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Where Food Comes From:
CARE Certified

We Know Our Sources: Where Food Comes From

Fantastic meat involves more than delicious taste and texture. Heinen’s believes it also requires knowing your sources and verifying that the animals were handled with care. Discover how third-party verification allows our meat department to source proteins that uphold values of trust, transparency and integrity.

Doing the Right Thing with CARE

We source Heinen’s beef, pork and chicken from animals that are raised sustainably, not only because it results in a better product, but because it’s the right thing to do. Discover why Tom Heinen and our team of meat experts believe in the Where Food Comes From CARE program.

Who is Where Food Comes From?

Where Food Comes From Inc., is the number one provider of certification and verification services to the food industry. Their independent auditors have visited our beef, pork and poultry farms and ranches and have observed their animals, reviewed their records and compared all the information collected to specific standards or claims they make about how Heinen’s meat is produced.

What Does CARE Certified Mean?

CARE Certified, created by Where Food Comes From, is a sustainability standard that certifies that participating farmers and ranchers are implementing exceptional practices in animal care, environmental stewardship and that they engage productively with their neighbors to help build a stronger community.

Brandt Beef Family

Meet Our CARE Certified Partners

The CARE suite of standards certifies farmers and ranchers are implementing exceptional practices in transparency, animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and engage productively with their neighbors to help build strong communities. Our partners, Brandt Beef, Clemens and Gerber’s Chicken go above and beyond to implement these values in their daily practices.

Check out our Care Certified Proteins

Shop our CARE Certified Proteins

From flank steak and filet mignon to pork chops and chicken, make mealtime rewarding with our assortment of CARE certified proteins that we’re proud to sell and you’ll be proud to serve!

Where Food Comes From FAQ

Who is Where Food Comes From?

Where Food Comes From, Inc., is an independent, third-party food verification company who cares about food, how it’s grown and raised, the quality of what we eat, what farmers and ranchers do, and authentically telling that story to consumers. They visit farms and ranches to audit their plants, animals, and records, and compare all of the information collected to specific standards or claims they want to make about how Heinen’s meat is produced.

What is CARE Certified?

CARE Certified is a suite of sustainability programs that certifies entire supply chains to its three pillars- Animal Care, Environmental Stewardship and People and Community. The CARE program is designed to support farmers, ranchers and processors in creating and continuously improving sustainable practices based on their particular circumstances as they relate to region, climate, natural resources, production style, workforce and community interaction. Heinen’s is the first retailer in the country to implement CARE into our meat case.

What products are CARE Certified?

Heinen’s branded beef, Heinen’s branded pork and Gerber’s Chicken are all CARE certified.

Recipes & Inspiration

Carne Asada Tacos

These dinnertime Carne Asada Tacos are extra flavorful thanks to Heinen’s tender flank steaks and a vibrant and zesty citrus marinade.

Cajun-Style Smothered Pork Chops

Creamy and meaty, Cajun-Style Smothered Pork Chops are a zesty spin on a classic stick-to-your-ribs childhood dinner!

Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo

Mediterranean Pork with Herbed Orzo is a light meal that cooks quickly in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop.

Baked Chicken Caprese

This Baked Chicken Caprese incorporates all the ingredients of the classic salad into a one-pan dish in less than 30 minutes.

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