Martin's Super Market bagger from Granger to compete in national competition to be the best at bagging groceries

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@elkharttruth.com

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A bagger from a Martin’s Super Market in Granger will represent the state of Indiana at a national competition to be the best at bagging groceries.

The supermarket chain will sponsor 18-year-old Nathan Toth’s entry in the Best Bagger championship competition Feb. 29 at the National Grocers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, according to a news release. The winners of the competition could win up to $10,000 along with numerous other prizes.

Toth, who now works at the Martin’s Super Market at 12850 S.R. 23,  had to defeat 17 other contestants in the Indiana State Bag Off last October in order to quality for the national competition. It’ll be his first.

“Bagging groceries is an art,” said Paulette Collins, training coordinator with Martin’s Super Market. “At Martin’s, we emphasize to both beginning and seasoned Courtesy Clerks (baggers) that a stable, categorized and safely organized bag is one way our customers experience our superior commitment to service. And by training for and competing in Bag Off contests, we’re highlighting to our shoppers and employees alike that attention to detail is an ongoing process at Martin’s.”

The supermarket chain will also sponsor 23-year-old Tara Peters, who will represent the state of Michigan at the competition. She works at a Martin’s Super Market at 5637 Cleveland Ave. in Stevensville. Peters qualified for the competition after besting two other contestants at the Michigan State Bag Off last October as well.

The National Grocers Association is the national trade association that represents retail and wholesale grocers in the independent sector of the food distribution industry.

J.C. Lee is a reporter for the Elkhart Truth and writes for Flavor 574.
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