Australia is a vast land. It’s the sixth largest country in the world. From the wide open spaces to the rugged coastlines, the rich variations in landscape and climate nurture distinctive regional food cultures and industries.

And South Australia is a showcase for all that is best about Australia’s fresh flavours and products. This is the state that honours tradition – but mixes it with openness to innovation, a winning combination underpinning dozens of food business success stories.

The pristine oceans nurture some of the best seafood in the world. The rich soils are inseparable from the great wines they grow, including Grange Hermitage, famed for putting Australia on the world wine map – and Australian winemakers at the cutting edge of their industry.

Successive waves of migrants to South Australia have brought with them new ingredients and cuisines that thrived in the gentle Mediterranean climate. Migrants from all around the Mediterranean and Asia have imbued South Australia’s food culture with respect for the very best and freshest ingredients, generously shared. Gastronomic history is clearly discernible on the plate when you taste the produce of renowned regions such as the Barossa and Adelaide Hills, where the German and Silesian roots of these communities are clear to taste in the smallgoods, pickles, chutneys, jams and baked goods produced today.

This state has a proven record of success in developing new food industries too, including establishing developing an ocean-to-consumer value chain partnership for the lucrative abalone market and introducing to Australian consumers such products as verjuice, capers and bush tucker spices.

And that’s just the beginning of what you will discover when you experience our produce – from citrus to stone fruit, from premium livestock to gourmet processed foods, it’s all within easy reach in South Australia.

Did you know?

  • South Australian produce is renowned internationally for its premium nutritional quality and our food industry is protected by best practice food safety standards, ensuring food security and traceability.
  • South Australia is widely considered to be the birthplace of both soil science and wine science. Our research in both fields has contributed to improving quality in production – and better management of fragile natural resources – around the world.
  • South Australia has the highest quality and flavour seafood due to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean.
  • The South Australian Government supports the highest biosecurity credentials and has a key strategy of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment Exported to the World.

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