Three generations of hard work and family pride began in 1946 when John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo, California.
First Generation - John Kinder - IN MEMORIAM January 10, 1922 – May 13, 2012
John instilled a sense of respect for the customer, a steadfast commitment to quality, and a sense of honor in every product he has served. Today, John’s legacy is still growing. Employees and customers were honored with his presence as he passed down trade secrets to future generations on a daily basis. He is truly missed.
Second Generation - Dan Kinder - Dan, along with then-wife Paula, purchased the business from his father John in 1982 and relocated to Concord, California in 1985. He soon realized that his past and growing success has been based on his community involvement. Dan strongly believes in integrating business with life in the local area. Being genuinely involved with the community is personally rewarding and has been an integral part of the Kinder's success story.
Second Generation - Paula Kinder - Paula Kinder has been a part of the Kinder family since her high school days. She is the former wife of Dan and the mother of Justin and Jacob. She has been a key player in the business and financial pieces of the family stores for over 25 years, and is the founder of P. K. Kinder Co., Inc. which manufactures and distributes Kinder's marinades and sauces. Paula takes great pride in the communities in which she lives and works and attributes the success of Kinder's to the loyalty of our devoted customers.
Third Generation - Justin Kinder - As the President of Kindustries LLC, Justin sets strategic direction and oversees the operation of the family-owned stores. Justin contributes product development, quality control and industry expertise for the retail brand and franchise efforts. Justin grew up in the business and has developed considerable knowledge of all facets of the food service and restaurant industries. He is proud to continue his family’s legacy of contributing time and resources to the communities in which Kinder’s operates.
Third Generation - Jacob Kinder - IN MEMORIAM June 30, 1981 - August 18, 2006
Jake is the son of Dan and Paula Kinder and brother of Justin. Like Justin, he grew up in the business working alongside his family. Jacob helped open and then manage the Brentwood store. Sadly, Jake died in a motorcycle accident in August 2006 at the age of 25. He is loved and missed by all whose lives he was a part of.
Kinder's in the Community
Kinder's management will continue to build a brand, a team and a product that we are proud of! The most vital piece of this process is to aid, help and ultimately give back to local communities that we serve.
To date Kinder's Meats, Deli and BBQ has proudly and modestly donated time and food to the Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Society, and Leukemia Society, various Rotary Clubs, Children's Hospital, and the Tempe, Chico, and Benicia Fire Departments on 9/11.