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Southern Innovations

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Discover “What’s New?” during 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 will have ample time to make new contacts and visit with old friends and colleagues.

When

Thursday, September 22, 2022 – Saturday, September 24, 2022

Where

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: SEPC Board of Directors’ Meeting (SEPC BOD only)
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm: BOD & STEP-UPP Dinner (by invitation only)


Thursday, September 22

  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: SEPC Committee Meetings (SEPC Committee Members only)
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm: STEP-UPP Culinary Challenge Team Building Experience (STEP-UPP only)
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm: Exhibitor Booth Setup (exhibitors only)
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm: SEPC LINKS Meetings (by invitation only from participating Retail/Foodservice members who facilitate the program with invited Growers and Shippers)
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Southern Roots Luncheon (women in produce only)
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: SEPC Board of Governors’ Meeting (SEPC BOG only)
  • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Welcome Reception


Friday, September 23

  • 7:00am – 12:00pm: Exhibitor Booth Setup (exhibitors only)
  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm: SEPC LINKS Meetings (by invitation only from participating Retail/Foodservice members who facilitate the program with invited Growers and Shippers)
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: SEPC Committee Meetings (SEPC Committee Members only)
  • 8:30am – 9:30am: Educational Session I
  • 9:45am – 10:45am: Educational Session II
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: General Session & Keynote Luncheon
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Exposition
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Exhibitor Load-out
  • 6:30pm – 10:00pm: Chairman’s Dinner Dance


Saturday, September 24

  • 7:00am – 2:30pm: Founders Memorial Golf Tournament
    • Location: TBD
    • Schedule:
      • 6:45am: Departure
      • 7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast 
      • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Tournament Play
      • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Awards Luncheon
  • 9:00am – 2:30pm: Sporting Clays Tournament
    • Location: TBD
    • Schedule: 
      • TBD Departure
      • 9:00am – 1:00pm: Sporting Clays Tournament
      • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Awards Luncheon
  • 9:00am – 2:00pm: Local Tour
    • Location: TBD
    • Schedule:
      • 9:15am: Departure
      • 9:15am – 12:00pm: Local Tour
      • 12:00pm – 1:45pm: Lunch
      • 2:00pm: Return
  • 3:00pm – 10:00pm: Ultimate Tailgate Experience

 

Sunday, September 25

  • 7:00am – 8:30am: SEPC Prayer Breakfast

All Info Below Will Be Updated Soon To Reflect 2022 Pricing

Prices will increase after September 3, 2021.

Please choose your registration type based on the following criteria:

Exhibitor: $2,995 
Exhibitors may have a total of 8 people in the booth. 4 booth associate registrations are included with booth fees; the 4 additional Booth Associate passes may be purchased for $850 each.


Individual: $995

Only registration for one person. This route is for growers, shippers, packers, processors, etc.


Spouse: $250

Only registration for one person. This includes access to the following: Welcome Reception, General Session & Keynote Luncheon, Chairman's Dinner Dance, and Ultimate Tailgate Experience. Also, a choice of one (1) Saturday activity (additional fees apply). To keep traffic to a minimum, spouses are not allowed access to the expo floor.


Retail*: Complimentary

This pass is valid for full-service retail chains that sells food to consumers. Must have at least 10 stores or more. (Buyers with less locations are open to inclusion at the discretion of the council.)

Air travel (or travel mileage up to $400 reimbursement) and lodging is provided by SEPC upon request. Air and hotel request forms must be submitted through the registration process before August 13, 2021.


Foodservice*: Complimentary

This pass is valid for broadline or chain foodservice industry members.

  • Broadline Foodservice: A company that provides food and non-food products to restaurants, cafeterias, industrial caterers and hotels.
  • Chain Foodservice: Includes restaurants, hotels, industrial caterers, cafeterias, and meal box subscriptions companies.

Air travel (or travel mileage up to $400 reimbursement) and lodging is provided by SEPC upon request. Air and hotel request forms must be submitted through the registration process before August 13, 2020.


Wholesale, Jobber, and Receiver*: Complimentary (exclusions apply)

This pass is valid for full-service distributors that provide comprehensive services to retail and foodservice operators. (Does not include buying offices, terminal markets, commission merchants, buying brokers, etc.).

Only two (2) members per company. Any additional registrations must register as Individual.

