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National Grocers Association 2017 Best Bagger Champion Crowned

Feb 13, 2017

Brady Long of Buehler's Fresh Foods in Ohio Wins Best Bagger Championship

Las Vegas, NV – Brady Long of Buehler's Fresh Foods, located in Medina, Ohio, defeated 22 other Best Bagger competitors from across the nation to claim a grand prize of $10,000 and the title of the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Champion.

Designed to promote supermarket employees and demonstrate a superior core customer service skill, the nationwide competition has been held by NGA since 1987. Contestants are judged by speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude and appearance, and are chosen through statewide competitions over the course of last year.

This year’s competition was sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc. and emceed for the third consecutive year by Food Network star, Chef Duff Goldman. The competition was held Monday, February 13 during The NGA Show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Kayelyn Henley of K-VA-T Food City in Virginia was awarded the second place prize of $5,000, and the third place prize of $1,000 went to Hunter Wisecarver of K-VA-T Food City in Tennessee. Fourth and fifth place winners, winning $1,000 each, were Spencer Balderas of Shaw's Supermarket in Vermont and Molly Dittman of Harmon's in Utah, respectively.

"Baggers and courtesy clerks are often the last impression a customer has of a store, and because of this, superior bagging skills, along with friendly customer service, are critical elements to a positive shopping experience for the consumer,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “The Best Bagger competition truly epitomizes the spirit and work ethic of the supermarket industry.  Congratulations to Brady, who competed with great enthusiasm, and to all our Best Bagger participants who showcased their passion for excellent customer service.”

The Best Bagger Championship is a nationwide promotion for supermarket employees. It is intended to demonstrate a superior core customer service skill in a friendly competition. It has been sponsored since 1987 by the National Grocers Association as part of its annual trade show.