The agriculture, food and wine industries make an important contribution to South Australia’s economy, generating approximately $15.5 billion in annual revenue or 11 per cent of gross state product. Gross food revenue has been growing at an average of five per cent per annum over the past decade and reached a record high of $13.7 billion in 2010/11.
The food industry works in a collaborative partnership with the Government of South Australia through Food SA and regional associations.
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) Food has responsibility for a number of key areas in the food industry:
- South Australian Food Strategy 2010-2015 - Developed as a result of extensive consultation with numerous stakeholders within industry and government. The recommendations of Thinker in Residence, Professor Andrew Fearne, were considered and embedded within the strategy.
- Scorecards - Developed to analyse and report on industry benchmarks and performance.
- Food markets and consumers - Increased access to, and more importantly interpretation and assessment of, consumer and market information has the potential to be a continuous driver of South Australian business competitiveness. Adelaide Thinker in Residence Professor Andrew Fearne recognised this in his final report, recommending the need for ongoing development in consumer and market insight to assist industry address this key area.
- Value Chains - Introduce and foster a consumer driven value chain approach with industries/enterprises that are looking for improvement opportunities. The team develops and maintains strong relationships with industry, regional and government stakeholders throughout the value chain.