It was a case of paper versus plastic as the Minnesota Grocers
Association (MGA) hosted its first Annual Bipartisan Bag-Off in mid-
January at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.
Designed to highlight the Minnesota food industry and the impact
it has on serving consumers, providing careers and investing in communities, the Bag-Off featured four legislators: Senate Minority Leader
Tom Bakk (D-Cook), Speaker of the House of Representatives Kurt
Daudt (R-Crown), Representative Mike Freiberg (D-Golden Valley)
and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), who competed
with Minnesota’s 2016 Best Bagger Seth Allen of Chris’ Food Center in
According to Jamie Pfuhl, president of the Minnesota Grocers
Association, based in St. Paul, baggers truly exemplify the food indus-
try’s dedication to customer service, as they are the people responsible
for the last experience customers have in a store.
The contest provided an insider look at the importance of this role
to the industry. For the contest, the legislators used reusable bags to
demonstrate the food industry’s commitment to consumer chose and
the well-being of the communities served by the stores.
A panel of MGA Board members judged the five contestants based
on speed, distribution of weight between the bags and proper bagging
technique, along with style, attitude and appearance.
Speaker Daudt won the competition with speed and perfect weight
distribution. He was presented with a trophy and $1,000 to donate to a
food charity of his choice within his district.
Can’t We All Just Bag