Food South Australia has today released a strategic framework targeting opportunities for innovation as the key to growth for the food and beverage industry in South Australia.
Food South Australia CEO Catherine Sayer says the framework provides an industry-led and evidence-based set of priorities for the development of programs and policy for any agencies or organisations offering services and support to the sector, including local, state and federal government.
“Our objective was to identify industry’s own priorities and challenges to give agencies and organisations working with the sector information that can help ensure proposed activities and policies are responding to real needs and challenges,” Ms Sayer said.
The framework was launched in conjunction with the Minister for Investment and Trade, the Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, at the Royal Adelaide Show this afternoon.
It includes four overarching priorities identified by the industry as critical to enabling successful growth and innovation, focusing on business and industry growth, growing skills, creating an environment for successful collaboration and establishing innovative business models.
“This is the industry’s own voice,” Ms Sayer said.
“This framework effectively provides a way for anyone involved in, or working with the sector to ‘sense check’ proposed actions and policy to make sure they are relevant, and useful, to industry needs and have the greatest chance of success.”
The strategic themes were identified through a major research project undertaken by Food South Australia and the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.
Conducted through 2016/17, the research process included a survey, workshops and in-depth interviews. The project was undertaken with funding support from Primary Industries and Regions SA.
“We consulted industry leaders, food and beverage businesses of all sizes, and invited food and beverage manufacturers and producers who are actively adding value at the farm gate to participate,” Ms Sayer said.
“The food and beverage industry is the only sector in this state that has shown growth year on year for almost two decades. It is a major employer and a critical component in the economic sustainability and growth of South Australia.
“Our research has highlighted some key strengths, including the industry’s capability to collaborate to adapt to fast-changing market conditions in ways that benefit the whole sector rather than just one business.
“We have also identified a concentration of younger businesses with significant potential but also with the need for support to develop robust business and operating systems in order to grow sustainably and, ultimately, be able to continue to create ongoing jobs for South Australians.”
“There is no doubt that South Australia’s economic future is significantly dependent on the state’s food and beverage sector. Ours is a vibrant industry, unique in Australia for the advantage we have in the model of Food South Australia as the peak industry association, and the partnership we have developed between industry and government,” Ms Sayer said.
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About Food South Australia
Food South Australia is an independent, industry-led and membership-based organisation, representing small, medium and large companies across the food and beverage sector in South Australia. Food South Australia is the peak body for the food and beverage industry in South Australia.