Food and wine
South Australia is an ideal location for international food and beverage companies seeking investment opportunities for global expansion.
The State's internationally acclaimed wine and food produce are exported to markets around the world.
South Australia has an enviable reputation as one of the world's most sustainable growing environments and its quality produce is renowned for integrity and safety.
Both horticulture and hydroponics are used in the production of fresh and processed vegetables, fruits and nuts. The orchards and vineyards of the cool Adelaide Hills and the warmer Riverland region are major centres of production, while the Adelaide Plains is a key source of vegetables.
As the centre of the Australian wine industry, South Australia produced about 48 per cent of the nation's wine and 61 per cent of its wine exports - valued at $A$1.33 billion - in 2009-10 (Australian Bureau of Statistics). It is home to the National Wine Centre, to wineries and vineyards, and to world-leading research and education in viticulture and wine science. This has helped achieve Australia's global position as the largest exporter of wine outside France, Italy and Spain, and sixth in wine production (Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation).
South Australia has been a major contributor to Australia's reputation for quality agricultural and food products, with notable developments in seafood, meat, horticulture and dairy.
The food sector is one of South Australia's largest industries, with A$2.13 billion in exports in 2009-10(PIRSA Food Industry ScoreCard, November 2010).
The government and the food industry work together under the South Australian Food Plan to increase food exports in international markets.
With opportunities growing for trade with China, India, the United States and South-East Asia, South Australia provides an excellent base for agribusiness operations. Leading companies represented in the State's food and wine sector include Accolade Wines, Kraft Foods, Lion Nathan, Pernod Ricard, San Remo and Bickford's.
International buyers are always impressed with the quality and diversity of food available from South Australia, plus the distinctive flavours originating from the State's different regions, cultures and indigenous food sources.
Fresh, chilled, frozen and pre-packaged fin fish, scale fish, crustaceans and shellfish are found on gourmet tables around the world. Smoked fish and fillets are also an important part of the industry. The pristine marine environment off the State's coasts also produces succulent Southern Rock lobster, abalone, southern bluefin tuna and prawns, all of which are prized by discerning consumers in global markets.
Meat and dairy are also valuable export items. Sheep and beef are vital to the meat industry, while exotic game meats such as kangaroo and emu have found a place in the world market.