Macey’s Bagger Finishes Second in National Bagging Competition

Bagger Represents Utah on National Stage

Justin Dea, a bagger from Macey’s grocery store in Pleasant Grove, Utah took second place at the National Grocers Association’s best bagger competition on February 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dea battled against top baggers from around the nation in an intense, but fun-filled event. As a reward for his impressive finish, Dea received a $5,000 cash prize and a trophy.

“I’m really excited about participating,” said Dea. “At Macey’s, we work really hard and I’m happy I can represent the state and my store.”

During the competition, baggers are judged and receive points in four areas: speed (10 points), proper bag building technique (10 points), distribution of weight between bags (5 points), style, attitude and appearance (5 points).

Dea, who along with bagging is a self-proclaimed advocate of Macey’s doughnuts, received especially high marks on his bagging technique as well as weight distribution.

“The coaching and mentoring our team members receive is phenomenal,” said David Rice, president of Macey’s. “Our stores provide an atmosphere where team members can be successful at work and develop a pattern of accomplishment for life.”