Registration is now open for Southern Innovations 2021 which will be held September 9 – 11 at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, GA.
We invite you to discover “What’s New?” within our industry as we reinvigorate Southern Innovations to springboard new product items and technologies into the marketplace. Join us for our annual tradeshow and conference focused on highlighting the latest innovations within the fresh produce industry, from organics and new product developments to technology and unique brand approaches.
Educational sessions led by industry leaders complement our tradeshow, offering an opportunity to hear how to elevate your brand in an increasingly competitive field and receive valuable fact-based data to strengthen and improve your business. And as always, you’ll be able to sample a taste of true Southern hospitality as you fellowship with friends and colleagues.
Feature your innovative products as an Exhibitor!
- Ideal Environment and Timeframe to Launch New Items into the Marketplace
- Outstanding Exhibitor/Buyer Ratio
- Intimate Atmosphere to Make Quality Connections
- One-day Exposition with Capped Attendance
- Enhanced Aisles with Single Rows of Exhibitors
- Equal Opportunities with 10x10 Booths for All Exhibitors
- Multiple Networking Opportunities Throughout Conference
- Hosted at GBAC STAR Accredited Facility – Savannah Convention Center – for Enhanced Safety
To reserve your space, please register before July 23, 2021.
Please note that Southern Innovations allows eight (8) booth associates as part of the exhibitor registration. To maintain our intimate space, additional booth associates will not be allowed. All exhibitor registrations require approval.
Educational Session I
Recruiting and Retaining a Multi-Generational Workforce
Hiring and keeping strong employees is more difficult than ever in today’s market landscape! Join Claudia St. John of Affinity HR to learn about the current hiring challenges and ideas on how to combat them. Claudia will also talk about retention strategies because keeping your current team members is priority number one! Throughout the topics, we will look at generational specific information to help us understand how to improve engagement with existing and potential associates.
Educational Session II
What's New?: Trends and Innovation
Join Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics in her review of the hottest trends in the industry to show us “What’s New?” in technology and innovation. Each of the trends highlighted in the session will feature a connection to the four “What’s New?” sections on the tradeshow floor – At the Farm, In the Store, On the Menu, and For the Earth – so during the Expo you can take a look at the latest products and companies that have innovations connected to these trending topics.
The Power of Empathy: How to Have More Compassion for Yourself and Others
We can all agree that 2020 through now has brought on its own set of challenges. Carrie Grace will be sharing inspiring stories and tips on how to develop more empathy for others, finding ways to fill our wells to pour out to others, and to create a deeper sense of community and connectivity.
Southern Roots Luncheon Speaker
Carrie Grace is a former teacher turned motivational speaker. She is on a mission to create more compassionate work and school cultures. She currently travels the country to inspire and encourage others to live their best lives and spread more kindness. She also helps people take more risks to get from where they are to the life they truly want. She has spoken at companies such as Marriott, Target, Jack Daniels, and many more.
Educational Session Speakers
Claudia St. John
Founder & President | Affinity HR Group, Inc.
Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is founder and President of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is the endorsed HR partner and resource for more than 17 national trade associations and their member companies. As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement, and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust. Her weekly HR Minute e-mails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide.
Principal | 210 Analytics, LLC
Anne-Marie Roerink is a Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC—providing customized research and marketing strategies with a specialty in food retailing for clients such as the Food Marketing Institute, National Grocers Association, National Confectioners Association and many others. Through countless studies and presentations for audiences large and small, Anne-Marie has developed an excellent perspective on the changing nature of the shopper and the food retailing business. Anne-Marie offers a diverse and in-depth view on retailing financials, operations and shopper behavior, and how/why these issues are important to various organizations, today and in the future. Prior to founding 210 Analytics, Anne-Marie was the Head of Research for the Food Marketing Institute.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker
Chief Growth Officer | Kids2
Former VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | The Coca-Cola Company
David Butler is a designer, strategist, and investor. As Kids2’s Chief Growth Officer, David is responsible for how the company learns through insights, designs its products and builds its brands globally. Prior to joining Kids2, David led global design and innovation for The Coca-Cola Company where he leveraged the power of design to help double the value of the company in less than a decade. Before joining Coke, David led brand strategy for Sapient where he helped Fortune 500 companies transform into digital companies. David began his career as a graphic designer where he specialized in designing large scale branding systems for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Coca-Cola, UPS and the International Olympic Committee. In 2009 David was named, “Master of Design” by Fast Company Magazine and in 2012 to Forbes’ “Executive Dream Team.” He is a best-selling author of “Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too)", published in over in 25 languages.
Southern Innovations Digital Toolkit Now Available!
The SEPC is pleased to provide you with our newest digital toolkit. We hope you will take advantage of these digital tools available for you as you prepare to join us in Savannah for Southern Innovations! Customize each graphic for your company's booth number and information.
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Short for “Learning, Interacting and Networking with Key players in the Supply Chain,” LINKS is an educational leadership program where exceptional Southeastern growers and shippers can connect with Retail/Foodservice providers in the region in a non-competitive environment. By enhancing each side’s understanding of the retail supply chain, we can facilitate our mutual goals to better service consumers and drive Southeastern produce consumption. The SEPC will provide a meeting space at Southern Innovations to participating Retail/Foodservice members who facilitate the program with invited Growers and Shippers.
LINKS Reservation Options for SEPC Retail/Foodservice members*
- LINKS Meeting Platform Options: Onsite LINKS Meeting | Virtual LINKS Meeting within the SEPC Virtual Garden
- LINKS Meeting Description Options: LINKS Meeting(s) with Grower/Shipper Companies (Note: if hosting onsite, due to safety precautions, we recommend hosting separate individual meetings with member companies) | Internal Company Meeting
- A La Carte Menu: A/V options (projector/screen & PA system) | Food & Beverage Service (at reserving company's expense)
*LINKS Meeting Reservations must be submitted/approved through SEPC by August 9th to ensure we have ample time to accommodate your meeting setup needs.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT YEAR’S SOUTHERN EXPOSURE!
Cultivating Ideas – Growing Relationships – Producing Results
Each year, the SEPC strives to curate an impactful series of industry programs and networking events for our members. The SEPC Virtual Garden is our newest platform through which we will continue to keep members abreast of the latest developments in produce—whether those are happening in the soil, in the cloud, or anywhere in between.
Through the SEPC Virtual Garden, we have begun planting the seeds from our founding pillars – Networking, Innovation, Community, and Education – so that our members will reap the benefits of harvesting quality experiences guaranteed to increase the value of their membership.
In case you missed them, several sessions are already available on demand!
The key to the success of our SEPC Virtual Garden is the community who tends it, and we are eager to serve alongside our SEPC family to see what we can grow together!