Colin Jessup of Lancaster claimed Ohio’s Best Bagger title at the 2013 Ohio Best Bagger Contest on Friday. Grocery baggers from nine Ohio companies participated in the contest held at Geyer’s Markets in Lexington.
Geyer’s Markets is a family-owned supermarket chain with six locations in Northeast Ohio. Jessup was one of four baggers representing The Kroger Co., and he beat 24 other competitors to win the title. The award comes with $1,000 cash and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Best Bagger Contest in February.
“We are thrilled to showcase Ohio’s best baggers in this contest,” said Nate Filler, president and CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association. “As a former bagger, I truly appreciate that these employees are often the first and last faces seen by a customer. They play a vital role in the success of the business.”
Contestants filled three reusable bags and were judged on speed, weight distribution between the bags, technique and style/attitude of the bagger. The top five qualifiers advanced to a final round to determine the winner.
“The clincher is always the weight distribution between the bags,” Filler said. “It’s hard to fill three bags of groceries and have their weights come out the same, but Colin was unbelievably consistent.”
In addition to Jessup, top scores went to Sarah Morris from Giant Eagle in Lancaster, Kelley Golliher from Giant Eagle in Bainbridge, Phillip Sammons from The Kroger Co. in Cincinnati and Ryne Morgan from Giant Eagle in Groveport. Each of those placing in the top five won cash prizes.
In the featured photo at top is Colin Jessup with Nate Filler of the Ohio Grocers Association.