Ohio's Best Bagger Press Release

PRESS RELEASE 
Ohio's Best Bagger
 
On Tuesday, August 12th grocery baggers from stores across the state including Community Markets, Giant Eagle, Chief Supermarkets, Bassett’s Market, Kroger’s and a host of other companies will compete in the Ohio Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Competition. Five state finalists win $100 and the state champion wins $1,000 and a trip to Las Vegas, where they will compete in the National Grocers Association’s National Best Bagger Contest.
 
Contestants are judged not only on speed, but also on weight distribution between bags, correct bagging technique, professional appearance and attitude. According to Community Markets Director of Training, Jeff Waldron all aspects of the competition are important. “Being quick obviously helps, but if you put eggs or another crushable product on the bottom, you won’t be the best bagger.” Kelly Barr, Director of Government Relations for Ohio Grocer Association agreed. “The best bagger contest is an exciting competition, which serves as a great way to enhance proper and effective bagging techniques, as well as a prime opportunity for our member stores to showcase their talented employees.”
 
This years’ Ohio bagging contest is being held at Great Scot Community Markets at 2021 Broad Ave. in Findlay and is being called “Bagging Under the Big Top.” The store will take on a circus theme for the day and feature games, clowns, some of the world’s smallest horses and many more circus themed activities and food for contestants, spectators and the stores regular customers. The day’s circus themed events start at 9am, with the actual bagging contest starting at 1:30pm.
The Ohio Grocers Foundation advocates for issues relating to the grocery business, which allows for promotion and enhancement of the food industry and related careers, through education, tuition reimbursement, training and consumer awareness. Visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.ohiogrocersfoundation.org/. Visit the Ohio Grocers Association website at http://www.ohiogrocers.org/ for more details on the bagging contest including a downloadable bagging contest training manual, compliments of the National Grocers Association.
 
Great Scot Community Markets is part of Findlay, OH based Fresh Encounter, Inc. which operates thirty-one stores throughout Ohio and eastern Indiana under a variety of banners including Community Markets, Fulmer Community Markets, Great Scot Community Markets and Sack ‘N Save.
 
Best Bagger Contestants 
Manning, Michele - Carnival Foods : Circleville 
Zaic, Mike - Giant Eagle : Cleveland 
Mansour, Saaid - Savmor BiRite : Cleveland 
Haddad, John - Huffman's : Columbus 
Keethler, Adam - Huffman's : Upper Arlington 
Murray, Billy - Huffman's : Upper Arlington 
Greenlee, Cody - Kroger : Columbus 
Burckholter, Theresa - Chief Supermarkets : Celina 
Imm, Barb - Chief Supermarkets : Napoleon 
Moll , Tyler - Chief Supermarkets : Wauseon 
Stachler, Jeff - Chief Supermarkets : Coldwater 
Hanefeld, Cody - Community Markets : Delta 
Lauck, Jamie - Community Markets : Cridersville
Smith, Brian - Community Markets : Wapakoneta 
Sybert, Megan - Community Markets : Ada 
Banks, Jake - Sutton's Super Valu : Gordon 
Webb, Justin - Sutton's Super Valu : Greenville 
Lebeau, Nick - Kroger : Grove City 
Baraz, Kon - Giant Eagle : Highland Hts 
Flanders, Josh - Carnival Foods : Lancaster 
Lehman, Jessy - Carnival Foods : Lancaster 
Mitchell, Tara - Carnival Foods : Circleville 
McConnell, Kevin - Buehler's Food Market : Massillon 
Cooley, Heather - Dorothy Lane Market : Oakwood 
Bergman, Tom - Dorothy Lane Market : Oakwood 
Jividen, Maddie - Bassett's Market : Port Clinton 
Kitzler, Melissa - Bassett's Market : Port Clinton 
Farley, Denise - Giant Eagle : Ravenna 
Caetta, Eric - Giant Eagle : Stow 
Legler, Bailey - Huffman's : Upper Arlington 
Glockner, Chris - Buehler's Food Markets : Wadsworth 
Smith, Andrew - Buehler's Food Markets : Wadsworth 
Budding, Nick - Dorothy Lane Market : Washington Square 
Greene, Ryan - Dorothy Lane Market : Springboro 
Beagle, Mitchell - Appleseed IGA : Arlington 
Derr, Matt - Appleseed IGA : Arlington 
Elsea, Caleb - Appleseed IGA : Arlington 
Lewis, Russel - Kroger : Dublin 
Knoz, Sharon - Kroger : Toledo 
Smith, Thomas - Kroger : Mt. Vernon 
Young, Ryan - Kroger : Dublin

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