Alex Morton competed against nine coworkers for the chance to represent Kroger. Coming in second was Troy Yearby of Athens, and third place finalist was J.D. Straight of Cumming. All three finalists will receive scholarships.
"We were extremely impressed with the competition at this year’s 'Bag-Off,'" says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta Division. "Troy, J.D. and all of the competitors had exceptional talent, and we look forward to cheering on Alex at the Georgia Food Industry Association's competition next month."
This year's "Bag-Off" – which took place on June 20 at the Dacula Road Kroger in Dacula – judged Kroger's top baggers across the state on the proper way to pack a grocery bag, including weight distribution, speed, technique, overall style, appearance and attitude. As the winner, Morton will move on to the Georgia Food Industry Association's "Bag-Off" competition, which takes place on July 12 in Orlando.
Georgia's best bagger will be invited to compete against the nation's top baggers at the National Grocers Association Best Baggers Contest in Las Vegas. The national competition will be held in February 2013.