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Tyler Myers, Lisa  Johnson, Henry Johnson, Cole Crofton, Larry Baker

For the second year in a row, shoppers at Yoke’s Fresh Market in Spokane can claim statewide bragging – and bagging – rights.

On October 8, 2019, Yoke’s clerk Henry Johnson clinched the Washington Food Industry Association Educational Foundation’s Best Bagger title for 2019. He aced out eight other competitors for the state honor at the competition held Oct. 8 at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place in Tacoma.  

As state champ, Henry will represent Washington State and compete for the $10,000 at the Annual National Best Bagger Battle title Feb. 25 in San Diego. Lisa Johnson of Fred Meyer in Tacoma placed second in the competition; Cole Crofton of Rosauers Supermarket in Yakima took third.

Contestants will be judged on the following criteria: 

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

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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 $250 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.

2018 Washington Best Bagger CHAMPION

Washington State Best Bagger Champion Henry Johnson of Yoke’s Fresh Market in Spokane is congratulated by event sponsors Larry Baker of Bunzl and Tyler Myers of the Myers Group.
The contest was held Oct. 25 in Spokane. 

Whether your bag is paper, plastic, or recyclable, Henry Johnson of Yoke’s Fresh Market in Spokane will bag your groceries like a champ – and has the title to prove it.

Johnson is the Washington Food Industry Educational Association’s Best Bagger for 2018. He clinched the title Oct. 25 at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, beating out 10 other competitors for the state honor. Tate Stoner of The Metropolitan Market in Seattle placed second; Seth Pettibone of QFC #838 in Inglewood placed third. Johnson will represent Washington State and compete for the $10,000 Annual National Best Bagger Battle title Feb. 25 in San Diego. 

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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