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Deadline nears to apply for 2015 STEP-UPP class

It's not too late to apply to the Southeast Produce Council's 2015 STEP-UPP class, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

Potential candidates to the next class in the Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals must belong to organizations that are currently members of the council.STEPUPP-Logo Each class will be comprised of 10 individuals who have been selected through an application and interview process based on their leadership potential and interest in developing a career path in fresh produce, according to the SPC website.

There is no age limit, but applicants should be employed in an entry to middle management position in a related or foodservice role such as produce manager, produce merchandiser, category manager or produce buyer.

The STEP-UPP program is spearheaded by Faye Westfall of DiMare Fresh, who serves as chairperson, and Tom Page, retired from Supervalu, who serves as vice chairperson.

Anyone interested in applying for the 2015 class should visit For additional information, applicants may contact Westfall by email ( or telephone (813/629-0086).

Applications are due Aug. 1.