The UFIA 2017 Annual Conference and Celebration will be held on August 2nd at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT.  New officers and directors will be elected to lead the organization. Tom Welch, retired CEO of Maverik and General Counsel for Smith's Food & Drug, will be inducted into the Utah Food Industry Hall of Fame.  Don Ipson, CEO of DATS Companies will also be recognized with the industry’s Impact Award.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from supermarket and retail expert Michael Sansolo.  Sansolo will provide educational sessions touching on the brave new world of food retailing and business lessons from the movies.  Michael is highly regarded in the retail food industry and has a wealth of experience to share.  

UFIA will host Utah's Best Bagger contest at the convention where the State Champion will be crowned and will compete for the national title in Las Vegas.

Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the State's premier food industry event.  For a full schedule of events and description of sponsorship opportunities click on the link below.  Also online registration is open so don't forget to register soon because space is limited.


UFIA Hall of Fame

Tom Welch Maverik / Smith's Food & Drug Stores

Tom Welch

Maverik / Smith's Food & Drug Stores


UFIA Impact Award

Don Ipson DATS Companies

Don Ipson

DATS Companies


Keynote Speaker
Michael Sansolo


Countless studies and years of work with some of the world’s most innovative companies gives Michael Sansolo a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends impacting shoppers, employees, competition, economics, supply chains and management. A long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and now a consultant, speaker and author, Sansolo has traveled the globe working with companies on adjusting to new market conditions.

He currently serves as the research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of both North and Latin America, working with these groups on emerging business topics such as social networking. He is vice chairman of the board of The Food Institute, an industry research organization. 

In his 13 years as senior vice president at FMI, Sansolo had oversight over all education, supply chain and research activities. In this position he developed an in-depth perspective of the changing nature of cooking, eating and shopping. Prior to joining FMI, Sansolo was editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer magazine and was a reporter for Gannett Newspapers.  In his career he received a number of awards for excellence in writing and reporting.

Sansolo is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland with a degree in political science, economics and journalism.