Sharkbank Competition

Taste and Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Ohio Made Products

The results are in! We’ve sampled and scrutinized the dozens of terrific food items from local Ohio artisans that were submitted to our Second Annual Heinen’s Shark Bank Competition.

Sharkbank Peoples Choice Event Flyer
Come see the top ten finalists of the Sharkbank Competition showcase their products at the Downtown Cleveland Heinen’s on Friday May 6th from 11 am to 1 pm.

We’re excited to announce the products that have earned a spot at our Shark Bank People’s Choice Semi-Final Event on May 6th, 2016.

We asked local food producers to submit their locally made food products to our Shark Bank Competition. The winner will earn a grand prize that includes a spot for their product on the shelves of our Heinen’s Stores across Northeast Ohio. Each and every product was painstakingly tasted and analyzed by a panel of Heinen’s judges who had the unenviable task of selecting the best products.

Learn about last year’s Shark Bank Winner: Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup

The field has been narrowed and the top 10 products have been selected. 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 2016 SharkBank winner will be crowned.

The Shark Bank Grand Prize
This year’s Sharkbank Winner will take home a grandprize that includes exclusive distribution of their product(s) throughout Heinen’s stores, the product(s) will be 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 at each Heinen’s store for one year (a value of $10,000) and will be the focus of a story in a future edition of Edible Cleveland magazine.

Save the Date!

SharkBank People’s Choice Event – May 6th, 2016 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Downtown Cleveland Heinen’s
Join us May 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the rotunda inside our Downtown Cleveland Store and taste all of these amazing local food products. Cast your vote for your favorite product and the product with the most votes automatically moves on to the finals as the “People’s Choice Winner”.

SharkBank Finals and Judging – May 13th, 2016 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Downtown Cleveland Heinen’s
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 2nd annual Heinen’s SharkBank winner*. Cast your vote for your favorite and if that product wins you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50.00 Heinen’s Gift Card. (Judging begins at 1 p.m.)

Learn about this year’s SharkBank Semi-Finalists

Eddie Tancredi Culinary – Steak Seasoning
ETC Steak Seasoning is a secret recipe developed over many years by award winning local chef, Eddie Tancredi. It’s the perfect flavor seasoning for steaks, burgers, meatloaf and more.

Alessandro’sLamb Ragu, Duck Ragu & Lipari Sauce
Alessandro came to Northern Ohio from Italy in 1994 and opened his Authentic Italian restaurant in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1999. His unique sauces are made with the highest quality ingredients and have received excellent reviews from local foodies and food critics.

Ann’s Raspberry FarmSavory Brussels Sprout Relish and Petite Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Ann’s pickled Brussels sprouts and spread are made from only premium Brussels sprouts grown in Fredericktown, Ohio. These high quality artisan products are made in small batches on the same day the veggies are harvested.

Backattack Snacks Flavored Almonds
These flavored, oven-roasted almonds are made with only natural ingredients and include no processed sugar, soy or preservatives. The tantalizing flavors include: sweet stinger, chocolate firecracker and wasabi ginger.

So Sweet!Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Bread
So Sweet! This cinnamon apple bread is delicately hand-crafted in a 100% gluten-free kitchen using premium quality local Ohio apples and pure cinnamon swirled throughout the entire loaf.

S&R BakersSqueeze n’ Easy Gourmet Frozen Cannolis
Enjoy the luxurious taste and velvety texture of an Italian Classic with Squeeze n’ Easy frozen gourmet Cannolis. Made with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavorings or colors and no preservatives, trans fats or GMO’s.

Vintage TeaWorksWine-Inspired Loose Leaf Teas
Vintage TeaWorks’ award-winning line of loose leaf teas are hand-crafted and all natural. Inspired by wine and spirits, their unique varieties include: white tea riesling, green tea sauvignon, oolong chardonnay and more!

Appling Food Products D’Ete Seasoning Sauce
This flavorful sauce is a sweet and spicy blend with a special kick that’s great for grilling, baking or frying; nothing is off limits. Use it to add great flavor to wings, corn, fries, ribs and more.

Joe Schmo’s Kitchen Pomegranate and Habanero Hot Pepper Jelly
This sweet and spicy pomegranate and habanero hot pepper jelly is a great way to add sensational flavor and just the right amount of heat to your favorite foods. Try it on bagels, English muffins, pulled pork sandwiches and more.

Hot Mama’s RecipesJams and Marmalades
These award-winning, small-batch artisan jams and marmalades are the perfect thing for spicing up your favorite appetizers, marinades, and dips. It’s a sweet heat that you’ll love to eat!”


  1. Any chance you can carry the Fred Hot line of hot sauce, seasoning, and canned vegetable products? I typically shop at Bainbridge store. He is a local and the products I’ve tried are fantastic and unique.

    1. Hi Steve, We’ve passed your request along to the buyer for consideration. Once the buyer has a chance to respond, we’ll let you know if we’ll be bringing that product into our stores. Thank you for your interest and thank you for shopping at Heinen’s.

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