Food SA has partnered with a number of organisations – together helping to deliver programs and facilitate connections for the SA food industry and members.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) is a diverse agency supporting a range of sectors, from forestry and fisheries to mining, agriculture, food and wine. Biosecurity SA, Rural Solutions SA and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) are among its key divisions. PIRSA works with various stakeholders, including industry and local communities, to support the sustainable economic development of our State. The SA Food Strategy 2010-15 identifies market development, environmental sustainability and incorporates key value chain recommendations by former Thinker in Residence Professor Andrew Fearne.
PIRSA is pleased to support the new peak body, Food SA and is working collaboratively with industry to strengthen and grow the State’s food sector and associated businesses.
Romeos Retail Group
Food SA and Foodland’s Romeos Retail Group have joined forces with a new partnership set to increase the supply and range of local brands and products across their stores. The partnership is a first for both groups directly connecting Food SA the state’s peak industry body and their 190 members with one of the leading locally owned retailers, Romeo’s and their 25+ Foodland and IGA stores across South Australia and New South Wales.
The aim of the partnership ultimately is to increase the supply of Food SA member products to our Foodland stores and further grow business for local food companies and Romeos. Food SA represents a significant spread of South Australia’s food manufacturers and producers with a fast growing membership base of innovative, niche and regional companies.
As an independent supermarket group celebrating their 25th year in business, the opportunity to develop an integrated promotional program with Food SA will directly facilitate the introduction of new suppliers. Ultimately the consumer will win with an even greater range of choice and access to premium quality, fresh local brands and products.
The Romeo Family first started in the supermarket industry in March 1987. Beginning with one small convenience store, they have progressively built a business that now stands as an outstanding independent retailing success story.
Industry experts have commended the family for their exceptional performance in areas ranging from leadership and innovation to staff development and managerial grooming. The Romeo Family are very focused and passionate about their growing business and are benchmarking independent supermarket retailing, eg Mitcham Square Foodland with modern décor, state of the art refrigeration and electronic ticketing.
Commercial Retail Group
Nick Chapley’s side of the family took on the name of Commercial Retail Group, most commonly referred to as CRG, which is now a recognised part of the Foodland ‘family’ of independent retailers within the IGA network. CRG bought two new supermarket locations, Frewville and Pasadena, both branded as ‘Adelaide’s Finest Supermarkets’ and have branched out into other areas that serve the community: an online supermarket and a charity targeted at helping youth find their feet in the world of employment.
SARDI (South Australian Research and Development Institute) delivers scientific research for primary industries in areas including agriculture, food, aquatic and bioscience industries. In partnership with Food SA and to support South Australian food companies, SARDI provides services through the Food Technology program and the Graduate Access Program (GAP). SARDI can provide advice about food technology in areas ranging from nutritional panel preparation to the development of quality systems and the conduct of detailed new product research and development activities.
SARDI is excited to partner with Food SA and provide scientific solutions to create opportunities for SA food companies to improve market growth, be internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. In addition, SARDI provides a range of food safety and risk assessment options to assist companies ensure product integrity and ongoing access to overseas markets.
South Australian Tourism Commission
The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) is committed to growing the State’s tourism industry. Tourism is big business in South Australia, creating work for South Australians and offering strong prospects for long-term growth. The industry contributes to the State’s economic activity, generating jobs and export dollars by attracting interstate and international visitors. It also enhances the State’s cultural attributes and offers sustainable development for the environment.
The South Australian Tourism Plan sets the strategic direction for Government, industry and the SATC, while the Corporate Plan focuses on the SATC and sets specific goals for the organisation acknowledging that to achieve these goals it must work closely with key industry and government partners.
The SATC productively markets the State’s tourism product intrastate, interstate and internationally to ensure that South Australia is a compelling part of any Australian holiday. It concentrates on developing the State’s competitive strengths – good living, festivals and events, and accessible nature. It secures, manages and sponsors major events that revitalise the economy and build community spirit. It also works to attract investment, develop strategic tourism assets and works with tourism businesses to see the industry mature. Successful leadership in policy reform underpins all of the SATC’s aims. More >>
As South Australia’s peak tourism body, SATIC’s role is to engage the tourism industry in all of the processes that shape our State’s tourism future. Built on member’s input, to represent, advance and further the interests of its members and the industry, SATIC aims to facilitate a positive business environment and to ensure a sustainable future for tourism in South Australia. SATIC provides a range of support services, resources and assistance to its members such as training, accreditation, certification, awards, business to business networks, communication and information.
SATIC is pleased to be working with Food SA to help implement the recommendations of the SA Food and Wine Tourism Strategy 2009-2014 and to ensure that regional food plays an integral role in South Australian tourism.
South Australian Wine Industry Association
The South Australian Wine Industry Association Incorporated is the peak body representing the wine grape growers and winery interests of the state. The association’s core functions are to provide leadership and strategy, to represent the industry and lobby on its behalf, and to provide advisory services to members. The association also provides wine appreciation courses through its National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC).
The NWETC is pleased to collaborate with Food SA, for the first time in 2011 and again in 2012, at the Royal Adelaide Show Cellar Door Experience, introducing food pairing into the wine presentations. This event in 2011 was regarded as a great success with excellent participant feedback.