NGA Best Bagger Championship

About Best Bagger

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 with Food Network star Duff Goldman as the master of ceremonies. 

Congratulations to 2018 Best Bagger Champion Trevor DeForest

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


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

2018 State Best Bagger Competitions


Friday, August 19
Iowa State Fairground
Des Moines, IA
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Thursday, September 27 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The Maine Mall
South Portland, ME
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Saturday, August 18 11:30 AM
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
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Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20
Tan Tar A Resort
Osage Beach, MO
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New Hampshire

Tuesday, September 25 4:00 PM
New Hampshire Food Bank
Manchester, NH
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Thursday, August 9
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Wooster, OH
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Thursday, June 7
Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
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Wednesday, August 22
Davis Conference Center
Layton, UT
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Saturday, October 20 1:00 PM
University Mall
South Burlington, VT
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Thursday, October 25 2:00 - 4:00 PM
CenterPlace Regional Event Center
Spokane, WA
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Wednesday, October 17 4:00 PM
Hyatt Regency and WI Convention Center
Green Bay, WI
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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 program coordinator at or (703) 516-0700.