Press Kit - The Companion Group

Press Kit

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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 BarbecueTM brands. The Pizzacraft® brand is a growing line of pizza stones, pizza accessories and pizza ovens. Not In My Backyard® is a product line focused on getting rid of pesky insects in the backyard.

Our new partnership with McCormick® Grill Mates® pairs the brand recognition of Grill Mates with the product development experience of The Companion Group. When consumers want to throw the perfect BBQ, they’ll reach for McCormick® Grill Mates branded BBQ tools.


The Companion Group is thrilled to present another year’s worth of innovative products in our 2018 Press Kit. Highlights include new and improved products across all of our brands, including Charcoal Companion®, Pizzacraft®, Steven Raichlen Best of BarbecueTM, PATIO Companion®, Not In My Backyard®, The JFish Collection, and our new line of grill tools with McCormick® Grill Mates®.


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!


2018 marks the fourth 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 2018, 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!"

McCormick® Grill Mates®
Patio Companion
Steven Raichlen: Best of Barbecue

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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