The fastest bagger in the West, or at least the fastest grocery bagger in Washington, enjoyed a memorable experience last month at the national “Best Bagger” competition in Las Vegas.
Super 1 Foods employee and grocery speed bagger David Tochinskiy, a senior at Colville High School, took time off from his classes and from the CHS varsity boy’s basketball team to compete with other state winners in the national competition last month.
While Tochinskiy didn’t win (was edged out of the top five contenders who competed for the top prize), he represented the store and himself well and was among the fastest baggers in the competition, held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
The overall winner was Andrew Hadlock from Macey’s Grocery Stores in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“He did a great job,” Super 1 Foods Store Manager Brad Barbour said of Tochinskiy’s time in the limelight and under the bright lights and glitz of Las Vegas. “We’re very proud of him.”
Cheering Tochinskiy on were his sister, Anna, a former employee of Super One, Barbour, Jeff Philipps, President of Rosauers; Steve Lee, Rosauers’ Director of IT; Ray Sprinkle, President of URM Stores; Jan Gee, President of the Washington Food Industry Association, and several other URM employees, URM members, WFIA members and employees, and several vendor partners who helped sponsor the Washington state event.
Being Best Bagger in Washington and competing on the national stage is something Tochinskiy—and employees of Super One—won’t soon forget. For one thing, it will be hard to forget the $1,500 he won as the state prize and the all expenses paid trip to Vegas and National’s.
During the competition, each grocery store bagger is graded on speed, technique, weight distribution (don’t put the eggs and the bread at the bottom of the bag and the glass shouldn’t be touching), attitude and appearance.
Tochinskiy definitely understands how to build a bag—he’s organized, calm, fast and efficient…and he does it all with a smile.
Philipps summed up everybody’s feelings about Tochinskiy’s accomplishments and how well he represented Super One, Rosauers, URM and the WFIA in Las Vegas.
One more time?
“I am so proud of David and the way he represented himself, our company and our industry,” Philipps said.
He is a great example of excellent work ethic, determination, family values and humility.
“David has the ability to represent the state for a second time next year. We wish him the very best should he decide to pursue another state title. David definitely has it within him.”