LAS VEGAS — Andrew Borracchini of Metropolitan Market at Admiral, Seattle, garnered the title of America’s Best Bagger.

Seattle bagger wins NGA awardBorracchini beat out Taylor Cantrell of Dillons Food Stores, Wichita, Kan., at the 27th annual National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship, at NGA’s annual convention Feb. 10-13.

He won the $10,000 grand prize, the Golden Grocery Bag trophy and the Best Bagger Golden Lane, a special checkout stand that will be installed in his store.

The competition was hosted by Phil Lempert, known as the Supermarket Guru, who said the checkout bagger is the final part of the grocery store transaction, and therefore, very important.

Contestants were judged on speed, bag-building technique, weight distribution, style, attitude, and appearance. This year’s contestants used three reusable bags, in which they bagged 30 to 35 items.

Cantrell won $5,000, and the third place through fifth place winners — James Wilmot of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, N.J.; Nicholas Lewis of Food City, Abingdon, Va.; and Daniel Busquets of Kowalski’s Market, Eagan, Minn, respectively — won $1,000 each.