Programs for the food and beverage industry
Food South Australia’s delivers a range of programs for members and for the South Australian food and beverage industry every year. These programs are designed to assist food and beverage manufacturing businesses to achieve your business goals.
Current programs include:
Ready to grow your business but not sure where to start? Food South Australia through the support of Primary Industries and Regions SA is delivering the Agribusiness Growth Program to support small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the value adding agriculture, food and beverage industries.
Food South Australia, in conjunction with the Economic Development Board and PIRSA, is presenting a pilot luxury food, wine and beverage training program specifically developed for South Australian businesses. The program will be delivered by the ESSEC Business School Singapore, the home of the Centre of Excellence in Luxury, Arts and Culture, and will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of luxury brand management, best practices and success factors of traditional luxury brands, and take-aways that can be directly applied to the food and beverage industry. This program is scheduled for May-August 2018. Expressions of interest are now being sought from the food and beverage and wine industries for businesses who would like to participate in this pilot program.
Eat Local SA is an award-winning culinary tourism program, connecting consumers with South Australian food service and culinary experience venues proudly supporting South Australian food businesses and brands.
The South Australian Food Awards Program, now in its 20th year, celebrates excellence and innovation in the South Australian food and beverage industry.
Past programs have included:
Food and beverage producers, and small value-adding agribusinesses, who have been operating for less than five years, and have an annual turnover under $300,000, are eligible for this new bootcamp program designed to support growth for small enterprises. If you are a start-up or small business owner keen to overcome the common challenges facing new businesses. (Registrations closed.)
The Rapid Innovation Program was created for small food and beverage businesses to foster new ways to assess your business innovation opportunities. Using the Doblin ten types of innovation model, the program was run as a series of workshops with expert facilitators and brought small groups of food business professionals together to work on innovation in profit models, networks, structure, processes, services, channels, branding, customer engagement, product performance and systems.
The Competitive Foods Initiative
The Competitive Foods Initiative (CFI) project was designed to link industry, government and research and development for commercial outcomes, and fostered the development of smart food clusters and application of new technologies in the state’s food sector. This program was undertaken in 2013 partnership the Department of State Development, and later with Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.
We also manage and deliver a number of special projects each year, designed to support growth and development of the food and beverage sector in South Australia.
Recent projects have included:
The South Australian Food Industry Growth Through Innovation Project was undertaken by Food South Australia, with assistance from PIRSA and the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Global Food and Resources.
Fast Track Functional Foods Projects
Food South Australia has worked with the South Australian Research and Development Institute and Primary Industries and Regions South Australia on two projects in 2016 and 2017 to assist South Australian food and beverage manufacturers to fast track development and evaluation of potential new functional food products. These projects have enabled a number of companies to access expert advice and technical support to progress these products.
Pathways to Distribution
The Pathways to distribution project was undertaken in 2016, in recognition of the need for many new food manufacturing businesses to access expert advice, make connections with distributors and new customers, and help these businesses access a path for growth in retail, food service and convenience channels.