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The Council Connection April 2018

Register Now for Southern Innovations 2018!

Registration is open for the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo which is taking place September 6th-8th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This three-day event will encompass abundant opportunities to experience the SEPC’s four pillars: Networking, Innovation, Community, and Education.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Nashville, TN

September 6-8, 2018

Exhibitor Space

Exhibitor booth space is also available for the Organics & Foodservice Expo! If you’re interested in participating as an exhibitor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • All produce displayed for retail sale must be Certified Organic
  • Only conventionally packed products intended for foodservice distribution will be allowed (i.e. conventionally grown produce in retail packs are not permitted to be displayed in booths during this expo)
  • We also highly recommend that Organic/Foodservice Personnel are included as part of your booth associates to field questions from potential buyers
  • Select “exhibitors” during the registration process. (Please note all exhibitors must be approved by the SEPC.) Southern Innovations allows six (6) booth associates as part of the exhibitor registration. To maintain our intimate space, additional booth associates will not be allowed.
The Produce Inspection Training class for the spring semester (May 8th – 9th) is now full! But don’t worry if you missed registration this time, because there will be another class offered this fall, October 9th-10th. It will also be hosted by General Produce LLC of the Castellini Group of Companies in Conley, GA. Please note that this class is limited to 20 attendees. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and priority will be given to SEPC members.
Our STEP-UPP Class will be traveling this month as they embark on their first field trip, April 11th – 13th, for their South Florida Growing Tour. Look for an update with pics of their experience next month!

You're Invited!

Join us for Work, Fun, Food, and Fellowship!

SEPC Member Scholarship

Education is one of the key foundations of the SEPC’s mission. Recipients of the SEPC Member Scholarship will each receive $2,000 towards their educational goals for the upcoming school year. The SEPC awarded 52 scholarships ($104,000) in 2017 thanks to the dedication of our members.

Program Qualifications:

  • Qualified applicants are required to have a parent or grandparent that is a corporate member of the SEPC and is in good standing. Good standing status includes members that have been on the SEPC membership roster for at least 12 months and have attended at least one SEPC event (Southern Exposure and/or Southern Innovations) in the last 12 months.
  • Qualified applicants must also be enrolled with at least twelve credit hours.

Visit our website to view more information and apply.

Application deadline is May 4, 5:00pm EST

SEPC NEWS PAGE: Have you seen our SEPC News page yet? We’ve added this to our website (under the About tab) so that members can locate our featured articles and videos all in one place…and we love sharing what y’all have helped us to accomplish!
Millen, GA – The Southeast Produce Council, along with representatives of the United Fresh Produce Association and the Jenkins County School System, held a dedication ceremony celebrating the installation of fresh salad bars on Monday, March 5, 2018.

SE 2018 Recap

From the Educational Workshops to the Southern Roots Yacht StarShip cruise and the amazing Keynote Luncheon and finally ending with the Gator Rock Closing Reception, attendees of Southern Exposure 2018 were All Shook Up!
Networking at its finest at Southern Exposure 2018!
Dave Stornetta accepts the 2018 Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award at Southern Exposure.
339 Hwy 17 North, Millen, GA 30442 | 1.877.720.7372 | info@seproducecouncil.com

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