Food SA ENews, August 2013



It has been a fantastic response to the South Australian Food Industry Awards new Buy SA Consumer Award. As voted by the public, round one voting has closed revealing the top twenty companies for round two voting open until Friday 27 September 2013. Congratulations to the nominated top twenty companies; B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Beerenberg, Careme Pastry, Feast Fine Foods, Ferguson Australia, Fleurieu Milk and Yogurt Company, Golden North, Haigh’s Chocolates, Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs, Kangaroo Island Source, Kytons Bakery, La Vera Fine Cheese Producers, Lucia’s Fine Foods, Najobe Beef, Mitani Products, Robern Menz, San Remo, Spring Gully Foods, Tucker’s Natural and Tweedvale Milk. Get voting for your favourite! Entry to apply has closed for all other categories, with the independent judging process now underway. The Awards presentation Gala Dinner tickets will be on sale Monday 12 August with an early bird rate available.


The essential guide to South Australian food has been launched by the Hon Gail Gago MP along with Michael Angelakis AM, and local chefs Nick Finn and Tze Khaw at The Highway a few weeks ago. The South Australian Food Users’ Guide has been specifically developed for chefs, cooks, purchasing managers, caterers and more in the food service industry to inspire them to use SA products in restaurants, cafés, pubs and more. The Guide covers bakery, beverage, cereals & grains, convenience, dairy & eggs, fruit & vegetables, meat, poultry & game and seafood, with detailed technical information on; storage & handling, appearance, packaging, serving ideas and more. In addition, it includes unique masterclasses and charts on seasonality and harvest as well as storage. Plus a comprehensive A–Z listing of 350 plus SA food companies, giving users everything they need to put South Australia’s fresh and innovative produce on the menu. The SA Food Users’ Guide has been developed by Food South Australia with the support of PIRSA. Copies have been distributed in China and Japan, and across Australia to the food service industry. Consumers can also access an e book on the Food SA website, and it will also be available for Kindle and iPad in a few weeks.


The South Australian Gourmet Goodie Bag is back and bursting with local products for its third year at the upcoming Royal Adelaide Show. Food SA is proud to support this industry led initiative which supports the promotion and awareness of SA brands. Tucker’s Natural, Emmaline’s Country Kitchen, Perryman’s Gingerbread, San Remo, Melba’s, Laucke, Nippy’s, Fruitwise, Bellis Fruit Bars, Mitani and Oxfam all have products available in the showbag, while coupons to redeem at Foodland are available to buy one get one free for products from Australian Wholefoods, Kytons Bakery, Mexican Express, Bagel Boys, Huon, Coopers, Spring Gully Foods, Bickfords and more. There are also vouchers including a Foodland voucher to save $10 off, as well as Golden North, Mini Melts, Sprout Cooking, Gossip Box and a few Eat Local venues. What an amazing showbag! All for just $25 – grab yours at the Royal Adelaide Show 6-14 September 2013 from showbag hall stand 21.


Food SA, The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RA&HS) are teaming up for the third consecutive year to present the very popular Cellar Door Experience at the Royal Adelaide Show from 6 to 14 September 2013. Located in the Taste SA pavilion, there will be three daily sessions featuring wine tastings paired food items from Food SA members. This year Laucke Flour Mills, Barossa Fine Foods and B-d. Farm Paris Creek are all involved. Hope to see you there!


Food SA’s fifth newsletter has been posted and features our Chair Anthony Paech stating consumers are on our side, make the most of it!. Our sponsor Toll shares on special freight and recruitment rates for Food SA members, we highlight how to get the value out of your Food SA membership with Golden North and Wintulich’s, the latest from Food SA including Eat Local SA, SA Food Users’ Guide, Toolkits to grow your business, Shop & Swap, and the latest events and social images.


Please welcome to the Food SA team a few new faces. Silvia Estrada, Food SA’s new Program Manager, Competitive Foods started a few weeks ago and is busy preparing a new blog for the Food SA website which will focus on new product development, novel packaging systems, process and business innovation, and innovation in supply chain and logistics. Chris Crago has also joined the team in the role of Marketing and Events delivering the SA Food Industry Awards, Food SA Summit, domestic and international tradeshows and the calendar of events. Chris has previously run her own restaurant, and worked for Business SA and Grant Burge Wines. The Food SA team says farewell and thanks to Nicola Kelly who is travelling overseas for an extended period of time, we wish her well.


Food SA Members, have you completed your online directory profile? The Food SA Directory continues to grow and is the most accessed area on the Food SA website accounting for over 30,000 page views in the past 12 months. It provides a single access point for buyers (food service, retailers, importers etc) worldwide to a collective listing of SA food companies and is increasingly a go to tool for consumers also. We are currently assisting members get their profile online, as we have some big plans for the Food SA Directory so it is important you are listed. Please check the Food SA Directory to see if you are, and if not please contact the office on 8303 9435 or for assistance.


Our next tour is at Peat Soils and Garden Supplies on 27 August 2013. As a proud long term SA Food Industry Awards sponsor it will be great to support them and discover more. Peat’s Soil and Garden supplies takes dirt pretty seriously – and their industry reputation proves it. Improving soil carbon and moisture retention is just the beginning of what they can help you achieve. They can also provide full supply chain logistics, right down to the removal of the process material.


Wintulichs Smallgoods was is established in 1909 by Jacob Wintulich, his dream of producing high quality smallgoods still lives on after 103 years. We are pleased to still claim we are Australian owned, South Australian Made and only use 100% Australian Meat in our smallgood products. Chris Matz, National Sales Manager shares his insights into what's great about the SA food industry. his vision and how he maintains his passion.

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This entry was posted in ENews, Food South Australia News on Friday, August 16th, 2013

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