Food SA ENews, October 2014

CEO CONNECT WITH CATHERINE BARNETT

EAT LIKE A LOCAL AT CHEESEFEST

Australia’s largest cheese festival, CheeseFest, is back this October after breaking attendance records last year. The ninth CheeseFest at Rymill Park will be held on 25 – 26 October showcasing South Australia’s premium cheese, food, wine and beer from artisan and regional producers. Eat Local SA is excited to be a sponsor this year, which will include a competition open to all attendees to ‘show us your app’ – look out for Food South Australia people roving around CheeseFest with iPads to enter the competition who will also be selling new Eat Local SA aprons. You can get a taste of eight Eat Local SA venues at Cheesefest; Alexandrina Cheese Company, Island Pure, Udder Delights, Woodside Cheese Wrights, The Brasserie at Hilton Adelaide, The Elbow Room, Grace the Establishment and Street ADL.

INTERESTED IN AN INDIVIDUALISED MARKET INTELLIGENCE REPORT? COMPLETE OUR SURVEY

Food South Australia’s role is to lead the industry and its growth into the future. However we are only as good as the intelligence provided by our members, and the State of the Industry survey and report is our annual method to help shape the future of the industry. The robustness of the annual survey requires a high quality of responses to ensure strong results which truly represent the whole of the SA food industry. This year all members who complete the survey will receive an individual report of general findings and a confidential one page summary showing how your business is tracking against industry averages in key performance areas. We strongly encourage all members who have not yet completed the survey, please do so at www.foodsouthaustralia.com.au/state-of-the-industry-survey.

GET LEAN TOURING JAPAN WITH SHINKA MANAGEMENT

Food South Australia is pleased to partner with our member Shinka Management for the Australian Industry Group’s Lean Japan Tour 17-23 May 2015. Join for an experience of a lifetime! The tour allows you to immerse yourself over one week into the original Japanese thinking behind lean and its successful application across a range of industries. Whether you are new to the concept of lean, or searching for that next level of achievement, you will come home with a better understanding of how a continuous improvement culture can be embedded across your organisation. The Lean Japan Tour will broaden your thinking and build your knowledge of lean management principles. You’ll experience lean implementation in some of Japan’s top companies, and develop the understanding necessary to implement these within your organisation. Read the brochure for all the details.

LIMITED PLACES LEFT TO JOIN OUR EXPORT PROGRAM

Only a few places are left for 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). 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. Your business will receive expert coaching to develop go-to-market plans and contacts with selected in-market distributors to develop commercial opportunities. During the development of this project, paths for development of new products and manufacturing capacity through access to available state grants will also be discussed.Food South Australia was successful in receiving an Asian Business Engagement grant with additional support from PIRSA to assist the South Australian food industry enter new export markets. Register your interest.

NEXT GENERATION MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT PROGRAMME

The Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme is a $60 million competitive grants programme. It will support businesses that are investing in capital projects to establish or expand their manufacturing operations in areas of high value manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia. Although the details of the grant are being finalised, it is expected that the grant will fund projects with an expenditure of $500,000 to $5 million, in a 1:1 basis. Costs such as plant and equipment expenditure, contract expenditure and building modifications are to be covered. It is anticipated that the official announcement of this grant will be In October-November 2014. Further updates will be provided as they are announced.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FOOD INDUSTRY AWARDS PROGRAM UPDATE

Thejudging has been completed, and it has been tough job this year, with such a high standard and a record number of entries. Finalists will be announced this month, and we’re getting ready for the South Australian Food Industry Awards Program Grand Final Gala Dinner, 21 November 2014, at Adelaide Oval, with HG Nelson as our MC, so book your tickets now.

ADVOCACY ON TRADE WASTE ISSUES FOR INDUSTRY

Food South Australia recently presented a submission to the ESCOSA Inquiry into Drinking Water and Sewerage Retail Services Pricing Reform. The submission describes the specific impacts of the proposed pricing structure to trade waste costs for food manufacturers and paths for action to ensure that the industry’s concerns are addressed. Read the submission.

NEW BUYERS FOR FINE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FOOD

Food South Australia managed the South Australian stand at Fine Food Melbourne which recently showcased 12 companies to a record number of buyers, including many international visitors. Companies reported new business opportunities in Australia and overseas, and rated the event as successful in achieving their objectives. There was excellent feedback from visitors to the stand on the professional presentation of the South Australian area, including the diversity of exhibitors and the quality tastings provided. The event also provided a great opportunity for SA exhibitors to network and build relationships with other local suppliers.

MEET THE BUYER EVENT

The Office of the Industry Advocate is holding its next Goods and Services ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for food and beverage to attend on 31 October 2014 in Hall K, Adelaide Convention Centre. These sessions will highlight the capabilities of local businesses to help access and secure contracts with government agencies and to raise the awareness of agency procurement staff about who is in the market and what products or services exist that may match their needs. After these events, government representatives will provide feedback to companies about their business, products and services and how they can better sell themselves in future tenders. To register your interest for the Goods and Services event contact Hannah Pitcher on 8226 8926 or email hannah.pitcher@sa.gov.au.

WELCOME SAMARA TO FOOD SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Food South Australia is pleased to welcome Samara Miller to the team in exports helping coordinate Food South Australia’s Go to Market Plans for South East Asia program. With nearly 20 years experience in the seafood industry in a variety of roles such as Executive Officer with a number of associations, Samara has lived and worked in Port Lincoln for the last 14 years. Samara has also been an industry and community member on a number of national and state boards and committees. With a Master of Science in Marine Environmental Protection from the UK, a BA degree in Biology and Psychology and as a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Samara brings a wealth of experience and is passionate about creating partnerships to assist and drive profitable business for the South Australian food industry.


MEET OUR MEMBER: THE HILLS CIDER COMPANY

The Hills Cider Company produces ciders crafted from 100% fresh Adelaide Hills grown apples and pears, with absolutely no added concentrate, flavours, sugars or water. Steve Dorman, Co-Director and Cider Maker for The Hills Cider Company gives an insight into what he thinks is great about the SA food industry, his greatest achievement and challenge and what inspires him about his work.

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