SAN ANTONIO, Texas – After tastings, intense deliberation and a review of everything from books, donuts and bottled water, to syrups, sausages and seasonings, HE-B’s Quest for the Best of Texas named FOUR winners at the eighth annual competition. The winners of the 2021 event are from Dallas, Austin and Santa Elena and received a total of $ 70,000 in cash prizes and coveted shelf space at HEB stores statewide.
“Each year we are amazed at what the Texans bring to this competition. Despite the disruption of COVID-19, these entrepreneurs have shown creativity, determination and perseverance in continuing to grow their businesses, ”said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, HEB. “HEB is delighted to highlight these four exceptional companies and their Texan-made products that will add to the variety of products on our shelves and our supplier list. “
THE BEST WINNERS OF THE 2021 HEB QUEST FOR TEXAS ARE:
Grand Prize Winner ($ 25,000):
Pastry Flavor – French Macarons
Kelli Watts (Dallas)
Kelli Watts, who is half French but born and raised in Texas, developed her own version of the French macaron and founded Savour Pâtisserie in 2016. Delicious treats under 100 calories are larger than most, are naturally free. gluten with selected flavors without dairy products. Flavors include vanilla, strawberry, lemon and pistachio as well as specialties like s’mores, cream cookies and birthday cake.
First place winner ($ 20,000):
2F Akaushi Beef – Texas Wagyu Ground Beef
Felo and Stéphanie Martinez (Santa Elena)
The Martinez family has been raising and raising commercial cattle since 1984 on the family’s 1927 Rancho Santa Fe. Using certified Akaushi Wagyu genetics, 2F Akaushi Ground Beef is a special 80/20 blend of chuck, rump and steak chunks, is all natural, hormone free, and antibiotic free. 2F Akaushi Beef offers premium quality Wagyu beef to restaurants and households.
Second place winner ($ 15,000):
Bhoomi – Improved Sugar Cane Water
Arpit and Elora Bhopalkar (Austin)
Bhoomi, a range of high quality rehydrating cold pressed cane elixirs blended with ancient Ayurvedic super plants for recovery, immunity and superfood properties. Paleo certified, low glycemic index with packaging that reduces carbon footprint by 89% compared to other traditional PET options, Bhoomi flavors include: ginger, turmeric and moringa.
Third Place Winner ($ 10,000):
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream – Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Tom Landis and Coleman Jones (Dallas)
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream is renowned for its iconic Dr Pepper chocolate chip ice cream and its mission to change the way businesses hire people with special needs. With two locations in Dallas and five more ongoing, Howdy Homemade Ice Cream also works with many organizations with special needs to hire, train and employ people with Down syndrome and autism.
The judges included: Winell Herron, vice president of public affairs, diversity and environment of the HEB group; Kevin Blessing, HEB Group Vice President of Bakery, Deli, MTO, Culinary and Prepared Foods; Mike Jarzombek, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Northwest Division of HEB; Sabina Israelian-Garcia, HEB Vice President of General and Seasonal Merchandise; Greg Beam, HEB
Director of Marketing and Merchandising, San Antonio area; Paul Etienne, San Antonio Express-News Editor-in-chief; and Chef Sean Robertson, Head of Product Development for the HEB Culinary Academy.
Now in its eighth year, HEB Quest for Texas Better expanded their search for the best food and drink in the Lone Star State to include non-food items as well. In addition to food creators and innovators, the company has invited Texas-based suppliers of beauty items, toys, household items, necessities, gardening supplies, coolers and everything. the rest.
The 2021 Quest for Texas Best contest attracted more than 1,200 product entries from cities and towns across the state. In two qualifying rounds, bids were judged on taste and flavor, customer appeal, value, uniqueness, market potential and differentiation from current products in most markets. HEB stores.
Since the competition launched in 2014, HEB has reviewed over 4,500 samples of Texas’ most creative and mouth-watering food and drink samples, judged over 750 unique products worthy of shelf-life, and awarded nearly a million dollars in cash prizes, marketing, supplement coaching and mentoring.
HEB, with sales of $ 32 billion, operates more than 420 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, HEB is celebrating its 116th anniversary this year. Known for its fresh food, quality products, convenient service, and commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, HEB strives to deliver the best customer experience and the lowest prices. Headquartered in San Antonio, HEB employs more than 137,000 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.