Welcome to Day 3 of my guide on Christian Business for 2015. I expect that many of you will be preparing for family and fellowship in light of tomorrow’s holiday, and I pray you all have a blessed time with whatever your plans might be! Happy Thanksgiving! If you still need to grab a few things at the grocery store, may I make some suggestions from Christian Businesses?
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Whether or not you can find individual food item vendors (like those listed in the bottom section of this post) that are Christian, with the following grocery store chains you always know that if you buy store brand that you are supporting Christians. I often buy store brands to save money; I’ve gotten pickier since learning to truly read a label, but I feel good buying from these companies located in the south and east.
We are blessed locally – that’s in Texas – to have more than one Christian grocery option. My husband works at Brookshire’s Grocery Company, and we know it to be a good Christian company. (Realize, it’s different from Brookshire Brothers. Same family, different companies.) It’s founded on Biblical values and they even sprinkle in some popular Christian music over the speaker right inside the store! It’s also the place where I’ve found the most vendors listed below. But there are changes brewing; good changes!
The larger grocery store – with better prices, better pay for employees, and fantastic benefits plans – which is also a major Christian business is HEB. Founded by the Butts family of San Antonio, HEB has a reputation for fresh and healthy food. It’s definitely my go-to store if I need specialty items, and we always save money with a once monthly trip to town. The site used to explain on their History page that the company was founded on and continues to maintain Biblical values; that has been removed now, which seems to be a recurring theme across the web these days, but we nonetheless are aware of the roots and that the same Christian family still runs it.
What to Avoid
Once again referencing the 35 Tweets from businesses in support of SCOTUS, some of the stores to avoid when you can would include Target (some carry groceries) and Whole Foods. There are several individual vendors also included on that list; among them: Kellogg’s, Cheerios, Jello, Ben & Jerry’s, and several soda vendors which I will address in a separate post.
What to Buy
Never fear, fellow Christian pot-luckers! There are plenty of good food vendors out there that run their companies on Christian values. There’s no way I could cover them all here, so if you know of more would you please share those in the comments? This is one area where you can never have too much reference!
Tyson is one vendor I heard was Christian, but the internet has many rumors about labor. The website sure seems to portray that they are a faith-based company, and that’s more than I can say for several of the ones below. I’ll tend to believe this until my research points elsewhere; praise God for a company that isn’t afraid to say it! Their brands include Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean sausage, BallPark franks and buns, Wright (BACON!! YAY!!) and Aidell’s.
Quaker cereal was founded on Biblical principles and operates in them in its own right; you should know, however, that it was bought by PepsiCo – one of the soda makers I mentioned as on the Tweet list to avoid – in 2001. Branches of companies and who owns what isn’t always easy to track, so I’ll leave this one up to you.
Cosmos Creations is a new one for me; they make puffed, bagged popcorn from GMO-free corn. It’s gluten free, trans-fats free, and there are no hulls or kernels in the bag. The company’s parent is entitled 4Him Foods, so that’s a good sign! I haven’t tried it myself. Have you?
Edwards Pies is owned by Schwan Food Company and at least they used to put Bible verses on the bottom of their pie tins. It seems that since they were purchased by Schwan in 2011 that they have not and there is an active Facebook page to encourage them to return to the practice.
Gordon Food Services is the parent company to several brands, and is dedicated to providing Kosher-certified foods to its customers. On their website, the page that companies usually have to tell us where they are donating and contributing to the community is titled “Stewardship,” which is a thousand-dollar-word in most Christian circles – including on this blog! Read on it and you’ll find the Biblical values tag – Praise God!!
I’ve also done reviews in the past for Mrs. Renfro’s salsa and for Country Bob’s BBQ sauce, both of which we use frequently and love!! Country Bob’s includes the phrase “Christ is CEO” and a fish right on the bottle.