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H-E-B Names 2022 Quest for Texas Best Winners - Link
 

 
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 Harissa
Houston
Third Place Winner (Tie) $10,000 Burnett Ranches LLC Four Sixes Ranch
Chuck Wagon Chile
Guthrie
Third Place Winner (Tie) $10,000 Brent and Juan Reaves Smokey John’s
BBQ Rub
Dallas

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 Group Vice President of Marketing; Chris Cecchine, Vice President Sales and Promotional Strategy; Shirin Odar, H-E-B Senior Vice President of San Antonio Region; 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. 

BevNET & Super Coffee Present
Taste Radio Meetup Austin

The teams at BevNET and SuperCoffee are hosting a food and beverage industry meetup at Super Coffee HQ on Thursday, September 15th from 4:30 PM to 7 PM CT. The meetup will feature live interviews with our Taste Radio Podcast producer Ray Latif. Join us to network and meet members of the Super Coffee, BevNET, NOSH, and Taste Radio teams while enjoying beverages and light appetizers. We also encourage you to bring your own samples. Industry professionals within the food, beverage, beer and beyond industries are invited to attend the free meetup.

BevNET & Super Coffee Present:
Taste Radio Meetup Austin
Thursday, September 15, 2022 4:30pm – 7:00pm CT
Super Coffee HQ
1005 E Saint Elmo Rd Austin, Texas, 78745
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DFW CPG Huddle:
DFW Packaging Opportunities and Innovation

DFW CPG Huddle:
DFW Packaging Opportunities and Innovation
Thursday, September 8th 12:00 PM CST
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Wake Up! CPG Austin Meetup

Wake Up! CPG is the premier monthly event for people interested in the Consumer Packaged Goods community. Come join us for conversations with locals in and around the growing CPG industry. It's very casual - show up, grab a name tag and your coffee is taken care of by the wonderful baristas at Cosmic Coffee. As this is Austin, we are very open and welcoming to "new-to-Austin" and "new-to-CPG" people. Wake Up! CPG is proudly hosted by Texas-Boxed, with generous sponsorship from Egan Nelson (http://www.egannelson.com/)

Wake Up! ATX CPG Community meetup
Thursday, September 22nd 8:30am – 10:30am
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd Ste 111, Austin, Texas 78704
https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Consumer-Products-Meetup/  

Naturally Austin's September CPG Homeroom: Fall Members Coffee Edition Sep 12, 2022
9 AM - 10 AM
The Women in CPG Fall Step-Up Happy Hour Sep 21, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
M/O Fellowship Austin 2022 Showcase Oct 25, 2022
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Naturally Austin's November CPG Homeroom Monday Nov 7, 2022
9 AM - 10 AM
❤️ Texas CPG Holiday Happy Hour Dec 1, 2022
5 PM - 7 PM

The Consumer VC Summit

Save the Date: October 13th 

 

The Consumer VC Summit is the sixth in an ongoing series of events connecting consumer packaged goods investors with emerging brands to learn more about the CPG landscape from the venture capital perspective. It will be a mix of panels, live podcast recordings, and networking events taking place on October 13th in Austin Texas (in between the Austin City Limits music festival weekends). For speaking and sponsorship opportunities please contact Marc Nathan marc+consumervc@tsquaredagency.com
 
  • H-E-B Names 2022 Quest For Texas Best Finalists - Link
     
  • Arrive Logistics Earns Food Logistics' 2022 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award - Link
     
  • E-commerce platform Cart.com expands US fulfillment footprint - Link
    - FreightWaves
     
  • Me & the Bees Lemonade Celebrates National Black Business Month by Buzzing Into Even More Distribution Points - Link
  • Richard’s Rainwater Announces New Distribution at Sprouts and Expanded Offerings at Whole Foods Market - Link
  • MALK Organics Debuts Chocolate Oat and Expands Retail Footprint - Link
  • Bold Move Beverages Seeks Growth Funding - Link
    - BevNET
     
