Food SA ENews, September 2014

CEO CONNECT WITH CATHERINE BARNETT

H.G. NELSON TO CHAMPION THE AWARDS DINNER

Early bird bookings are now open for the 2014 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program Grand Final Gala Dinner to be held on Friday 21 November 2014 in the William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval. Our Master of Ceremonies and Captain will be iconic sporting legend and commentator, H.G. Nelson, so the game is on! As an Adelaide boy and editor of best selling book The Really Stuffed Guide to Good Food he will give us a spray of wisdom about his views on the State of Champions and tell us how to play the food game. The Adelaide Oval will present a menu highlighting the delicious food products from this year’s finalists, and the evening will finish with dancing to a live band at South Australian food industry’s night of nights. Early bird tickets on sale until Friday 26 September 2014.Book your tickets now!

UP TO $50,000 AVAILABLE THROUGH NEW BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION VOUCHER

The Department of State Development has recently opened the Business Transformation Voucher (BTV) program with up to $50,000 available for South Australian manufacturing businesses. The voucher enables access to the services of specialist consultants to assist in the development and implementation of plans to improve productivity, increase competitiveness or diversify. The program is geared towards businesses on the verge of growth, that want to ensure their growth plans and manufacturing capacity are aligned and strategic. Food and beverage manufacturing applications will be initially evaluated by Food South Australia. To apply, it is recommended you engage a marketing consultancy to discuss the channels and markets plus a manufacturing consultancy to discuss capacity matching with future demand. Review the BTV program and application details and contact Silvia for any further queries on 8303 9457 or silvia@foodsa.com.au

NEW $50 MILLION MANUFACTURING TRANSITION PROGRAMME

The Australian Government has announced the $50 million Manufacturing Transition Programme, which will provide grants to help manufacturing businesses become more competitive and sustainable. The Programme supports capital investment projects that help businesses: move or expand into higher value or niche manufacturing activities, and build skills in higher value and knowledge intensive activities in new or growing markets. Eligible activities include: changing or extending your existing premises, buying, building, installing and commissioning new machinery and equipment, training in the use and maintenance of new machinery and equipment and buying technology or intellectual property. Grants are available for up to 25% of eligible costs for projects with a minimum investment of $4 million. Applications for Round 1 opened on 1 September 2014 and will close at 11.59pm AEST on Friday 24 October 2014. Visit the website for factsheets, frequently asked questions, guidelines and the application form.

VIDEO SHOWCASES ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT SUCCESS

A video for Food South Australia’s successful Business Case for Energy Efficient Equipment program has been released. Featuring Golden North, Mexican Express and Bickford’s Australia, the video demonstrates how the Energy Efficient Equipment toolkit can help businesses assess the benefits and value of energy efficient alternatives, and choose actions and upgrades to energy efficient equipment in their operations. The program has reaped outstanding outcomes for the industry and businesses; helping save over $2 million in costs, 11,000 tonnes of CO2-e, as well over $3 million in successful Cleantech and Regional Development Fund grants being awarded. Watch the video.

BAG THE GOURMET STUFF AT THIS YEAR’S ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW

The Gourmet Goodie Bag which brings together products from some of SA’s most respected brands in a one-stop-shop show bag for lovers of local food and beverages. For the first time, this year’s show bag incorporates a series of free products which are collected at various exhibitor stands allowing people the chance to meet the producers. Available from Stand 21 in the Showbag Hall, this year’s Gourmet Goodie Bag offers over $200 of products and vouchers for only $20, from some of the states most awarded producers such as Tucker’s Natural, Robern Menz, Laucke Flour, Barossa Fine Foods, Bickford’s Australia, Coopers, Golden North, Wintulichs, Fruit Wise, Mountain Fresh, Nippy’s, Emmaline’s Country Kitchen, Kytons Bakery, Bagel Boys, Spring Gully, Humbugz Honey, Blue Lake Milling, Huon, Natralus, Peak Fresh, SA Mushroom Growers Association and B.-d. Farm Paris Creek.

VISIT OUR STAND AT FINE FOOD MELBOURNE FOR FREE

Eleven South Australian food businesses will be exhibiting at the coming Fine Food Melbourne from 15-18 September 2014 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. If you would like to attend, trade visitor tickets are currently available for FREE entry saving you $30.00 if you register online by 5pm AEST Friday 12 September 2014 using the promotional code: INVITE at finefoodaustralia.com.au/invite. Come and visit the South Australian stand T35 and T36 to see and taste an amazing variety of quality products from Australian Wholefoods, Beerenberg, Golden North, Greenwheat Freekeh, Humbugz Honey, Kytons Bakery, Macro Meats Gourmet Game, Mexican Express, Moo Premium Foods, Olives 2000 and Robern Menz.

INTERESTED IN EXPORTING TO INDONESIA, MALAYSIA OR SINGAPORE?

Food South Australia was successful in receiving an Asian Business Engagement grant to support the South Australian food industry enter new export markets. The Go to South East Asia market program which will engage 15 food businesses with high export potential to South East Asia (specifically Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) still has a few places left. The program aims to help businesses analyse their competitive advantages and export readiness, including resources, capabilities and the external factors favouring or challenging their exports to this market. Participating businesses are expected to contribute towards the development of their go-to-market plans. They will also need to make a staff member available for the development of the plans as required and provide information to assess strengths, weaknesses and export readiness as the program progresses. Register your interest.

GET YOUR HACCP TRAINING

Food South Australia together with South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) are managing a HACCP training course in Adelaide on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October at the Waite Campus. The training will be delivered by Regency TAFE SA and is 90% funded by the Department of State Development, Skills for All program, with the cost for participants only $200 +GST for the two days. The main goal of HACCP is a process of production of safe food and public health protection. Places are limited to 10, so book early to secure your place.

SHARE THE TABLE WITH LEADING VICTORIAN CHEFS

Food South Australia is partnered with Shared Tables in Victoria, to provide the opportunity for Food SA members to increase sales in food service. Product sponsorship is available for $500 + gst for a number of upcoming events:

  • Monday 17 November – Shared Tables lunch at Collins Kitchen Grand hosted by Jason Camillo
  • Monday 22 December – Shared Tables lunch and Christmas drinks and canapes at Denmark House hosted by Bente Grysbaek

To get involved please contact mary@foodsa.com.au or 8303 9405.

FOOD SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S BRANDING SPRING CLEAN

Just in time for spring we’ve been refreshing our logo and brand – we are now officially Food South Australia! Over the coming months you will notice lots of positive changes as we roll out a new look across our traditional and digital platforms.


MEET OUR MEMBER: AUSTRALIAN WHOLEFOODS

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