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NEPC moving expo to fall in 2014

The New England Produce Council announced that beginning in 2014, it will hold its annual expo in the fall at a venue in Newport, RI.

On Oct. 10 Laura Sullivan, executive director of the New England Produce Council, headquartered in Burlington, MA, told The Produce News that the council is making a major venue change to its annual NEPC Produce & Floral Expo in 2014.

"This is our 15th expo," said Sullivan. "We wanted to do something different, special and exciting. And so, instead of having the event as we normally do in April, we decided to move it to September."

The event is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Newport, RI.

"We are very excited about the changes surrounding our annual expo," Bob McGowan, president of the NEPC, said in a press release. "Autumn in New England is the perfect time for our produce professionals to visit, and the new location will provide the opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to network with industry professionals and enjoy all that Newport has to offer."

Sullivan said that off-site activities offered in Newport and surrounding areas are nearly endless.

"September showcases New England at its best," she said. "Enjoyable and entertaining events include tours of mansions, shopping, area beaches, sail boating, water tours and much more. The Hyatt has a spa on the property for guests to enjoy. It will be a great networking opportunity for everyone who attends."

The event will be similar to the NEPC's previous shows except with a "farmer's market" flair that will be evident on the exhibit floor. Sullivan said it's a great opportunity for produce professionals to showcase their products.

"The exhibit space is extremely limited, so reserve your booth early," she noted.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the NEPC will host a reception and clambake at the hotel to kick off the expo activities.

"The hotel is on the water, so this will be a fantastic event," said Sullivan. "We'll all be enjoying a delicious clambake while overlooking the ocean."