NGA Best Bagger Championship

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History of the Best Bagger Competition

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.

Best Bagger Timeline

Best Bagger Timeline

2018 National Championship

Congratulations to 2018 Best Bagger Champion Trevor DeForest

Click HERE to learn more about the 2018 Best Bagger Championship in Las Vegas, NV.
2018 Best Bagger Champion

L to R: Art Rosenberg (VP Industry & Customer Development, PepsiCo), Cheryl Sommer (Chair of the Board), Trevor DeForest (2018 Best Bagger Champion), Peter Larkin (President and CEO), Duff Goldman

2019 Best Bagger National Championship

Monday, February 25, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:45 PM PST
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Sponsored by: PepsiCo
Best Bagger Contestants

Cheer on your state’s bagger as NGA celebrates over 30 years of bagging excellence at The NGA Show! Elite baggers from across the country vie for the championship title and a $10,000 cash prize during the evening event.

2019 Best Bagger Competitors

Jake Waid
2019 NGA Member logo Nugget Market Inc.
Dwayne Campbell
Kaylin Clancy
2019 NGA Member logo Cosentino’s Price Chopper
New York
Erin Pierce
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Henry Johnson
Yoke's Fresh Market
Devin Ferrell
The Kroger Company
Amy Taylor
Shaw's Supermarkets
New Hampshire
Ross Styles
Hannaford Supermarket
Ellissa Chambliss
2019 NGA Member logo Buehler's Fresh Foods
Jennifer Neubauer
Stoneridge Piggly Wiggly
Stephen Benson
2019 NGA Member logo Sullivan's Foods
Patrick MacPherson
Shaw's Supermarkets
New Mexico
Matthew Maldonado
Albertson Market
Erin Smith
The Kroger Company

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Twitter logo  Excited to see your state represented in the National Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow19, to share with the world why your state's contestant deserves the crown. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Interested in Hosting a Best Bagger Competition?

Please contact the NGA Best Bagger Coordinator at or call 703.516.0700.