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August 22, 2019: H-E-B voluntarily issues recall for H-E-B Creamy Creations Strawberry ice cream

Committed to the quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall in select stores for half-gallon strawberry Creamy Creations ice cream for potential metal from processing equipment which was found during routine product inspection. The affected products were distributed in certain H-E-B stores. Customers can find a complete list of impacted stores at www.heb.com/newsroom. This recall notice DOES NOT impact Central Market, Houston or Mexico stores.

INDEX

SECTION 1 HE BUTT GROCERY FINANCIALS

SECTION 2 HE BUTT GROCERY PROFILE

SECTION 3 PRESS RELEASES: 2019

SECTION 4 OTHER NEWS: 2019

SECTION 1 HE BUTT GROCERY FINANCIALS

HE Butt Grocery

Key Stats

Estimated Revenue (TTM): $23,939.39M

SECTION 2 HE BUTT GROCERY PROFILE

2.1 ACTIVITIES

The Muzak bounces between Tejano and country, and the warm tortillas and marinated fajita meat are big sellers at H. E. Butt Grocery (H-E-B). Texas' largest private company and the #1 food retailer in South and Central Texas, H-E-B owns more than 350 supermarkets, including a growing number of large (70,000 sq. ft.) gourmet Central Market stores in major metropolitan areas and 80-plus smaller (24,000-30,000 sq. ft.) H-E-B-Pantry stores, often in more rural areas. H-E-B also has more than 45 upscale and discount stores in Northern Mexico. H-E-B processes some of its own bread, dairy products, meat, and tortillas. The 109-year-old company is owned by the Butt family, which founded H-E-B in Kerrville, Texas, in 1905.

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SECTION 3 PRESS RELEASES: 2019

August 08: H-E-B names 2019 Quest for Texas Best winners

After two days of intense deliberations and tasting a delicious mix of brats, brittle, sauces, pickles, mixes, mixers, meats, cookies and crickets, H-E-B's Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best named five winners at the Houston Food Bank. The winners of the sixth-annual event hail from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Woodway and Atlanta, TX and received a combined $80,000 in cash prizes as well as a chance to showcase their products on H-E-B store shelves. "Each of these 20 competitors displayed unprecedented creativity, style and commitment to providing outstanding, unique products for our consideration. In fact, the entries were so good that we ended up with FIVE winners this year. We are delighted to share that diversity and ingenuity with our customers across the state," said James Harris, H-E-B Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity.

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July 24: H-E-B names top 20 Quest for Texas Best finalists

H-E-B has scoured the Lone Star State in search of the most delectable culinary creations from talented Texans during the company's annual Quest for Texas Best competition. After tasty deliberations, 20 finalists with a flair for food were selected out of more than 824 entrepreneurs from 136 cities and towns across the state. The finalists will showcase their products on August 7-8 before a panel of judges at the Houston Food Bank to stake a winning claim in the sixth annual competition. "Since its inception in 2014, our sourcing team has sifted through more than 3,000 products in the Quest for Texas Best competition. This contest has yielded nearly 450 unique products worthy of company-wide distribution and awarded nearly $400,000 in prize money," said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. "We continue to be amazed at what Texans bring to the table and how their creations are received in stores."

The top 20 finalists in the 2019 competition will present their creations to a panel of expert judges who will select four winners based on quality, marketability and product readiness. Winners will receive a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and sought-after space on H-E-B shelves. H-E-B will award the Grand Prize winner $25,000, the coveted title of "Texas Best" Primo Pick and placement on store shelves; the first-place winner $20,000; the second-place winner $15,000; and the third-place winner $10,000.

Source: Company Website

May 28: HE Butt Grocery : East Central ISD, CAST Schools announce 2020 opening of CAST Lead

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In partnership with East Central Independent School District, the CAST Schools Network formally announced today during a press conference the August 2020 opening of CAST Lead, a career-themed high school that will connect students to leadership and management positions in the retail, hospitality and tourism, and e-commerce industries.

Approved by the East Central ISD school board on May 16, the announcement formalizes a partnership championed by school leaders and local employers that will offer the first e-commerce pathway in San Antonio and build on the city's strengths in retail, hospitality, tourism and food.

