Meet the Nation’s Best Grocery Bagger, a 20-Year-Old Who Says Her Winning Work Is ‘Not as Easy as It Looks’

May 2, 2022

Alexa Sobsey of Nugget Markets in West Sacramento is the reigning queen of the checkout line

Anyone who has accidentally smashed a loaf of bread or crushed a dozen eggs under a soup can at the supermarket self-checkout line knows that bagging groceries can be a frustrating organizational puzzle.

“There’s an art to it,” admits 20-year-old Alexa Sobsey of Davis, California, who in late February was crowned the 2022 Best Bagger Champion by theĀ National Grocers Association, a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing independent community grocery stores across the country. “It’s not just throwing a bunch of groceries in a bag and being the fastest. It’s not as easy as it looks.”

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