Press Kit - The Companion Group

Press Kit



The Companion Group, established in 1984, develops a variety of grilling accessories and specialty food items through the Charcoal Companion® and Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue brands. The Pizzacraft®  brand is a growing line of pizza stones, pizza accessories and pizza ovens. 

Not In My Backyard is a brand new line focused on generating the right kind of buzz: getting rid of pesky insects in the backyard. The Companion Group thrives on commitment to creative and innovative design, unique licensing-partnerships, superior communication and service, and well-developed retail solutions for an ever-changing marketplace.


The Companion Group is excited to present another year’s worth of innovative products in our 2017 Press Kit. Highlights include new and expansion products across our brands, including Charcoal Companion®, Pizzacraft®, Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue,
Patio Companion®, and our newest brand Not In My Backyard(NIMBY for short).


We’re thrilled to be making key advancements across our family of brands this year. Our focus is to bring technology to the grilling masses in 2017. Look out for additions to our Charcoal Companion® line (including our phenomenal new Safe-ScrubGrill Brushes), our bug-repelling wearable line NIMBY, and CCSync, our tech-smart line of grilling accessories.


2017 marks the third year of The Companion Group’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) which continues to invest employees in the success of the company - and in our customers.

Welcome to 2017, and the future of The Companion Group. We hope you’re excited to come along for the ride with us.

“There's always a better or new way to do something, and we challenge ourselves to discover what that is. We see ourselves as problem solvers, in that we are constantly looking for ways to help people do things better or easier.”

-CEO Chuck Adams



Charcoal Companion

The Companion Group’s flagship brand began over 30 years ago with a single charcoal chimney starter, the original Charcoal Companion.

Over the years the product line has expanded to include other grilling tools and accessories. Our innovative products set the standard for the industry. We provide the most extensive barbecue line available to consumers, and feel confident saying . . .

"If we don't have it, you probably don't need it!"

Patio Companion
Steven Raichlen: Best of Barbecue

Virtual Reality and Not In My Backyard

This year, we celebrated our new brand of all-natural mosquito repelling wearables, Not In My Backyard, by creating a Virtual Reality experience!

Visitors to International Home and Housewares in Chicago, National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, and Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo in Atlanta were able to don a Virtual Reality headset and experience the fully immersive experience below.


Plus 1000's of independent retailers nationwide!

Our Clients

Innovation at the Companion Group means developing professional quality cookware and outdoor accessories before customers even know they need them. As a market leader, forecasting and setting trends are both keys to success. Charcoal Companion revolutionized Barbecue, and Pizzacraft helps everyone be a phenomenal pizzaiolo. Our newest brand, Not In My Backyard, is a line of all natural insect repellant that makes outdoor experiences even better.

Having the best customers in the world means we have to be the best partner in the world. Our commitment to creative and innovative design, unique licensing partnerships, superior communication and service, well-developed retail solutions, and end customer satisfaction is unparalleled.

For additional information or samples of our products, contact:

Sarah Farrar

Bobbi Pauline

Jonathan Svilar

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