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Say Hello To: Eric Besselman Heinen's Meat Director

Meet Eric Besselman, our resident meat head.

What is your favorite cut of meat?
There is nothing better than a good strip steak. It’s like my birthday meal. It’s a great cut of meat.

Do you cook?
Truthfully, no, not all that much. I like to do some grilling in the summertime, but my wife is a phenomenal cook and she loves to do it. I’m ok with that.

What book are you reading right now?
“Eat Yourself Super”, Dr. Todd Pesek. I really strive to understand the wellness side of the business and incorporate it into the meat department. I really believe that you are what you eat. When I have a donut, I don’t always feel so great.

Is there something that you eat or drink every day, like a ritual?
I always have coffee in the morning and I eat oatmeal most days, but I’m telling you, I eat anything. I love breakfast. Sometimes I’ll have it for dinner!

As someone who knows so much about all things meat, what is one of the most FAQs you receive?
How do I cook it? I always ask them follow-up questions. Is it for a party? What kind of dinner are you doing? Do you need something quickly? You need to know what they’re trying to accomplish and you go from there.


We're Heinen's Grocery Stores, a Cleveland, OH based family-owned grocery store established in 1929. Focused on quality meats, fresh market produce and superior customer service, we make grocery shopping something to smile about. Serving the Northeast Ohio and Greater Chicago areas.