Highlights from the 2016 Best Bagger Championship
Monday, February 29, 2016
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
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:
1st Runner Up: Bethany Berger
Vermont, Shaw's Supermarket
2nd Runner Up: Lauren Gillson
Minnesota, Lunds & Byerlys
3rd Runner Up: Janessa Plummer
Plummer's Shop 'n Save
4th Runner Up: Nathan Toth
Indiana, Martin's Super Markets
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
Alabama 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Illinois 3:30 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL www.ilfood.org
Missouri 2:30 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016
Osage Beach, MO http://missourigrocers.com/page.php?id=6
Wisconsin 4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI www.WisconsinGrocers.com
Georgia 8:15 PM, Thursday, July 14, 2016
Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate
ChampionsGate, FL http://www.gfia.org/best-bagger-contest.html
1:00 PM, Friday, August 12, 2016
Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Iowa State Fair
Tennessee 3:00 PM, Friday, June 17, 2016
Music City Center
Nashville, TN www.tgefonline.org/events
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