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2018 Washington Best Bagger Competition

Annual Best Bagger Battle

When: October 25, 2018 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: CenterPlace Regional Event Center 2426 N Discovery Place, Spokane, WA 99216

Why? Because the front end staff makes every store awesome! And we want to find the BEST BAGGER in Washington State! Plus, all the proceeds of the event goes towards the WFIA Educational Foundation scholarship fund.


Watch the best grocery baggers in the state come to compete for $2,000 and bragging rights! They will be judged on speed, proper bag building technique, weight distribution, and style. Be a part of the excitement and cheer for the baggers as they compete for a trip to San Diego, CA to compete for the $10,000 Annual National Best Bagger Battle.


  • 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.
  • Deadline to enter: October 1, 2018 

Contests will be judged on the following criteria: 

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

Download Rules & Entry Form

Download Scorecard



Prizes 1st Place Winner: $2,000 cash, a trophy and an all expense paid trip for two to San Diego 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available: Click here to learn more.

2017 Washington Best Bagger Champion

2016 Washington Best Bagger Champion

Candice Lastimado, 2016 WA Best Bagger and 2017 National Best Bagger (Metropolitan Markets at West Seattle), Glen Hasstedt (Store Director for Metropolitan Markets at Magnolia), Talia Randle (Metropolitan Markets at Magnolia), and Todd Korman (CEO & President of Metropolitan Markets).

Seattle's Talia Randle (Metropolitan Markets of Magnolia) has it in the bag - literally. Talia proved on Wednesday, October 12th that she is the state's top grocery bagger, 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. We had 9 baggers compete this year and everyone went home a winner!

Special thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers, we couldn't have done this without you! We raised $32,000 in scholarship funds for the Washington Food Industry Educational Foundation.

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

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177


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