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Two RGV businesses named finalists in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best

Two local businesses will compete against 23 other businesses next month to have their items placed on H-E-B shelves all over the state.

Cappadona Ranch, based out of Linn-San Manuel, and the McAllen-based Nuts and Cows businesses are competing in the 5th annual H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best, according to a news release from H-E-B.

20180727 HEBFinalistsThe competition has yielded more than 432 new products on H-E-B’s grocery, bakery, deli and market shelves across the state.

“Over the past five years of this competition, we have tasted more than 2,700 of the most creative Texas-based food and beverages in pursuit of Texas’ very best, selecting 125 finalists since 2014,” said James Harris, H-E-B’s director of diversity, inclusion and supplier.
“Each year keeps us on our toes with innovative products, and this year is no exception. 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.”

The finalists will compete Aug. 9 and 10 in San Antonio.

The grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000, keys to a brand-new Toyota Tundra and their creation will be sold in H-E-B stores. The first-place winner will receive $20,000, second-place will receive $15,000 and third-place will receive $10,000.

Cappadona Ranch and Nuts and Cows were selected from 700 entrepreneurs who submitted for the contest, the release stated.

Victoria Cappadona, who submitted her company’s mesquite bean flour, expressed enthusiasm over being named a finalist.

“This was the third year we’ve submitted in the competition,” Cappadona said. “One of the things I love about H-E-B is that it’s a Texas oriented chain that supports the love of Texas and our local farmers and ranchers. This product is right up that alley.”

Cappadona Ranch, an online store, specializes in mesquite-based produce such as teas, jellies and now their flour, which Cappadona said is gluten-free, organic and has a low glycemic index and is high in fiber, protein, and calcium. The flour can even be used as a sweetener and is perfect for baked goods and has a natural sweetness with hints of caramel, cinnamon and mocha. It can be purchased at

Elizabeth Davis, owner of the gourmet snack company Nuts and Cows, submitted to the competition her store’s “Buttery” brand pecan flour which comes in three different flavors: sea salt, coconut and cookie.

“I thought you could always find almond and peanut butter, but why not pecan,” Davis said. “And I started making pecan butter which is healthier than regular butter. It’s all natural pecan which is high on antioxidants has so many nutrients and health benefits that it can go with any kind of diet people are trying.”

Nuts and Cows, specializes in producing pecan-based products and their products can be found in the McAllen Farmers Market every Saturday morning at the McAllen Public Library at 4001 N. 23 St. and at their website

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