The Council Connection February 2019

Celebrating 20 years of the SEPC!

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!

This year's conference will be educational and fun-filled, but some of our popular events like the Opening Gala and Keynote Luncheon require tickets or wristbands. Be sure to purchase ahead of time so you don’t miss out. Space is limited!

* The last day to receive a refund for Southern Exposure 2019 is February 8, 2019.*

Educational Sessions Preview

Ed SEssion I: The Healing Benefits of Produce

Join us for an informative examination of the benefits surrounding a plant-based diet. This session will be moderated by Southeast Produce Weekly’s Chip Carter who will be joined onstage by a panel of experts discussing the educational, medical, and retail perspectives of the role produce plays in fighting major diseases, as well as chronic ailments, and how supermarkets play an important role in advocating for healthy eating.
Chip Charter: Southeast Produce Weekly
Dr. James Hébert: University of South Carolina
Jennifer Patzkowsky: Publix Super Markets
Lee A. O'Donnell: Orlando Health

Ed Session II: 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.
Anne-Marie Roerink: Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC
Rick Stein: FMI VP of Fresh Foods
Marty Mika: Central Market (a division of H-E-B)
Bill Pollard: Dollar General
Mike Tipton: Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Continuing Connection Sessions

Food Safety

Fund the Science, Find Solutions, and Fuel the Change - The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is the supply-chain stakeholder driven source for solutions research and science-based produce safety knowledge sharing. This session will look at the ways current and emerging CPS funded research is addressing food safety issues that have been in the news.

Dr. Trevor Suslow: VP of Food Safety for the Produce Marketing Association
Dave Corsi: Wegman's Food Markets, Inc. / Center for Produce Safety Chairman of the Board

In today’s world of health-conscious shoppers, fresh produce brands and grocery retailers should be leading the conversation and providing value throughout the customer shopping journey. By combining traditional in-store marketing efforts with the changing digital landscape, brands and retailers can provide a well-rounded experience that serves the needs of shoppers, increases produce spend, and creates lifelong shoppers.

Amber Gray: Digital Marketing Manager of Produce for Kids
Karen Nardozza: President & CEO of Moxxy Marketing

Keynote Speaker

Travis Stork, M.D.: The Doctors

Southern Roots Speaker

Shannon Cassidy: behind bridge between, inc.

Southern Exposure 2019 games & prizes

Social Media Contest

Join the fun by posting your totally awesome image for your chance to win a $100 certificate to use during your stay at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.

Contest Rules

Submit your fly 90’s-themed image promoting our conference to your preferred social platform (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter)*

Include the following:

  1. SEPC Southern Exposure 2019 Logo (see link or digital toolkit below)
  2. #SEPCSouthernExposure
  3. SEPC Tag (Facebook: @seproducecouncil; Instagram: @seproducecouncil;Twitter: @ProduceCouncil)
  4. Link to SEPC Website: https://seproducecouncil.com

Our contest is open to all SEPC members who are registered to attend Southern Exposure 2019. This contest will award weekly winners** for each of the included social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) during the weeks of February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, and February 25th. SEPC members who submit their image by Friday at 11am EST of that week will be eligible to receive (1) $100 voucher that may be redeemed at any of the restaurants onsite at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort (including Shula’s Steakhouse, Tod English’s Bluezoo, Il Mulino, and Kimonos). The entrant submitting the best image as deemed by a panel of SEPC judges will be announced on the Friday of each week at 4pm EST. Prizes will be available for collection at the Southern Exposure Member Services Desk during registration hours (1-6pm Thursday 3/7, 7am-9pm Friday 3/8, 8am-4pm Saturday 3/9).

*This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

**New winners will be selected weekly (i.e., you cannot win more than once). If you were not selected as a winner, you may re-submit each week.

Booth Decorating and Costume Contests

Prepare to get jiggy with it and show off your fly booth display to compete in our Southern Exposure: Produce like it’s 1999 costume and booth decorating contests! We invite all attendees to participate for a chance to win CASH!

Come to our Opening Gala on Friday night, March 8th in 90’s-themed, family-friendly attire to compete in the costume contest for a chance to win one of these AMEX gift cards:

  • 1st place: $300
  • 2nd place: $200
  • 3rd place: $100

Have a great booth idea? Decorate your booth with 90’s flair on Saturday at the expo for the booth decorating contest! Three of the best decorated booths will receive a prize of one of the following AMEX gift cards. Please note: sand and fire are prohibited.

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250

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. The Southern Exposure Conference App will be available soon! Watch your email and the March Newsletter for instructions on how to get this valuable tool.

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
coming Soon!

Southern Exposure 2019 Conference App

Don't Worry! Be App-y! :-) Watch for more information coming soon on how to get the newest "SEPC Events" App.

Southern exposure 2020 Booth Renewal

Reserve your booth for Southern Exposure 2020 being held February 27-29 in Tampa, FL at the Tampa Convention Center! All Southern Exposure 2019 Exhibitors have the first right to refusal for exhibitor booth space. Booth fees are $2,995, and exhibitors are required to sponsor at a minimum of Bronze level ($5,000). Complete the renewal form by March 5, 2019 to secure your exhibitor booth space for Southern Exposure 2020. Unclaimed exhibitor booth space will be forfeited after March 5, 2019.

Emails have been sent to the primary contact listed in our records for all current Southern Exposure Exhibiting companies. If you have questions please email info@seproducecouncil.com or call 877.720.SEPC (7372).

PAYH Update

PAYH Prayer Pavilion funded by the SEPC
"Our boys enjoyed the cool weather this morning at the Prayer Pavilion for their Bible Study." ~ Victoria Shuman, Paul Anderson Youth Home Advancement Officer

How can you help support the Payh?

The 4th Annual Chick-fil-A Road Race is March 2, 2019. For more information go to RunVidalia.com. You may also visit the race's Facebook page at Facebook.com/Run/Vidalia.

Arnold palmer hospital update

Arnie's March Against Children's Cancer

Arnie's March provides us a unique opportunity to recognize and honor our brave cancer fighters, their families, hospital staff and supporters from the community.

Funds raised through Arnie’s March directly benefit care for the children and families in local communities battling childhood cancer. The event supports the pediatric clinical trial programs at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to fund crucial research efforts to fight childhood cancer. Each year, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer participates in approximately 70 clinical trials to develop more effective treatment methods to fight childhood cancer.

Since 2013, support of Arnie's March has helped to sustain the pediatric clinical trials program at the Haley Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Arnold Palmer Hospital. But we have more work left to do...and we need your support again.

How to Get Started Visit ArniesMarchOrlando.com to get started. You can join an existing team or donate in support of a friend by searching their name on the home page. You can also start your own team and invite your friends to join your effort. Register members of your family or friends at the same time. Once you complete registration, you're ready to begin fundraising!

Questions about getting started? Send us an email:

The March - Event Details

Enjoy family-friendly activities, food and entertainment as we honor our brave patients fighting cancer, all while marching to cure childhood cancer!

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 3:00-6:00pm

Location: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge 9000 Bay Hill Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819

Website: ArniesMarchOrlando.com

SEpc flashback Trivia

The 1st annual Valentine's Dinner Dance: 2000

The first person to correctly name the only rose between all these thorns wins a $50.00 Amex gift card! Simply click on the button below to submit your answer. Once a winner is determined, the entry form will be disabled. Be sure to view future Council Connection Newsletters to play again!

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

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