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Buehler’s bagger brings home championship

Brady Long, left, 2017 Best Bagger Champion; Duff Goldman; Kristin Mullins, president and CEO of Ohio Grocers; Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO; and Bob Ling, NGA chairman of the board.


Brady Long of Buehler’s Fresh Foods, with headquarters in Wooster, defeated 22 other Best Bagger competitors from across the nation to claim a grand prize of $10,000 and the title of the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Champion.

Designed to promote supermarket employees and demonstrate a superior core customer service skill, the nationwide competition has been held by NGA since 1987. Contestants are judged by speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, style, attitude and appearance and were chosen through statewide competitions over the course of last year.

This year’s competition was sponsored by PepsiCo Inc. and was emceed for the third consecutive year by Food Network star, chef Duff Goldman. The competition was held Monday, Feb. 13 during The NGA Show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Baggers and courtesy clerks are often the last impression a customer has of a store, and because of this superior bagging skills along with friendly customer service are critical elements to a positive shopping experience for the consumer,” NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin said. “The Best Bagger competition truly epitomizes the spirit and work ethic of the supermarket industry. Congratulations to Brady, who competed with great enthusiasm, and to all our Best Bagger participants who showcased their passion for excellent customer service.”

Published: February 16, 2017
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