Congrats, 2018 Quest Winners & Finalists!

 

For the last five years, H-E-B has set out on a quest to find the best in Texas – the best local products made by Texans! From the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley, from West Texas to Beaumont, the H-E-B Primo Picks: “Quest for Texas Best,” is an open call for locally-owned, small food and beverage suppliers to have their items considered for placement on H-E-B shelves. Find out more about our 2018 Winners & Finalists below!

 

 

2018 Quest For Texas Best Winners

 
 
 
mmmpanadas

Grand Prize

$25,000 & a brand-new Toyota Tundra

mmmpanadas

Austin

mmmpanadas is a locally-owned, artisan empanada-maker that focuses on fresh ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations.

   
Chef Rey

First Place

$20,000

Chef Rey's Frozen Cheesecake

Sugar Land

Chef Rey’s Gourmet Cheesecakes contain a unique blend of high-quality ingredients that make all seven flavors perfectly smooth and velvety.

 
Bellefontaine

Second Place

$15,000

Bellefontaine

Houston

Paris-native Lucienne insures that every single scoop of her Bellefontaine Ice Cream is hand-filled with real, fresh, local ingredients.

   
 
 
Pennymade

Third Place

$10,000

Pennymade

Austin

Inspired by the taste buds of a toddler, Pennymade Biscuits contain all-natural ingredients and come ready-to-bake.

 
 

2018 Quest For Texas Best Finalists

 
 
 
1885 Coffee Co

1885 Coffee Co

San Antonio

1885 Coffee Co.’s single origin blend was created by a Honduran coffee-lover for those who appreciate quality, consistency, and affordability.

 
38 Pecans

38 Pecans

Austin

38 Pecans is a 3rd-generation Texas pecan grower and the only company in the U.S. that manufactures Seasoned Pecan Meal.

 
Afia Foods

Afia Foods

Austin

Specializing in more than just Mediterranean cuisine, Afia is a family-owned business inspired by traditional recipes, and benefits refugees in need.

   
 
 
Barbecue Wife

Barbecue Wife

Austin

Barbecue Wife’s 3-ingredient handcrafted cocktail mixers are inspired by the authenticity and spirit of the Texas barbecue community.

 
Bellville Meat Market

Bellville Meat Market

Bellville

Established in 1981, the Bellville Meat Market produces summer sausage containing no fillers, no water, and never use meat substitutes.

 
Bernard's Gourmet Foods

Bernard's Gourmet Foods

McKinney

Texas roots and culinary travels influenced Bernard's Gourmet Foods to create these roasted salsas that are the perfect addition to elevate any cuisine.

   
 
 
Big Little Fudge

Big Little Fudge

Montgomery

One bite of Big Little Fudge and you’ll see that they’ve got more flavor per square inch than a Texas mile.

 
Cappadona Ranch

Cappadona Ranch

Linn

Born in the backyard of their family ranch, Cappadona Mesquite Beans have been milled to sweet perfection since 2013.

 
Collin Street Bakery

Collin Street Bakery

Corsicana

Only locally sourced, native pecans are used at Collin Street Bakery, which has been family owned and operated since 1896.

   
 
 
Deanan Gourmet Popcorn

Deanan Gourmet Popcorn

Wylie

Family owned and operated since 1979, Deanan Gourmet Popcorn boasts classic popcorn flavors and superior quality.

 
Deep River Specialty Foods

Deep River Specialty Foods

San Antonio

Deep River Specialty Foods has produced a variety of beer mustards that are fresh, diverse, and locally grown since 1992.

 
Loving Libbie

Loving Libbie

Austin

Libbie's famous Green Chile Mac and Cheese is rich, creamy, made with wholesome ingredients and supports children undergoing cancer treatment.

   
 
 
Mad Hectic Foods

Mad Hectic Foods

Houston

Mad Hectic Foods Oatmeal Mixes are high in nutrients and perfect for those who have a busy lifestyle, but desire healthy and creative meals.

 
Maika Foods

Maika Foods

Hughes Springs

Innovative vegan food company Maika prides itself on locally sourced and produced artisan plant-based products.

 
Mirth Soup

Mirth Soup

Waco

Mirth Soups aim to spread happiness with these restaurant-quality soups that come fully prepared, boasting unique and delicious flavor combinations.

   
 
 
Nuts and Cows

Nuts and Cows

Mission

Snack manufacturer Nuts and Cows produces their gourmet pecan butter to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

 
Pretty Thai

Pretty Thai

Austin

Originating in a food truck, Pretty Thai sauces are simple and versatile while being free of all preservatives, fillers, stabilizers, and colorings.

 
Sing and Shout Foods

Sing and Shout Foods

Round Rock

Sing and Shout Foods created an all-natural salsa recipe that began as the answer to make ends meet for a new growing church in 2007.

 
 
 
 
Texas Black Gold Garlic

Texas Black Gold Garlic

San Antonio

Black Gold Garlic is on a mission to support the healthy growth and prosperity of Texas communities by keeping practices local and quality high.

   
Tiny House Coffee

Tiny House Coffee

Buda

A trip to Nicaragua inspired Tiny House Coffee to dream big by thinking small with their delicious cold brew.

 
Tio Pelon's Salsita

Tio Pelon's Salsita

San Antonio

Starting with $20 and some hope, Tio Pelon’s Salsita hot sauces have a delicious, unique flavor and support the arts and culture foundations in the community.