Ohio’s Best Bagger Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brady Long representing Buehler’s Food Markets repeated as champion as he claimed Ohio’s Best Bagger title at the 2016 Ohio Best Bagger Contest on Tuesday, August 8. Grocery baggers from five (5) Ohio companies participated in the contest held at the Buehler’s Food Markets Milltown location, in Wooster, OH.

Brady was one of four baggers representing Buehler’s, and he beat 14 other competitors to win the title. The award comes with $1,000 cash and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2017.

In addition to Long, top scores went to Bette Kiggins from Giant Eagle in Rocky River; Amy Jordan from Giant Eagle in Warren; Trey Watson from Kroger in Toledo; and Aaron Delroy from Kroger in Beavercreek. Each of the top five (5) won cash prizes. Congratulations to all of you!

Thank you to all the OGA member companies who supported the 2016 Best Bagger Contest, including our host Buehler’s and sponsors Pepsi, Joshen Paper & Packaging for their support!

Buehler’s Names Ohio’s Best Bagger 2016

Akron Beacon Journal Best Bagger 2016

Photos from the Contest

 

 

August 12, 2015 – Brady Long Crowned Ohio’s Best Bagger

(Columbus, OH)— Brady Long representing Buehler’s Food Markets in Wooster, OH claimed Ohio’s Best Bagger title at the 2015 Ohio Best Bagger Contest on Tuesday, August 11. Grocery baggers from seven (7) Ohio companies participated in the contest held at the Giant Eagle Market District Grandview Yard, in Columbus, OH.

Brady was one of four baggers representing Buehler’s, and he beat 22 other competitors to win the title. The award comes with $1,000 cash and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2016.

“We are thrilled to showcase Ohio’s best baggers in this contest,” said Nate Filler, President/CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association. “As a former bagger, I truly appreciate that these employees are often the first and last faces seen by a customer. They play a vital role in the success of the business.”

Contestants filled three (3) reusable bags and were judged on speed, weight distribution between the bags, technique, and style/attitude of the bagger. The top five (5) qualifiers advanced to a final round to determine the winner. “The clincher is always the weight distribution between the bags,” Filler said. “It’s hard to fill three (3) bags of groceries and have their weights come out the same, but Brady was unbelievably consistent.”

In addition to Long, top scores went to Sarah Morris from Giant Eagle in Pickerington; Caitlyn Black from Dorothy Lane Market in Dayton; Haylie Rollerson from Community Markets in Ada; and Ashley Bergdorf from Giant Eagle in Akron. Each of the top five (5) won cash prizes.

Download the Bagging Contest Winner Press Release 8 12 15

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Ohio’s Best Bagger Competes at Nationals

(February 12, 2015) Congratulations to Melanie Males from Giant Eagle, who proudly represented OGA and Ohio at the 2015 National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest during the NGA Show in Las Vegas earlier this week. Although she did not make the finals, Melanie had a great competition and performed admirably against tough opponents. Congratulations to Melanie again!
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Ohio’s Best Bagger Honored at the Ohio Statehouse
(February 5, 2015) Ohio’s 2014 Best Bagger, Melanie Males, was recognized by the Ohio Senate yesterday. Accompanied by OGA, Giant Eagle’s Regional Vice President of Operations and OGA Board member Brian Ferrier, and members of her family, Melanie received recognition of her accomplishments by Senator Tom Patton on the Senate Floor.  On Monday, February 9, Melanie will compete in the National Bagger Championship in Las Vegas where she will represent Ohio. We wish Melanie all the best!

 

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