  • A Complete Guide to Austin Restaurants Made Famous by Movies and TV Shows - Link
  • James Beard Media Award-Winning Chef Sophia Roe to Appear at SXSW 2023 - Link
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival 2022’s Food Lineup Includes Southern Restaurant Hoover’s and Bagel Shop Nervous Charlie’s - Link
  • UT Longhorns’ Best Football Player Decided to Create a Mustard - Link
  • I’m Completely Fascinated by the $80 Chicken at Pecan Square Cafe - Link
  • What Is Happening With St. Elmo Public Market? - Link
  • Austin Food & Wine Festival’s Texas-Centric Lineup Is Here - Link
  • TikTok’s Dirty Soda Trend Is Coming to Georgetown - Link
  • In ‘Better Call Saul’ Finale, Saul’s Fate Hangs on a Pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream - Link
  • McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality Is One Step Closer to Clarksville Domination - Link
  • Tito’s Vodka Mocks the Seltzer Trend by Selling an Empty Can - Link
  • - Eater Austin
  • Austin ranks No. 2 for best barbecue city in US - Link
  • Tito's seltzer? No, it's just a can to hold your vodka drinks - Link
  • 'Tesla of Food' closes $6.7M Seed Round with Elon's investors - Link
    - Austonia
     
  • Go for the Bold with This Vibrant Austin Couture Line - Link
  • Casper Fermentables’ New Brick-and-Mortar is Baked to Perfection - Link
  • Lucy in Disguise Decides to Close After 38 Years - Link
  • The Essential Austin Staycation Guide - Link
  • ‘Tito’s in a Can’ Just Came Out. Here’s How to Use it. - Link
    - Austin Monthly Magazine
     
  • Wrangler partners with UT Longhorn student athletes for new collegiate line - Link
  • Torchy’s Tacos makes good on its plan to heat up Florida restaurant scene - Link
  • How falling chicken wing prices impact an Austin restaurant - Link
  • La Barbecue owner, manager accused of insurance fraud - Link
  • Why Tito’s Vodka invested $1 million for housing in Austin - Link
  • Small Plates: Two locals try to open downtown, Kerbey Lane opening outside of Austin — and more draft beer in the metro - Link
  • Malk rolling out new flavors of plant-based milks, expanding distribution - Link
  • Yeti's revenue increasing but challenges taper profits - Link
  • Bloomberg: John Mackey, Walter Robb team to build chain of plant-based restaurants, wellness centers - Link
  • Austin ranked nation's No. 2 BBQ city — right after San Antonio - Link
  • Meanwhile Brewing heads into retail for first time - Link
  • Cobal Food Services files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy - Link
  • Fresh restaurants for Buda: JParks Saloon, Taste prepping to open - Link
  • Four Hands to add 50 employees, move distribution headquarters with expansion to Buda - Link
  • Small plates: Ramen galore, smash burgers from Michelin-starred chef, pizza in Buda and more - Link
  • Small plates: Out-of-town restaurateurs making Austin debut, local hospitality group expanding - Link
  • Falafel, AI and fintech: Meet the 2022 A-List winners - Link
  • 2 Texas grocery stores raking in private label sales - Link
  • Terry Black's to open more BBQ joints as they cook up ambitious real estate strategy - Link
  • After four decades in business, costume shop Lucy in Disguise to shut down - Link
    - Austin Business Journal


SAN ANTONIO
  • H-E-B bags a spot on rankings of Lone Star State's best employers - Link
  • San Antonio Steak 'n Shake owner going after Cracker Barrel again - Link
  • Buc-ee's to break ground in Springfield for first Missouri location - Link
  • H-E-B announces first store in Tarrant County - Link
  • Walmart partners with Getaway for mini-retail experience in Wimberley - Link
    - San Antonio Express-News
     
