$800,000 in grants for food and beverage businesses to taste success

Thursday 28 September 2017

Applications for Round 4 of the Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program are now open, to help South Australian businesses develop new and exciting products.

For the first time, grants will be available for innovative food products which meet nutritional requirements for an ageing population.

The State Government has committed $400,000 toward this round, matched by $400,000 from Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), making this the highest amount of funding available to date.

The two funding streams for Round 4 are:

  • Small – grants of $25,000 to $100,000 available for businesses seeking to develop functional and luxury food and beverage products and improve their supply chain technology.
  • Major – grants of $100,000 to $200,000 (per annum for two years) available for businesses seeking to develop a functional food product which assists with nutritional requirements of an ageing population to enhance health and wellness.

The State Government, in partnership with FIAL, has provided $1.7 million of grant funding over the past three years for 32 projects.


The Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants program supports the State Government’s Premium Food and Wine Produced in our Clean Environment and Exported to the World economic priority, by encouraging businesses to produce innovative products for local and export markets.

The program sees businesses partner with a public or private research provider to develop innovative products or processes.

Expressions of interest for Round 4 close 26 October 2017. Applicant information, guidelines and details of past recipients can be found at

The six businesses to receive up to $30,000 in State Government funding under the previous round were:

  • Gelista: to develop a new low-GI ice cream and sorbet products.
    Research partner: TAFE SA, Applied Food Studies.
  • Lobethal Bierhaus: to develop a gluten free beer which tastes like a quality craft beer.
    Research partner: University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
  • Pangkarra Food: to use CSIRO technology to create a new range of puff pulse products.
    Research partner: Orgran Health and Nutrition.
  • Potatoes South Australia: to develop a premium SA vodka from waste potato peel.
    Research partner: University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
  • SA Mushrooms: to develop and commercialise cooked mushroom products with a long shelf life for export.
    Research partner: Food Processing Specialists Pty Ltd.
  • Woodside Cheese Wrights: to develop a luxury series of native Australian inspired cheese.
    Research partner: University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell

South Australia has a global reputation for producing world-leading food products and the food sector generated a massive $16.5 billion in 2015–16.

Since this program started, we’ve supported 32 food and beverage businesses who are positioning themselves as innovators.

For example, there is significant demand for luxury and functional food products overseas, such as bluefin tuna and gluten free foods in Asia.

This new round of funding gives local businesses the opportunity to think outside the box and put forward new ideas to create jobs and grow the economy in South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Food Innovation Australia Limited Chairman Peter Schultz

Any food and beverage businesses wanting to try something interesting and new with a product or process should express their interest for this grant program – it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

It’s been encouraging to see so many food and beverage businesses supported to develop their novel food ideas and processes under this grants program.

FIAL is proud to support food and beverage businesses to grow and expand.

Quotes attributable to Pangkarra Foods Katherine Maitland

This grant program helps bring your innovative food ideas to fruition – I strongly encourage any food and beverage business to apply for a grant.

We’ve had great success with our value-added pulse snack range of products from the first round of the program and we are also developing a new range of pulse products under the small round of the program.

Without funding from this program, we wouldn’t have been able to launch our novel product range.

Quotes attributable to Potatoes South Australia CEO Robbie Davis

We know how significant food loss is in horticulture, so the potato industry is working hard to ensure all parts of the potatoes we grow are utilised.

We want to produce a premium product and we’d love to be able to position it in a luxury market in Asia, and of course we are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the University of Adelaide.

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