Timeline

1924

Mildred Dalton began making mayonnaise with leftover egg yolks from her small rock home.

1924

Tucked away on a quiet road in a small rural town of Mansfield, Texas, Mildred Dalton is busy in her kitchen making pastries and pies. Her husband, Jessie Otis Dalton, operates a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth, Texas. Each day, Jessie takes several of her pastries and merchandises them alongside other food items in his store. Meanwhile, not one for waste, Mildred realizes she is using a lot of egg whites for pastry meringues, but hardly any of the leftover egg yolks. She decides to use the unused egg yolks to make homemade mayonnaise for her family and neighbors.

Tucked away on a quiet road in a small rural town of Mansfield, Texas, Mildred Dalton is busy in her kitchen making pastries and pies. Her husband, Jessie Otis Dalton, operates a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth, Texas. Each day, Jessie takes several of her pastries and merchandises them alongside other food items in his store. Meanwhile, not one for waste, Mildred realizes she is using a lot of egg whites for pastry meringues, but hardly any of the leftover egg yolks. She decides to use the unused egg yolks to make homemade mayonnaise for her family and neighbors.

Tucked away on a quiet road in a small rural town of Mansfield, Texas, Mildred Dalton is busy in her kitchen making pastries and pies. Her husband, Jessie Otis Dalton, operates a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth, Texas. Each day, Jessie takes several of her pastries and merchandises them alongside other food items in his store. Meanwhile, not one for waste, Mildred realizes she is using a lot of egg whites for pastry meringues, but hardly any of the leftover egg yolks. She decides to use the unused egg yolks to make homemade mayonnaise for her family and neighbors.

1925

Mrs. Dalton's Salad Dressing finds it's place on the grocery shelf!

1925

Times are tough, and with three children to care for, Mildred and Jessie start looking for ways to make extra money. Jessie Otis Dalton begins selling his wife's homemade mayonnaise in his Fort Worth grocery store.

Times are tough, and with three children to care for, Mildred and Jessie start looking for ways to make extra money. Jessie Otis Dalton begins selling his wife's homemade mayonnaise in his Fort Worth grocery store.

Times are tough, and with three children to care for, Mildred and Jessie start looking for ways to make extra money. Jessie Otis Dalton begins selling his wife's homemade mayonnaise in his Fort Worth grocery store.

1926

The Dalton Family begins producing pickles and condiments.

1926

With the success of Mildred's mayonnaise in the family store, Mrs. Dalton's Salad Dressing was born. The Daltons decide to expand their condiment production by opening a small factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. From Best Maid delivery trucks, they began selling single jars of pickles and condiments door-to-door to homes and small grocery stores.

With the success of Mildred's mayonnaise in the family store, Mrs. Dalton's Salad Dressing was born. The Daltons decide to expand their condiment production by opening a small factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. From Best Maid delivery trucks, they began selling single jars of pickles and condiments door-to-door to homes and small grocery stores.

With the success of Mildred's mayonnaise in the family store, Mrs. Dalton's Salad Dressing was born. The Daltons decide to expand their condiment production by opening a small factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. From Best Maid delivery trucks, they began selling single jars of pickles and condiments door-to-door to homes and small grocery stores.

1927

A true family business is born!

1927

At only ten years old, Mildred and Jessie's son, Garland Son Dalton, begins helping by taking orders for pickles and condiments and making deliveries after school.

At only ten years old, Mildred and Jessie's son, Garland Son Dalton, begins helping by taking orders for pickles and condiments and making deliveries after school.

At only ten years old, Mildred and Jessie's son, Garland Son Dalton, begins helping by taking orders for pickles and condiments and making deliveries after school.

1937

Best Maid's future Chairman is born.

1937

Mildred and Jessie's grandson, Gary, is Born in Mansfield, Texas. He will later join the family business, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. Today, Gary Dalton still serves as Chairman.

Mildred and Jessie's grandson, Gary, is Born in Mansfield, Texas. He will later join the family business, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. Today, Gary Dalton still serves as Chairman.

Mildred and Jessie's grandson, Gary, is Born in Mansfield, Texas. He will later join the family business, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. Today, Gary Dalton still serves as Chairman.

1940

The Best Maid mascot is a Dalton.

1940

The face of Mildred and Jessie’s young daughter, Margie, begins gracing the front of every jar of Best Maid. Legend has it that a Best Maid employee drew a caricature of the adorable child, which later evolved into the iconic Smiley face.

The face of Mildred and Jessie’s young daughter, Margie, begins gracing the front of every jar of Best Maid. Legend has it that a Best Maid employee drew a caricature of the adorable child, which later evolved into the iconic Smiley face.

The face of Mildred and Jessie’s young daughter, Margie, begins gracing the front of every jar of Best Maid. Legend has it that a Best Maid employee drew a caricature of the adorable child, which later evolved into the iconic Smiley face.

1946

Best Maid starts distributing across Texas.

1946

The economy is on the upswing, and people across Texas start wanting Best Maid pickles and condiments. To accomodated the greater demand, manufacturing facilities relocate to Riverside Drive. With the larger facilities, Best Maid is able to expand its distribution to grocery stores throughout Texas.

The economy is on the upswing, and people across Texas start wanting Best Maid pickles and condiments. To accomodated the greater demand, manufacturing facilities relocate to Riverside Drive. With the larger facilities, Best Maid is able to expand its distribution to grocery stores throughout Texas.

The economy is on the upswing, and people across Texas start wanting Best Maid pickles and condiments. To accomodated the greater demand, manufacturing facilities relocate to Riverside Drive. With the larger facilities, Best Maid is able to expand its distribution to grocery stores throughout Texas.

1955

A third generation of Daltons joins the business.

1955

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

1956

Expansion and plans for future growth develop.

1956

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield, Texas on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield, Texas on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield, Texas on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

1960

1960

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

1962

1962

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

1963

1963

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

1965

1965

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

1970

1970

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

1980

1980

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

1986

1986

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

1997

1997

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

1999

1999

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

2000

2000

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

2004

2004

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

2005

2005

New Processing Building opens.

New Processing Building opens.

New Processing Building opens.

2006

2006

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

2009

2009

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

2010

2010

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

2017

2017

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

2019

2019

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

2020

2020

Best Maid Pickles launches a brand new online retail website. 

Best Maid Pickles launches a brand new online retail website. 

Best Maid Pickles launches a brand new online retail website. 

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