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. 

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!


1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Club
Birmingham, AL


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


11:00 AM, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Food City 251 Medical Plaza Lane
Whitesburg, Ky


2:30 PM, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA


2:30 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO

New Hampshire

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


3:00 PM, Friday, June 17, 2016
Music City Center
Nashville, TN


3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
McGavick Conference Center
Lakewood, WA


11:00 AM, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Food City 1320 Euclid Avenue
Bristow, VA


8:15 PM, Thursday, July 14, 2016
Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate
ChampionsGate, FL


1:00 PM, Friday, August 12, 2016
Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Iowa State Fair


10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
Auburn, Maine.


12:00 PM, Saturday, August 20, 2016
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

New York

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Hannaford Supermarkets
Albany, NY


Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Buehler's Food Markets
Wooster, OH

Rhode Island

3:30 PM, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Warwick, RI


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


4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee, WI

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