History of the Best Bagger Competition
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.
2022 National Championship
L to R: Christopher Yemma (PepsiCo, Inc.), Alexa Sobsey (Nugget Market), Ted Balistreri (Chairman of the NGA Board of Directors) and Greg Ferrara (NGA President and CEO)
Save the Date! 2023 Best Bagger National Championship
The NGA Show
February 26 - February 28
Las Vegas, NV
Cheer on your state’s bagger as NGA celebrates over 30 years of bagging excellence at The NGA Show! Elite baggers from across the country vie for the championship title and a $10,000 cash prize during the evening event.
2023 State Competitions and Winners
California Winner: Coby Estrada, Nugget Market
Winner: Austin White, K-VAT Food Stores, Inc.
Winner: Ernesto DaVeiga, Roche Bros. Supermarkets
Winner: Tyler Thorvig, Chris' Food Center
Winner: Karli West, Macey's
Winner: Gaige Sisk, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Winner: Gabi Doers, Metcalfe's Market
Winner: Nolan McGregor, Fareway Stores
Winner: JDana Sparks, United Supermarket
Winner: Brennan Davenport, Publix
Winner: Elijah Schipper, Fareway Stores
Winner: Jianna Truppi, Dave's Marketplace
Winner: Nathan Brtek, Lou's Thriftyway
Winner: Alexis Gilliam, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Best Bagger Handbook
Click below to view the Best Bagger Handbook outlining the official eligibility requirements, rules, and regulations for the National Championship.
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