movies, kits, balls, etc. It was a great afternoon of helping others!






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Love Butter Braid® Pastries and Helping Others?

on October 7, 2019

Live the Lifestyle You Desire

Butter Braid® Pastry Fundraising Dealerships

Business ownership is all about rewarding hard work. With six-figure income potential, you can enjoy greater financial freedom and the flexibility needed to maintain a balance between work and family. All by opening your own Butter Braid Fundraising Dealership!

In additional to your own financial rewards, Country Maid, Inc. provides the opportunity for each Butter Braid pastry dealership to be rewarded with sales volume bonuses, sales growth awards, and recognition among your network of dealership peers.

With a low up-front cost (for wholesale goods for resale and standard business expenses), no up-front fees, and a partner dedicated to your success, business ownership is a much easier step to take knowing that Country Maid will do what it takes to put you on the fast-track to achieve goals together.

If you are a goal-oriented and driven individual whom enjoys working with people, success is well within your reach.

Learn more today about making your dream of business ownership a reality! Listen to the stories of some of our Butter Braid pastry dealers; they’ll tell you why this is the perfect opportunity for you.






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Country Maid to be featured on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made”

on October 7, 2019

West Bend, IA (May 19, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastry, announces the selection of the company to be featured on the acclaimed Discovery Channel TV program, How It’s Made. The TV crew will be filming inside the state-of-the-art facility in West Bend, Iowa. Filming will begin towards the end of May, and it will document how a braided pastry is made. The segment is scheduled to air in mid-2015.

“We are excited to let the world know what it takes to make a high quality braided pastry, and to be able to do that on How It’s Made is just the icing on top!” said Darin Massner, CEO of Country Maid.

How It’s Made takes viewers behind the scenes in factories around the world to show how raw materials are transformed into finished products. The show airs in 130 countries, and it is broadcast in more than 30 different languages.

Country Maid was selected as a filming destination after making contact with the show’s producers. How It’s Made was looking to fill their production schedule for early 2014 with Iowa companies that produced some of the ‘most interesting things’. “After making contact with Discovery Channel, both producers and Country Maid felt it was a perfect fit,” explained Mollie Clark, Marketing Manager at Country Maid.

Country Maid has been manufacturing frozen food products, namely Butter Braid brand pastries, since 1991. Country Maid, together with its national network of dealerships, has been able to help thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $150 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes.






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Country Maid Partners with Boys and Girls Club of Chicago!

on October 7, 2019

Country Maid employees and dealerships from across the country came together for the Annual Dealer Conference in Chicago, IL. While there, to carry out their mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves,” attendees worked to build and donate 40 trikes and wagons, and they created uplifting and inspirational greeting cards for the children at the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago!






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Golden Ticket Sweepstakes Winner Takes Trip!

on October 7, 2019

Judy Quiter, from Navasota, Texas, was the lucky winner of the Country Maid sponsored, Butter Braid® brand Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which began in 2011, was in celebration of both Country Maid’s and the Butter Braid brand’s 20th Anniversary!

Judy, along with her 3 guests, Denise Lovelace, Sherri Dicus, and Amy Kaase arrived in West Bend, IA on Friday, February 1. The first leg of the trip was to see where and how Butter Braid brand pastries were made. While in West Bend, Judy and guests also visited the Historical Society, the Grotto of Redemption, and a few shops around town. Then they headed to Orlando, Florida for 4 days and 3 nights. The group stayed at Disney’s All-Star Movies resort.

Judy’s first experience with Butter Braid pastries was in 2011 when a co-worker’s 4-year-old daughter was selling them for a fundraiser through the daycare. Judy had never heard of Butter Braid pastries before but purchased two of them. When the pastries were delivered, Judy saw the promotion for the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. Although there was no golden ticket inside, Judy went online to enter the sweepstakes. Country Maid later notified Judy that she had won following the random drawing among all entrants.

Judy and guests are now avid fans of Butter Braid pastries and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the team members at Country Maid, Inc. along with the people and sights of West Bend.






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Country Maid, Inc. and Butter Braid® Pastry Dealers volunteered at the Harvesters Outreach Center

on October 7, 2019

In order for Country Maid, Inc., manufactures of Butter Braid® brand pastries, to witness our belief and commitment to our Mission Statement: “Helping Others, Help Themselves,” we pledged our support to Harvesters Outreach Center at this year’s Annual Dealer Conference in Kansas City, MO.

Dealers and Country Maid employees joined together and volunteered at the Harvesters Outreach Center in Kansas City, MO. We sorted and repackaged donated food items and then those items are distributed to help feed over 66,000 people each week!

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