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HOWS Markets Courtesy Clerk Bags Top Honors.

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2000

Ricardo Ordorica, 18, a courtesy clerk for HOWS Markets in Southern California is the 2000 California Bag-Off Champion.

The championship, held October 23 during the Western Food Industry Exposition in Las Vegas, and sponsored by the California Grocers Association, featured top courtesy clerks from throughout California vying for the honor of being top bagger.

Ordorica bags groceries for HOWS Markets No. 5 in Torrance. He has worked there for two years.

"We began the Bag-Off competition 15 years ago as a way of recognizing the `unsung hero' of the supermarket - the courtesy clerk," Larkin says. "Quite often, the last impression customers have of their shopping experience at a particular store is the courtesy clerk. They play a very important role in the success of a store."

Baggers are judged on speed, proper bag building and appearance. In addition to bagging with traditional brown paper bags, contestants also have to demonstrate their plastic bag building techniques.

For his efforts, Ordorica won $1,000 cash and a trip to the national finals next January during the National Grocers Association Convention in Dallas, Texas. The winner of that event typically lands a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Capturing second place honors was Josh Sage, representing Ralphs Grocery Co./Southern Division. Third place winner was Tawni Boross of Stater Bros. Markets.

The California Grocers Association is a non-profit, statewide trade association representing the food industry since 1898. CGA represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 300 grocery supplier companies. Retail membership includes chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers. The association is recognized as the industry leader in the areas of government and industry relations, public relations, education and communications. CGA maintains its headquarters in Sacramento with a satellite office in Long Beach.
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