NGA Best Bagger Championship

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. 


Congratulations to Washington State’s David Tochinskiy of Rosauers Supermarkets, the 29th Annual NGA Best Bagging Champion!

1st Runner Up: Lucas Mealer, Kroger, Tennessee

2nd Runner Up: Sach Anderson, Minnesota, Lunds Normandale Village

3rd Runner Up: Mai Her, Wisconsin, Skogen’s Festival Foods

4th Runner Up: Francis Ciavattone III, Massachusetts, Big Y Goods 


Host a Contest

Why should you host a Best Bagger competition?

  • Retailers: Increase employee motivation and spirit, highlight excellence in customer service, and positive recognition for employees
  • State Associations: Creates excitement and attendance at state conventions, draws media attention to the grocery industry, and displays support of contest participants
  • Wholesalers: Supports your retailers efforts to acknowledge good service, encourages youth to consider a career in the food industry resulting from positive experiences, and increases your public image

Click HERE to download the 30th Annual State Best Bagger Competition Form

Click HERE to download the Official Training Manual for Best Bagger Coordinators

To access State Contest Information, click HERE


Please contact Kristine Bender at or (703) 516-0700.