H-Town Represents in H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best!

Ten Houston area food artisans have been named as finalists in the 3rd Annual Quest for Texas Best! This signature program for H-E-B’s Primo Picks brand is a phenomenal opportunity for Texans to get their products on H-E-B store shelves, and for all to explore and enjoy locally sourced products!

This year’s contest attracted 475 applicants from 101 cities and towns across the Lone Star State, yielding a mix of sauces, salsas, spices, sweets, spreads, mixes, and meats.

On August 10 and 11 at the Houston Food Bank, 25 finalists will present their creations to a panel of expert judges, who will select 4 winners based on quality, marketability, and readiness for production.

The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and be named a “Texas Best” Primo Pick. First-place will receive $20,000, with $15,000 awarded for second, and $10,000 for third. Each winner will be granted placement on H-E-B store shelves and be named an H-E-B Primo Pick product. 🙂


Houston Area Finalists:

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A better, tastier, healthier world one popsicle at a time using whole, organic ingredients. Flavors include Blueberry Banana Pancake, PB & Fig, Orange Glow and Pineapple Green Mama.


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These bite-sized bagel balls filled with cream cheese and other ingredients of choice are delicious, fast and ready to go. This wholesome snack can be eaten at any time and any place.


Blank & Sons - BPBS

Delicious beef jerky and salsa with quality ingredients and Texas authenticity. This handmade, small-batch jerky offers bold flavors not found on store shelves, from the original “Ol’ #12” to the spicy “Texas Heat.”


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Sauces, seasonings and rubs that are always gluten free, low sodium, fat free and free of GMOs.



Tim and Kim Mehne are on a mission to save the youth of today through their non-profit, out-of-pocket youth organization, Dinner: IS Possible, focusing on healthy-alternative cooking and life mentoring. The duo developed “I Needa Pita” chips as a healthy snack for the inner-city youth.


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Savory and tasty candied pickles to customers all over the state of Texas. With two locations, Frickles creates mouthwatering flavors including cherry limeade and candy apple that will have your taste buds begging for more.


  • Reina Meals

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Reina Meals specializes in high-quality deserts and gelatins that are gluten free, low fat and low cholesterol.


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Beginning humbly in her kitchen with an old family recipe, Sandy Maloney and her son, Kris, have continued to grow and show their bold salsas across the Lone Star State.


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These signature pickles use no preservatives, additives or dyes, and have people coming from all over Houston to taste and experience a new pickle trend. Their lineup also includes Garlic Dill Chips, Spiced Green Beans and Pickled Jalapeños.


Trentino Gelato Product - Strawberry

With just one taste of Trentino Gelato, you’ll be transported to an Italian gelato shop. Collaborating with local top chefs, Trentino Gelato creates unique flavors untapped by the rest of the gelato world with no artificial colors, stabilizers or gums.

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