Torgeson wins award at bagging contest

Josh Torgeson

The Minnesota Grocers Association held its 25th annual statewide Best Bagger Contest on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Mall of America. The first place winner was Chelsea Retzer of Lunds – Normandale, Bloomington, winning $500 cash, a trophy and a trip to Las Vegas to represent Minnesota at the National Best Bagger Championship on Feb. 11, 2014.
Second place was awarded to Dylan Hiler of Chris’ Food Center, Sandstone and third place was awarded to Mackenzie Morrissey of Kowalski’s Market, Eagan.
Josh Torgeson of Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Waconia received one of four Bagger Excellence Awards. Torgeson earned the Spirit Award.
In the competition, the 14 participating contestants were judged on speed, style, attitude, proper bag building technique and weight distribution between the bags. Contest attendees witnessed the art of “bagging” by some of Minnesota’s best.
Contestants ranged from 16 to 23 years of age and reusuable bags were used during the contest.
This contest is important to the MGA and its membership because it is a fun, fast-paced and entertaining competition, but most importantly, this event showcases the talents of one of the industry’s key employees.
Baggers are the people responsible for the last experience customers have in a store, and the contest’s focus on these top baggers truly exemplifies the retail food industry’s dedication to customer service.