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Las Vegas, NV - Beating out competitors from across the nation, Andrew Borracchini of Metropolitan Market at Admiral in Seattle, WA has won the 2013 National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by ConAgra Foods, Pringles, Bunzl Distribution, and Pan-Oston Company.
The contest, in its 27th year, was held February 10 during the 2013 NGA Show at theMirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Competitors from 23 states participated in the Best Bagger Championship, which was emceed by Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert and broadcasted live across the country on UStream. Also present at the competition was former NFL Tight End, Daniel Graham. Graham, who played an integral part in taking the New England Patriots to victory in three Super Bowls, appeared on stage to help motivate the baggers and excite the audience, thanks to the support of Tebo Store Fixtures.
The competition is the culminating event of a year-long nationwide program in which the top grocery baggers in the country compete for prizes and the title of "America's Best Bagger". Contestants are judged on speed, bag-building technique, weight distribution between bags, and style, attitude, and appearance. The 2013 contestants used three reusable bags during the preliminary and final rounds, during which they bagged 30 to 35 items. As the winner, Andrew takes home "bagging rights" as well as a $10,000 grand prize, the coveted "Golden Grocery Bag" trophy and the Pan-Oston "Best Bagger Golden Lane", a special checkout stand that will be installed in his store.
The contest awarded a total of $23,750 in cash prizes to contestants. Taylor Cantrell ofDillons Food Stores in Wichita, KS was awarded the second place prize of $5,000, and the third place prize of $1,000 went to James Wilmot of ShopRite of Hunterdon County in New Jersey. Fourth and fifth place winners, winning $1,000 each, were Nicholas Lewis of Food City in Abingdon, VA and Daniel Busquets of Kowalski's Market in Eagan, MN, respectively.
"Congratulations are in order to Andrew," said Peter J. Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Association. "He is a prime example of the thousands of baggers across the country who work tirelessly every day to provide exceptional customer service and pride in their jobs."
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