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Southern Innovations

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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 will have ample time to make new contacts and visit with old friends and colleagues.

When

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – Saturday, September 19, 2020

Where

Savannah Convention Center
1 International Drive
Savannah, GA 31421

 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: SEPC Board of Directors’ Meeting (by invitation only)
    • Location: The Westin – Grand Ballroom A & B
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm: BOD & STEP-UPP Dinner (by invitation only)
    • Location: The Olde Pink House
    • Transportation: Trolleys will arrive at the Westin at 6:00pm

Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Rotunda Booth
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Committee Meetings (by invitation only)
    • Location: The Westin – Riverscape A & B
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm: STEP-UPP Culinary Challenge Team Building Experience (by invitation only)
    • Location: Tour of NLaws Produce and 700 Kitchen Cooking School by Kessler
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm: Exhibitor Booth Setup (exhibitors only)
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Southern Roots Luncheon (women in produce only)
    • Location: The Westin – Harbor Ballroom
    • Description: Join the ladies of Southern Roots as they connect during lunch with guest speaker, Laura Hearn, Co-Founder of Ripe Revival. Laura will share how her experiences in fresh produce & agriculture led her to co-found two nationally recognized startups, focused on creating innovative, functional food products that utilize farm excess. She will share her journey of taking risks, the valuable lessons learned, and how cultivating relationships (starting with the first-ever meeting of Southern Roots!) gave her the confidence to dig deep and learn how to make a difference.
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: SEPC Board of Governors’ Meeting (by invitation only)
    • Location: The Westin – Club Boardroom
    6:30pm – 9:30pm: Welcome Reception
    • Location: The Westin – Harbor Lawn, River Lawn, & Harbor Ballroom

Friday, September 18, 2020

  • 7:00am – 12:00pm: Exhibitor Booth Setup (exhibitors only)
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A
  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Rotunda Booth
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Committee Meetings (by invitation only)
    • Location: The Westin – Riverscape A & B
  • 8:30am – 9:30am: Educational Session I
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Oglethorpe Auditorium
  • 9:45am – 10:45am: Educational Session II
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Oglethorpe Auditorium
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: General Session & Keynote Luncheon
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Chatham Ballroom
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Exposition
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Exhibitor Load-out
    • Location: Savannah Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A
  • 6:30pm – 10:00pm: Chairman’s Dinner Dance
    • Location: The Westin – Grand Ballroom

Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • 7:00am – 2:30pm: Founders Memorial Golf Tournament
    • Location: The Club at Savannah Harbor
    • Schedule:
      • 6:45am: Departure
      • 7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast (The Westin – Club Pavilion)
      • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Tournament Play
      • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Awards Luncheon (The Westin – Club Pavilion)
  • 9:00am – 2:30pm: Sporting Clays Tournament
    • Location: Dorchester Shooting Preserve
    • Schedule: 
      • 8:15am: Departure from the Westin
      • 9:00am – 1:00pm: Sporting Clays Tournament
      • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Awards Luncheon
  • 9:00am – 2:00pm: Local Tour
    • Location: Savannah Historic District Trolley Tour
    • Schedule:
      • 9:15am: Departure from the Westin
      • 9:15am – 12:00pm: Savannah Historic District Trolley Tour
      • 12:00pm – 1:45pm: Lunch at Vic’s on the River
      • 2:00pm: Return to the Westin
  • 3:00pm – 11:00pm: Ultimate Tailgate Experience
    • Location: The Westin – Harbor Lawn, River Lawn, & Harbor Ballroom
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Southern Roots Speaker

Laura Hearn

Co-Founder | Ripe Revival

Laura Hearn is a food and fresh produce enthusiast who considers her “accidental agriculture” career to be one of the best things that ever happened to her. In 2009, Laura began working for Nash Produce, one of the world’s largest sweet potato suppliers, and was immediately captivated by the people behind the produce. After seeing first-hand the rising issues farmers face to remain profitable, she began to create solutions through food. Since 2017, Laura has co-founded two nationally recognized startups, focused on creating innovative food products that utilize farm excess. Laura’s passion is rooted in the development and launch of award-winning brands and educating consumers on how food is grown and made. Last year, Laura’s company, Ripe Revival, was named as one of seven companies awarded in the inaugural cohort of Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste Innovation Fund for their revolutionary and creative development of nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable protein gummies from upcycled produce. Laura’s experience and deep love for the fresh produce industry and the people in it runs deep.




