South Australian food and wine revenue hits record $19.97 billion

Tuesday 21 November 2017

South Australia has plenty to celebrate today on National Agriculture Day, with new 2016–17 Food and Wine ScoreCard data revealing a record-breaking revenue of $19.97 billion.

Overall food and wine revenue increased by more than $1 billion on the previous year's record results, representing a 7 per cent increase.

These impressive figures are partly the result of a record grain harvest of 11.1 million tonnes in 2016–17 and the increased value of the state's growing field crops and wine sector. Gross wine revenue also grew to $2.3 billion, an increase of $240 million, or 11 per cent.

Food and wine exports now account for 49 per cent of total South Australian merchandise exports.

The State Government, along with Primary Producers SA will lead the celebration of these achievements as part of National Agriculture Day with a united call to Thank a Farmer.

A range of events and activities will be available across the State, alongside a social media campaign encouraging individuals, schools and businesses to ‘Thank a Farmer' by posting messages of support using #ThankafarmerSA and #AgDay.


The Food and Wine ScoreCard is produced by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and measures the commercial value of the industry using value chain analyses.

Other key highlights from the ScoreCard include:

  • Wine – Gross revenue increased to $2.3 billion (11 per cent) with overseas exports valued at $1.47 billion. The volume of grapes produced increased by six per cent with a 13 per cent rise in farm gate value to $658 million. Our top export markets were China and Hong Kong, UK and USA.
  • Field crops – Gross revenue increased to $5.3 billion (21 per cent), with finished food valued at $1.1 billion and overseas exports valued at $2.2 billion. Our top export markets were India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
  • Livestock – Gross revenue increased to $4.8 billion, with finished food valued at $3 billion and overseas exports valued at $1.2 billion. The development of the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint supported this growth. The volume of chicken and
    egg production continued to increase. In 2016–17, South Australia processed a record 1.3 million pigs. Our top export markets were US, China and Hong Kong, and Japan.
  • Horticulture – Gross revenue was valued at $3 billion, with finished food valued at $1.4 billion and overseas exports valued at $270 million. Almonds were the best performing horticulture commodity, due to an increase in production and farmgate value. Our top export markets were Japan, Germany and New Zealand.
  • Dairy – Gross revenue increased to $940 million, with finished food valued at $369 million and overseas exports valued at $42 million. Dairy exports have shown signs of growth in recent years. Our top export markets were Republic of Korea, Japan and New Zealand.
  • Seafood – Gross revenue was valued at $908 million, with finished food valued at $501 million and overseas exports valued at $244 million. There was a small increase in the production value of Southern Bluefin Tuna and King Prawns. Our top export markets were Japan, Vietnam and China and Hong Kong.


Information about South Australia's primary industry sector and National Agriculture Day celebrations are available at,

including the following key events:

  • 21 November: Yalumba Vineyard Lunch, Wrattonbully Vineyard, Haynes-Edwards Rd, Naracoorte.
  • 21 November: Thank a Farmer' storytime, Mt Gambier Library
  • 24 November: BBQ and drinks on the deck, Loxton Research Centre

The History of Agriculture website has also been given a facelift in time for National Ag Day. It features thousands of historical photographs and information about the history of agriculture in South Australia.


Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell

National Ag Day provides a great opportunity to take a moment and acknowledge the significant contribution our farmers, fishers, food and beverage producers, and related agricultural industries deliver to this state and nation – helping to feed and clothe us, and grow our social and economic wellbeing.

With food and wine revenue closing in on a record $20 billion in 2016/17 and exports now accounting for half of all South Australia's merchandise exports, it shows just how valuable these sectors are to our economy.

As a State we remain focused on capitalising on existing opportunities and identifying new ways to increase our market share and profit margin in these sectors. Their importance is acknowledged through the economic priority of Premium Food and Wine Produced in our Clean Environment and Exported to the World.

I encourage all South Australians to take the time to Thank a Farmer or Thank a Fisher today, whether it's in person, or on social media. The agriculture and aquaculture sectors are the engine room of our economy and our farmers and fishers are the ones who make it all possible.

Quotes attributable to Primary Producers SA Chief Executive Rob Kerin

This is an extremely busy time of year for many of our farmers in this state who are out reaping crops, cutting hay, and preparing for the summer season.

It's an exciting time to be working in this sector. The growing world demand for premium products that are cleanly, safely and sustainably produced creates significant opportunities for our food and wine industries and we continue to grow and innovate to meet this demand.

I hope today reminds our farmers, fishers, producers, and all the primary industry workers in between to take a few moments between jobs and appreciate their role in this state and nation's prosperity.

For all of us, who appreciate the meals on our table and clothes on our back, I hope we use today to recognise the enormous contribution our farmers and the wider primary industry sector have in our daily lives.

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