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Heinen’s Launches Where Food Comes From CARE Certified Program

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A third-party verification achievement for Heinen’s beef, pork and chicken in partnership with Where Food Comes From, Inc.

CLEVELAND [Mar. 23, 2021] – For more than 92 years, Heinen’s has upheld values of trust, transparency and integrity. Today, they’re taking their commitment one step further by verifying that Heinen’s branded beef, pork and Gerber’s chicken are raised and harvested with care.

Heinen’s longtime partner, Where Food Comes From, Inc., the most trusted resource for independent, third-party verification of food practices in North America, introduced the CARE Certified program last year. CARE is a suite of sustainability standards that certifies 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.

Where Food Comes From Inc.’s independent auditors have visited Heinen’s beef, pork and poultry farms and ranches and have observed their animals, reviewed their records and compared all the information collected to specific standards and claims they make about how Heinen’s meat is produced. “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,” said Tom Heinen, Co-President of Heinen’s.

Although the meat industry has seen many changes since Joe Heinen first opened his butcher shop in 1929, Heinen’s continues to follow his philosophies of “buying the best to sell the best” and “knowing your sources.” This allows Heinen’s to provide their customers with high-quality proteins from animals who are guaranteed a high-quality life. “It goes without saying that we’ve continued to see the growth in Heinen’s as global leaders in the retail industry and we’re glad to partner with them on something that we’re both so passionate about,” said Leann Saunders, COO of Where Food Comes From, Inc.

For more information on Heinen’s Where Food Comes From CARE Certified initiative, please contact Paula Skladanowski at or visit

About Where Food Comes From, Inc.

Where Food Comes From, Inc. is America’s trusted resource for third party verification of food production practices. Through proprietary technology and patented business processes, the company supports more than 15,000 farmers, ranchers, vineyards, wineries, processors, retailers, distributors, trade associations, consumer brands and restaurants with a wide variety of value-added services. Through its IMI Global, International Certification Services, Validus Verification Services, SureHarvest, Postelsia, A Bee Organic and Sterling Solutions units, Where Food Comes From solutions are used to verify food claims, optimize production practices and enable food supply chains with analytics and data driven insights. In addition, the company’s Where Food Comes From retail and restaurant labeling program uses web-based customer education tools to connect consumers to the sources of the food they purchase, increasing meaningful consumer engagement for their clients.

About Heinen’s

Founded in 1929 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, by local butcher Joe Heinen, Heinen’s has grown to 23 total locations with 19 stores in the Cleveland area and four in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Heinen’s employs more than 3,000 associates. Today, Joe Heinen’s twin grandsons, Jeff and Tom Heinen, carry on the family legacy of unrivalled quality food and world-class customer service. To learn more, connect with Heinen’s on Facebook and Instagram or visit

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