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Food City Associates Compete in National Bagger Championship


ABINGDON, VA (Thursday, February 28, 2013) – Each year, National Grocer’s Association hosts their annual Best Bagger Championship during their annual convention in Las Vegas.  Baggers from across the nation compete for the coveted title of “America’s Best Bagger”.

“NGA hosts a premier event featuring only the most talented baggers throughout the country,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.  “It’s a tremendous honor to qualify as a participant.”    

This year’s convention was held on February 10th during the 2013 NGA Show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, with competitors from 23 states.  According to NGA, “Contestants are judged on speed, bag-building technique, weight distribution between bags, style, attitude and appearance.  The 2013 contestants used three reusable bags during the preliminary and final rounds, during which they bagged 30 to 35 items.”  

Nicholas Lewis of Clintwood, Virginia serves as Courtesy Clerk for the Wise, Virginia Food City.  He was named fourth place winner overall, receiving national recognition and a prize of $1,000.  Lewis advanced to the event after winning his local in-store bagging competition, followed by his regional district contest and finally the Virginia State Best Bagger Competition held in October of 2012.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and building projects and plans to attend the FBI Academy, where he hopes to become a field agent after finishing college.  

Dwayne Blair, courtesy clerk for the Whitesburg, Kentucky Food City also competed in the championship.  He qualified for the event after winning his local in-store contest and the Kentucky State Best Bagger Competition.  A sophomore in college, Blair enjoys playing sports and hopes to start his own Computer Room after graduating.

“We are thrilled beyond words to have been privileged to have not one, but two Food City associates qualify for this prestigious competition,” adds Smith “We are extremely proud to have been represented by such outstanding, talented young individuals.  They are an asset to our company and our region.” 

NGA is an organization dedicated to keeping its members and the industry informed and educated about business issues important to independent grocers, engage broad consistencies and gain support for its mission, public policies, and programs.  For more information, visit their website at

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.