McKINNEY, Texas – Bernard’s Gourmet Foods has been selected to receive the 2020 H-E-B Supplier Diversity Supplier of the Year Award. The award is given to H-E-B Suppliers who go above and beyond in supporting H-E-B Supplier Diversity efforts in driving spend with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Veteran or Disabled Business Owners (MWVDBE). As a recipient of this award, Bernard’s Gourmet Foods is recognized as an active member and contributor to the development of MWVDBEs, as well as, for their strong advocacy within the small business community.
H-E-B’s Supplier Diversity Champion Awards were presented at the H-E-B Supplier Diversity Opportunity Exchange on Monday, September 28, 2020. Under the theme “Framing Economic Impact: Transformational, Intentional and Pivotal, this year’s virtual event provided an educational platform for diverse suppliers interested in doing business with H-E-B.
David and Michele Bernard, and the Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Team are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award. “We are humbled to the core and truly honored to receive this award,” said David. “We are so very grateful for the amazing opportunity to be of service to and partner with H-E-B and the H-E-B Supplier Diversity team,” said Michele, “This award means the world to us, and we look forward to all the ways we will continue to work with H-E-B to champion, advocate, and cheer for our fellow H-E-B [MWVDBE] small business supplier community members.”
Based in San Antonio, H-E-B was started in 1905 in Kerrville, Texas by Florence Butt with her savings of $60. Today, serving millions of customers in more than 300 communities, and with over 120,000 employees, H-E-B is the largest privately-held employer in the state of Texas and one of the largest privately held retailers in the nation. With sales of $28 billion, H-E-B operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. H-E-B is known for their innovation and community service, and recognized for their fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
McKinney, Texas natives, David and Michele Bernard began their specialty food company, Game Day Foods, LLC in 2016 and have been doing business as Bernard’s Gourmet Foods since that date. “We started our company in order to sell David’s gourmet roasted cooking salsas at our local McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square, within walking distance of our home.” In 2018, the Bernard’s entered their products in H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best Contest, and were named finalists in the 2018 competition. In January 2019, three of their Gourmet Roasted Cooking Salsas debuted on H-E-B picante aisles throughout the state of Texas.
“Through the H-E-B Diversity Supplier community and the Quest for Texas Best opportunity, we’ve been so fortunate to be able to learn from some of the very best small business owners in Texas,” said David, “We’ve also been allowed the opportunity to mentor and help other small business owners as well. Michele and I are both passionate about nourishing others in any way we can, whether it is by sharing our table, our products, or our experiences, we take great delight in helping others achieve their goals.”
“Nothing makes us feel better than sharing our table,” says Michele, “H-E-B has allowed us the opportunity to extend our table in ways we never imagined we could. For this opportunity, and for this recognition, we are humbled and grateful.”