The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced Nicole Cote of Hannaford Supermarket in Maine defeated 22 other best baggers from across the country to claim a grand prize of $10,000. The Best Bagger Championship is sponsored by PepsiCo and emceed by Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and author of Everyone Can Be A Ninja
“Baggers are essential to a positive customer experience as they are the last interaction before customers leave the store. Because of this, superior bagging skills deserve to be recognized in this competition,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “I’d like to thank our sponsor PepsiCo and our amazing contestants. Congratulations to Nicole on her victory.”
Katie West of Dorothy Lane Market came in second place, winning a $5,000 cash prize. Nick Finnegan of Nugget Markets came in third place, DJ Clark of K-VA-T Food Stores came in fourth place, and Elijah Stroot of Cosentino’s Price Chopper came in fifth place.
The Best Bagger championship was first held in 1987 and designed to demonstrate the important customer service skill of bagging. Contestants are judged by speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution, in the bag, as well as style, attitude, and appearance.