Nine local food manufacturers will share $694,000 in grants to develop innovative food products and stimulate economic activity and job creation for South Australia.
The Advanced Food Manufacturing (AFM) Grants are funded by the State Government’s new $4.15 million Food Innovation Program to advance business competitiveness, innovation and growth in the local food manufacturing sector.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said to grow a strong food manufacturing base for South Australia, we need to rely on innovation and new ideas. “South Australia is known as a producer and manufacturer of premium food and wine. We want to develop and promote these credentials by building the competiveness, efficiency and innovation capabilities of local small and medium enterprise food manufacturers,” he said. “Along with the $694,000 in grants for local food manufacturers, we’ve also allocated $542,000 for industry co-investment, resulting in projects totalling $1.23 million.”
The Food Innovation and AFM Grants programs align with the State’s strategic priorities of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment and Growing Advanced Manufacturing, and meet the key actions outlined in Investing in Science, the State Government’s plan for science, research and innovation. Minister Bignell said the funded projects are expected to transform food manufacturing productivity, by rapid translation of ‘market ready’ research and technology to improved commercial outcomes. “This is a great opportunity to build new partnerships between industry, government, research and development bodies so that research can be translated into new products and innovative processes for the benefit of our food industry,” he said.
The nine businesses receiving grants include:
- Solar Eggs – $150,000 to develop eggs with increased Omega 3. In collaboration with scientists from the FOODplus team at the University of Adelaide, the research will be commercialised to increase the level of Omega 3 in eggs by incorporating selected natural plant oils into the diet of laying hens.
- Savannah Farm – $100,000 to develop a mobile plant that will provide small scale processing for local farms and food systems. The Clare-based company has a strong focus on raising stress free, ethically treated livestock.
- Natural Fractions – $100,000 to develop a fractionation system to recover natural components from essential oils for use in food products. The Riverland company will work with the Oenology group at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
- Tuckers Natural – $86,000 to develop new and healthy snack products and packaging. Known for its gourmet ranges of crackers, biscuits, fruit pastes and snacks, Tucker’s new snack product range will be developed in collaboration with some of South Australia’s recognised brands, including condiments from Beerenberg Farm.
- South Australian Cattle Company – $75,000 to develop new production methods and create more export opportunities for its dry-aged Hereford Beef farmed on the Limestone Coast. It will partner with research agencies in South Australia and in Denmark and will engage the services of a local engineering firm.
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) – a division of PIRSA – will work with the following grant recipients on product development and trials of new production methods and food testing systems:
- Pangkarra Foods – $66,500 to develop a range of products made from pulses grown on its farm. Pangkarra Foods is well known for producing high quality stone-milled wholegrain products including pasta, flour and lavosh. This project will showcase the versatility of chickpeas and legumes, which are one of the State’s most underused ingredients.
- Careme Pastry – $66,400 to diversify the Barossa Valley-based company and develop its gluten free pastry range.
- Barossa Pizza – $25,000 to conduct testing and trials of a new frozen range of pizzas. Barossa Pizza has seen a steady growth in sales of its fresh pizza lines in South Australia and around the country.
- Robern Menz – $25,000 to perfect the recipes for a new range of snack products. Robern Menz is known for its confectionery range including South Australia’s very own fruchoc.