A week from today, a whole lot of us will already be at the Tampa Convention Center and the Southeast Produce Council 2018 Southern Exposure tradeshow and expo — “Where Produce Is King” — will be rolling strong.

We’ve put together a checklist for your show prep — everything you need to know in one convenient place.

Satisfy Your Appetite

Once you’re underway, there’s an even more convenient information source you can download right to your phone — the SEPC Southern Exposure app. “Satisfy Your Appetite” by downloading “CrowdCompass AttendeeHub” from your app store and search for “Southern Exposure” within the app.

Tag It Up

For all your Southern Exposure social media posts — and to keep up with what others are Tweeting and posting to Facebook — use the hashtag #SEPCSouthernExposure

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You can check out the full Southern Exposure Conference Agenda here.

And now a few more details about what you’ll need to know in Tampa.

Who’s Gonna Be There?

The Attendee List can be accessed by logging in to your registration and selecting within the information tab.

Registration Desk Hours

The Registration Desk is located in the West Hall Registration Area of the Tampa Convention Center and will be open during the following hours:

  • Thursday, March 1st: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Friday, March 2nd: 7:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, March 3rd: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Badge Lanyard Color Codes

Retail – Red
Foodservice – Blue
Exhibitors –White
Attendees – Green
Press, VIPs & Staff – Black

Retail (red badge) and Foodservice (blue badge) attendees will enter the show at designated entrances by color. Follow the Red Suede or Blue Suede Shoes!


For the Opening Gala, Educational Workshops, General Session Keynote Luncheon, and Gator Rock Closing Reception, the following are required for entry:

  • Wristband for Opening Gala
  • Ticket for General Session Keynote Luncheon
  • Wristband for Gator Rock Closing Reception
  • Educational Session registration is full, but check in for a wait list or standing room

Badges are also required for admittance into all events. Badge swapping is prohibited.

Games & Prizes!

Hunt for the Golden Gators

Look for Elvis-themed Golden Gators to win SEPC swag.
Simply snap a selfie with the Golden Gator where you found it, post to your preferred social site using the hashtag #SEPCSouthernExposure, then turn the gator in at the registration desk to redeem your prize.

Booth Decorating and Costume Contests

Get out your blue suede shoes and best Elvis moves to compete in the Southern Exposure: Where Produce is King costume and booth decorating contests. All partcipants have a chance to win cash prizes.

Michael Jenks of ReedTMS as Elvis

Attend the Opening Gala on Friday night, March 2nd in Elvis-themed, family-friendly attire to compete in the costume contest for a chance to win one of these AMEX gift cards:

  • 1st place: $200
  • 2nd place: $150
  • 3rd place: $100

Have a great booth idea? Decorate your booth with Elvis flair on Saturday — the three best- decorated booths will receive a prize of one of the following AMEX gift cards. Please note: sand and fire are prohibited.

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250


SEPC is proud to host 12 students in our STARS class this year, two each from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech. These agriculture majors are in attendance this weekend to get a first-hand look at the produce industry.

Community Outreach

With one of the founding SEPC pillars being being service to community, now is your chance to get involved in helping a variety of great charities. Stop by the charity tables near the Registration Desk to find out more about the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Society of St. Andrew, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Palmer Home for Children.

Produce Donations

The SEPC is proud to donate all leftover produce from Southern Exposure to Society of St. Andrew, America’s premier gleaning organization feeding the hungry. A Society of St. Andrew representative will be dropping forms off to each booth during the Expo on Saturday. If your company is interested in donating leftover product, please fill out the form and leave it in your booth after the show. If you have any questions, please stop by the Society of St. Andrew table near the Registration Desk.

Produce for Pencils

Contribute to a worthy cause at Southern Exposure with Produce for Pencils! SEPC is partnering with to help provide students in various communities with the tools and experiences they need for a great education, and you can too by making a donation. makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. For $25 you can help a classroom in need and feel good about donating to a worthy cause. Stop by the Customer Service Desk to make your donation!

Refreshment & Relaxation Lounges

Have you been Takin’ Care of Business and are looking to grab a quick snack or maybe even get a massage? Stop by the Refreshment and Relaxation Lounges in West Hall and the Registration Area during the Expo on Saturday to refuel and recharge. It’s all free with your Southern Exposure badge.





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