NGA Best Bagger Championship

Congratulations to the 2017 Best Bagger Champion, Brady Long of Buehler's Fresh Foods!

Brady 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.

2017 Best Bagger Champion Brady Long
L to R: Brady Long, 2017 Best Bagger Champion, Duff Goldman, Kristin Mullins, President/CEO Ohio Grocers, Peter Larkin, President and CEO, NGA, Bob Ling, NGA Chairman of the Board

About Best Bagger

Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. The National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service.

The first Best Bagging contest was held in 1987 in Dallas, TX. The “Texas – Oklahoma Checkout Shootout” featured two contestants and former NFL Quarterback Terry Bradshaw as the emcee. Since then, NGA has branded and grown the event to feature more than 25 state bagging contestants with Food Network star Duff Goldman as the master of ceremonies. 

2017 State Contest Information


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Participating in your state's Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow18, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!

Georgia

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Destin, Florida
http://www.gfia.org/best-bagger-contest.html

Iowa

Friday, August 11, 2017
Iowa State Fairgrounds Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Des Moines, IA
http://www.iowagrocers.com/igias-main-events.cfm

Minnesota

11:30AM, Saturday, August 19, 2017
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
http://www.mngrocers.com

Ohio

11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Giant Eagle Market District
3061 Kingsdale Center
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
http://www.ohiogrocers.org/events/ohios-best-bagger-contest/

Tennessee

3:00 PM, Friday, June 9, 2017
Knoxville Convention Center
Knoxville, TN
www.tngrocer.org/bestbagger

Vermont

11:00 AM, Saturday, October 21, 2017
University Mall
South Burlington, VT
http://www.vtrga.org/interior.php/pid/5/eid/100

Wisconsin

4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Hyatt Regency & KI Center
Green Bay, WI
https://www.wisconsingrocers.com/innovationexpo

Florida

1:00PM, Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunshine EXPO Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee, Florida
https://www.flgrocers.org/index.php/events/florida-best-bagger

Maine

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Auburn, ME
https://www.mgfpa.org

Missouri

7:00PM, Friday, July 21, 2017
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO
missourigrocers.com/resources/Pictures/Best%20Bagger.pdf

Rhode Island

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kirkbrae Country Club
Lincoln, RI
www.rifda.com

Utah

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, UT
http://www.utfood.com/2017-annual-conference/

Washington

2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Washington State Fair
Puyallup, WA
www.wa-food-ind.org/best-bagger

Interested in hosting a Best Bagger competition?

Contact Taylor Drzewicki, Coordinator PAC & Grassroots at tdrzewicki@nationalgrocers.org