A MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER, JAY WEATHERILL
South Australia’s food industry has much to be proud of – including talented and passionate people involved in creating world-class food and wine, from some of the best growing conditions from which to produce them.
With this combination, it is no surprise the State enjoys a global reputation as a vibrant food and wine destination.
We are renowned for our clean water, air and soil. Our sustainable environment enables us to produce the finest quality food, and we are committed to a strong biosecurity regime and rigorous food-safety standards.
The South Australian Government is determined to protect, develop and share these qualities with a global culinary audience.
Our food industry has evolved to become one synonymous with innovation. The State Government invests significantly in research and development to support the food manufacturing industry, with innovations relating to packaging, value-adding and technology.
One of our State’s 10 Economic Priorities – premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world – is dedicated to maximising the opportunities for the food and wine sectors.
South Australia’s food and wine industries are a vital part of the State’s economy, our largest export sector and a major employer.
In 2015-16, for example, they generated $18.6 billion in revenue, accounted for 45 per cent of the State’s merchandise exports, and employed about 147,400 people – one in five working South Australians.
Also in 2015-16, the value of finished food, which includes food manufacturing, reached a record $6.69 billion.
In order to build on this momentum, we are promoting our premium food and wine to buyers worldwide – particularly in the key markets of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
I encourage all businesses involved in the local food industry to enter the 2017 South Australian Food Industry Awards program, which the State Government is pleased to support.
By doing so, you will help ensure an even stronger connection between leading food businesses and consumers, and you will help recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of one of South Australia’s most important sources of jobs and growth.
Premier of South Australia