The WAFC’s vision is to be the recognized leader in identifying and facilitating food industry related educational programming that helps food industry associates become leaders within the industry. While not entirely constrained geographically, the focus for these efforts remains rooted in the 14 Western United States.


The mission of the WAFC is to help the industry attract, retain and advance high potential food industry associates through exposure to educational programs and leadership opportunities.


The values of the WAFC are core to our existence and success. Industry leaders across all segments — retail, wholesale, CPG and third party suppliers — unite together to focus on educational opportunities that benefit food industry associates. Potential students from all areas of the food industry are impartially evaluated on their past educational experience, as well as job performance and future industry potential. The WAFC fosters a spirit of partnership with other industry organizations that have a dedicated focus on providing educational opportunities for the food industry.