  • Versa, Nothing Bundt Cakes: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • McAllen-based sugar-free chamoy company wins 2022 H-E-B Quest for Texas Best contest - Link
  • National nonprofit For Goodness Cakes now providing sweets to San Antonio's underprivileged kids - Link
  • Exploring San Antonio's diverse dining options on a college budget - Link
  • San Antonio's The Squeezebox hosting inaugural fajita competition, featuring local chefs and free tacos - Link
  • San Antonio cinema chain Santikos to bring art films once destined for closed Bijou to its other theaters - Link
  • San Antonio culinary professionals weigh on FX hit The Bear's depiction of the food business - Link
  • San Antonio's Ambler Texas Kitchen at Hotel Contessa hosting California wine dinner this week - Link
  • San Antonio chefs invade Austin Food & Wine Festival Nov. 4-6 - Link
  • H-E-B looking to hire 250 associates at locations around San Antonio - Link
  • San Antonio BBQ, Jacked Potato: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • San Antonio's Second Pitch Beer Co. holding daylong second anniversary party Aug. 27 - Link
  • Samsung TV, Nike Air Jordans, and a Gucci belt are all up grabs at SAPD auction next week - Link
  • Salud! San Antonio Beer Week returns after two-year hiatus - Link
  • Newly released second season of Tacos of Texas podcast explores the Lone Star State's taco cultura - Link
  • San Antonio's Freetail Brewing and JW Marriott collaborate on new Hill Country Honey Blonde ale - Link
  • 7-Eleven buys San Antonio-based startup delivery company Skipcart for undisclosed amount - Link
  • San Antonio pumpkin spice fanatics can apply for this seasonal taste-testing side hustle - Link
  • San Antonio's essential local coffee shops to get your daily pick-me-up - Link
  • San Antonio named as the city with the best barbecue in the nation, beating out Austin, Dallas and KC - Link
  • Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, The Local Bar: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • Bougie Dallas-based lifestyle store Saint Bernard setting up shop in San Antonio - Link
  • Puro Nitro Coffee the sole San Antonio food item picked for H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best contest - Link
  • Downtown San Antonio restaurant Landrace hosting charity dinner with four James Beard nominees - Link
  • San Antonio's Taco Rumble returns Sept. 15, pitting local chefs against rivals from Houston, Dallas, Austin - Link
  • Culinaria Restaurant Weeks starts this Saturday at nearly 100 San Antonio dining establishments - Link
  • San Antonio nonprofit to host Texas Fashion Week October 1-7 - Link
  • 20 iconic San Antonio foods and drinks that show what our city is all about - Link
  • Krazy Katsu, Chamoy Challenge: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week - Link
  • San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Brewing featured in new book World’s Greatest Beers - Link
  • San Antonio Spurs want to feature food from local, minority-owned restaurants at AT&T Center games - Link
  • Texas-based Tito's Vodka's selling empty cans for $20. But the proceeds aid nonprofits. - Link
    - San Antonio Current
     
  • Leaving the restaurant industry saved me from a cycle of abuse and addiction - Link
    - San Antonio Report
     
  • Craft distillers face sobering future as calls for legislative relief grow - Link
  • Buc-ee's to break ground on first Missouri location - Link
  • Whataburger to open new Nashville-area location - Link
  • Austin ranked nation's No. 2 BBQ city — right after San Antonio - Link
  • H-E-B keeps growing: Grocery giant announces another North Texas location - Link
  • Royal Blue Grocery to open second San Antonio location this year - Link
  • Restaurant roundup: A look at new developments in the local dining scene - Link
  • More Texans are buying H-E-B branded products amid inflation - Link
  • SA 'Shark Tank' contestant to expand boxing business near Camp Bullis - Link
  • Black Rock Coffee, newest West Coast player in SA, to debut multiple shops - Link
    - San Antonio Business Journal
  • Sigma Launches Plant-Based Food Brand, Better Balance, in the US - Link
     
  • Amazon tries on same-day mall delivery in Dallas for in-demand items - Link
    - CultureMap Dallas
     
