H-E-B on Wednesday announced the top 20 finalists, including five San Antonio-area food entrepreneurs, vying to win its 2019 Quest for Texas Best.
Finalists will present their products to a panel of judges at the Houston Food Bank in early August. The four winners will receive a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and a space on H-E-B shelves.
“We continue to be amazed at what Texans bring to the table and how their creations are received in stores,” said James Harris, the San Antonio-based grocer's director of diversity & inclusion and supplier diversity.
H-E-B received proposals from more than 800 entrepreneurs before selecting the 2019 Quest for Texas Best finalists. The final San Antonio-area items include fermented food products such as a spicy Bloody Mary mix from Madge's Food Company, gourmet sauces from Le Sauce, a dry rub from Davila's BBQ, healthy flours made with spent grains from Grain 4 Grain and a line of artisan chili products from JD's Chili Parlor.
Since 2014, the annual competition has helped highlight Texas-made products, awarded businesses with nearly $400,000 in prize money and brought new and unique products to H-E-B shelves.
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