McKinney's Bernard's Gourmet Foods named finalist in H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best

Bernard's Gourmet Foods is one of 25 businesses that made it to the final round of H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best.

Bernard's Gourmet Foods is one of 25 businesses that made it to the final round of H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best.

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McKinney-based Bernard's Gourmet Foods has been named a finalist as part of H-E-B’s fifth annual Quest for Texas Best, a statewide search for new products to add to the San Antonio-based grocer’s shelves.

Out of nearly 700 entries, 25 entrepreneurs made it to the final round, which involves presenting their creations to a panel of judges, who will assess quality, marketability and product readiness.

Four winners will be announced Aug. 10 at the Central Texas Food Bank in South Austin. The first-place winner will receive $25,000 and a product order from H-E-B; three more runners-up will also receive cash prizes.

Bernard's Gourmet Foods began in 2016 and makes a variety of all-natural gourmet roasted salsas, including Tomato y Chipotle and Mango Pineapple y Habanero. Bernard's salsas can be found at farmers markets, the McKinney Wine Merchant, Essentialz Market & Cafe and Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop.

“Each year keeps us on our toes with innovative products, and this year is no exception,” said James Harris, H-E-B’s director of Diversity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, in a July 23 news release. “We are proud to continue a program that gives small-business owners the opportunity to share their pride and joy with H-E-B shoppers across the state.”

Seven Austin artisans have also been named finalists, including Barbecue Wife, 38 Pecans and Mmmpanadas.