Charcoal Companion/ The Companion Group
We’re not just a ‘family of brands,’ we are a family.
The Companion Group (used to be called Charcoal Companion) has been a leading manufacturer of barbecue tools, accessories, and other products for cooking outdoors for over 30 years. That’s over 30 years of innovation and evolution into who we are and what we love to do! Founded in 1984 in a small garage in Berkeley, California, it all began with just two people making chimney starters one at a time by hand. Today we have evolved into a “Family of Brands,” boasting over 60 patents (with more pending) and thousands of active products. We are a leader in innovation for barbecue accessories and our product lines have a large market presence and are sold through various channels of trade.
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.