NGA Best Bagger wins big prize
Nicole Cote of Hannaford Supermarket in Maine earned the distinction of Best Bagger this week and the National Grocers Association (NGA) show in San Diego. She bested 22 other competitors from across the country to claim a $10,000 prize.
The distinction is noteworthy because bagging groceries has become a lost art at some retailers, especially as more shoppers use self-checkout, opt for grocery pick up or shun a trip to the store entirely in favor of delivery.
“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.