Announcing the Finalists for Heinen’s Third Annual Shark Bank Competition

On Friday afternoon we were joined by hundreds of Clevelanders under the rotunda of our Downtown Cleveland store as ten Shark Bank semi-finalists sampled and shared information about their local products. Votes were cast and the People’s Choice winner was named, along with three other finalists:

Shark Bank Finalist: CP's Cooler

CP’s Cooler  Ready-to-eat Cookie Dough (People’s Choice)
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.

Shark Bank finalist - The Pierogi Lady

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.

Shark Bank Finalist - NOMaste

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.

Shark Bank finalist - Kiriba

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.

Next up: Final 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.


The Shark Bank 2016 Winner:
Back Attack Snacks’ Almonds

The Shark Bank 2015 Winner:
Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup


  1. Is the Shark Bank open to the public to participate on Sept 22….FRIDAY? Or is it just for your judges to judge the 4 renaming products?

    1. Hi Kerri! We’re sorry, but the Shark Bank Competition has now moved onto the final round, where only a panel of judges vote for the winner. Thanks so much for your interest though!

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