Recently, Buehler’s Fresh Foods hosted the nationally-televised Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition at their Milltown location in Wooster, Ohio, where ESPN filmed the entire event. To celebrate ESPN’s Ocho Programming, the event is scheduled to air, Saturday, August 8 at 5 pm on ESPN2.

At the Ohio Grocery Baggers Bowl 2020, 22 contestants faced off to win the coveted Ceramic Bag Award, $1,000 and a trip to San Diego to compete for the National Bagging Championship at the National Grocer Associations National Convention.

Tune in and find out who will represent Ohio in Las Vegas at the National Competition – and a chance to win $10,000!

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has competed in the Ohio Grocery Best Bagger Competition for the past 17 years, proudly holding the National Championship title in 2016 secured by Brady Long. Buehler’s has held the Ohio Champion title four years in a row. “Each year Buehler’s enroll our top four baggers in the state OGA contest,” according to Rich Bidinger, Director of Operations.

Bagging contestants are judged by the speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude, and appearance. Contestants for the Ohio Competition are chosen through local competitions throughout the year.

“Buehler’s Fresh Foods is happy to both host and participate in the Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition. Having won this competition four times in a row from 2015 through 2018, we’re anxious to get back to our winning ways in support of the Ohio Grocers Association.” remarked, Dan Shanahan, President and CEO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. The family moved the business in 1932 to Wooster, and, after four generations, grew to 13 stores serving the northeast Ohio market. In 2017, Buehler’s became an ESOP (employee stock ownership program) with the belief that selling to their own employees was the best way to assure the continuation of the innovative and creative spirit that made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

The Ohio Grocers Association is the leading voice and advocate for Ohio’s grocery industry, and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.