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The Art of Pecan, Dripping Springs, Texas Named Top 20 Finalist in HEB Quest for Texas Best 2021
SAN ANTONIO – More than 800 Texans threw their hats in the ring, submitting more than 1,200 products ready for the Quest for Texas Best 2021. From books, donuts and bottled water to syrups, sausages and seasonings, officials from the HE-B’s Business Development and Supply Department screened a multitude of products for potential placement on HEB store shelves. HEB is pleased to announce the top 20 competitors, who will present their products for final judging on from August 25 to 262021, at the San Antonio Food Bank. HEB Quest for Texas Best will follow all federal, state and municipal health and safety guidelines.
A panel of judges, selected by HEB, will determine the four winning products and award the grand prize winner $25,000, the title of “Texas Best” and placement on store shelves; $20,000 to the first place winner; $15,000 to the second place winner and $10,000 to the third place winner.
THE TOP QUEST FOR TEXAS 2021 FINALISTS ARE:
- 1836 Farms
- Akaushi Beef 2F
- Adventures of Exo and Cy
- BB Season All
- Della Nonna
- Gabrick BBQ
- hello homemade
- Imperfect bites
- Jam-Tex kitchen
- The Casa de Mi Abuela
- Live to give water
- Olla Espresso Coffee
- Park Lane Pantry
- Savor the pastry
- The art of pecans
- The Stroop Club
- Yatab Mandazi
Now in its eighth year, HEB Quest for Texas Best has expanded its search for the Lone Star State’s best foods and beverages to also include non-food items. In addition to food creators and innovators, Texas suppliers of beauty items, toys, homewares, housewares, gardening supplies, coolers and everything in between are now invited to join!
“We continue to be amazed at what Texans bring to the table and how their designs are received in stores,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, HEB. “The creativity and resilience of our Lone Star food, and now non-food creators, has elevated this contest with another year of amazing stories and products.”
Since the contest’s launch in 2014, HEB has reviewed more than 4,500 samples of the most creative and mouth-watering food and beverages made in Texas, judged more than 750 unique shelf-worthy products, and awarded nearly million dollars in prizes, marketing, supplements, support and mentorship. Qualifying products must not be available at any other major chain or retailer, and sellers must be willing to sell exclusively to HEB. Additionally, Texas-based vendors must also create, produce, or co-pack the products in Texas.
HEB, with sales of over $31 billion, operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Recognized for its innovation and community service, HEB celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. Known for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, HEB strives to provide the best customer experience and the lowest prices. Headquartered in San Antonio, HEB employs more than 135,000 partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/Newsroom.