NGA Best Bagger Championship

Highlights from the 2016 Best Bagger Championship

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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Congratulations to Washington State's Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets for winning the 2016 NGA Best Bagger Championship!

Click above to watch the Final Round of this year's competition!

2016 Runner Ups:

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1st Runner Up: Bethany Berger
Vermont, Shaw's Supermarket

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2nd Runner Up: Lauren Gillson
Minnesota, Lunds & Byerlys

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3rd Runner Up: Janessa Plummer
Plummer's Shop 'n Save

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4th Runner Up: Nathan Toth
Indiana, Martin's Super Markets

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. 

2016 State Contest Information


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Participating in your state's Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow17, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!

Alabama

1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Club
Birmingham, AL
https://alabamagrocers.org/

Illinois

3:30 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
www.ilfood.org

Minnesota

12:00 PM, Saturday, August 20, 2016
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
www.mngrocers.com

New York

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Hannaford Supermarkets
Albany, NY
jenna.camardese@hannaford.com

Maine

10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
Auburn, Maine.
https://www.mgfpa.org/

Tennessee

3:00 PM, Friday, June 17, 2016
Music City Center
Nashville, TN
www.tgefonline.org/events

Washington

3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
McGavick Conference Center
Lakewood, WA
http://wa-food-ind.org/wfiaevents/bestbaggercompetition.html

Georgia

8:15 PM, Thursday, July 14, 2016
Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate
ChampionsGate, FL
http://www.gfia.org/best-bagger-contest.html

Iowa

1:00 PM, Friday, August 12, 2016
Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Iowa State Fair
www.iowagrocers.com

Missouri

2:30 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO
http://missourigrocers.com/page.php?id=6

New Hampshire

(Tenative) 4:00 PM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016
NH Food Bank
Manchester, NH
www.grocers.org

Rhode Island

3:30 PM, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Warwick, RI
www.rifda.com

Vermont

11:00 AM, Saturday, October 8, 2016
University Mall
Burlington, VT

Wisconsin

4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI
www.WisconsinGrocers.com

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