Sustainable Business

Food business 101: Going green to benefit your bottom line

With business costs increasing steadily, environmental sustainability strategy is set to be an increasingly vital component in ongoing business success. Recently, Green Industries SA updated the Guide To Sustainable Business in Food developed in partnership with Food South Australia. This guide is the place to start to decide what level of environmental sustainability is going…

New grant programs

New grant programs announced

Three important funding programs have recently been announced of which South Australian food manufacturers and food and beverage industry service providers should be aware.   The Future Jobs Fund has been created by the Government of South Australia to help South Australia’s traditional industries diversify into new areas and help to prepare workers for the…

Shinka Management Food Processing

Using Time and Motion Analysis to improve food manufacturing efficiency

Shinka Management has announced the release of OTRS10, the latest version of the industry-leading time and motion analysis software from Japan. Achieving labour and cost reductions within manufacturing operations through improving the efficiency of processes is an important consideration for local food and beverage manufacturers. Manual processing, product changeover, maintenance, packaging and warehousing operations can…

Applications for the 2017 South Australian Food Awards are now open

Show off your business and Breakthrough! Applications for the 2017 South Australian Food Awards Program are now open Breakthrough and enter the 2017 South Australian Food Awards Program. Our theme this year is ‘Breakthrough’, and we are saluting the individuals and businesses making significant breakthroughs in the South Australian food and beverage industry through their outstanding…

Energy Productivity Program launched

$31 million has been provided by the State Government over two years to help large South Australian businesses manage their electricity costs. The Energy Productivity Program is available to businesses that use more than I60MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy saving measures. The funding will be available for businesses to undertake…

Treasurer announced $31 million available to help large South Australian businesses manage their electricity costs

On 13 December 2016 the Treasurer announced that the 2016-17 Mid Year Budget Review provides $31 million over two years to help large South Australian businesses manage their electricity costs. The Energy Productivity Program will be available to businesses that use more than I60MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy saving measures. The…

Are you eligible for TRADEX?

The Tradex Scheme provides an upfront exemption from Customs Duty and GST on eligible goods imported and then exported within one year or other approved period.   The Tradex Scheme provides an upfront exemption from Customs duty and GST for goods imported to Australia that are then exported within one year or other approved period.…

Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations

Second edition of innovation showcase publication now open to applications

Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations is the first Australian book to celebrate innovation in the food and agribusiness industry. The first edition was launched at the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology conference in June 2016. The book showcased 50 of the country’s leading innovations in agribusiness, food, drink, packaging and more. Due to the resounding praise…

Funding now available under Round 3 of the Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program – Non-GM and Organic

Food and beverage businesses and industry groups are eligible to apply for a newly launched grant program to assist with attaining non-GM and organic third-party certifications that will support achievement of either or both of the following aims:   Accessing new or higher value markets Contribution to premium positioning or achieving superior prices for products…

Israel Trade Mission June 2017

Leading businesses in agriculture, water, and food and wine production will be showcasing their products in a Trade Mission to Israel in June 2017, led by CEO and Managing Director of Elders, Mark Allison and hosted by the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce South Australia (AICC SA).     The Mission program has been designed…

Do you want to become an Australian Trusted Trader?

Australian Trusted Trader is a voluntary trade facilitation initiative. It recognises businesses with a secure supply chain and compliant trade practices, rewarding accredited businesses with a range of trade facilitation benefits. Australian Trusted Trader is free to join and accreditation is available to all Australian businesses that are active in the international trade supply chain,…

Allergen claims are still confusing consumers

Plain English food ingredient statements aren’t as clear as they need to be. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a Plain English Allergen Labelling report with several key recommendations to clarify food allergen claims for consumers.   A number of issues with terminology are identified in the report, including the lack of standardization and…

Trade Waste funding round update

Trade Waste Initiative Grants   Grants for two programs under the State Government’s Trade Waste Initiative are now open for eligible businesses.   Delivered by Green Industries SA, this announcement follows the successful completion of the first round of funding for Resource Productivity Assessments in which 12 grants were awarded (see http://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/trade-waste-initiative-funding-awarded).   Resource Productivity…

Opportunity to fly with Qantas EpiQure

Qantas EpiQure, the food and wine community within the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, is focusing on growing their South Australian product range to include gourmet food.   EpiQure has been selling wine for five years and the program is particularly targeting gourmet produce originating from wine regions to expand their offering, including jams, biscuits (sweet and savoury) condiments and sauces, olives and olive oil, cheese and accompaniments,…

RIRDC Rural Women’s Award now open

Applications are now open for the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities. Each state and territory winner is awarded a…

Freight Alert

There are media reports that South Korean Shipping firm Hanjin Shipping has gone into receivership and has filed for US bankruptcy protection. Significant impacts are likely for cargo already on board Hanjin vessels, including The Hanjin California (IMO 9631101), due into Adelaide this week. Other Hanjin Vessels are reported as not moving, or steaming at…

Introducing the ‘flexitarian’

The trend towards reducing meat intake in the diet has led to the emergence of new opportunities to target vegans, vegetarians, non-meat eaters and non-red-meat eaters. New opportunities are emerging too for so-called flexitarians, who mainly eat a plant-based diet, but do occasionally eat meat.   Strategies to harness the power of the flexitarian consumer…

How to apply for an R&D tax incentive

If you are thinking of applying for a Research and Development (R&D) tax incentive, a new checklist has been developed to help you get started.   The R&D tax incentive scheme is administered by the ATO and Ausindustry. The scheme provides targeted R&D tax offsets designed to encourage more companies to engage in R&D.  …