The Council Connection January 2019

SEPC Values: IMPACT: Integrity | Morals | Passionate | Accountable | Charitable | Teamwork

Applications for the Vorhees Vision Scholarship are now available! Deadline: January 18, 2019 5PM EST

The Vorhees Vision Scholarship was created to reward the achievements of young individuals who demonstrate a true entrepreneurial spirit in their lives as they pursue their educational goals. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Terry L. Vorhees, founder and first Executive Director of the Southeast Produce Council. Because of his vision and efforts, the Southeast Produce Council became and remains one of the best resources in the produce industry today.

One college-aged student (graduating high school senior or current college student) will receive a one-time scholarship of $5000 for educational financial aid.

The application can only be submitted online through the link provided on our website.

The application deadline is January 18, 2019 at 5pm EST

How’s it hangin’ Produce People?! The Southeast Produce Council is so totally buggin’ as we prepare to celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Southern Exposure 2019: Produce like it’s 1999! This year’s event will take place March 7 – 9, 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Register now because this conference is gonna be the bomb!

Sessions and events fill up quickly, and prices increase as the conference approaches, so we encourage you to select your sessions and events upon registering. The clock is ticking!

Do you have an innovative product you’d like to feature at Southern Exposure 2019?

The SEPC is introducing Innovation Stations in which one (1) of your team members may highlight your new product, product line, or service during our Southern Exposure Expo.

How to Apply for an Innovation Station

Review the requirements below and submit your application by Friday, January 11th. Stations are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Priority will be given to waitlisted companies who meet the criteria as well as companies who are interested in joining the SEPC. You must include a high-resolution image of your product as well as a detailed description (50 words or less). You will be notified Thursday, December 20th, if your submission has been approved.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Your company must be a member of the Southeast Produce Council and in good standing
  • Your company is not currently exhibiting at Southern Exposure
  • Your new product, product line, or family of items must not exceed 4 individual SKUs
  • Your new product must have been presented to market since September of 2018 or will be launched before July of 2019.
  • Space is limited to (1) Innovation Station per member company.

Educational Session Preview

The Power of Produce

After a successful collaboration during the SEPC’s Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo as well as Southern Exposure in 2018, the Southeast Produce Council is thrilled to be teaming up with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to reveal its signature research, Power of Produce. This innovative union now provides attendees with the annual unveiling of Power of Produce reports exclusively at Southern Exposure.

Rick Stein, FMI Vice President of Fresh Foods
Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC
Mike Tipton (Schnuck Markets Inc.)
Bill Pollard (Dollar General)

Keynote Speaker

Travis Stork, M.D.

Southern Roots Speaker

Shannon Cassidy
Are you a current exhibitor with a new product that you’d like to feature at Southern Exposure 2019?

The SEPC is excited to reintroduce our Bright Ideas Fresh Arrivals. This showcase will highlight your new product or service in a high-traffic display area, open to attendees during our expo. Participants will also benefit from having their product listing featured on our website, conference directory, and app. (If you are not a current exhibitor but are interested in a showcase, check out our new Innovation Stations!)

How to Apply for a Showcase

Review the options below and submit your application by January 11, 2019. Cases are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Only one (1) case per member company. You must include a high-resolution image of your product as well as a detailed description (50 words or less).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Your company must be a member of the Southeast Produce Council and in good standing.
  • Your company must be a current exhibitor at Southern Exposure 2019.
  • Your new products must have been launched since March of 2018 or will be launched before July 2019.

Meet our STEP-UPP Class of 2019

Carissa Feld (AWG)
Haley Kuettel (Walmart)
Brittany Rosen (Harps)
Jacqueline Soria (Hello Fresh)
Marianna Willis (Food Lion)
Steve Bartkowiak (US Foods)
Anthony Easterling (Sprouts)
Bradley Hansman (SE Grocers)
Jordan Kowalski (PFG)
Earl Fobb, Jr. (Rouses)
James Williams (Sams Club)
Matt Zapczynski (MDI)

Southern Exposure 2019 Digital & Exhibitor Toolkits

Digital Toolkit

The SEPC is pleased to provide you with our latest interactive digital toolkit for Southern Exposure. Within our innovative toolkit, you’ll be able to utilize the exhibitor kit, level sponsor ad information, event logos, email signatures, social media graphics, and more. We’ll continue to add more content throughout the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

Social Media & Email Graphics
Instagram Graphic: right click to download
FaceBook Graphic: right click to download
Twitter Graphic: right click to download
LinkedIn Graphic: right click to download
Email Signature Graphic: right click to download (pdf format available upon request to add booth number)

Exhibitor Toolkit

Southern Exposure 2019 Exhibitor Listing Information

The Southern Exposure 2019 Company Description/Logo submission time frame has past for the conference directory and app. The first informational email with the submission details and link was sent October 29, 2018 to your company's primary contact listed in our system for SE19. Multiple reminder emails have also been sent. If this information was not submitted by that contact person for your company, only the company name, logo on file, and booth number will be printed in the directory and displayed in the app. Last year's information will not be automatically used.

If you have any questions or would like to ensure your company's information has been submitted, please contact Sarah. sarah@seproducecouncil.com.

You may view your company’s logo that we have on file using the link below.

A few of our SEPC members, along with their friends and families, had a busy weekend December 8th packing boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child! What a blessing to be able to join in such an amazing mission!!

SEPC members enjoyed an evening of delicious food, rewarding fellowship, and so much fun at the Paul Anderson Youth Home Christmas Dinner Theater! It was amazing to see how God has been working in the lives of those young men, and we are so grateful to our members for your support in sponsoring such a worthy cause!!

SEPC Contributes

David and all,

Thank you so much, this will be so helpful, 100% will be used for freight and packing costs we are incurring on the extra produce loads for hurricane damaged areas in the panhandle of Florida, which of course was not in our budget. We have already sent five loads of citrus (donated by Wonderful Citrus) and two loads of squash, green beans and sweet potatoes into that area, and are currently harvesting 3 Satsuma groves in Jackson County that will disburse about another half million pounds of citrus into the hard hit areas. $10,000 will go a long way toward these expenses, mostly bags, boxes and freight. Again, thank you, we greatly appreciate this generous contribution as we try to help meet basic needs of those families who did not expect to be food insecure this year.

Many Thanks & Christmas Blessings,

Barbara Sayles, Director

Society of St. Andrew/Florida Region

315 Hwy 17 North | Millen, GA 30442 | 877.720.SEPC (7372) | Fax: 478.982.0335

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