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Premium food and wine

Premium food and wine

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Our future relies on premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world.

South Australia’s food and wine industries generated $18.2 billion in revenue in 2014/15, accounting for 46% of our total merchandise exports. Considering that the world demand for food will rise by 70% by 2050, this presents an exciting opportunity for our future.

This growing world demand for high quality food and wine, combined with South Australia’s food safety, biosecurity and product integrity mean, we have some great opportunities to expand our reach internationally.

Our challenge is to make sure that the world is aware of our premium food and wine, its high quality and the regions where it is produced.

To make sure our food production remains viable internationally, we will focus on markets, innovation and sustainable use of natural resources – bearing in mind the value of the Australian dollar can have a strong bearing on our exports.

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We need to ensure that our food and wine producers are  competing in global markets on more than just cost.

We’re known for our world-class food, wine and beverages that come from a green environment. It’s our competitive edge and will strengthen our international reputation for being clean and safe.

Our centres of excellence in food and agricultural research and production mean we can export our ideas, intellectual capital, products and services. We will put value-added and differentiated food, with a focus on Asia, high on our menu – helping us to secure and maintain premium status in our markets of choice.

Further growth and investment in primary production and processing, the adoption of new technologies, expansion of existing and emerging markets, and realising increased value for our high quality products, will be a major economic driver for the state.

Actioning a delicious future

Objectives for 2017

  • Increase international exports of differentiated and processed food and wine from $2.8 billion in 2013-14 to $3.6 billion in 2016–17 [updated].
  • Establish a global reputation for premium food and wine.
  • Create opportunities for food and wine businesses to expand or co-locate.
  • Establish a global reputation for our food, wine and clean technology expertise.

Progress against objectives

Taking the initiative

  • Expand the Premium Food And Wine Ambassadors Program.
  • Develop the Agri-PACE Program to facilitate Agribusiness investment opportunities.
  • The South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) – helping to secure water resources needed for a healthy environment and a prosperous state.
  • The Regional Development Fund – driving economic growth and creating jobs by investing in regional infrastructure.
  • The new Sterile Insect Technology facility and Phylloxera testing service – enhancing our existing biosecurity capability and leadership.
  • New Horizons Program – helping our dryland farmers to increase productivity in the $8.6 billion crop and livestock sectors by improving poor performing soils.
  • The South Australian Government has committed to maintaining the moratorium on GM foods in South Australia until at least 1 September 2019 and will promote this status in key markets where this presents a competitive advantage.
  • Support the expansion of the aquaculture industry.

Make it a priority to get involved

Premium food and wine from our clean environment

Experience South Australia’s premium food and wine from our clean environment – keep up to date with campaigns, news and events:

Regions SA

Learn more about our strategies to support regional South Australia:

Eat Local

Your invitation to enjoy the best of South Australia’s regional products on home territory -experience new products, flavours and dishes created locally whilst supporting the South Australian producers and venues that make fantastic local food experiences happen:

State Brand

Adopt the State Brand for your business and South Australian products.

Food park

Consider opportunities to relocate or expand your food business at the Northern Adelaide Food Park.

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