Food SA ENews, January 2012

A warm welcome to 2012!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that all our members and industry had a successful sales period.

The Food SA team is back on board for another big year and to begin we have just posted out our latest Newsletter which features members, AgriExchange and Mitolo Group demonstrating the benefits of their membership, Product Recall Insurance tips from our sponsor Brecknock Insurance Brokers and the new exclusive Member Only resources now available through our website.

Also in the newsletter is a tear off calendar for you to keep with all our 2012 events. Save these dates and attend one of our tours, tradeshows or food, it’s your business, themed events. Coming up at the end of this month on Tuesday 31 January is our tour of the Adelaide Convention Centre with Chef Tze Khaw as well as the opportunity to Present your products to the Adelaide Central Market traders on Tuesday 7 February. Registeration for these events and more is below in the coming events section.

We’re very pleased to announce a new sponsor joining us; Corporate Conversation, a leading corporate communication and public relations firm. With significant expertise in the food and beverage sector, this partnership is significant for Food SA, our members and industry. We’ve already planned a workshop for later in the year to be led by Corporate Conversation on, Making the most of media. Please make Corporate Conversation welcome, and feel free to make contact to discuss your requirements.

Food SA and the South Australian Tourism Commission are working closely together and regularly hosting media visits with journalists from within and outside of SA. Please let Food SA know if you have any information that may be of interest to the media.

Food SA has submitted a response to the Select Committee on Australia’s Food Processing Sector. You may have noticed there has been a lot of media lately around our food industry of late and the impacts. There is still an opportunity to make a submission and if required, confidentiality of the source is possible.

In February a group of Chinese buyers will be visiting South Australia. Food SA is hosting them and we look forward to showing them some wonderful food.

Food SA will have a stand at Food & Hotel Asia. We welcome any members who would like to visit the show and can assist with tickets and recommendations for travel arrangements.

Last year in July, Food SA established an in-market representative in Sydney. A group of food producers have been involved and benefitted in this program. If you are interested in learning more or particpating from July 2012, please contact me.

It is the Australian Year of the Farmer and Food SA hopes you will all get involved in celebrating the hard work of everyone involved in producing, processing, handling and selling products from 136,000 farms across the country.

Catherine Barnett, CEO

“As a proud supporter of South Australia’s food and beverage industry, Corporate Conversation welcomes the opportunity to assist Food SA members to understand and work with the media. ”

Chris Doudle, Corporate Conversation

Coming events

Tour Adelaide Convention Centre with Tze Khaw – Tuesday 31 January 2012

The Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) is the state’s premier facility, hosting over 600 events a year and attracting more than 300,000 people and serving up to 6000 meals in any week. Behind all of these events is Tze Khaw, Executive Chef, heading up one of the largest kitchens and facilities in South Australia with 10 full time and 45 casual chefs, whether serving for an intimate group or up to 4500 in a sumptuous banquet.

The ACC is very supportive of using SA products with many featured on the menu. Join Tze for a tour of the ACC to learn how they provide service for thousands of meals a day as well as the unique opportunity to showcase your products to Tze and his staff.

DATE: Tuesday 31 January 2012
TIME: 2pm to 4pm
VENUE: Adelaide Convention Centre
COST: Food SA member $40 inc GST l Non member $70 inc GST

Present your products to the Adelaide Central Market Traders – Tuesday 7 February 2012

South Australian food producers interested in selling products to stalls at the Adelaide Central Market have the opportunity to present to traders at this exclusive Food SA event.

A small tradeshow area will be set up in the kitchen (upstairs at the Adelaide Central Market) using dressed trestles to displays products, brochures and samples.

Market traders will be matched with companies exhibiting products to taste samples and discuss sales opportunities. Food SA will facilitate introductions at the event.

DATE: Tuesday 7 February 2012
TIME: 4pm to 6pm
VENUE: Adelaide Central Market kitchen, Level 1 (Lift on Gouger Street entrance)
COST: Food SA Members: Free, Non Members: $50
REGISTER: with Mary Ferguson on 0412 420 856 or by Friday 20 January 2012.

Improve your packaging – Wednesday 15 February 2012

Do you want to improve your packaging? Find out how to cut your warehouse and transport costs. You can learn how to optimise pallet space, reduce costs and the environmental footprint of your business while also complying with Australian Packaging Covenant KPIs.

PRESENTER: Ron Mines, known as ‘The Boxologist’ is a consultant to the box and packaging industry and has forty years of experience. He runs specialised training programs for box makers and box users as well as providing technical and other support throughout the industry.

DATE: Wednesday 15 February 2012
TIME: 5pm to 7pm
VENUE: Waite Campus
COST: Food SA member $40 inc GST l Non member $70 inc GST

Think Food – Monday 30 April 2012

South Australia’s leading food tradeshow, Think Food is back in 2012 and has been included for the first time as an associated event in Tasting Australia 2012, on Monday 30 April 2012 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. There will be a joint lunch for producers to join media and chefs from Restaurant and Catering SA followed by the tradeshow 1 to 5pm. Think Food promotes and showcases the best food produced in this state. It is a unique opportunity for food producers to exhibit and meet buyers, build new relationships and grow sales. Retail buyers, food distributors, chefs and purchasing managers are invited to attend along with local and interstate media. A discount for early bird registration is available until Wednesday 29 February 2012, saving you $50.

