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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
Fiesta Mart No. 4
Claremont Discount Foods
Olsen’s Food Store
Fareway Stores, Inc.
Finast #828 / Tops Markets
Ralph’s Grocery Company
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores
Martin’s Super Markets
The Kroger Co.
Dierbergs Central Office
Fry’s Food and Drug Stores
Larry’s Piggly Wiggly
Metropolitan Market at Admiral
If you have questions, please contact Aileen Munster at 703-516-0700.
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