LAS VEGAS—Trevor DeForest, assistant manager for Fareway Food Stores, Maquoketa, Iowa, is this year’s National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest grand prize winner.

trevor deforest NGA baggerDeForest, a father of five, took home the $10,000 prize in the annual contest, which is the culmination of local and state contests. Twenty-three finalists representing both chain and independent retailers competed for the top honor, which is based not only on speed, but also bag balance and item placement.

The annual event is held at the National Grocers Association Show, and was hosted by celebrity chef Duff Goldman.

Emily Goldman of Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Kansas City, Mo., placed second in the contest.

Nick Hernandez-Lopez of Nugget Market, Davis Calif., was the third place finisher.

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