Membership Benefits

We invite anyone working in the produce industry to join the regional council leading the industry in networking, innovation, community, and education. We offer a variety of benefits that will help your and your company grow professionally and personally.


SEPC members from ten southeastern states will enjoy unique opportunities to network and tap into invaluable sources of professional ideas. Regularly scheduled events like Southern Exposure (our annual retail and foodservice conference and expo) and Southern Innovations (our conference and expo geared toward organics and foodservice) provide excellent networking and learning opportunities.


The SEPC is leading the industry with programs that foster innovative ideas and techniques to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the Southeast. We also award select members who have made an impact in the industry with the Next Generation Award as well as the Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award. 


The SEPC is most proud of being able to allocate a percentage of funds generated from our events, sponsorships, and memberships to support charitable causes in our Southeastern communities. We also invite our members to experience the invaluable feeling of giving back by volunteering and donating products to the charities we support.


We offer numerous educational seminars at our conferences and throughout the year that address major industry issues & trends. Membership provides admission to all educational sessions. Can’t make it to a conference? Don’t worry, we’ll post the content from our sessions on our website so you don’t miss a thing!

Corporate Membership

Corporate memberships are available for 1-5 members, 6-10 members, or 11-15 members based on your company’s needs. Membership fees per level are outlined below. Those listed on the corporate membership are entitled to all the membership benefits of the council.

Annual Membership

  • 1-5 Members: $750
  • 6-10 Members: $1500
  • 11-15 Members: $2,250

Additional Corporate Member Benefits

  • Booth Space at Southern Exposure: As a corporate member, companies are entitled to apply for a booth space on our waitlist at our annual Southern Exposure tradeshow.
    *Please note as of March 2015, individual members must upgrade to a corporate membership to retain any existing booth space at Southern Exposure.
  • Member Scholarship Program: Corporate members that are in good standing are eligible to apply for our annual member scholarship program. Eligible applicants must be/have a spouse, parent, or grandparent that is a corporate member with good standing status of the SEPC. Good standing status includes members that have been on the SEPC membership roster for at least 12 months and have attended at least one SEPC event (Southern Exposure and/or Southern Innovations) in the last fiscal year. If selected, recipients will be receive a $2,000.00 scholarship payable to the accredited university/school of his/her choice.
  • STEP-UPP: Our retail and foodservice members are eligible to participate in our industry training program, STEP-UPP (February – September).

Individual Membership

Entitles an individual member access to SEPC events. Some program exclusions may apply.

Annual Membership

  • 1 Member: $250