"We are eager to continue building on the momentum we've established with our local education and industry partners as we co-create CAST Lead," said CAST Nonprofit Network Chair Kate Rogers. "We know that school leaders at East Central ISD are committed to student success and we are excited to work hand-in-hand with them to offer students an experience that will transform their lives by supporting their college and career goals."

CAST Lead will partner with industry leaders, with initial partners including Jag Bath of H-E-B, Belarmino Castellanos of Whataburger, Rob Dodson of Optiv Security, Trisha Frank of Freeman, Bill Haynie of J&S Audio Visual, Chef Johnny Hernandez of Grupo La Gloria, Janet Holliday of the CE Group, Casandra Matej of Visit San Antonio, Pam Martinez of Circa Destination Management, and Davis Phillips of Phillips Entertainment.

H-E-B Public Affairs Manager Julie Bedingfield presented the school district with a $2 million check from H-E-B and the Charles Butt Charitable Foundation. The startup funds will help the school prepare the John Glenn campus to serve as a standalone CTE school and support the hiring of a principal and small team throughout the planning year.

East Central ISD Superintendent Roland Toscano called CAST Schools model "a remarkable evolution in career and technical training that bring educators and local employers together to connect students to high-wage, high-demand careers."

"We are so excited to partner with CAST Schools as we continue to expand opportunities for our students and families," said Superintendent Toscano.

May 06: HE Butt Grocery : H-E-B names winners in 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

On Sunday, May 5, H-E-B announced statewide winners for the 18th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin. During the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants, and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency and a public school board for being among the best in Texas. The program has given away more than $10 million in cash and grants to Texas teachers and schools since 2002.

Daniel Pink delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work and behavior that have won multiple awards and have sold more than three million copies worldwide.

The following winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators, and university and community leaders.

Source: Company Website

March 18: H-E-B enhances partnership with EDF to strengthen seafood policy

The San Antonio-based retailer, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a prominent, international conservation organization, has strengthened its commitment to create an industry-leading sustainability program dedicated to sourcing top-quality seafood from socially and environmentally responsible fisheries and farms.

This commitment draws from EDF's expertise and H-E-B's longstanding efforts to continually improve its sourcing standards and transparency for all fresh, frozen, prepared and shelf-stable seafood. With this robust sustainability partnership in place since 2012, H-E-B's updated policy enhances efforts to better source certified wild-caught and farmed seafood; expand traceability systems for all seafood products; combat human rights abuses in seafood supply chains and support workers' rights; and promote environmental and ethical integrity within its canned tuna supply.

"With this new policy, H-E-B reaffirms its commitment to remaining at the forefront of sustainable and responsible seafood sourcing. We have been with them every step of the way and are excited to continue working with them on these complex and dynamic issues," said Tim Fitzgerald, Director of Impact for EDF's Oceans program.

Among the most recent policy updates, H-E-B revised its sourcing grid, one of the most detailed in the industry, to include information about method of catch. An easy way for customers to find information about all seafood bought and sold in H-E-B stores, the grid also lists production methods, sustainability certifications and country of origin. Plans are in place to update the grid at least twice per year. This adds to substantial traceability efforts already in place, which prevent illegal, unreported or unregulated seafood from reaching its stores. Whenever suppliers don't meet sustainability requirements, H-E-B will remove the related seafood products from inventory and terminate business with companies in violation of these standards.

Fresh or frozen, H-E-B stocks its coolers with healthy seafood from certified fisheries and farms around the world that comply to some of the industry's highest sustainability standards.

March 18: H-E-B enhances partnership with EDF to strengthen seafood policy

The San Antonio-based retailer, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a prominent, international conservation organization, has strengthened its commitment to create an industry-leading sustainability program dedicated to sourcing top-quality seafood from socially and environmentally responsible fisheries and farms.

This commitment draws from EDF's expertise and H-E-B's longstanding efforts to continually improve its sourcing standards and transparency for all fresh, frozen, prepared and shelf-stable seafood. With this robust sustainability partnership in place since 2012, H-E-B's updated policy enhances efforts to better source certified wild-caught and farmed seafood; expand traceability systems for all seafood products; combat human rights abuses in seafood supply chains and support workers' rights; and promote environmental and ethical integrity within its canned tuna supply.

