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NGA Best Bagger Champion Crowned

Feb 12, 2014
Andrew Hadlock of Macey's Wins 2014 Best Bagger Award and Takes Home Bagging Rights
Las Vegas, NV: Defeating 26 other competitors from across the nation, Andrew Hadlock, a bagger from Macey's grocery store in Sandy, Utah, claimed the title of National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Champion. 
 
The contest, in its 28th year, with a new title sponsor, PepsiCo, and supporting sponsors Bunzl and Pan-Oston, was held February 11 during the 2014 NGA Show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Contestants were judged by speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude and appearance. 
 
In addition to taking home "bagging rights" for the year, Andrew was awarded with the $10,000 grand prize, a coveted "Golden Grocery Bag" trophy, and the Pan-Oston "Best Bagger Golden Lane," a special checkout stand that will be installed in his store. 
 
Cassandra DeMoura of Stop & Shop in Massachusetts was awarded the second place prize of $5,000, and the third place prize of $1,000 went to Jennifer "Mackenzie" Malicoat of Cosentino's Price Chopper in Missouri. Fourth and fifth place winners, winning $1,000 each, were Sarah Morris of Giant Eagle in Ohio and Dewayne Blair of Food City in Kentucky, respectively.
 
"I'd like to thank all of our Best Bagger participants for another exciting competition," said Peter J. Larkin, President & CEO, NGA. "Congratulations to Andrew, who showcased his superior bagging techniques, as well as his commitment to exceptional customer service." 
 
The annual Best Bagger Championship is the culminating event of a yearlong nationwide contest, in which one contestant from each participating state who has won the statewide competition is eligible to compete in the national Best Bagger Championship. This year, 27 of the top grocery baggers competed for the national Best Bagger title.
  
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About NGA: The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to 1% of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA, click here.

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