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June 27, 2014
Written By: Ann Seuferer

Could You Be Iowa’s Next Best Bagger?

If so, you could be headed to Las Vegas in February. The overall Iowa champion not only receives $500 and a trophy but automatically qualifies for the 2015 National Best Bagger Contest and will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas, including hotel accommodations and the chance to win $10,000.
The Iowa Grocery Industry Association is gearing up for the 27th Annual Iowa Best Bagger Contest to determine who will be named Iowa’s next best bagger. This Iowa State Fair favorite draws of a crowd of 300-400 spectators and will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at the fairgrounds in Des Moines. We'd love to have record-setting attendance and support from the entire grocery industry. 
If your bagging skills are a litte rusty, no worries. Just come and cheer on our brave bagging competitors. It's fun and adds to a great day at the fair.
Competition Moves to Susan Knapp Amphitheater
So you know, we are changing it up a bit this year. The competition will begin at 1 p.m. on the stage of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater, located on Grand Ave., east of the grandstand and midway just past the Animal Learning Center on the north side of the street. This is a new location!
Contest Highlights
As done in previous years, this year’s competition will spotlight 18 contestants in three preliminary heats and a championship round. Contestants will bag identical grocery orders consisting of no more than 40 commonly purchased items. Each contestant is then evaluated on speed (bagging orders significantly more quickly than the average person), technique (ability to arrange groceries correctly within the bags), and finally, style and attitude (presenting a neat appearance, politeness and conveying a customer-oriented attitude). 
The four baggers who score the most points in the preliminary heats will then compete against each other in the championship round to earn cash prizes. The final round will feature two scored heats to determine the overall champion. While the judges are tallying the final scores, fans can enjoy a real crowd pleaser, the Celebrity Best Bagger Competition. Evaluated strictly on speed and who can have the most fun, the winner of the celebrity contest will earn a traveling trophy to display for one year and $250 for the charity of their choice thanks to the generosity of Fareway Stores Inc.
When the scores have been tabulated, the top four Iowa baggers will be presented trophies and the following cash prizes: first place receives $500 cash, second place earns $250, while third and fourth place winners receive $150 and $100 respectively.
The Winner Competes at National Competition 
The overall Iowa champion also qualifies for the 2015 National Best Bagger Contest and will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas, including hotel accommodations and the chance to win $10,000
The 2014 National Best Bagger contest was held at the NGA Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The 2013 Iowa champion Hy-Vee's Matthew Munstermann represented Iowa with style at the national competition. Munstermann gave an outstanding performance, including a first-place finish in his heat, but the national title and the $10,000 prize ultimately went to another deserving bagger, Andrew Hadlock of Macey's in Sandy, Utah.
“IGIA is proud of Iowa's Matthew Munstermann for his performance at the National Best Bagger Competition,” says IGIA President Michelle Hurd “Matt was the picture of professionalism. He remained calm, composed and charming throughout an intense competition."
Don’t Miss the Fun!
Plan to attend this year’s event – mark your calendars and come out and cheer on your local grocer this summer as he or she competes for the title of “Iowa’s Best Bagger”. 
Posters providing details about the event are on their way to all retail members of the IGIA. Please share this poster with all interested employees. It contains information regarding eligibility requirements and registration procedures.
For more information about the 2014 Iowa Best Bagger Contest or for additional posters, please contact Peggy Sellner at 515.270.2628 or psellner@iowagrocers.com.



Grocers Care Day Is Your Chance to Make A Difference
February 3, 2014
Written By: Michelle Hurd

Grocers Care Day Is Your Chance to Make A Difference
2014 Grocers Care Day to be held Tuesday, February 25
Grocers play a vital role in the health of our communities. They provide the food that fuels us, they sponsor youth programs, they support schools and churches, they help the homeless, they give their time, money and products to a multitude of good causes that come their way each week. Grocers care!
The bottom line: What’s good for grocers is good for the community. Grocers Care Day is a unique opportunity for grocers to meet face to face with legislators, to share their stories, to weigh in on the issues and to make legislators aware of how those issues affect not only their businesses but the communities in which they operate.
Our elected officials decide every year if your business will pay additional fees and/or taxes and whether local governments will have more or less authority over how you operate your business. This is your chance to connect with lawmakers and to tell them how the laws they are making affect you. Make your voice heard and make a difference. 
There is strength in numbers so we need as many of you as possible to participate. While the sight of hundreds of competitors from the same industry gathering at the State Capitol on the same day has a powerful impact on legislators, our singular voice united for a common cause makes a truly lasting impression.
In 2014, we have a duty to educate lawmakers on the repercussions of the following issues of concern to the grocery industry so they can make informed decisions: bottle bill expansion, minimum wage, e-cigarettes, motor fuel tax, GMO labeling and security breach definition changes. We can speak out now or we can live with the consequences of our inaction.
Please take the time to join us at Grocers Care Day, Tuesday, February 25. We will meet at the State Historical Building, located at 600 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319. We will have a briefing on the issues at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. At 1 p.m., we will walk or ride the shuttle to Capitol to meet with legislators.
Pie and ice cream will be served on the main floor, and again this year, you will have an opportunity to have your picture taken with your representative. All proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Iowa.
For more information or to register, contact the IGIA office at info@iowagrocers.com or call 800-383-3663. A registration form is available at http://www.iowagrocers.com/grocers_care_day_signup_form.pdf
Grocers Care Day Schedule
11 a.m. Historical Building | Briefing
12 p.m. Historical Building | Lunch
1 p.m. Capitol | Meet with State legislators | Pictures with your legislators
1 – 3 p.m. Capitol First Floor | Ice cream & pie reception Capitol

Has Your Community Applied for a Build with Bags Grant Yet?
February 3, 2014
Written By: Michelle Hurd


Has Your Community Applied for a Build with Bags Grant Yet?
Deadline to Apply Is March 30, 2014
Now is the time to encourage the parks and schools in your community to apply for a Build with Bags grant. Grocers care about the environment and we express this care and concern through programs like the Iowa Grocery Industry Association's Build with Bags grant program.
After four years, the Build with Bags recycling grant program has donated $153,676.71 to more than 100 schools and parks across the state and kept hundreds of thousands of plastic bags out of landfills.
The idea is to use the money from the Build with Bags grants to increase plastic bag recycling efforts throughout Iowa and it’s working.
The program takes an innovative approach to encourage individuals to recycle their plastic bags so those bags can be turned into products that beautify our communities. It gives Iowans a firsthand look at what happens to their plastic bags when they are recycled and demonstrates grocers' commitment to the environment. Our members feel strongly that everybody wins when we recycle. Members also play an instrumental role in securing the Build with Bags grants for their communities through letters of endorsement and by being drop-off sites for plastic bag to be returned.
Grant applicants must obtain an endorsement letter from a local grocer who is supportive of the community’s project and recycling plans.

Apply Today!



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