Southeast Produce Council's Southern Innovations 2020 Officially Postponed
MILLEN, GA - Our industry has faced many unprecedented challenges this year, and even so, we’ve managed to come out even stronger with each obstacle we conquer. With the best interest of the industry in mind, some of our beloved trade associations have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s events. Industry partner Southeast Produce Council was faced with this decision last week, and ultimately announced its postponement of Southern Innovations 2020, which was to be held September 16–19 in Savannah, Georgia, due to growing concerns and restrictions surrounding COVID-19.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have had to make this decision. Our sincere desire was to provide a beacon of shining a light for an in-person event to provide hope and healing for our industry and country," said David Sherrod, President and CEO. "However, we recognize that the current environment is not allowing for Southern Innovations to occur as planned. We have exciting efforts underway to connect our SEPC members in new and unique ways, and we are focused on delivering an incredible Southern Exposure in Spring of 2021.”
Brandon Parker, Chairman of the Board, added, “Four months ago, we started praying that the world would be back to normal soon and that we would be able to gather back up as a family in Savannah for our annual Southern Innovations event. Even the best-laid plans just sometimes do not work out. We know there is a purpose behind all of this, and it will be revealed to us at the perfect time. In the meantime, everyone at SEPC will be looking forward to seeing you at Southern Exposure 2021.”
The SEPC is forging ahead to launch a new platform to provide membership and industry resources in this ever-changing environment. The goal is to bring members together to create the rich values of face-to-face experiences the Council has always provided to the industry.
Registration for Southern Exposure is scheduled to open in mid-September, according to the association's press release. The SEPC will keep members closely informed of further updates as they become available.
We at AndNowUKnow thank Southeast Produce Council and all of our headstrong industry friends who continue to protect the mission of providing the freshest produce on the planet.