Air travel and lodging not included.


Press*: Complimentary (trade out agreement required)

Press and media attendees must contact Anna Burch (anna@seproducecouncil.com) to negotiate trade out agreements.


Industry Trade Association*: Complimentary (trade out agreement required)

Employees from other industry trade associations (such as PMA, OPN, United Fresh, etc.) must contact David Sherrod (dsherrod@seproducecouncil.com) to negotiate trade out agreements.


VIP*: Complimentary

Registration reserved for Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Lifetime Members, speakers, and other approved attendees.

Air travel (or travel mileage up to $400 reimbursement) and lodging is provided by SEPC upon request.

*Registration requires approval. Must meet the corresponding criteria listed above to be approved. We reserve the right to provide acceptance or refusal of applicants within the guidelines of the criteria noted above as well as due to budget restrictions and hotel availability. A questionnaire may be required to be completed if further information about the company is needed.


Please note, this is an SEPC members-only event. If you are not currently a member in good standing, please sign up for membership now!

All Info Below Will Be Updated Soon To Reflect 2022 Locations

Note: Retail and Foodservice attendees must request hotel & air during the registration process no later than TBD.

Hotel Information


The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

1 Resort Drive
Savannah, GA 31421 USA

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, located in Savannah’s historic river district, has been completely renovated to include the amenities you’re looking for with any getaway, romantic adventure or business trip. Conveniently situated next to the Savannah Convention Center with a panoramic view of Savannah River, our hotel is your ideal choice among hotels in Savannah. Our hotel includes a Heavenly Day Spa, Har-Tru tennis courts and the only PGA championship golf course in the Savannah area. Guests love our 403 rooms and suites with 55-inch LCD Smart TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, multimedia connectivity and Westin Heavenly® Beds and Heavenly® Baths. Enjoy fine or casual dining at Champions Bar & Grill, Escape Pool Bar & Grill and Midnight Sun Lounge, as well as coastal dining at Aqua Star. Choose our facilities for weddings or business meetings. Whether on the golf course, in town or in meetings, we are the hotel in Savannah that’s sure to give a true experience of the historical city of Savannah.




The Alida

412 Williamson Street
Savannah, GA 31401 USA

The essence of Southern hospitality, The Alida joins modern life with timeless charm on Savannah’s revitalized riverfront. Get to know the rich history of River Street while discovering a neighborhood that is industrious, flourishing and always evolving. Anchoring it all is The Alida, an inviting hideaway that offers travelers unparalleled access to Savannah’s local artists, makers and thinkers. Alida Harper Fowlkes was a celebrated entrepreneur in Savannah, who also worked tirelessly to preserve its heritage. We celebrate the Alidas of our time: self made artisans who cultivate our city’s contemporary spirit while honoring its storied past. Nostalgic and forward-looking, industrial and gracious, curious and always custom—The Alida welcomes you to experience the inspiring warmth and unpredictability that makes Savannah the true Hostess of the South.




Marriott Savannah Riverfront

100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401 USA

Stay in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia, at Marriott Savannah Riverfront. Explore the warmth and beauty of Georgia's oldest city from our riverfront location, with many top attractions, shops and restaurants just a short stroll away. Treat yourself to a massage at our premier day spa, work out in the 24-hour fitness center or go for a swim in our seasonal outdoor pool. Enjoy traditional Southern breakfast options at Blue, our delightful restaurant overlooking the riverfront, or enjoy cocktails and a light meal in the Atrium Bar. If a meeting, conference or social event brings you to our hotel, our contemporary indoor and outdoor venues, custom catering and outstanding service are available to help create an impressive gathering. At the end of the day, retreat to your room or suite and enjoy plush bedding, room service and Wi-Fi access while you take in views of the Savannah River or downtown. No matter what brings you here, we look forward to making your visit to Savannah remarkable.




WARNING: Potential scammers may try to phish for hotel rooms. Hotel rooms should ONLY be reserved and confirmed by either using the links provided via email or by contacting the individual hotel directly.

In the past, SEPC has received reports about brokers contacting members to book hotel reservations. These brokers falsely imply they are affiliated with show management and secure full or partial prepayment for hotel rooms from member companies. Please note, that we have no affiliation with any of these room brokers. Please do not provide them with any details of your reservation and do not give them your credit card or any personal information.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I view the Attendee List?


