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Southeast Produce CouncilORLANDO, FL – Almost 3000 people can’t be wrong – and they weren’t. The 2017 Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure tradeshow and expo held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort here March 8-11 raised the bar for the 15-year-old event.

The Magic of Produce met the Magic Kingdom in what could not have been a more fitting setting. You never knew when you were going to learn something new at one of the well-attended educational settings, see something new at the gala parties, or find new business on the tradeshow floor.

Our Southern Exposure photo gallery captured the best of the show – if you were there, look for yourself (or a friend) here. (Photos by Jenni Kight)

1The annual Produce for Kids reception

The annual Produce for Kids reception featured real live kids for a change, the sons and daughters of PFK staff, dishing up the same kind of easy-to-make treats the organization is known for. Since its inception, PFK has raised more than $6 million for children’s charities, including Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

2The annual Produce for Kids reception

The annual Produce for Kids reception featured real live kids for a change, the sons and daughters of PFK staff, dishing up the same kind of easy-to-make treats the organization is known for. Since its inception, PFK has raised more than $6 million for children’s charities, including Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

3The annual Produce for Kids reception

The annual Produce for Kids reception featured real live kids for a change, the sons and daughters of PFK staff, dishing up the same kind of easy-to-make treats the organization is known for. Since its inception, PFK has raised more than $6 million for children’s charities, including Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

4Duck Commander Willie Robertson

Duck Commander Willie Robertson spoke to a sold out crowd at the keynote luncheon. SPW caught up with Willie before the speech for an exclusive interview (look for it soon!) and our photo and video guru Jenni Kight couldn’t resist getting a photo with the Duck Dynasty legend.

5Friday night gala

The Friday night gala was all about magic – acrobats hung from the ceiling, magicians wandered the floor and a rocking band played deep into the night.

6Giant beer pong… or tiny people?

More fun from the Friday night gala

7Society of St. Andrew

The gleaning team from the Society of St. Andrew ready to collect thousands of pounds of produce at the end of the show for distribution to the needy in Orlando

8The Mucci team

The Mucci team was one of many that traveled from Canada to make the show

9Nash Produce

Hunter Gibbs, Thomas Joyner and Thomas Webb of Nash Produce

10Robinson Fresh

The Robinson Fresh team wasn’t just great on the golf course – they handled the tradeshow pretty well too.

11Pratt Industries

John Rice, Cliff Vilcheck, Andrew Daily and Greg Smith of Pratt Industries

12Lipman Family of Companies

The Lipman Family of Companies crew welcomed folks to The Red Zone

13Scenes from the tradeshow floor

14Scenes from the tradeshow floor

15Team Produce International

Mary Diaz, Barbara Azuaje, Mike Parr and Richard Doyle of Team Produce International

16Brooks Tropicals

Bill Brindle, Sam Skogstad, Sue Garcia and Mary Ostlund of Brooks Tropicals

17Giro Pack

The Giro Pack team shows off some of their latest innovations

18Matthews Ridgeview Farms

Autumn Campbell and Victoria Latham of Matthews Ridgeview Farms

19IFCO North America

The IFCO North America team on the tradeshow floor

20AMC North America’s

AMC North America’s Jennifer Poulson and Casey Ison

21Leger & Son

Will Hinson and Jordan Carter of Leger & Son

22Generation Farms

John DeSantis, Andy Woodruff, Brian Stanley and Lauren Dees were part of the Generation Farms team on the tradeshow floor

23Scott Farms

Jeff Thomas and Stephanie Williams of Scott Farms

24Green Giant Fresh

The Green Giant Fresh team with their pal the Jolly Green Giant… oh, wait, that’s a poster.

25FreshPoint and B&W Growers

Frank Legget of FreshPoint with the B&W Growers team of Connie Allen, Jessica Williams, Jeff Mitchell and Dave Verdrager

26Mariani Nut Co.

John Martin and Larry Griffith from the Mariani Nut Co.

27Del Monte Fresh

The Del Monte Fresh team on the tradeshow floor

28Shuman Produce

The gang from Shuman Produce wowed Gala goers before as members of the Brady Bunch – they topped that this time by sticking with a Disney theme: the cast of Toy Story

29DiMare Fresh

Faye Westfall and Chuck Bruno of DiMare Fresh sold the magic at their tradeshow booth. Westfall is the incoming SEPC president.

30Baker Farms

Tommy Collinsworth and Joe Baker of Baker Farms in Norman Park, GA.

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