Heinen's Third Annual Shark Bank Competition

You’re Invited: Third Annual Shark Bank People’s Choice Semi-Final Event

We are excited to announce the semi-finalists in our Third Annual Shark Bank Competition! After much deliberation, sampling and analyzing the many scrumptious food items submitted by local Ohio artisans, we’ve selected the top 10 for our Shark Bank People’s Choice Semi-Final Event on September 15th, 2017.

Once again, we asked local food producers to submit their locally made food products to our Shark Bank Competition. Each product was tasted and reviewed by a panel of Heinen’s judges tasked with narrowing down the choices. Ultimately, the winner will earn a Grand Prize that includes a spot for their product on the shelves of our Northeast Ohio Heinen’s Stores.

The Shark Bank Grand Prize

This year’s Shark Bank Winner will take home a Grand Prize that includes exclusive distribution of their product(s) throughout Heinen’s Northeast Ohio stores, and their product(s) featured in Heinen’s advertising, on Heinen’s social media and in additional customer communications.  In addition, the winning producer will also receive four complimentary demos in each of our Northeast Ohio stores for one year and will be the focus of a story in a future edition of Edible Cleveland magazine.

Save the Date!

We invite you to join us, sample each of these amazing products and cast your vote for your favorite. The top four producers will move onto the Finals where the 2017 Shark Bank winner will be crowned.

Shark Bank People’s Choice Event – September 15th, 2017 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Heinen’s of Downtown Cleveland
Join us September 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the rotunda inside our Downtown Cleveland Store and taste all amazing local food products from the ten semi-finalists of the Shark Bank competition. You have the opportunity to meet the semi-finalists, sample their creations, and vote to select a People’s Choice Winner!

Shark Bank Finals and Judging – September 22nd, 2017 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Heinen’s of Downtown Cleveland
Four finalists will be back in the rotunda with their products and will pitch their products to our panel of judges and make their case as to why they should be the 3rd annual Heinen’s Shark Bank winner.

Learn about this year’s Shark Bank Semi-Finalists


Duck Island Chili Sauce  Gourmet Chili Sauce 
Paying homage to the Cleveland neighborhoods of Duck Island, Tremont and Ohio City, this Gourmet Chili Sauce combines 20 ingredients for a deeply rich flavor. Sweet and savory tastes come from using ingredients such as Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company Dortmunder Gold® Lager and a homemade adobo sauce.

The Blonde Italian – Garden Garlic Seasoning & Red Sauce
These shelf stable sauces are vegetarian-friendly and made with natural ingredients, no fillers, trans fats, or added MSG. Recipes and instructions are included on each label, making it easy to add homemade Italian flavor to any dish.

Blue Planet Chocolate – Superfood Chocolate Squares & Superfruit Bites
Blue Planet Chocolate has spent the past 30 years perfecting their passion for making the best chocolate treats. Then they started pairing their chocolates with superfoods to create varieties such as Chia, Blueberries and Baobab.

Na*Kyrsie Meats – Sausages & Salamis
Created with the intention to make local meat more easily available to chefs, Na*Kyrsie Meats is committed to providing a quality, Ohio-based product. With source codes on each package, this quality charcuterie and salumi is guaranteed to come from local Northeast Ohio farms.

Kiriba  Black Bean & Spanish Lentil Soups
A line of ready-to-eat Artisanal Beans and Legumes soup showcases sophisticated flavors from South America and Spain. Founder Monica Gali uses old family recipes and adapts them to appeal to a health conscious consumer. The products are gluten free, vegan and preservative free and made with organic beans and legumes.

NOMaste Cheesecakes
NOMaste specializes in raw, plant-based cheesecakes that are vegan and gluten free. Flavors include Tiramisu, Raspberry Lemon, Peanut Butter Cacao and Lavender Love.

The Pierogi Lady – Pierogis
Growing up in a small town, Sundays meant a day spent at Gram’s sharing good food with family which always included a helping of pierogis. The Pierogi Lady has carried on this tradition, using her grandmother’s recipes for you and your family to enjoy.

Stray Dog – Mustard
Stray Dog is into carts, a cafe and offering condiments at both of the former. Their House Mustard’s slogan? “Everything Else is Just a Condiment.”

Finally Ginger  Artisanal Cookies
After 30 years of tasty tinkering, Carol’s ginger cookies don’t just feel homemade, they are homemade with a sophisticated, sharp mix of savory and sweet. All natural and made in small batches.

CP’s Cooler  Ready-to-eat Cookie Dough
CP’s Cooler is an iconic ice cream stand in Willowick, OH also specializing in safe-to-eat, eggless cookie dough. Simple ingredients with a big taste.


The Shark Bank 2016 Winner:

Back Attack Snacks’ Almonds

The Shark Bank 2015 Winner: 

Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup

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