NASHVILLE, TN – The Southeast Produce Council held its annual Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo Sept. 12-14, here, enabling exhibitors to feature the latest additions to their organic and foodservice categories.
The event, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, included a number of training sessions on Sept. 12, followed by an opening reception that evening. On Sept. 13, two educational workshops kicked off the morning followed by a general session that featured a presentation by former Chick-Fil-A marketing executive Steve Robinson. Armed with Robinson’s insights about the runaway success of Chick-Fil-A, attendees descended upon the trade show floor to see the exhibitors’ latest offerings.
Nicole Hulstein (center) of Food Lion flanked by Jocelyn Gerard and Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers.
Mark Kreiner, Tom Leo and Meghan Klotzbach of Mother Earth LLC.
Charlie Eagle and Jennifer Rigdon of Southern Specialties.
Gary James of WP Rawl.
From Sbrocco International were Maclaren Oglesby, Michele Petrie, Harold Sbrocco and John Sbrocco.
Al Finch of Florida Classic Growers Inc.
Bobby Creel, Derek Ennis and Adam Lytch of L&M Cos. Inc. with T.J. Ware of Pro-Act LLC.
Bruce Simmons and Jose Fu of Sunkist Growers Inc.
Sharon Robb-Anstett of North Bay Produce.
Thomas Webb and Thomas Joyner of Nash Produce.
Ernst Van Eeghen and Merritt Bruce of Church Bros. Farms.
Cecilia Bates, Connor Murphy and Jim Bates of Goodness Gardens.
Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh Tampa and a former chairman of the SEPC's board of directors with board member Don Fox of Walmart Stores.
Allison Myers of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association promoted Chilean blueberries during the SEPC Southern Innovations expo.
Lance Poole, Michael Daroshefski, Coleman Oswald and Luis Parra of Eagle Eye Produce.
Phil Abreo and Kate Brooks of FiveStar Gourmet Foods promoted the company’s Simply Fresh line of salads.
Nancy Bryner of Growers Express.
Eric Frasse of I Love Produce featured the company’s full line of garlic items.
Stanley Trout and Mike Krage of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Michelle Jacobs and John Michael Wooten of Jackson Farming.
Alison Kellogg and Margi Gunter of Litehouse.
Scott Chapman, Andrew Scott and Blair Greenhill of Nickey Gregory.
At the Shuman Farms booth during the SEPC Southern Innovations expo in Nashville were (front row) Trish James, Erin Waters and Jen Gooch, and (back row) Johnny White, Brandon Parker, John Shuman, Mark Shuman and Brock Davis.
Bob Catinella and Bryan Roberts of Pear Bureau Northwest.
Kim Fellom of Pacific International Marketing.
Chris Veillon of Pure Flavor.
Paulette Satur of Satur Farms featured the company’s new line of single-serve fresh salad dressings.
Dominic Carnazzo and Michele Peterson of Wada Farms.
Dino Dilaudo and Tony Cappelli of Westmoreland featured the company’s mini cucumber line, among other products.
Derek Peterson, Nicole Rumsey and Lynn Wilcox of Wilcox Fresh.
Ann Youngman and Kim St. George of Renaissance Food Group.
Jeff Onstot and Sandy Eason of Calavo Growers.
John Caragliano of Limoneira Co.
Sandy Riner and Cliff Riner of G&R Farms.
Stacie Barfield, Liza New and Lauren Dees of Generation Farms.
Katie Pfeiffer and LauraKate Anderson of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Travis Phelps and T.J. Rahll of Robinson Fresh.
Tommy Collinsworth and Spencer Ensley of Baker Farms.
Keith Hahn of Curation Foods.
Bob Licker of Mann Packing Co. with Mario Sousa of Sid Wainer & Son.
Sarah Cook of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Jennifer Anazawa and Justin Dougherty of Mission Produce.
Peter Cole and Caitlin Klueber of the Oppenheimer Group.
Roberto Hernandez, Al Voll and Dale Prinz of Fresh Farms.
Bruce Dowhan of Giumarra Cos.
Jim Cline, Kirk Wilson and Mark Hartwell of Giorgio Fresh Co.
Spiro Vetas, Andrew Hare and Jon Updyke of Vertical Roots.
Scott Ross of West Pak Avocado.
Lesley Daniels and Amanda Keefer of Produce for Kids.
Jed Hunter and Jared Corbett of Grower Network.
Bo Herndon, Sky Herndon and John Williams of LG Herndon Jr. Farms.
Mike Reed, Mark Sloat and Robin Brewer of The Little Potato Co.
Russell Dollar and Jeff Goodale of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak and Katie Toulouse of Produce for Better Health Foundation.