Educational Session Speakers


Anne-Marie Roerink

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.


Prices will increase after September 12, 2020.

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 21, 2020.


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 21, 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.

Hotel and airfare 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 a membership now!


Note: Links to each hotel will be provided via email after registration is completed. Retail and Foodservice attendees must request hotel & air during the registration process no later than August 21, 2020.

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.

Southern Innovations Exhibitors

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Booth # Company
506 Alderman Farms Sales Corp.
110 Baker Farms
202 Bland Farms
311 C&B Farms, Inc.
304 Calavo Growers, Inc.
308 Carolina Blueberry Group 
609 Castellini
607 CBS Farms LLC
401 Crunch Pak
300 Curation Foods
310 Delina Fresh
404 EarthFresh
605 Farm Fresh Direct, LLC
408 Field Fresh Farms, LLC
102 Florida Classic Growers, Inc.
604 Florida Specialties, LLC
503 Fresh Directions Intl. | Luv Avocados & Fruit Pulps
507 FresH2O Growers
706 G&R Farms
109 Generation Farms
204 Genuine Georgia
704 Giorgio Fresh Company
305 Grower Network, LLC
504 Honeybear Brands
708 I Love Produce, LLC
200 L&M Companies
207 LG Herndon Jr. Farms, Inc.
501 Michigan Fresh Marketing and BelleHarvest
407 Misionero
509 N&W Farms Produce, Inc.
410 Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company
103 Nickey Gregory Company
700 North Bay Produce, Inc.
104 Onions 52
210 organicgirl
405 Parker Farms
403 Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears
705 PennRose Farms, LLC
600 Pete's
610 Proseal America, Inc.
205 Renaissance Food Group
107 RPE, Inc.
306 Scott Farms, Inc.
101 Shuman Farms
211 SMP Southeast Marketing, Inc.
208 South Carolina Department of Agriculture
105 Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc.
108 Starr Ranch Growers
400 State Garden, Inc.
406 Stella Farms
201 Sterman Masser, Inc.
409 SunGarden
106 Sunripe Certified Brands
303 Sunview Marketing International
601 The Little Potato Company
307 The Oppenheimer Group
402 Tomato Thyme
508 TOMRA Compac
500 Vertical Roots
703 Vick Family Farms
702 Wada Farms
602 Westmoreland Topline Farms
701 WP Rawl




Exhibitor Information

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 Booth Setup:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 – 7:00am – 12:00pm


Exhibition Hours:

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Exhibitor Load-out:

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm


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




Exhibitor Kit



Health & Safety

AGS Expo Services is actively preparing for the return of their show management, exhibitor, and attendee partners with a new detailed plan around clean and safe event spaces.

Hybrid Experience Information

As a solution to the challenge of connecting our Southern Innovations Exhibitors in Savannah with our Retailers & Foodservice Members who are currently under travel restrictions, we are pleased to announce that our conference has evolved into a hybrid experience. Thus, we are offering the following added benefits for our onsite Exhibitors and offsite Retail/Foodservice Members respectively:


Exhibitor Benefits


Once you register as an Exhibitor for Southern Innovations, in addition to your exhibitor kit and other information to help you set up your booth in Savannah, you’ll also receive information via email regarding our new virtual platform enabling you to connect with our Retailers and Foodservice Members from their remote locations.


Retail/Foodservice Member Benefits


Once you register as a Retailer or Foodservice Member and select Virtual Southern Innovations 2020 as your admission item, you’ll receive information via email regarding our new virtual platform enabling you to connect with our exhibitors within their booths, join in our informative educational sessions, and even host LINKS meetings with existing and potential vendors.