"With this new policy, H-E-B reaffirms its commitment to remaining at the forefront of sustainable and responsible seafood sourcing. We have been with them every step of the way and are excited to continue working with them on these complex and dynamic issues," said Tim Fitzgerald, Director of Impact for EDF's Oceans program.

Among the most recent policy updates, H-E-B revised its sourcing grid, one of the most detailed in the industry, to include information about method of catch. An easy way for customers to find information about all seafood bought and sold in H-E-B stores, the grid also lists production methods, sustainability certifications and country of origin. Plans are in place to update the grid at least twice per year. This adds to substantial traceability efforts already in place, which prevent illegal, unreported or unregulated seafood from reaching its stores. Whenever suppliers don't meet sustainability requirements, H-E-B will remove the related seafood products from inventory and terminate business with companies in violation of these standards.

Fresh or frozen, H-E-B stocks its coolers with healthy seafood from certified fisheries and farms around the world that comply to some of the industry's highest sustainability standards.

January 17: H-E-B announces 2019 Excellence in Education finalists

This announcement involves school districts and early childhood facilities and recognizes outstanding public school boards (SAN ANTONIO ) - H-E-B announced today that eight school districts and five early childhood facilities have been selected as finalists for the retailer's 18th annual Excellence in Education Awards program. For the sixth year in a row, H-E-B is recognizing five public school boards to highlight the importance of strong leadership at the board level. Since the program's inception, H-E-B has awarded more than $10 million in funding to benefit outstanding Texas public schools. This year, H-E-B will award a total of $82,500 to the finalists and school boards, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level. Each finalist in the district and early childhood categories, as well as the five recognized school boards, will receive $5,000; the three finalists in the small district category will receive $2,500.

To determine overall statewide winners, a panel of judges visits each district, early childhood facility and school board, tours campuses and talks with administration, staff, parents and community members.

Winners will be announced at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony on May 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin. The winning large district will receive $100,000; the winning small district $50,000. An early childhood facility will receive $25,000. If selected, one or more school boards will receive up to a total of $25,000.

Source: Company Website

SECTION 4 OTHER NEWS: 2019

August 07: H-E-B strengthens commitment to grow tech presence in San Antonio

Committed to growing its tech workforce in Texas, H-E-B is announcing preliminary plans to construct a state-of-the-art tech center at its San Antonio headquarters that will house up to 1,000 H-E-B Partners. Starting next year, the company will begin construction on approximately 150,000-square-foot, 5-story building located in the heart of the Arsenal campus in downtown San Antonio, further expanding its technology base in the Alamo City. Construction is scheduled to begin by summer 2020 and is tentatively set for completion by summer 2022.

As part of this expansion, H-E-B will add 500 new jobs in San Antonio and relocate its digital Partners from other locations in the city to house its digital teams closer together. With the growth of H-E-B Digital, which includes its product, design, technology and e-commerce teams, the company strengthens its position as a leading digital retailer and brick-and-mortar business.

"Our success starts with our people, who provide exceptional hospitality to deliver world-class shopping and digital experiences," said Craig Boyan, H-E-B President. "We're committed to hiring more people, adding the necessary skills to become both a better tech company and even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer."

For the H-E-B Digital team, there are currently more than 1,000 Partners in San Antonio and another several hundred at its Eastside Tech Hub in Austin, which opened in June.

July 17: H-E-B to offer teacher appreciation savings in time for back to school

During the school year, teachers can never have enough glue, pencils, crayons and tissue. To help Texas teachers stock up without breaking the bank, H-E-B will extend exciting back-to-school savings, helping educators stretch their dollars and gear up for the new school year with classroom supplies and other essentials. Starting July 17, teachers across the Lone Star State can register to receive a coupon for 15 percent off school and office supplies as well as select household items. Teachers at early childhood, pre-K and K-12 schools as well as authorized home school teachers are eligible to receive the coupon, which allows them to save up to $50. Coupons can be redeemed in-store from July 31 - August 13.

To get the coupon, teachers must sign up at heb.com/teachers by 11:59 p.m. on August 1. Once signup is complete, teachers will receive their coupon via email after their educator status is verified.

