NGA Best Bagger Championship History

In 1987 the first National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. Our first bagging contest was called the "Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout". We had two contestants and our Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then NGA has been bringing the country's finest baggers together to determine who is the best of the best. NGA's Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.

In 1983, the American Paper Institute sponsored its first annual bag-packing contest, with the winner receiving the coveted Charles Stillwell award plus $1,883. The amount is in honor of the year that Charles Stillwell invented the paper-bag machine. With the contest being central to the Grocery Industry, NGA took over as sponsor of the Best Bagger contest in 1987 and has run with the idea ever since.

Would you like more information about holding your own Best Bagging Contest? Please contact Aileen Munster on our NGA staff by email or 703-516-0700.

 

 

MC Terry Bradshaw interviews, for the television cameras, the winner of NGA's first bagging contest held in 1987 at the NGA Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas. The runner-up was Jan Thommason from Claremont Discount in Oklahoma (at right), and the winner was Jorge Baca, from Fiesta Mart in Texas. 

 

 

 

1994 Bagging Contestants.

2001 Bagging Contestants. 

 

 

NGA’s Bagger Championship

Hall of Fame

 

1987

Jorge Baca

Fiesta Mart No. 4

Texas

Jan Thommason

Claremont Discount Foods

Oklahoma

1988

Kelly Larrabee

Raley’s Supermarket

California

1989

Caren Callaghan

Olsen’s Food Store

Washington

1990

Mark Cutshall

Baker’s IGA

Ohio

1991

Keith Palch

Hartville IGA

Ohio

1992

Indiana

1993

Bob Dropinski

Baker’s Supermarket

Nebraska

1994

Jeff Stearns

Fareway Stores, Inc.

Iowa

1995

Louisiana

1996

Mike Dahm

Fareway Stores, Inc.

Iowa

1997

Allen Weimerskirch

Fareway Stores, Inc.

Iowa

1998

Frank Urbanic

Finast #828 / Tops Markets

Ohio

1999

Gwenn Honda

Ralph’s Grocery Company

California

2000

Mike Mechura

Fareway Stores, Inc.

Iowa

2001

Micah Crapo

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores

Utah

2002

Dawn Marshall

Pathmark Stores

Pennsylvania

2003

Darcie Berndt

Martin’s Super Markets

Indiana

2004

Tina Tasso

The Kroger Co.

Georgia

2005

Emily Jensen

Macey’s

Utah

2006

Jason Zitko

Dierbergs Central Office

Missouri

2007

Brian Bay

Macey’s

Utah

2008

Erika Jensen

Macey’s

Utah

2009

Francisco Palacios

Fry’s Food and Drug Stores

Arizona

2010

Kyle Perry

Martin’s Super Markets

Indiana

2011

Krystal Smith

Hannaford Supermarkets

Vermont

2012

Stephanie Teteak

Larry’s Piggly Wiggly

Wisconsin

2013

Andrew Borracchini

Metropolitan Market at Admiral

Washington

 

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact Aileen Munster at 703-516-0700.





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