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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 14, 2023 – Saturday, September 16, 2023

Where

Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

 

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(Select “Already Registered” below to modify your registration – add booth associates, sessions, guests, etc. – and to view the attendee list) 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

  • 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 14

  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: SEPC Committee Meetings (SEPC Committee Members only)
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm: STEP-UPP 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)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Southern Roots Reception (women in produce only)
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: SEPC Board of Governors’ Meeting (SEPC BOG only)
  • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Welcome Reception


Friday, September 15

  • 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 16

  • 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: Martin Eubanks Sporting Clays Classic
    • 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 17

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

2023 Registration Type Updates Coming Soon!

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: $1050

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 26, 2022.


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 26, 2022.


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!

2023 Hotel Information Coming Soon!

Note: Retail and Foodservice attendees must request hotel & air during the registration process no later than August 26, 2022.

Hotel Information


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 USA

Attendee Room Rate - $205


Situated in the heart of Nashville, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center welcomes guests to a stunning, one-of-a-kind resort experience. From SoundWaves, the city’s premier aquatic attraction, to an exciting lineup of family-friendly activities and entertainment, there’s something for the entire family to enjoy. Guests can explore 9 acres of airy, indoor garden atriums, a wide selection of award-winning restaurants & bars, the world-class Relâche Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. For those planning or attending their next meeting or event, the resort features over 750,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space, 2,712 beautiful guest rooms, and 176 spectacular suites. The resort is located near Nashville Intl Airport, downtown, and attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium for guests wishing to explore Music City. From seasonal events and entertainment to high-end amenities and stunning spaces, Gaylord Opryland welcomes you to enjoy more of everything you love.




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.

Exhibitor Information

Benefits

  • 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
  • Equal Opportunities with 10' x 10' Booths for All Exhibitors
  • Multiple Networking Opportunities Throughout Conference

 

Booth Size: 10' x 10'

Includes:

  • 8' Pipe and Drape
  • 3' Pipe and Drape
  • (1) 6' x 30" Skirted Table
  • (2) Plastic Side Chairs
  • (1) Wastebasket
  • (1) ID Sign

 

Exhibitor Move-In:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 – 7:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, September 15, 2023 – 7:00am – 12:00pm

 

Exhibition Hours:

  • Friday, September 15, 2023 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Exhibitor Move-Out:

  • Friday, September 15, 2023 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm



**Exhibitors MUST NOT begin to break down booths until 5:00 pm on Friday!**


Sampling Guidelines:

  • TBD 




Exhibitor Toolkit

Through our valued partnership with AGS Expo Services, the exhibitor toolkit information will be available soon after booth locations are announced!


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. Held in September, 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
    • TBA: Final date to receive booth refund 
  • General Attendee Deadlines
    • TBA: Final date to reserve hotel within SEPC room block
  • Retail/Foodservice Attendee Deadlines
    • TBA: Final date to request complimentary hotel and airfare through SEPC
  • Registration Deadlines
    • TBA: 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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2015 Southern Innovations Symposium, Wild Dunes, SC

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2014 Southern Innovations Symposium, Young Harris, GA

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2012 Fall Conference, Asheville, NC

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