Don’t worry! Just as our partner company AGS ensures our exhibitors have everything they need for their booth, they will also help us guide you through every step of setting up your virtual profile.


Whether you are able to meet us down in Savannah or remotely from your own home office, we look forward to connecting with you in the “Hostess City of the South”!

Southern Innovations 2020 Digital Toolkit

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Health & Safety Update


The past few months have been challenging for all of us.  We are all trying to navigate through these unparalleled circumstances and adapt to doing business during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing is for certain: this world-health crisis has reconfirmed how important personal connections and exchanging ideas are for propelling this industry forward. We believe in the power of gathering together to share, inspire, and invigorate our community, and we are committed to being that resource in 2020.


The SEPC's top priority is the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff. As we continue to prepare for Southern Innovations, taking place at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, GA, we want to assure you that we are following all guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, as well as state and local officials.


The SEPC is actively working with the Savannah Convention Center (SCC) to address the venue’s health and safety guidelines and develop an onsite preparedness plan. Here are some of those safety guidelines which will be implemented in September:


  • Enhanced cleaning protocol: the SCC has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols which include reinforced cleaning systems and the increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in all public areas.

  • Social distancing protocol: the SCC will be installing health and hygiene reminders throughout the property, in addition to other protocols, to aid in reducing crowding.

  • Provided PPE: the SEPC will be providing personal protective equipment onsite (Masks, face shields, sanitization supplies for exhibitors, etc.). Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Sanitization stations: will be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas such as reception areas, entrances, stairs, elevator, and escalator landings in SCC public spaces. There are also more than 64 hand washing locations throughout the facility.

To review the Savannah Convention Center’s Getting Back to Business Plan, please visit https://www.savconventioncenter.com/returnplan/.


We are also proud of our partnership with AGS Expo Services as they are actively preparing for the return of their show management, exhibitor, and attendee partners with a new detailed plan around clean and safe event spaces.

To review the AGS Expo Services' Getting Back to Events Plan, please visit https://ags-expo.com/back2events/.


As with most factors during this crisis, this is a fluid situation, and we will provide further updates as they become available from the CDC, WHO, state and local officials. The SEPC would like to thank all those working diligently to help us relaunch the exhibitions business and making our world safe again overall.


As the premier resource for the produce industry, we look forward to bringing together our community and commerce.

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 2020, 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. We also have an informative digital member packet that has lots of info about SEPC and what we have to offer.


How do I modify my registration to add/edit sessions, substitute a primary registrant, add/edit group members, or add guests?


      How to add/edit sessions to your agenda:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?
  2. To log in, enter your email address and confirmation number 
  3. Select the "Modify Registration" button to add sessions to your personal agenda


      How to substitute yourself with another primary registrant:


  1. Select the dropdown button beside your name in the "My Group" section. 
  2. Then select "Substitute Registrant". 
  3. 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. To log in, enter your email address and confirmation number.
  3. Select the "Modify Registration" button to add sessions to your personal agenda.
  4. Within the "My Registration" tab, select "My Group". Then click "Add Booth Associate" to add additional booth associates - three (3) additional associates are included with your booth fees and you can add up to four (4) additional booth associates at $850 per additional booth associate, totaling a maximum of eight (8) associates per booth.


      How to add/edit sessions for your group members:


  1. From the registration website, select "Already Registered?".
  2. To log in, enter your email address and confirmation number.
  3. Within the "My Registration" tab, select "My Group". 
  4. Select “Modify Registration” beside the person’s name you want to modify.
  5. Then select “Registration” from the “Modify” column.
  6. Once on the “Sessions” page, select the sessions you wish to attend, and continue to “Finish”.


      How to add guests:


  1. You may log in and “Add Spouse” during the modification process.
  2. Then you’ll be able to select sessions for your spouse as you did for yourself. Note that not all sessions are available to spouses.


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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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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2010 Fall Conference, Savannah, GA

2009 Fall Conference, Braselton, GA

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