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    Letterman to Challenge 2010 NGA Best Bagger Champion on ‘Late Night’

    The 2010 National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger champion, Kyle Perry of Martin's Super Markets in Osceola, Ind., will go head to head with David Letterman Tuesday, March 9 on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

    The 2010 National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger champion, Kyle Perry of Martin's Super Markets in Osceola, Ind., will go head to head with David Letterman Tuesday, March 9 on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

    Having worked as a grocery store bagger before his TV career, Letterman annually challenges the new national champion to a contest on his show.

    The Best Bagger National Championship, sponsored by Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods, Inc., is a yearlong, nationwide program in which the best-of-the-best grocery baggers in the country compete for prizes and the title of “America’s Best Bagger.” Contestants are judged on speed, bag-building technique, weight distribution between bags, and style, attitude and appearance. As the winner, Perry took home “bagging rights” as well as the $10,000 grand prize, the “Golden Grocery Bag" trophy, and additionally won the Pan-Oston “Best Bagger Golden Lane” for his organization.

    This year’s competition also made a change in the type of bags used within competition: for the first time, reusable bags were used instead of paper and plastic. This change was in response to the increase in consumer popularity of reusable bags around the country.

    NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.

    Independent grocers who are members of Progressive Grocer/NGA’s Independent Grocer Network can view a photo gallery of the Best Bagger Competition here: http://www.independentgrocernetwork.com/photo/albums/2010-nga-best-bagger-contest.

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