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

Supermarket and retail expert Michael Sansolo delivered two excellent presentations touching on the brave new world of food retailing and business lessons from the movies.  Michael's messages were well received and he received high marks from those in attenance.  

UFIA hosted Utah's Best Bagger contest at the convention and Kaylee Hudson from Macey's was crowned as our 2017 State Champion. Kaylee will now compete for the national title in Las Vegas in February of 2018.

 

UFIA Hall of Fame

Tom Welch Maverik / Smith's Food & Drug Stores

Tom Welch

Maverik / Smith's Food & Drug Stores

Tom and Laurie Welch 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon

Tom and Laurie Welch

2017 Annual Awards Luncheon

 

UFIA Impact Award

Don Ipson DATS Companies

Don Ipson

DATS Companies

 

State Best Bagger Competition

At the conclusion of the annual conference UFIA hosted the State's best bagger competition.  The competition was fierce and at the end of the contest Kaylee Hudson from Macey's stood alone as the State's best bagger.  Kaylee will now represent Utah at the National Best Bagging Contest in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

From left to right: Kate Bradshaw, Emcee; Janette Kalt, Harmons (2nd Place); Kaylee Hudson, Macey's (1st Place); Kaitlin Schaugaard, Fresh Market (3rd Place); Dave Davis, UFIA

From left to right: Kate Bradshaw, Emcee; Janette Kalt, Harmons (2nd Place); Kaylee Hudson, Macey's (1st Place); Kaitlin Schaugaard, Fresh Market (3rd Place); Dave Davis, UFIA

 

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.