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"It's all about the Texas homegrown."

Perri Ormont Blumberg
Updated March 11,2019

There are two types of Texans.Those who loveH-E-B.And those who don't know what they're missing.

Recently,the beloved Texas-based grocer launched its2019 Quest for Texas Bestto search for the best local products made by Texans.The contest — which started in 2014 — considers food and beverage applicants from across the state for potential inclusion of their products at H-E-B stores.If you're a Lone Star State resident selling grandma's famous biscuit mix out of a handmade satchel or an entrepreneurial college student with a blossoming pies-on-demand service,this is your chance.

"It's really aimed at finding these locally owned,small food and beverage businesses that are looking to expand,looking to get into H-E-B.So we're all about Texas,we're all about finding those right products,and this is the competition for them," H-E-B's Ricky Vera toldKGNS News."It's all about the Texas homegrown."

If you're in the Laredo,Texas area,a community meeting will be held at theLaredo Chamber of Commercenext Tuesday,March 12th from 10:30am-12:00pm.There,interested individuals can get the opportunity to meet with H-E-B executives to learn more about the application process and glean some helpful tips.Watch the full TV segment on H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best below.

Do you think you've got what it takes to have your goods peddled at H-E-B?You can learn more about the contest and applyhere.

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If last year was any indication,the competition is going to be fierce.2018 finalists included San Antonio's1885 Coffee Co.,Wylie'sDeanan Gourmet Popcorn,and McKinney'sBernard's Gourmet Foods.Last year,the grand prize of $25,000 and a new Toyota Tundra went to Austin's onomatopoeticmmmpanadas.

Can't wait to share your chipotle salsa or small-batch chocolates with the world?The deadline to apply to the 2019 Quest for Texas Best is April 5th — get cooking,H-E-Buddies.

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