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Where Food Comes From: Meet our CARE Certified Partners

In Heinen’s Meat Department, we believe in finding family farmers and ranchers who care about food as much as we do. We have certainly found these values in the farmers and ranchers who raise our Heinen’s beef, pork and Gerber’s chicken today and, through thick and thin, they take care of us so that we can take care of our customers.

Get to know our CARE certified ranchers and learn more about our relationship from our Team of meat experts.

Brandt Beef

Committed to three generations of source-verified, sustainable practices, Brandt Beef is a Southern California single family-owned, all-natural beef program that serves the upscale restaurant and retail markets.

The Brandt family has been in the livestock business since 1945, establishing the commitment to “true natural” farm to fork operations that Brandt Beef champions today. Brandt Beef is dedicated to producing a superior culinary product and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to track each step of the process. The program also emphasizes care and respect of the environment and the use of the entire animal. Brandt Beef’s dedication to sustainability and transparency has earned it the CARE Certification from Where Food Comes From.

Every Brandt Beef product is all natural, raised without beta-agonists, age and source verified, with no added hormones. The recipient of numerous awards, Brandt Beef is served in high-end restaurants, hotels, and retailers across the United States and around the world.

Clemens Food Group

Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation family-owned business that has been producing quality pork products for more than 125 years.

Clemens Food Group is committed to animal care and accountability to their animals, farmers, community and customers. Always looking for new ways to make the lives of their hogs even better across more than 250 family farms, their animal care efforts employ state-of-the-art innovations to improve hog health, food safety, sustainability and productivity.

Their unique vertical coordination affords them the ability to provide wholesome products at a consistent and affordable price. Clemens Food Group puts better food within reach so you can have fresh from the farm pork from a company you can trust.

Gerber’s

Gerber Poultry had its origin in 1952 when Dwight and Melva Gerber began processing chickens that were grown on their family farm. They delivered these fresh chickens to customers’ homes in their local community. This humble beginning has evolved into a growing family business that now has modern processes. Fresh, clean chicken that has a natural taste has always been the standard for the Gerber family, as proven by Dwight’s first motto “Quality worth crowing about”™

The second and third generations of the Gerber family continue to believe that customers still want the highest quality and best-tasting chicken products available. The Gerber family is very proud of the quality reputation their chicken has earned over the years. Today, they market their chicken as Gerber’s Amish Farm chicken®.

With Gerber, you can have confidence that you are supporting a company committed to high animal welfare standards, food safety and honest labeling.

Click here to learn more about Where Food Comes From.

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By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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