H-E-B names 2021 Quest for Texas Best finalist

Top 20 Texas companies head into final judging round, winners to be named and $70,000 in Prizes awarded August 26 in San Antonio


More than 800 Texans threw their hats into the ring submitting more than 1,200 products ready for the 2021 Quest for Texas Best. From books, beignets, and bottled water, to syrups, sausage and seasonings, H-E-B’s Business Development and Sourcing Managers reviewed a host of products for potential placement on H-E-B store shelves. H-E-B is pleased to announce the top 20 contestants, who will present their products for final judging on August 25th26th, 2021 at the San Antonio Food Bank. H-E-B Quest for Texas Best will adhere to all federal, state and city health and safety guidelines.



A panel of judges, selected by H-E-B, will determine the four winning products and award $25,000 to the Grand Prize winner, 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.


  • 1836 Farms – Terrell, DFW
  • 2F Akaushi Beef – Santa Elena, RGV
  • Adventures of Exo and Cy – McAllen, RGV
  • BBs Season All – Forney, DFW
  • Bhoomi – Austin
  • Gabrick Barbecue – Dripping Springs
  • FoliePop’s – Austin
  • Grillnade – McAllen, RGV
  • Howdy Homemade – Dallas
  • Imperfekt Bites – Del Valle, CTX
  • Jam-Tex Cuisine – Houston
  • La Casa de Mi Abuela – Mission, RGV
  • Live to Give Water – Dallas
  • Della Nonna – McAllen, RGV
  • Olla express Café – San Antonio
  • Park Lane Pantry – Dallas
  • Savor Patisserie – Dallas
  • The Art of Pecan – Dripping Springs
  • The Stroop Club – Austin
  • Yatab Mandazi – McKinney, DFW

Now in its eighth year, H-E-B Quest for Texas Best has expanded its search for the finest foods and beverages in the Lone Star State to also include non-food items. In addition to food creators and innovators, Texas-based purveyors of beauty items, toys, home goods, household necessities, 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 creations are received in stores,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “The creativity and resiliency of our Lone Star food, and now non-food, creators have elevated this contest with another year of unbelievable stories and products.”

Since launching the contest in 2014, H-E-B has reviewed more than 4,500 samples of the most creative and mouthwatering Texas-made food and beverages, deemed more than 750 unique products worthy of shelf placement, and awarded nearly $1 million in prize money, marketing, supplemental support, and mentoring. Eligible products must not be available at any other large chain or retailer, and the vendors must be willing to sell exclusively to H-E-B. Additionally, Texas-based suppliers must also create, produce or co-pack the products in Texas.


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