South Australia’s food and beverage businesses are being encouraged to gain industry-standard third-party certifications needed to tap into new markets and attract discerning consumers.
Applications to Round 4 of the Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program are now open to SA food and beverage businesses with individual grants of up to $25,000 available.
The grant program will help growers, producers, processors and manufacturers to leverage premium products and position themselves in national and international markets.
Credentials provide assurance to customers about the integrity, quality, health and environmental credentials of South Australia’s food and wine products. This could include improved documentation and marketing of existing practices, food safety or other credentials.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
The State Government want to provide as many opportunities as possible for local growers, producers and manufacturers to access key markets and take advantage of the growing global demand for high quality food and beverages.
We’re committed to supporting local businesses and positioning South Australia so the inherent qualities of our food and beverages are recognised and valued by consumers.
This is the final round of the grant program, so I’m calling on all food and beverage businesses to attain the backing of a third-party certification and give their product a further competitive edge in the marketplace.
South Australia’s food and wine industries are a vital part of our State’s economy.
In 2015–16, they generated $18.6 billion in revenue and accounted for 45 per cent of the State’s merchandise exports.
Quotes attributable to Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association Executive Officer Simon Clark
This grant program is an outstanding example of the State Government supporting an initiative that helps industry demonstrate their clean and safe produce in South Australia, through achieving a recognised independent third party accreditation.
In the case of our fishery’s supported projects in round 1 and 2 of the program, it built on community support and business opportunity, while demonstrating the activity is sustainable and looking after the environment.
The Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program aims to help business and industry attain third-party certification or credentials that are required to access markets or contribute to premium prices.
Applications close at 5pm, Friday 7 April 2017.
For more about the program visit: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/credentialsgrantprogram