The Companion Group: Who We Are

Who We Are

We’re not just a ‘family of brands,’ we are a family.

We started the business back in 1984 (we used to be called Charcoal Companion, but have since evolved). 2014 marks our 30th year in business, yet we feel like we’re just getting started. CEO Chuck Adams likes to refer to us as the “first company in grilling.” By first he means that many product concepts were first brought to market by our company. Over the years we’ve been fortunate to earn the repeat business of many customers including some of the nation’s largest – and smallest – companies.

Charcoal Companion®, Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue™ and Pizzacraft® were created to represent a wide selection of quality home cooking products for the barbecue grill and indoor oven. We launched a new brand, Not In My Backyard™  – a line of insect repellant wearables and tabletop items to make your outdoor experience even better. In addition to these top brands, The Companion Group offers extensive private label services to create unparalleled customized programs built on the foundation of strong store brand recognition.

We thrive 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 Family Christmas 2013

Giving a Damn

Treating people right is fundamental to how we do business. We treat our customers how we want to be treated. We listen to customer concerns and feedback and are only a phone call or email away. We treat each other like family, and we treat ourselves to a good day’s work and regular vacations!

Our goals have always been the same: Have fun, do exceptional work, build the best product in the business, experiment, pay attention to the details, treat people right, tell the truth, and keep learning.

Always at Your Service

If you have a general question for us, just drop us an email at If you’re a customer with feedback, give us a call at 800.521.0505.

You can also follow us on Twitter @companiongroup, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

Throwback to Our Early Days

While digging through our company archives, we came across an oldie but goodie that we can’t help but share. We consider this our vintage family photo!

The Companion Group - 1989

You can also get into the “Wayback Machine” and watch our first television commercial, advertising our charcoal chimney starter! We’re proud of how far we’ve come and where we are today, but it’s always fun to stay connected to our humble beginnings!