What’s Shakin’ at Southern Exposure 2018

Here’s what’s shakin’ at this year’s show:

Check out our full Conference Agenda


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, VIP’s, & 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!


We look forward to seeing you at our Opening Gala, Educational Workshops, General Session Keynote Luncheon, and Gator Rock Closing Reception. The following is required for each event:

  • Wristband for Opening Gala
  • Ticket for General Session Keynote Luncheon
  • Wristband for Gator Rock Closing Reception

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

Games & Prizes!

Hunt for the Golden Gators

Seek our 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 our 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 our Southern Exposure: Where Produce is King costume and booth decorating contests! We invite all attendees to participate for a chance to win CASH!
Come to our 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 at the show for the booth decorating contest! Three of the 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


We are 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 our founding pillars being Community, now is your chance to get involved with our benefitting 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! We’re partnering with DonorsChoose.org 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. DonorsChoose.org 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. All attendees of Southern Exposure with a badge are welcome…and did we mention it’s complimentary?!

2018 Booth Registrations

Interested in a booth space at 2018 Southern Innovations? Stop by the Registration Kiosk to reserve your booth at next year’s conference.