The following is a press release from H-E-B:

DALLAS (PRESS RELEASE) — After tastings and deliberations, H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best judges have selected FIVE winners out of the top 10 finalists at the ninth annual competition. The winners of the 2022 event hail from McAllen, Lakeway, Houston, Dallas, and Guthrie, and received a combined $80,000 in cash prizes and coveted space on H-E-B store shelves statewide.

“Each year we are amazed by the submissions. The creativity, passion, and determination is truly impressive and inspiring,” said James Harris, H-E-B’s Sr. Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity. “H-E-B has been committed to diverse product offerings and workforce for more than a century. As we continue Florence Butt’s legacy of an entrepreneurial spirit, we are thrilled to shine light on these five outstanding businesses and their Texan-made products that will add to the diversity of products on our shelves and to our roster of small, local and diverse suppliers. This is one of the many ways we offer so much more at H-E-B.”

THE 2022 H-E-B QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST WINNERS ARE:

Grand Prize Winner ($25,000):

Annie Leal – I Love Chamoy, Chamoy Salsa (McAllen)

First Place Winner ($20,000):

Ashley Cameron – Love & Cookies, Frozen Cookie Dough (Lakeway)

Second Place Winner ($15,000):

Karim and Mansour Arem – ZWITA, Spicy Traditional Harissa (Houston)

Third Place Winner ($10,000) – TIED:

Brent and Juan Reaves – Smokey John’s, Smokey John’s BBQ Rub (Dallas)

Third Place Winner ($10,000) – TIED:

Burnett Ranches LLC – Four Sixes Ranch, Chuck Wagon Chile Mix (Guthrie)

The judges included: Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity, and Environmental Affairs; Mike Jarzombek, H-E-B Northwest Division Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Ashwin Nathan, H-E-B Vice President of Marketing and Advertising; Chris Cecchine, Vice President Sales and Promotional Strategy; Shirin Odar, Group Vice President, Marketing; Bob Phillips, Texas Country Reporter; and Erin Booke, Food Editor, Dallas Morning News.

Since launching the contest in 2014, H-E-B has reviewed more than 5,381 samples of the most creative and mouthwatering Texas-made food, beverages, and general merchandise, deemed more than 860 products worthy of shelf placement, awarded nearly half a million dollars in prize money and $900,000 with in-kind marketing and mentoring support. Quest for Texas Best alumni have claimed more than $2 million from other contests, grant programs, and angel investors to help grow their businesses. H-E-B has awarded 37 Quest for Texas Best Suppliers with the coveted $1 million belt buckle, deemed the people’s choice award based on customer purchases.

Now in its ninth year, H-E-B Quest for Texas Best has expanded its search for the finest foods, beverages and general merchandise in the Lone Star State. In addition to food creators and innovators, Texas-based purveyors of beauty items, toys, home goods, household necessities, gardening supplies, coolers, and everything in between are up for consideration.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of $34 billion, operates over 420 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 117th 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 along with low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 145,000 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.

(Press release from H-E-B)