Rosauers' Tochinskiy Wins NGA Best Bagger Championship
David Tochinskiy of Rosauers Supermarket in Spokane, Wash., claimed the title of Best Bagger Champion during this year's NGA Show in Las Vegas.
Having defeated 24 competitors nationwide based on bagging speed, technique, weight distribution and style, Tochinskiy took home the $10,000 grand prize as well as NGA's "Golden Grocery Bag" trophy.
Lucas Mealer of Kroger Supermarket in Jackson, Tenn., won the second-place prize of $5,000, and the third-place prize of $1,000 went to Zach Anderson of Lunds in Bloomington, Minn.
Fourth and fifth place winners, winning $1,000 each, were Mai Her of Skogen's Festival Foods in Sheboygan, Wis., and Francis Cavattone III of Big Y Foods in Springfield, Mass., respectively.
"This competition brings attention to a very important aspect of a consumer's shopping experience as it is the bagger who serves as the last touch to the shopper," said NGA President/CEO Peter Larkin. "A big congratulations to David Tochinskiy for showcasing your exceptional bagging techniques and ultimately taking home the title of Best Bagger Champion."
The competition was emceed this year by Food Network star Duff Goldman and sponsored by PepsiCo.