School and office supplies teachers can save on include pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, highlighters, folders, paper, portfolios, arts supplies, glue, construction paper, dry erase, and office accessories. Also included in this promotion are select household items such as disinfecting wipes, disinfectant sprays, hand sanitizer, paper towels, facial tissues, and food storage bags.

"During the school year, most teachers end up having to spend their own money on school supplies for their classrooms," said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs.

July 10: H-E-B to test delivery service from vehicle with self-driving technology

Later this year, H-E-B will launch a pilot program to test delivery service from a vehicle with self-driving technology.

The retailer will use one autonomous van with driverless technology, which will serve customers near its Olmos Park H-E-B, just north of downtown San Antonio. This is one of many innovative technologies the retailer will use to enhance its digital offerings in Texas and better meet the evolving needs and expectations of its customers.

For San Antonio-based H-E-B, the adoption of innovative technologies has helped increase convenience, reduce costs, streamline operational efficiencies, and create jobs. As the largest privately-held employer in Texas, people will continue to play a major role throughout the company's business.

"Our success starts with our people, who provide exceptional hospitality and drive us to open more engaging stores that offer a world-class shopping experience," said Craig Boyan, H-E-B President. "We're committed to winning through people and hiring more people, and we're adding necessary skills to become both a better tech company and even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer."

With more than 116,000 Partners (employees), the company's workforce continues to grow and adapt as new jobs at various skill levels are created, including those in highly-technical roles.

June 24: H-E-B accelerates investment in digital with new Eastside Tech Hub in Austin

Today H-E-B announced the opening of its Eastside Tech Hub - the retailer's state-of-the-art, East Austin office for its growing team of Austin-based H-E-B Digital Partners (employees), as well as the new headquarters for Favor, the Austin-based on-demand delivery company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of H-E-B. Complementing its existing H-E-B Digital team at H-E-B's headquarters in San Antonio, the Eastside Tech Hub further accelerates the retailer's path toward becoming the digital industry leader in Texas. "Having a shared space like this is crucial to both H-E-B Digital and Favor's rapid growth," said Jag Bath, H-E-B chief digital officer and Favor CEO. "The Eastside Tech Hub enables us to have a strong tech presence in both Austin and San Antonio, while fostering a better connection between our teams across the two cities."

H-E-B worked with IA Interior Architects to fully customize the recently renovated warehouse space. The two-story, open office concept offers a variety of dynamic work areas spread throughout the floor plan, including open collaboration areas, individual work spaces and over 50 meeting rooms of varying sizes, equipped with advanced technology and video conferencing capabilities.

June 10: H-E-B Tournament of Champions raises record amount for Texas charities

As one of the largest charitable events in the nation, the H-E-B Tournament of Champions announced last week that it set a record amount of money raised for Texas charities. This year, the annual event brought in more than $10 million, bringing the total raised over 34 years to more than $118 million. From June 5 - 7, H-E-B Partners, vendors and suppliers gathered in San Antonio for the 34th Annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions. The event supports nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of children and families throughout the Lone Star State, supporting more than 600 organizations since the program started in 1986.

"This year, it was an honor to have raised more than $10 million, surpassing our intended goal," said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity and Environmental Affairs. "For 34 years, the H-E-B Tournament of Champions has made such a positive impact on the lives of children and families across the state. Investing in people and our communities is what the H-E-B Tournament of Champions is all about and we're able to accomplish that with support from some amazing vendors, suppliers and H-E-B Partners."

The H-E-B Tournament of Champions also partnered with nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops to build two new custom homes for two wounded military veterans and their families.

May 29: Texas Monthly names H-E-B True Texas BBQ the best BBQ chain in Texas

Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn named H-E-B's True Texas BBQ the best barbecue chain in Texas.

After striking out at a few barbecue spots in West Texas, the esteemed barbecue writer and author found himself in a True Texas BBQ in Midland. To his surprise the spot delivered "artfully arranged" meats and sides that included "impressive brisket" that was "stunningly good." It was the impressive consistency at the other locations he visited that set True Texas BBQ apart from other well-know chains, allowing Vaughn to award the H-E-B restaurant the state's barbecue chain championship belt.

