Press Release
Jul242019

H-E-B names top 20 Quest for Texas Best finalists

Final round set for August 7-8 in Houston
(Houston) —

H-E-B has scoured the Lone Star State in search of the most delectable culinary creations from talented Texans during the company’s annual Quest for Texas Best competition. After tasty deliberations, 20 finalists with a flair for food were selected out of more than 824 entrepreneurs from 136 cities and towns across the state. The finalists will showcase their products on August 7-8 before a panel of judges at the Houston Food Bank to stake a winning claim in the sixth annual competition.

“Since its inception in 2014, our sourcing team has sifted through more than 3,000 products in the Quest for Texas Best competition. This contest has yielded nearly 450 unique products worthy of company-wide distribution and awarded nearly $400,000 in prize money,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “We continue to be amazed at what Texans bring to the table and how their creations are received in stores.”

The top 20 finalists in the 2019 competition will present their creations to a panel of expert judges who will select four winners based on quality, marketability and product readiness. Winners will receive a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and sought-after space on H-E-B shelves. H-E-B will award the Grand Prize winner $25,000, the coveted title of “Texas Best” Primo Pick and placement on store shelves; the first-place winner $20,000; the second-place winner $15,000; and the third-place winner $10,000.

THE 2019 QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST FINALISTS ARE:

  • 3 Sons Foods, LLC
  • All Y’alls Foods
  • Basia’s Pickles, LLC
  • Davila’s BBQ (est.1959)
  • EVOKE
  • EXO
  • Grain 4 Grain
  • JD’s Chili Parlor
  • Naughty Noah’s Pho Cups
  • Le Sauce
  • Lickstrips
  • Lips Smacker’s
  • Madge’s Food Company
  • Primos Coffee Co.
  • Push Water Company
  • Santte Foods
  • Smokey Denmark Sausage Company
  • Statesman Beverage Co
  • To the Moon Family Foods Company
  • Uncle Ray’s Peanut Brittle

This year’s competition generated a delicious mix of brats, brittle, sauces, and pickles, mixes, mixers, cookies and crickets. Throughout two qualifying rounds, H-E-B Business Development Managers selected submissions on taste and flavor, customer appeal, value, uniqueness, market potential, and differentiation from products already available at most H-E-B stores.

Quest for Texas Best is a signature program for H-E-B’s Primo Picks brand, which labels best-in-store products that are all unique, delicious, and new. H-E-B Primo Picks invites customers to enjoy products that are unique, delicious, and possibly new to their palates. As part of H-E-B’s commitment to providing local product options, H-E-B is the State’s largest marketer of the “GO TEXAN” logo with over 7,685 SKUS locally produced items on our shelves of which over 1,000 are Own Brand.

Videos of our finalists can be found here:

Houston finalists:

Austin finalists:

San Antonio/ West Texas finalists:

Rio Grande Valley finalists:

North Texas finalists:

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2014

Frio Farm (Concan) – Grand Prize winner $25,000

MaxFrut (Arlington) – First Place Winner – $20,000

Habibi Gourmet Dip-It (Mission) – Second Place Winner – $15,000

Vela Farms (Victoria) – Third Place Winner – $10,000

2015

TEO Gelato (Austin) – Grand Prize winner – $25,000

Slaton Bakery (Slaton, TX) – First Place Winner – $20,000

Blackbird Foods (Houston) – Second Place Winner – $15,000

Blackbird Bakery (Austin) – Third Place winner – $10,000

2016

The Texas Pie Company (Kyle) – Grand Prize winner – $25,000

KITCHUN (Austin) – One of two First Place Winners – $20,000

Bagel Dots (Houston) – One of two First Place Winners – $20,000

The Culinary Cowgirls (Austin) – Second Place winner – $15,000

Humble House Foods (San Antonio) – Third Place winner – $10,000

2017

Skull & Cakebones (Austin) – Grand Prize Winner- $25,000

The Texas Pecan Cake Shop (Bertram) – One of two First Place Winners – $20,000

WarPig’s F.U.B.A.R. BBQ Sauce – For Use on Butts and Ribs Sauce (Houston) – One of two First

Place Winners – $20,000

Tamale Addiction (Austin) – Second Place winner – $15,000

La Familia Cortez Restaurants (San Antonio) – Third Place winner $10,000

2018

Mmmpanadas (Austin) – Grand Prize Winner – $25,000 AND keys to a brand-new Toyota Tundra)

Chef Rey Inc. (Sugar Land) – First Place Winner – $20,000

Bellefontaine (Houston) – Second Place Winner -$15,000

Pennymade (Austin) – Third Place Winner – $10,000


About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of $26 billion, operates 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 114th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 116,000 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.

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