Food SA ENews, November 2014

CEO CONNECT WITH CATHERINE BARNETT

GAME ON! IT’S SA FOOD AWARDS SEASON

It’s only four weeks until industry come together for the South Australian Food Industry Awards Program Grand Final Gala Dinner at Adelaide Oval on Friday 21 November. And with H.G. Nelson at the helm and a three course menu highlighting our finalists, it’s no wonder the event is nearly sold out. So get in quick as tickets are limited. Last month the finalists were announced including well-known brands such as Barossa Fine Foods, Ferguson Australia, and Golden North, and niche producers such as Najobe Park Red Angus from the Fleurieu Peninsula and Eastbrook Farms from the Adelaide Hills. Nine finalists are first time applicants, including Moo Premium Foods, South Australian Cattle Co and Thornby. Read the full list of finalists.

GRANTS OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT

Now open for applications is AusIndustry’s Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme with $60 million in competitive grants. The programme will support businesses investing in capital projects to establish or expand their manufacturing operations in areas of high value manufacturing in Victoria and South Australia. The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs. The minimum amount granted is $500,000 and the maximum grant amount is $5 million. The maximum grant period is 3 years. Round 1 closes on 9 January 2015, so read the eligibility terms, guidelines and application form . A free information session will be held at Food South Australia, Auditorium, Plant Research Centre, 2b Hartley Grove, Urrbrae, on Friday 14 November from 8-10am to explain the benefits of the programme, eligibility criteria, and how to complete and lodge an application. Register.

ARE YOU EATING LIKE A LOCAL?

With over 215 Eat Local SA venues now across South Australia, there are venues serving or selling South Australian food in every corner of the state. Our newest venues include; Sails at Robe, Benjamin on Franklin, Coriole Vineyards, Topiary, Caudo Vineyard and the Meningie Hotel. Eat Local SA continues to grow and in case you are not in the know make sure you connect with us. Each month our blog and enews take you on an eating tour, mapping out Eat Local SA highlights in every region of South Australia. Subscribe on our website. We also feature recipes to Eat local at home and an app to download so you can access Eat Local SA wherever you travel (Apple or Android). Make sure you also keep up with the latest venues joining and news on Eat Local SA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

FOOD SOUTH AUSTRALIA FORGING AHEAD WITH NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Food South Australia is pleased to welcome two new board members after the Annual General Meeting was held a few weeks ago. Johanna Churchill, Partner at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and Alex Knoll, National Sales Manager and Brand Ambassador of Barossa Fine Foods were both elected by members to the board. Norman Waterhouse Lawyers have been a sponsor of Food South Australia since inception and provide critical legal support to the association and members, while Barossa Fine Foods has been a longstanding member of the association and is a great example of a growing business in South Australia. Food South Australia also acknowledges and thanks out‐going board members; Chris Hummel from Wintulichs and Tom Pledge from Crawford Legal for their commitment and contribution towards Food South Australia over their terms. Other board members re-elected were Anthony Paech, Beerenberg; Dimi Kyriazis, Golden North; Phil Sims, Robern Menz and George Ujvary, Olga’s Fine Foods.

REGISTER NOW FOR SIAL 2015

Grow your sales and markets by exhibiting as part of the Australian stand at SIAL China on 6-8 May 2015, one of Asia’s largest meeting points for the food and beverage industry. Major market players from retail, catering, hotel, restaurant, catering, food service, importers and exporters attend the show. It is anticipated that over 50,000 professional buyers, 2,000 exhibitors from 90 countries will attend SIAL China 2015. Food SA will be coordinating an Australian Pavilion for the first time at this show in order to create a cohesive Australian presence to maximise opportunities. Please complete the registration of interest for a; 3×3 metre, 2×3 metre or the shared area.

LAST CHANCE TO FILL YOUR SKILLS GAP

The PIRSA funded Graduate Access Program (GAP) will be coming to an end in December 2014. If your company is looking to employ any new staff members, consider hiring a recent graduate and you may be eligible for the $10,000 grant*. Graduates can be employed in a range of areas such as marketing, quality control, product development, engineering, finance, transport/logistics etc. All contracts need to be in place by 19 December 2014. *To be eligible for the $10,000 grant; graduates must hold a relevant qualification (min. Cert 4), graduates must have no more than 2 years’ experience in a similar role and your company needs to employ the graduate in a full-time role for a minimum of six months. For more information contact Anna Crump, SARDI on 8303 9518 or anna.crump@sa.gov.au


MEET OUR MEMBER: BLUE LAKE MILLING

Operating from Bordertown, in regional South Australia, Blue Lake Milling has developed a strong and reputable market presence, both domestically and internationally. Our range of oat and cereal based foods and food ingredients are manufactured from only the highest quality Australian standard and organic grains. Tash Girdler, Customer Sales and Service gives an insight into what she thinks is great about the SA food industry, her top three business tips and greatest achievement.

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