The Council Connection May 2018

Apply Now for the SEPC Member Scholarship Program

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.
  • 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.


Our STEP-UPP Class embarked on their first field trip, April 11th – 13th, for their South Florida Growing Tour. We are so grateful to Florida Classic Growers, Inc., C.H. Robinson, Wish Farms, DiMare Fresh, Inc. (Ruskin and Tampa), and Florida Dept. of Agriculture for your valuable contributions to this outstanding program! Check out these pics from their tour!

STEP-UPP Class of 2018
The Produce Inspection Training class will complete their spring semester this month, May 8th – 9th, hosted by General Produce LLC of the Castellini Group of Companies in Conley, GA. Look for an update with pics of their experience next month!

Goodness Garden Planting Day 2018

What a beautiful and rewarding day as SEPC members helped the young men of the Paul Anderson Youth Home prepare and plant their seedlings within the Goodness Garden so that they will be able to reap its harvest in the months to come.

Calling all SEPC Superheroes!

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is hosting its sixth annual Strong4Life Superhero Sprint 5K and 1 mile fun run Saturday, June 2nd in Piedmont Park.

We invite you to join our team as we support this super benefit, and as an SEPC member, family member, employee, or co-worker, you will receive free registration and a complimentary t-shirt.

Or if you aren’t up for the run, but would like to help out, we would love for you to volunteer with us at our tent as we distribute fresh, donated produce from our company members to the runners. All volunteers will also receive a t-shirt to show our appreciation.

Come dressed in your best superhero costume to walk, jog, or sprint to the finish line. CHOA is also hosting a costume contest after the race and will award prizes for the most creative superhero attires. This family-friendly event benefits their Strong4Life movement.

2017 Strong4Life SuperHero Sprint

We invite you to register to attend this year’s RECIPE Roadshow on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Atlanta Farmers Market Community Building in Forest Park, GA. For more details regarding this event, please visit our website at seproducecouncil.com We hope you will take advantage of this exciting new venture for the SEPC and hit the road with us to Atlanta, GA.

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.

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.

SEPC Membership Renewal

It's that time again! Renew your SEPC membership! In an effort to organize our contact list, we ask that you please register the associates from your company for our annual membership that will reap the benefits we provide. We invite anyone working in the produce industry to join the regional council leading the industry in networking, innovative, charitable, and educational opportunities. We offer a variety of benefits for personal and professional growth. Please review the membership options below, and select which best suites your companies needs.

Please note, we have already begun invoicing companies based on their previous membership. We ask that you still fill out the registration in order to keep our records up to date and make sure each member is receiving the full benefits of their membership. If you have already submitted payment, simply select "Invoice" at the completion of the registration, and we will input the payment once received.


Corporate Membership

Corporate memberships are available for 2-5 members, 6-10 members, or 11-15 members based on your company’s needs. Corporate members are entitled to all membership benefits provided by the council.

2-5 Members: $750* | 6-10 Members: $1500* | 11-15 Members: $2,250*

Individual Membership

Entitles member access to SEPC events. Some program exclusions may apply.

1 Member: $175*

*These fees are based on an annual membership that runs from June to the following May.

To view more benefits of being a SEPC member, check out our digital Membership Packet.


In case you missed it last month, be sure to check out our SEPC News page! 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!

Southern Exposure 2018

2018 GALA

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