The Council Connection January 2021


Southern Exposure Digital Toolkit

Use the graphics below to customize your company email signature or other social media graphics to show your support of Southern Exposure 2021! They can also be accessed on our website using the link below.

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Check out our FAQ section of Southern Exposure 2021 on our website. Learn how to:

  • view attendee list
  • modify your registration
  • add/edit sessions
  • substitute attendees
  • add/edit group members
  • use sponsor credits
Deadline February 1st!

Bright Ideas Fresh Arrivals

The SEPC is excited to feature your new products within our Bright Ideas Fresh Arrivals showcase!

How to Submit Your Showcase Application

  1. As you register for Southern Exposure, select Bright Ideas Fresh Arrivals as one of your sessions.
  2. Once you register, you’ll receive an application link via email for your showcase.
  3. Review the options below and submit your application by Monday, February 1, 2021. Cases are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited.
  4. You must include one (1) high-resolution image of your product as well as a detailed description (50 words or less).

Showcase Information

Price: $400*

Please note: All shelves include lighting and cases will be locked.

Case Dimensions: 37” W x 13” H x 25.5" D

Space is limited to one (1) case per member company (unless approved by the SEPC).

*An invoice will be sent upon registering as well as an application link. However, if your showcase is not approved, we will issue a refund.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Your company must be a member of the Southeast Produce Council and in good standing
  • Your new products must have been submitted to market since March of 2020 or will be launched before July 2021

Here is an example of our Bright Ideas Fresh Arrivals showcase from last year to give you an idea of the display area. Graphics will be updated with this year’s theme.

Deadline February 1st!

Innovation Stations

Our Innovation Stations are also back by popular demand in which one (1) of your team members may highlight a new product, product line, or service during our Southern Exposure Expo.

How to Submit Your Innovation Station Application

  1. As you register for Southern Exposure, select Innovation Station as one of your sessions.
  2. Once you register, you’ll be sent an application link via email for your Innovation Station.
  3. Review the information below and submit your application by Monday, February 1, 2021. 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.
  4. You must include your logo, one (1) high-resolution image of your product (or product family), as well as a detailed description (50 words or less).
  5. Companies will be notified Friday, February 5th, if the submission has been approved.

Price: $1499 (does not include individual/group registration fees)*

Eligibility Requirements

  • Company must be a member in good standing of Southeast Produce Council
  • Company is not currently exhibiting at Southern Exposure (unless prior SEPC approval)
  • New product, product line, or family of items must not exceed 4 individual SKUs
  • New product must have been presented to market since September of 2020 or will be launched before July of 2021 (Verification required)

Innovation Station Guidelines

  • Space is limited to one (1) Innovation Station per member company. One company member allowed in station at a time (Additional associates would need to purchase individual registrations or register as part of a group registration)
  • No additional signage, banners, display racks, etc. will be allowed
  • Sampling is permitted per convention center policies (see exhibitor kit)
  • One (1) stool will be provided at each station
  • Storage space is available within the desk area of the station

*An invoice will be sent via email upon registering as well as an application link. However, if your Innovation Station is not approved, we will issue a refund.

Here is an example of our Innovation Stations from last year to give you an idea of the display area. Graphics will be updated with this year’s theme.

We look forward to connecting with you at 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.

Join us in the garden for these current and upcoming SEPC Virtual Garden sessions:

Cooking in the Garden – Sponsor Chef Demos

SEPC University Educational Sessions

Produce Inspection Training

Southern Exposure 2021

In case you missed them, several of these sessions are 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!


Is your company looking for top entry level recruits?

STARS is the Southeast Produce Council’s annual scholarship program that awards 14 outstanding agricultural-based majors across 7 Southeast-based land grant universities. These students are at the top of their class and seeking to network, gain entry level positions, or acquire an internship with premier companies in the produce industry.

Join us for this invitation-only Cocktails & Careers private event. A highboy tabletop will be reserved for company representative(s) where you may showcase your company’s benefits to these highly qualified young job seekers!

Deadline February 2nd!

We are still taking reservations for on-site and virtual meetings for our LINKS program. As a valued member of the SEPC, we hope that you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Please submit your application for LINKS by February 2, 2021, and as you reply, you’ll be given the option to select your preferences.

This exclusive Retail/Foodservice Member benefit includes:

  • Complimentary private venue in which to either facilitate meetings with Southern Exposure exhibiting companies or conduct company team meetings*
  • Complimentary A/V equipment within the space (limited to projector, screen, PA system)
  • F&B can be ordered at member company’s expense

*Note: All LINKS participants must be SEPC members registered to attend Southern Exposure 2021.