DATE: Monday 30 April 2012
TIME: 12pm to 5pm
VENUE: Adelaide Festival Centre
COST: Early Bird by Wednesday 29 February – Food SA member $300 inc GST l Non member $450 inc GST

Fine Food Melbourne – Monday 10 to Wednesday 13 September 2012

Fine Food is Australia’s largest gathering of international, food, drink and equipment for the retail, food service and hospitality industries. Food SA with the support of PIRSA is coordinating a South Australian area at Fine Food in Melbourne, 10 to 13 September 2012 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Fine Food is the best place to find the newest and best products and services on offer with over 24,000 visitors from 48 countries.

A range of exhibitor options are available including a 2x3m booth, 3x3m booth and a producers area, with Food SA member and non member costs available.

DATE: Monday 10 to Wednesday 13 September 2012
VENUE: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
COST: Please see flyer for full details.
REGISTER: Flyer (doc, 41kb)

Newest members

Discover our newest members:

Food SA Member logo

We have developed a ‘Member of’ logo for member companies who would like to highlight their membership of Food SA. An ideal way to use the Member of Logo is on your website and linking to Food SA. The Member of Logo can be downloaded ready to use from the Member Only login section of our website. All member logins were posted with the newsletter to a key contact at each member company.

Who needs Product Recall Insurance?

Food SA sponsor Brecknock Insurance Brokers explains who needs product recall insurance in this article on our website. Isn’t Product Recall covered under a standard Public and Products Liability policy? Businesses of all sizes involved in growing, manufacturing, importing, exporting, wholesaling, distributing and retailing food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products need to have a Product Recall cover in place. In most cases Product Recall is excluded under Public and Products Liability policies. If some limited cover is provided via recall expense cover, the coverage limit provided is normally very small compared to the overall exposure. As Public and Products Liability policies do not cover the client’s own losses, there is no cover for replacement of the product, additional expenses to re-establish sales or loss of profits as a result of an insured event. More >>

Free business group review

Did you know that if your business turnover is $1M or more, you may be eligible for Enterprise Connects free business group review (min of two businesses) that comes with a $10,000 (dollar matched) grant? The business review identifies with you throughout the various operational levels of your company to develop a thorough view of; the strengths and weaknesses of your business, strategic issues, potential areas for business improvement and potential areas for growth etc. The Tailored Advisory Service Grant will reimburse half the cost, up to a maximum of $10,000 (excluding GST), of engaging a consultants /service provider etc to deliver improvements recommended in your Business Review. Improvements eligible for funding may include; supply chain management, business and quality management systems, lean manufacturing, strategic and business planning, resource management, waste/resource management, people and change management, new product or service development, market access and development, export strategy and more.

Contact David Monck on +61 8 8162 4711 or

Get the value out of your membership

The start of a new year is a great time to make plans and set goals on how you will grow your company. And Food SA is here to help, offering a range of benefits for members through our adelaide, interstate and overseas offices, programs, events and communication activities, all you need to do is get involved. Read how member Mitolo Group connects and gets the value of out of their membership with Food SA to advantage their company. “The Mitolo Group joined the former Food Adelaide at inception and use the Food SA team based in Shanghai. “This has given us a distinct advantage when sourcing new business in China. They do extensive research and investigative work on our behalf, and coupled with their own widespread network of connections they quickly distinguish the validity of leads and make contact with prospective partners, inevitably saving us time. It is highly advantageous to have access to the expertise and local knowledge and collectively Food SA China acts as a conduit, preventing any potential challenges we might have with language, translation and culture.” More >>

Meet our member: Pangkarra Foods

Pangkarra Foods is a family owned and operated company based in the Clare Valley. Five generations of the Maitland family have been producing quality cereals, legumes and export hay. Today they also produce premium wholegrain dry pasta and quality wholegrain durum flour.

Pangkarra pasta is made from 100% natural ingredients, high in fibre, low in fat, low GI and is an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Katherine Lindh, Marketing Manager shares her insights on what’s great about our industry, her inspirations and what positive qualities they cultivate in the company.

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Sponsor profile: Corporate Conversation

Corporate Conversation is a leading South Australian corporate communication and public relations firm. We assist businesses to understand and work with traditional, online and social media. We have significant expertise in the food and beverage sector with clients as diverse as San Remo, Coopers Brewery, Foodland, Balfours, Drake Supermarkets, Holco and Spring Gully. Corporate Conversation’s services include; Communication strategy, Social media strategy, Media liaison and publicity, Media training, Strategic alliances, Speeches, marketing letters and annual reports, Award entries and Copywriting and editing. Services range from ongoing communication programs through to short-term and once-off projects.

As a proud supporter of South Australia’s food and beverage industry, Corporate Conversation welcomes the opportunity to assist Food SA members to understand and work with the media.

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This entry was posted in ENews, Food South Australia News on Friday, January 13th, 2012

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