  • Fort Worth area’s oldest Farmers Market celebrates new location - Link
  • Eat, drink and be charitable: It’s time for 25th anniversary DFW Restaurant Week - Link
    - Fort Worth Business Press
     
  • The Fried Charcuterie Board Wins at the State Fair - Link
  • TikTok’s Notorious Pink Sauce Extends Shelf Life With Help From a Dallas Company - Link
  • Meet the 10 Finalists (to Scarf Down) in the Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair - Link
    - Eater Dallas
     
  • Dallas-Based Dave’s Gourmet Is Taking TikTok’s Infamous ‘Pink Sauce’ to Store Shelves Everywhere - Link
  • Medicine Delivered in Plant Seeds? UNT Researchers Get $1.4M Grant for a First-of-Its-Kind Study - Link
  • From Innovative Ice Cream to Energizing Kombucha, SKU Dallas Accelerator Aims to Grow the Next Batch of Consumer Brands - Link
    - Dallas Innovates
     
  • This Local Etsy Creator Uses Earrings to Spread Mental Health Awareness - Link
  • Coffee With: Pickup CEO Brian Kava - Link
    - D Magazine
     
  • H-E-B names 2022 Quest for Texas Best winners; Dallas company ties for third - Link
  • How the PGA's new HQ will drive the future of golf - Link
  • Walmart electric delivery vehicles are hitting the roads of North Texas - LinkHow the government’s case against Blue Bell’s ex-CEO melted - Link
  • Confusion over employment law leads to fines for Dallas restaurant - Link
  • How does Dallas rank in a BBQ battle with San Jose? This source says we got smoked - Link
  • H-E-B announces finalists for its 2022 Quest for Texas Best Competition - Link
  • H-E-B keeps growing: Grocery giant announces location in Mansfield - Link
  • Dallas food company Better Balance secures first vendor partnership with the Frisco RoughRiders - Link
  • Salad & Go CEO Charlie Morrison on the 'perfect opportunity' to grow and scale another restaurant brand - Link
  • Here are the finalists for the State Fair's 2022 Big Tex Choice Awards food competition - Link
  • Kroger Delivery is now available in DFW with new fulfillment center - Link
  • Irving-based Darling Ingredients completes acquisition of a Brazilian firm - Link
  • Amazon offering same-day delivery options for certain brick-and-mortar shops in DFW, elsewhere - Link
    - Dallas Business Journal
  • Tradeblock, The Leading Barter Based Sneaker Trading Platform, Announces Seed II Raise of $8.9M With More To Come After Rolling Close - Link
     
  • Amazon tries on same-day mall delivery in Houston for in-demand items - Link
  • Houston Vietnamese restaurant wins $1M VC investment in top industry competition - Link
    - InnovationMap's Natalie Harms / Culture Map Houston
     
  • Houston’s Downtown Food Hub Finn Hall Is Back and Bigger Than Ever - Link
  • Houston’s Local Brewing Group Is Getting a New Name, and That’s Just the Start - Link
  • Popular Heights Bar to Bring Ranch Water-Bragging Rights to Houston’s Second Ward - Link
  • Food-Scented Candles Are the Latest Trend in Restaurant Merch - Link
  • Here’s Where to Score Bun B’s Award-Winning Trill Burger in Houston [Update] - Link
    - Eater Houston
     
  • Zwïta's Spicy Traditional Harissa wins 2nd place in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best 2022 - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Local Group Brewing rebrands; Finn Hall adds concepts; Largest Local Table to open - Link
  • Logan's Roadhouse owner SPB Hospitality names interim CEO, new CFO - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Revival Market's replacement opens; March makes Food & Wine cover - Link
  • H-E-B's 2022 Quest for Texas Best Competition finalists include 3 from Houston area - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: The Branch suddenly closes; New eateries open around Houston area - Link
  • Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market CEO to retire after more than 30 years with nonprofit - Link
  • Restaurant Roundup: Tasting Room to close CityCentre location; Taco Stand expanding to Baybrook area - Link
  • Trio of Mandola family restaurants in Montrose to close, be redeveloped - Link
  • 5 things to know today, including the start of Houston Restaurant Weeks - Link
    - Houston Business Journal
     