Due to Covid-19, all LINKS events for Southern Exposure will limit room sizes to accommodate 1 supplying company and 1 buying company at a time. If any host company plans to have a series of 1:1 meetings, SEPC will facilitate a solution to ensure that rooms are sanitized between meetings.

We are also now offering hybrid meetings for Retail/Foodservice members who cannot attend due to travel restrictions, enabling you to virtually connect with current and potential vendors who are attending Southern Exposure in Orlando through the SEPC Virtual Garden.

How LINKS works for onsite Retail/Foodservice members: The SEPC will provide the private venue and A/V equipment to you free of charge to facilitate a meeting for Southern Exposure exhibiting companies with whom you currently conduct business. Once you select the SUBMIT button below, affirming your desire to participate in this program, you will be able to customize your LINKS meeting with available dates, times, and room options. If your company would benefit more by utilizing this opportunity for a team meeting within your company, you may request a space for that purpose, as well.

How LINKS works for virtual Retail/Foodservice members: You will be given the option of selecting our Virtual LINKS Meeting platform within your application, enabling you to customize the private venue as mentioned above. Once approved, we will set up the virtual meeting space within the SEPC Virtual Garden per your specifications so that onsite participants can communicate with you while you are onscreen via video conferencing.

If you are a Retail or Foodservice company looking to connect with vendors sign-up today!


Community Updates

“The boys have enjoyed eating lettuce grown from the ‘Goodness Garden’ in many ways. Their favorites have been cabbage rolls, BLT sandwiches, salads and even sprinkled shredded lettuce on top of many dishes as a garnish to add a cheerful burst of green.” ~ Victoria Shuman, Paul Anderson Youth Home Advancement Officer

Our featured charitable partner for January is Society of St. Andrew, whose partnership enables us to do our part to help feed America’s hungry. In addition to financial support as well as disaster relief donations, the SEPC is honored to work with the Society of St. Andrew to donate all leftover produce from Southern Exposure and Southern Innovations each year to help those who are hungry in the Southeast. Visit endhunger.org to learn more about this outstanding organization!

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have gained valuable insight into SEPC’s theme for 2021 – Produce: Powered by People. The produce industry has been deemed essential during this pandemic, and whether companies are serving from the fields or delivering to our tables we have all felt the tremendous impact. We would love for you to share how you have witnessed essential workers from your company or others within our industry who have risen above the challenges to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Share your support of Produce: Powered by People!

Deadline January 15th!

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.

Scholarship Details

One college-aged student (graduating high school senior or current college student) will receive a one-time scholarship of $7,500 to their enrolling college/university.

The application can only be submitted online through our link which was provided beginning November 30, 2020.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Visit our website for more scholarship information!

2020-2021 SEPC Annual Membership

Join the SEPC Today!

As an SEPC member, you’ll join a diverse group of like-minded produce professionals, from farmers to distributors and retailers to chefs. It’s about growing your knowledge, sharpening your skills, sharing your passion with others, and enjoying what makes this corner of the country extra special: its long tradition of bringing people together through food that is grown, distributed, and cooked with love.

Please review the membership information on our website and select which annual membership* best suits your company's needs.

*Please note that our annual membership period runs June through May of the following year. We do not prorate our membership fees.

**All conference attendees are required to be SEPC members in order to attend any events. Exhibitors are required to maintain a corporate membership.**

Our Sponsors

SEPC sponsors are a vital part of our existence. Simply put, sponsor contributions help us bring more to the table for everyone. Like better networking and education events, fresh talent, and a broader awareness of best practices throughout our industry. And of course, when you help us promote produce, your organization will gain crucial exposure at our events and engagements throughout the year.

Interested in becoming an SEPC Sponsor?

We thank you for your support and look forward to boosting your business in return.

Check out this month’s Sponsor Spotlights on our social media platforms to learn more about each of our SEPC Level Sponsors!


SEPC Fruit & Veggie Trivia

Congratulations to Brad May of Ben E. Keith Foods Mid South for being the first to answer our December SEPC Fruit & Veggie Trivia Question correctly!

January Trivia Question

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $25 gift card!

Fill in the names of these traditional New Year’s Day foods in this old Southern saying below which symbolizes hope for a bright future:

“____ for pennies, ____ for dollars, and ____ for gold”

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