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Loblaws talks with Mary B at SEPC

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Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, took some time at the Southeast Produce Council's 2016 conference and trade show to speak with Eric Biddiscombe of Loblaw. Biddiscombe explained how the company maximizes its time at Southern Exposure, including a growers meeting with roughly 60 vendors.

 

Southern Exposure helps Wendy’s stay fresh

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Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Joe Loiacano of Wendy’s on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2016. In his fifth year at the show, Loiacano said it’s a great venue to learn about what’s happening in the industry, what’s new and what products can help push the fresh theme that Wendy’s promotes.

SEPC Southern Exposure 2016 — Produce in Paradise — sets sail from Hollywood, FL

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HOLLYWOOD, FL — The Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 Produce in Paradise expo set sail March 2 with a sunset dinner cruise for the executive council and guests aboard the Venetian Lady in the tranquil waters of Florida's Intracoastal Waterway.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was along for the ride (in fact, she even got to pilot the yacht at one point) and talked with passengers and crew to get the inside scoop on the best of what's to come at the show.

The annual council dinner is the first official event of Southern Exposure 2016, which runs March 2-5 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. Next up in our SEPC 2016 video series: Complete coverage of the annual Tom Page Golf Classic, with reports from the Friday night gala, the Southern Roots Luncheon and the trade show floor to follow. 

First female 'Top Gun' pilot's message soars at SEPC Southern Roots Luncheon

vidwithout HOLLYWOOD, FL -- Lt. Carey Lohrenz made history as the first fully qualified female Navy aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat fighter in the United States military, earning her wings in 1993 and reporting for duty to Naval Air Station Miramar, CA -- "Top Gun." Her message about striving for and achieving success in a male-dominated arena made her a tailor-made choice to deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Southeast Produce Council Southern Roots Luncheon, part of Southern Exposure 2016 for the second year.

Southern Roots is a leadership program, chaired by SEPC 1st Vice President Teri Miller of Delhaize America and designed to make meaningful connections among women working in the produce industry through events, education and mentoring.

Lohrenz' message resonated with attendees. Maggie Giuffrida talks with Lohrenz about her achievements -- and with industry leaders about the impact of her words and how they relate to the experiences of women in the produce industry as our SEPC video series continues.

Look for more next week from the Tom Page Golf Classic, the tradeshow floor and, of course, the social side of Southern Exposure.

Maggie G takes the 10 for Talent challenge

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The Center for Growing Talent by PMA, formerly known as the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent, is celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this year. In addition to launching a new name, website and logo, the Center for Growing Talent by PMA has also launched a social media campaign, called the “10 for Talent” challenge, to draw more attention to its revamped brand, and collect donations to help support its mission.

“On the occasion of this group’s 10th anniversary, we are inviting industry members to demonstrate their energy and commitment to talent, both for our industry and for their companies,” said PMA President Cathy Burns. “Our ’10 for Talent’ challenge is a fun and social media-oriented fundraising effort that calls on 10,000 industry members to give $10 each to the Center for Growing Talent by PMA, to fun and accelerate our important work.”

Participants can simply contribute $10 online at www.GrowingTalentbypma.org/give10 or text 10forTalent to 41444. The organization is encouraging people to have fun with the challenge by sporting some orange (the Center for Growing Talent by PMA’s official color) and posting photos to your social media channels, showing that you participated. Photos can be shared on Facebook and LinkedIn; and submitted at www.GrowingTalentbypma.org/10-for-talent for a chance to win a free registration to one of its programs, including PMA Fresh Summit and the Emerging Leaders Program. You can also tweet using the hashtag #10forTalent.