  • The Ion is Midtown Houston's newest, biggest dining hub - Link
  • 2 Texas women launch boozy coffee in a can - Link
    - Houston Chronicle
Local CPG-related Podcasts
  • The Food Startup Podcast by Hema Reddy - Link
  • The Foodshed Investors Podcast on Apple Podcasts - Link
  • The Barcode Startup Podcasts - Link
  • Houston Food Finder Podcast - Link
  • The Startup CPG Podcast on Apple Podcasts - Link
  • TO BE BLUNT - The Cannabis Podcast For Marketers - Shayda Torabi - Link
  • My Food Job Rocks Podcast by Adam Yee - Link
  • The Consumer VC Podcast with Mike Gelb - Link
     
  • SKU View: On conquering e-commerce - Link - Food Business News
  • Food-Focused SXSW Voting Guide 2023 – Food Tank - Link
  • Introducing: The Pop Incubator & Builder's Club - Link
  • Amazon bought Whole Foods five years ago for $13.7 billion. Here's what's changed at the high-end grocer - Link
  • Case Study: Three Influencer Strategies for Three Different E-Commerce Brands - Third & Lamar - Link
  • The grocery industry’s shopping list: Inventory management, frictionless checkout, computer vision – Techcrunch’s Christine Hall - Link
  • Nothing negative about Positive Food’s meal expansion plan after $7M investment – Techcrunch’s Christine Hall - Link
  • As The No-Alcohol Category Grows, One Brand Sees 454% Growth - Link
  • How Parade is moving beyond underwear and into new retail channels - Link
  • VMG Catalyst Closes $400M Fund II Building On Reputation as a Leader in Scalable Commerce - Link
  • Why Brain Health Is Patrick Schwarzenegger’s Latest – And Most Important – Investment - Link
  • Valuing Brand at the Early Stage - Link
  • The grocery industry’s shopping list: Inventory management, frictionless checkout, computer vision – Techcrunch’s Christine Hall - Link
  • Nothing negative about Positive Food’s meal expansion plan after $7M investment – Techcrunch’s Christine Hall - Link
  • Yumi raises $67 million in female-led funding round - Food Business News - Link
  • Why We Invested in Afresh. We are thrilled to announce that VMG… - by VMG Catalyst - Aug, 2022 - Medium - Link
  • Drive-Thru Restaurants Find Fast Lane to Profit as Pandemic Habits Stick - Bloomberg - Link
  • Your Favorite 'Sustainable' Brand Might Not Be So Green After All - Link
  • Who says you can't get tipsy from ice-cream or a cookie? - ISRAEL21c - Link
  • Napa wine tech site forced to sell up, despite A-list investors - Link
  • Club CPG Creates Incubator Program for Web3-Integrated Startups | NOSH - Link
  • Three-tiered system complicates life for young distilleries | Business | theleadernews.com - Link
  • This Founder Wanted to Infuse a Marshmallow With Chocolate, for a Better S'More. He Had No Idea How Hard That Would Be. - Link
  • Amazon sellers share Black Business Accelerator experience - Link
  • Frozen Pizza Provides Platform for Better-For-You Brands | NOSH - Link
  • Stryve Foods Partners With Military Nonprofit, Folds Of Honor, In Support Of Fallen And Disabled Service Members - Link
  • The time is ripe for ESG + Nutrition: evidence-based nutrition metrics for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing | European Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Link
  • Watch: Chef Finn Walter On How He Developed Zero-Proof Cocktails Beverage Program - BevNET.com - Link
  • Trend Breakdown: Audience-First CPG Products — Joshua Schall — Functional CPG Strategist | Entrepreneur | Early-Stage Investor - Link
  • GhostLabel | Online Food & Beverage Manufacturing - Link
  • How I Sold My Shopify Store for $1 Million 8 Months After Starting It - Link
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