Press Kit - The Companion Group

Press Kit

2019 Press Kit

About TCG

The Companion Group has been supplying the housewares industry with influential products for over 34 years. We design, manufacture, and distribute five premier housewares brands, with two more on the way. 

In 1984 we brought our flagship brand Charcoal Companion® to the market with one simple design for a Charcoal Chimney Starter. Today we manufacture thousands of products, hold over 80 patents, and work with the largest retail stores in the country. As we grow The Companion Group continues to thrive on a commitment to creative design, unique licensing-partnerships, and well-developed retail solutions for an ever-changing marketplace.

While we may have started at the grill, The Companion Group now spans various housewares categories. As our product line grows the mission we started with in 1984 remains the same. We believe the connections you make with the world can be a little more inspired with a lot less effort.


The Companion Group is thrilled to present another year’s worth of innovative products in our 2019 Press Kit. Highlights include new and improved products across all of our brands, including Charcoal Companion® with our new line of Kamado Tools and Accessories, Pizzacraft®, Steven Raichlen,, PATIO Companion®, Not In My Backyard®, The JFish Collection, and our new line of high heat ceramic cookware – De La Terre.


The most popular BBQ seasoning line on the planet, McCormick® Grill Mates®, is expanding to include grill tools thanks to our new partnership. The Companion Group brings over 30 years experience designing and refining the BBQ tools grillers need to get that perfect sear through its Charcoal Companion brand. It’s a partnership that is sure to ignite the world of grilling!


2019 marks the fifth 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 2019, 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®

McCormick® Grill Mates®


Patio Companion®


De La Terre

Steven Raichlen: Best of Barbecue


“If we don’t have it, you probably don’t need it!”

McCormick® Grill Mates®

Nothing brings people together quite like a barbecue. It’s that same spirit that brought together the epic flavors of Grill Mates® and expertly crafted tools of Charcoal Companion®.

The goal is simple: the two together provide grillers everywhere with the best experience possible. Simple, huge flavors, and the tools to get the job done effectively. It’s more than just a partnership: it’s a match that will ignite grilling fans across the world.


Pizzacraft® is a complete line of artisan quality pizza stones, pizza ovens, tools and accessories. The cornerstone of the Pizzacraft experience revolves around its extensive pizza stones, available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.


One of the most electrifying new trends in cooking is tech. According to BBC Good Cooking, smart tech is poised to revolutionize the way we prepare food in the kitchen in 2017. We’re thrilled to be taking tech a few steps further: through the kitchen, out the back door, and straight to the grill.

We’re expanding Charcoal Companion with a line of new smart-connected devices we’re calling CCSync. The new Q-Tech Thermometer pairs with smart phones to keep barbecuers connected to their grill from up to 80 feet away. Plus, custom timers and 11 presets for common meats help ensure perfectly cooked meals-every time. We’re also bringing the party outside with our new SoundBeam: a combination grill-light and bluetooth speaker.

Patio Companion

For the past 17 years, Patio Companion® has offered custom citronella programs to retailers. Our products go beyond the basic bug bucket, making use of a wide variety of materials in just about any shape, color, and finish you can imagine.

We begin by presenting fashion forward themes, pantones and product designs (all of which can be bought as is) and then allow the retailer to put their own touch on each design if they desire. As a full-service company, we’ll even create custom packaging for any product, ensuring each retailer has their own unique citronella assortment!


Not In My Backyard is a line of all-natural products that help ensure a pleasant and safe outdoor experience for the entire family. The NIMBY line includes wristbands, clips, zappers, candles, and diffusers.

Many NIMBY products use proprietary bug-repelling inserts that are made up of 100% essential oils, including geraniol, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. Not In My Backyard is safe and effective for kids and adults. Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and sticky sprays, and get back to enjoying the great outdoors!

Steven Raichlen: Best of Barbecue

Multi-award winning author, journalist, and television host, Steven Raichlen is the authority on grilling traditions around the world. Steven’s line of smoking, grilling, and barbecue products deliver an authentic grilling experience while allowing cooks of every level to make great barbecue at home.


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.

Press Releases:

The Companion Group Attends The 2018 National Hardware Show

The Companion Group Attends The 2018 International Home and Housewares Show

The Companion Group and McCormick® Grill Mates® Launch Line of 20+ Essential Grilling Accessories

The Companion Group Spreads the Buzz with Newly Launched Website

CCSync: The Companion Group Introduces Line of Smart Outdoor Living Products

For additional information or samples of our products, contact:

Yolanda LeBlanc
VP of Sales

Bobbi Pauline
Sales/Rep Manager

Daniel Replogle
Marketing Manager

Printable Press Kits:

2018 Printable Press Kit

2016 Printable Press Kit

2014 Printable Press Kit

2017 Printable Press Kit

2015 Printable Press Kit