Southeast Produce Council Announces Hybrid Experience at Southern Innovations

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Wed. July 29th, 2020
- by Lilian Diep     

MILLEN, GA - It’s full-steam ahead for the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC). The association is continuing with preparations for Southern Innovations: Fresh on My Mind, which will take place on September 17–19, 2020, in Savannah, Georgia. As a solution to the challenge of connecting Southern Innovations Exhibitors in Savannah with its retailers and foodservice members who are currently under travel restrictions, the SEPC, in partnership with AGS Expo Services, is pleased to announce that the conference has evolved into a hybrid experience.

David Sherrod, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Produce Council“We are excited to offer this virtual platform as a value-add for our in-person event in Savannah,” David Sherrod, President and CEO, stated. “We feel it is a great way to expand our buyers’ attendance for the exhibitors who have registered to attend. We have had a longstanding relationship with AGS providing quality events for our members, and we trust them to help provide the best experience possible for those who cannot join us in Savannah, as well. The SEPC is working hard to bring the industry back together and continue moving in the right direction.”

In addition to the attendees walking the trade show floor, the exhibitors will be able to connect with attendees who cannot attend in real-time via live video conferencing. Plus, the educational sessions will also be streaming live for those who cannot attend, according to a press release. 

As a solution to the challenge of connecting Southern Innovations exhibitors with their retail and foodservice members, the Southeast Produce Council is pleased to announce that the conference has evolved into a hybrid experience

Value-Added Benefits for Onsite Exhibitors:

  • Realtime networking with offsite Retailers and Foodservice Members
  • Expanded exhibitor audience with the addition of a hybrid element
  • Tag labeling for both onsite exhibitors and virtual attendees for easier connectivity
  • Virtual Lead Retrieval available for exhibitors to connect further
  • Scheduling of virtual meetings to minimize conflict with onsite meetings
  • Ability to host large group meetings and secure intimate meetings

Value-Added Benefits for Offsite Retailers and Foodservice Members:

  • Realtime networking with Onsite Exhibitors at their booth
  • Tag labeling for both onsite exhibitors and virtual attendees for easier connectivity
  • Scheduling of virtual meetings to minimize conflict with onsite meetings
  • Collaborative Hybrid SEPC University Educational Sessions available as both Livestream and On-Demand
  • Webinar-style Keynote Panel Discussion available as both Livestream and On-Demand
  • Ability to participate in Live Q&A
  • Virtual sessions within our LINKS program

The SEPC is proud to expand its partnership with AGS Expo Services to create this unique virtual platform, which still provides members with an intimate setting where they can develop and maintain those valuable connections they’ve come to appreciate through SEPC’s conferences each year.

As noted in the press release, the AGS Expo Services Team will help guide both Southern Innovations exhibitors and retail/foodservice attendees through every step of setting up their virtual profile and will also be onsite to ensure the security and success of each individual meeting.

For more information about registering for the Southern Innovations Hybrid Experience, click here.

Whether you are able to meet with your SEPC family down in Savannah or remotely from your home office, the SEPC looks forward to connecting with you in the “Hostess City of the South!” ANUK will be here to provide you with all the latest updates leading up to the conference, so stay tuned for more.

Southeast Produce Council

 
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