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If you’ve been to the Southeast Produce Council’s showcase Southern Exposure expo and tradeshow March 7-9 in Orlando, FL you already know it’s the premiere regional produce event in the industry. You also know workshops, events and hotels fill up fast.

If you haven’t been before, then you need to know those previous three things — AND GO REGISTER NOW! Click here, we’ll wait…

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Okay, everybody back? This year, SEPC is going to “Produce Like It’s 1999” — which makes sense, because that’s when the organization was founded. SEPC will be celebrating its 20th year, and Southern Exposure will kick things off in style — as always.

Take a look at the video below for a recap of last year’s show (you can also see our televised 2018 coverage on The RFD-TV Network here) then keep reading for more about this year’s event.

Annual highlights include the Tom Page Golf Classic and Breakfast (this year at Disney’s Magnolia & Palms golf course), the revealing of the Food Marketing Institute’s “Power of Produce” research results, a focus on food as medicine with panelist Dr. James Hebert of the University of South Carolina leading one session and Dr. Travis Stork headlining the keynote luncheon.

We’ll have much more to come over the next few weeks as the Countdown to Southern Exposure continues — the full schedule is below. Now go make those reservations!

Wednesday, March 6

  • 1:00 PM  –  4:00 PM
    Board of Directors’ Meeting
    Premier Hospitality Suite
    Board members only
    6:30 PM  –  10:00 PM
    VIP Dinner
    by invitation only
  • Thursday, March 7

  • 6:30 AM  –  7:45 AM
    Tom Page Golf Classic Breakfast (Golfers ONLY)
    Disney’s Magnolia & Palms Golf Course
    Golf shuttle leaves at 5:45 am from the Covered Convention Area (by Europe 1 & 2)
    8:00 AM  –  5:00 PM
    Committee Meetings
    Europe 1 & 2 (Level 3)
    by invitation from committee chairs only
    8:00 AM  –  8:00 PM
    LINKS
    By invitation only
    8:00 AM  –  1:00 PM
    Tom Page Golf Classic
    Disney’s Magnolia & Palms Golf Course
    Golf shuttles leaves at 5:45 am from the covered convention area (bu Europe 1 & 2)
    1:00 PM  –  6:00 PM
    Registration
    Atlantic Hall Foyer (Level 1)
    1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM
    Tom Page Golf Classic Awards Luncheon (Golfers ONLY)
    Disney’s Magnolia & Palms Golf Course
    Held in the club house in the Shades of Green Resort Ballroom
    6:30 PM  –  10:00 PM
    STARS/STEP-UPP Dinner
    by invitation only
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • 7:00 AM  –  9:00 PM
    Registration
    Atlantic Hall Foyer (Level 1)
    7:00 AM  –  8:00 AM
    STARS Breakfast
    by invitation only
    8:00 AM  –  5:00 PM
    Committee Meetings
    Europe 1 & 2 (Level 3)
    by invitation from committee chairs only
    8:00 AM  –  5:00 PM
    Exhibitor Booth Setup
    Atlantic & Pacific Halls
    8:00 AM  –  8:00 PM
    LINKS
    By invitation only
    8:30 AM  –  9:45 AM
    The Healing Benefits of Produce
    An informative examination of how produce can cure diseases.
    Panelists:
    10:00 AM  –  11:15 AM
    The Power of Produce
    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) unveils its signature research, The Power of Produce report, providing an in-depth look at produce through the shoppers’ eyes.
    11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM
    Board of Governors’ Meeting
    Premier Hospitality Suite
    Board of Governors only
    12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM
    Southern Roots Luncheon (WOMEN ONLY)
    Southern Hemisphere
    Southern Roots Speaker:
    3:00 PM  –  4:30 PM
    STARS Cocktails & Careers
    5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM
    Produce for Kids Reception
    6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM
    Retail/Foodservice Reception
    by invitation only
    7:00 PM  –  11:30 PM
    Opening Gala
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • 6:00 AM  –  11:00 AM
    Exhibitor Booth Setup
    Atlantic & Pacific Halls
    8:00 AM  –  5:00 PM
    Committee Meetings
    Europe 1 & 2 (Level 3)
    by invitation from committee chairs only
    8:00 AM  –  8:00 PM
    LINKS
    By invitation only
    8:00 AM  –  4:00 PM
    Registration
    Atlantic Hall Foyer (Level 1)
    10:00 AM  –  12:15 PM
    Keynote Luncheon
    Keynote Speaker:
    12:30 PM  –  6:00 PM
    Exposition
    6:00 PM  –  10:00 PM
    Gator Rock Closing Reception

 

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