Here's a bit of what he had to say in his piece:

"Over the next few months I made stops at other True Texas BBQ locations. I enjoyed a sliced brisket sandwich in Huntsville and the Frito pie in Magnolia. Rather than being hidden under a bunch of toppings, the morsels of roughly chopped brisket were the star on the stuffed potato in Killeen. The consistency was so impressive that I decided to check in on a few other well-known barbecue chains to test my growing sentiment that True Texas BBQ had seized the state's barbecue chain championship belt."

Source: Company Website

May 28: H-E-B Reimagines Iconic South Congress Store for the Community

Austin) -

After more than 60 years of serving neighborhoods surrounding South Congress and Oltorf, H-E-B is now taking steps to make major improvements to its longest-standing grocery store in Austin, taking it from one of the oldest stores in the city to one of the most innovative stores in the entire company.

The H-E-B located at 2400 S. Congress Avenue originally opened in 1957 at 25,000 square feet, and in 2022, 65 years after first opening its doors, it will reopen as a creative, world-class grocery store with more than 100,000 square feet to better serve shoppers. They can expect to see murals and art installations by local artists; a wide selection of organic foods, prepared foods and bulk items; vibrant signage and natural light throughout the store; and an overall vibe that reflects its iconic South Congress location.

The store will also include new features and innovations to make it a community gathering place, with influences from across the world, like an eclectic food hall with indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and H-E-B's first-ever beer garden. Two levels of underground parking will ensure the store has a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly perimeter with wide, tree-lined sidewalks to encourage walking and biking to the store.

May 23: H-E-B doubling-down on people as it invests in tech

In an age of technology disruption, more and more people are beginning to see their jobs replaced with technology. For H-E-B, the retailer is adopting innovative technologies but continues to heavily invest in its people. In a recent article by the Dallas Morning News, H-E-B President Craig Boyan said the company's Partners (employees) are its "key differentiator," adding that H-E-B is "doubling down on its people."

"We believe the main thing we need to do is invest in people - and better people," Boyan told the Dallas Morning News.

As the largest privately-held employer in Texas, H-E-B has 116,000 Partners in its workforce. In the past decade, the company has added about 40,000 Partners.

Boyan was among speakers who took part in a two-day conference about technology disruption at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Source: Company Website

May 10: H-E-B opens Hudson Oaks store expanding commitment to North Texas

The 80,000-square-foot store is H-E-B's eighth location in North Texas

(AUSTIN) ' Growing its commitment to North Texas, H-E-B opened its newest store, H-E-B Hudson Oaks, on May 10. The 80,000-square-foot store, located at 100 Hudson Oaks Drive, is a shopping destination with a top-quality product assortment at H-E-B's celebrated low prices. The store will directly serve Hudson Oaks and the surrounding communities, which include Aledo, Annetta, Annetta North, Annetta South, Weatherford, and Willow Park.

Designed in a rural Texas style, the store offers world-class shopping with an emphasis on fresh, quality food options and innovative services that allow customers to choose how they shop, pay for and receive their products. This includes the addition of a H-E-B Curbside with covered parking and H-E-B Home Delivery, digital services the retailer continues to rollout across Texas, which allow customers to place orders online for pickup at the store or delivery to their homes.

'Our North Texas stores continue to flourish, and the Hudson Oaks store will allow us to answer the long-standing call for a store in this community,' said Leslie Sweet, H-E-B Director of Public Affairs. 'In addition to services like H-E-B Curbside and H-E-B Home Delivery, creating an exciting and complete shopping experience was essential in developing the store's features.'

The Store Leader for H-E-B Hudson Oaks is Tory Adams.

April 29: Texas Monthly names H-E-B True Texas BBQ the best BBQ chain in Texas

Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn named H-E-B's True Texas BBQ the best barbecue chain in Texas. After striking out at a few barbecue spots in West Texas, the esteemed barbecue writer and author found himself in a True Texas BBQ in Midland. To his surprise the spot delivered "artfully arranged" meats and sides that included "impressive brisket" that was "stunningly good." It was the impressive consistency at the other locations he visited that set True Texas BBQ apart from other well-know chains, allowing Vaughn to award the H-E-B restaurant the state's barbecue chain championship belt.