  • You can access the attendee list by logging in to your registration and selecting “Attendees List” within the menu dropdown. It is our Board’s policy that we do not provide contact information with this list.


Is there exhibitor space available at Southern Innovations?


  • Southern Innovations is our fall show that has an innovations focus. To be held at Savannah Convention Center in September 2021, this show will possibly be opening up more exhibit space as the attraction grows. With exhibitor and attendee numbers growing over the years, this show would be a good foot in the door to SEPC (and could help with your chances at getting a booth at Southern Exposure). Again, you must be a corporate member to exhibit. Registration will open in March.


Is there exhibitor space available at Southern Exposure?


  • Southern Exposure is our most popular show held in late-Feb, early-March each year in Florida and because of this we have an extensive waitlist to exhibit. We have about 2500 attendees and growing. Booth spaces are first right of refusal, so previous years exhibitors have a choice on whether they want to return the next year. We do have about 80 companies on the waitlist to exhibit at this show. The waitlist is based on a lottery. If booth space becomes available, we’ll hold a “lottery drawing” in September to fill the space. You can increase your chances in the lottery by participating. We give extra chances to those who attend our shows, participate on committees, and even more for sponsoring. You must first sign up for a corporate membership before being placed on the waitlist. You can view all membership options and benefits here, including an informative digital membership packet that has lots of info about SEPC and what we have to offer.


What are the deadlines for this conference?


  • Exhibitor Deadlines
    • TBD: Final date to receive booth refund 
  • General Attendee Deadlines
    • TBD: Final date to reserve hotel within SEPC room block
  • Retail/Foodservice Attendee Deadlines
    • TBD: Final date to request complimentary hotel and airfare through SEPC
  • Registration Deadlines
    • TBD: Final date to receive refund for conference and session registration (does not include booth registration fees)


How do I modify my registration to add/edit sessions, substitute attendees with another registrant, add/edit group members, or add guests?


      How to modify registration to add/edit sessions on agenda:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?"
  2. Enter the email address and confirmation number of the person who needs modifications.
  3. Select the "Modify Registration" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click "Next" until on the "Sessions" page.
  5. Make appropriate modifications.
  6. Be sure to select "Next" and "Finish" at the end to ensure changes are saved.


      How to substitute attendees with another registrant:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?"
  2. Enter the email address and confirmation number of the person who needs modifications.
  3. Select the "Transfer Registration" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Follow the prompts to input the new registrant's information.


      How to add/edit group members:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?".
  2. Enter the email address and confirmation number of the primary registrant.
  3. Select the "Add Group Member" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Follow the prompts until the end to finish adding the group member and ensure their registration is saved.


      How to add guests:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?"
  2. Enter the email address and confirmation number of the person who needs modifications.
  3. Select the "Modify Registration" button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click "Next" until on the "Add Spouse" page.
  5. Follow the prompts to input the spouse's information.
  6. Be sure to select "Next" and "Finish" at the end to ensure changes are saved.


What are sponsor credits and how do I use them?


  • As a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Level Sponsor, your company receives a certain amount of credit that can be used towards golf, ticketed events, and booth associate fees at Southern Exposure and additional associate fees and Saturday activities at Southern Innovations. This is provided as part of our sponsorship benefits.
  1. You must still register for those agenda items during the registration process.
  2. Select “Use Sponsor Credit” on the payment page.
  3. We’ll manually deduct your credits and send an invoice if a balance is due.

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2021 Southern Innovations, Savannah, GA

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2019 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, Nashville, TN

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2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, Nashville, TN

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2017 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, HHI, SC

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2016 Southern Innovations Symposium, Williamsburg, VA

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2015 Southern Innovations Symposium, Wild Dunes, SC

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2014 Southern Innovations Symposium, Young Harris, GA

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2013 Fall Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC

2012 Fall Conference, Asheville, NC

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2011 Fall Conference

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2010 Fall Conference, Savannah, GA

2009 Fall Conference, Braselton, GA

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2008 Fall Conference, Young Harris, GA

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2007 Fall Conference, Greensboro, NC

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2006 Fall Conference, Young Harris, GA

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2005 Fall Conference, Lake Lanier Islands, GA

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2004 Fall Conference, Lake Lanier Islands, GA

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