H-E-B Names Finalists for 10th Annual Quest for Texas Best Competition; James Harris Shares
DALLAS, TX - H-E-B is celebrating a decade of supplier innovations with 10 finalists for its 10th annual Quest for Texas Best competition.
“We recognize the important role small businesses play in our industry and welcome the opportunity to support their journey,” said James Harris, Sr., Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity for H-E-B. “Not only are we supporting small business in Texas, we’re also expanding our selection of innovative, diverse, and quality products our customers expect.”
Over the span of a decade, nearly 1,000 unique food items, beverages, and general merchandise have made it to H-E-B shelves through Quest for Texas Best competition. These companies will compete for a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and, most importantly, earn placement on H-E-B’s shelves.
Over the past few months, noted the release, H-E-B’s Business Development Managers have reviewed over 21 hours of video submissions for 632 of the most creative and innovative products produced by entrepreneurs representing 132 cities across the Lone Star State. Of those enterprising owners, 10 companies were selected as finalists, including one Verdegreens Farms, a farmstead salad dressing maker based in Houston, Texas.
On August 9 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, all finalists will present their products and share their stories and passion. The panel of judges will determine the four winning products and award $25,000 to the Grand Prize winner, deemed the “Texas Best,” and placement on store shelves. The first-place winner will be awarded $20,000, $15,000 will go to the second-place winner, and $10,000 to the third-place winner.
More details can be found here.
Good luck to all!