Here's a bit of what he had to say in his piece:

"Over the next few months I made stops at other True Texas BBQ locations. I enjoyed a sliced brisket sandwich in Huntsville and the Frito pie in Magnolia. Rather than being hidden under a bunch of toppings, the morsels of roughly chopped brisket were the star on the stuffed potato in Killeen. The consistency was so impressive that I decided to check in on a few other well-known barbecue chains to test my growing sentiment that True Texas BBQ had seized the state's barbecue chain championship belt."

Source: Company Website

April 29: H-E-B to remodel E. 7th store in Austin

H-E-B's 63-year investment in Austin's east side community is going deeper. The retailer's plan for a complete wall-to-wall remodel of its store located at 2701 E 7th Street is underway with an expected completion midsummer. Originally constructed in 1956 and remodeled in 1999, the 54,259 square-foot store will boast an expanded selection of local produce, a larger meat market with hand-cut selections, made in-store items like fresh guacamole and sushi, as well as the first of its kind H-E-B Blooms Flower Bar. The store will also offer home delivery services and a covered H-E-B Curbside pick-up area. Equipped with a fresh exterior, the new and improved store will allow customers to choose how to shop, pay for and receive their products. Whether it's an in-store experience, picking up an online order, home delivery, or grabbing a meal on the go - this store will have it all.

"We're proud of our 63-year history of serving shoppers and families in East Austin," said Jeff Thomas, H-E-B Senior Vice President and General Manager, Central Texas Region. "Over the years, this community has grown and changed and is ready for a store that reflects its needs. We have thoughtfully re-imagined this store to do just that with added amenities, conveniences and an expanded variety of quality products at affordable prices.

April 23: H-E-B stores in San Antonio to offer free coffee after every Spurs playoffs win

In San Antonio, when the Spurs win a playoff game you can now count on H-E-B to offer customers a free cup of coffee the day after the victory. Starting immediately, customers can score any size cup of joe for free the morning after each game when the Silver and Black rack up a playoff win. The free-coffee promotion is available from 7-10 a.m. at San Antonio-area H-E-B stores and convenience stores that offer coffee by the cup.

Source: Company Website

March 03: HE Butt Grocery : Texas State History Museum Foundation honors Charles Butt and Flaco Jimenez

Both with deep Texas roots, Charles Butt and Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez received the History-Making Texan Award for 2019 from the Texas State History Museum Foundation. Each is a pioneer in their own respect: one a successful business leader and champion for Texas public education, and the other, a trailblazer who helped bring Mexican-American music to the mainstream.

The two received their honors at the Foundation's 15th Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner held on February 28 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. The award recognizes living Texas legends whose contributions to the state and the nation have been truly historic and exceptional in scope, according to a release from the foundation.

"Charles Butt has transformed the grocery industry through his leadership of H-E-B. He is an innovative and brilliant business pioneer and also a national voice in public education and administration. Every Texan owes him a debt of gratitude for his tireless advocacy and for being an impactful and generous community partner. His philanthropy in education, hunger relief, military support, health and wellness, social services, the environment, diversity and the arts has transformed Texas," said Carla Moran, the event's Chair.

The Texas Independence Day Dinner celebrates the state's rich cultural heritage and generates support for the Bullock Museum, the nation's premier institution on Texas history.

February 19: Top H-E-B Newsroom stories of 2018

For H-E-B, 2018 was a year of growth and reinvention. With its eye on the future, the company continued to solidify its position as a market leader, introducing innovative technologies and strategies to benefit our customers and supporting the more than 300 communities we serve. As we settle into the new year, we want to revisit some of the top H-E-B Newsroom stories from 2018.

H-E-B Digital

Last year, H-E-B announced several innovative efforts continued its path as a dominant force in the digital retail space. Big news came in February, when H-E-B officially started its partnership with Favor, the Austin-based on-demand delivery company. Since then, Favor's CEO and President, Jag Bath, was named H-E-B's Chief Digital Officer; the company rolled out beer and wine delivery throughout Texas; and Favor was named a top workplace in Austin by the Austin American-Statesman.

To lead the company's digital-product strategy, design and development, H-E-B named Mike Georgoff as Chief Product Officer of H-E-B Digital. With a solid leadership team in place, the H-E-B Digital team looked to further expand its technology and digital presence in San Antonio, Austin and throughout the company. To aid in its efforts in Austin, the company announced a lease for space on Austin's east side, which is set to open in the spring.

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