Winner to receive free trip to Las Vegas National Competition


The annual grocery bagging contest begins with an employee qualifying round at individual supermarkets, convenience stores and independent neighborhood markets. The winners of these local competitions are then qualified to represent their stores at the state competition to be held in September. Contestants will bag identical grocery orders consisting of no more than 40 commonly purchased items. Each contestant is then evaluated on speed, technique, style and attitude.


The State finals will take place in Manchester at the New Hampshire Food Bank. The four baggers who score the most points in the preliminary heats will then compete against each other in the championship to earn cash prizes.


In 1987, the National Grocers Association held the first Best Bagger Championship in Dallas, Texas. Since then NGA has been bringing the country's finest baggers together to determine who is the “best of the best”. This contest promotes exceptional customer service through superior bagging.


Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. Like so many “gateway jobs,” bagger positions often face high turnover. The bagging contest highlights the

rewards of this position, and seeks to limit that turnover while demonstrating the value of baggers to customer service.


The contestants will use three reusable bags during the preliminary and final rounds. Contestants must fulfill contest criteria to attain high scores, and thus are really bagging against themselves for points, not against each other.


The New Hampshire champion receives paid airfare and hotel accomodations to the NGA Show - National Best Bagger Contest, which is held in Las Vegas at the National Grocers Association Convention in February. The winner of the national competition receives a grand prize of $10,000. The second place winner is awarded $5,000 while the third, fourth and fifth place finishers all earn $1,000 each.


NH Grocers Association Host State Bagging Contest


Be part of the excitement.

can take advantage of this opportunity by ensuring the most qualified individuals represent your store.  Increase employee motivation and builds “team spirit” and highlights customer service and the importance of proper bagging. This is also a chance for one of your employees to compete for the championship title and $10,000!


can support their retailers efforts while donating to the NH Food Bank. Your support goes beyond the competition by helping to encourage youth to consider a career in the food industry by promoting a positive experience. Your support will also be recognized  and visible on all promotional material and acknowledged in our News & Food Report magazine.


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