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2017 Washington Best Bagger Competition

Coca-Cola Stage

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 2 - 4 PM


  • One contestant per company. While not necessary to compete, you are encouraged to hold your own company-wide contest to assure that you are sending your best bagger to the state championships. Detailed instructions are available. 
  • Previous 1st place winners of the National Best Bagger Contest and any contestant that has placed in the top 2 in the statewide contest in any two previous years are not eligible to compete again. 
  • Contestants must spend more that 25% of their working hours bagging groceries as a regularly assigned duty. 
  • People of all ages are encouraged to compete.

Contests will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Speed 
  • Proper bag building technique 
  • Distribution of weight between bags 
  • Style, attitude, and appearance


Prizes 1st Place Winner: $2,000 cash, a trophy and an all expense paid trip for two to Las Vegas for the NGA National Contest. Trip includes: round trip airfare for two, a 3 day/2 night hotel stay, no registration fee for the NGA contest and meal compensation. 

1st Runner-up: $1,500 cash and trophy. 

3rd Place: $1,000 cash and trophy. $200 for each participating contestant– one per company.

2016 Washington Best Bagger Champion

Talia Randle of Metropolitan Markets is the 2016 Washington Best Bagger champion! 

Front row: Candice Lastimado (2016 National Best Bagger Champion from Metropolitan Markets), Glen Hansard (Metropolitan Markets), Helene Randle, and Todd Korman (Metropolitan Markets).

Talia out-pacing eight other competitors for the state title in the Best Bagger Battle. Roman Agne, representing Central Market/Poulsbo Town & Country Markets, placed second; Luke Netjes of Rosauers Supermarkets in Spokane placed third.

As the state champion, Randle will receive a $2,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to compete this February at the 2017 National Grocers Association National Best Bagging Championship in Las Vegas. If she wins, Randle would be the fourth national champion from Washington state in five years.

Talia at the National Best Bagger Competition held by the National Grocers Association (NGA) in Las Vegas.

2015 Washington Best Bagger and National Champion


Candice Lastimado from Seattle's Metropolitan Markets

Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets won both the Washington and National Best Bagger championships. Candice captured the championship trophy and a check for $10,000 in heated competition at the 30th Annual National Best Bagger Battle held tonight in Las Vegas, NV.

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1015 10th Ave SE

Olympia, WA 98507

Tel: 360-753-5177

Email: info@wa-food-ind.com

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