Food, Wine and Agribusiness

SECTOR OPPORTUNITY

Food, Wine and Agribusiness

Horticulture – Dairy – Grains – Meat and Livestock – Seafood and Aquaculture – Wine – Food manufacturing – Beverages

Highlights


South Australia is internationally recognised as a reliable, safe and sustainable producer and exporter of premium fresh and value-added food and beverages, grown in a clean environment, using world-leading technology and practices.

South Australia produces 80% of Australia’s premium wine. 

Our state has the largest agricultural research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere located near to the Australian Institute of Machine Learning for collaboration on crop management and farming conditions.

South Australia: Manufacture where you grow
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Investing in Food, Wine and Agribusiness


South Australia is centrally located, making our state an ideal hub for the distribution of premium food across Australia, with established export networks by air and sea for export to Asia.
 
We have strong biosecurity frameworks and traceability systems and are close to a diverse range of agricultural sub-sectors such as dairy, grains, horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, viticulture, forestry and livestock.
 
South Australia dominates the Australian wine industry, with just under half of all Australian vineyards situated in our state – we’re home to over 700 wineries and 500 cellar doors.

Investment advantages 


South Australia provides the perfect environment for primary producers to connect with ag-tech developers through collaborative networks. Our state also has the largest concentration of agricultural research institutions in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
We are home to the most diverse and innovative range of aquaculture systems in Australia and the only state with an Aquaculture Act.
 
We’re the most cost-effective mainland state in Australia, have strong logistics networks, are close to Asia and have agricultural land available close to the city centre, providing financial efficiencies to companies.

World-class agricultural research, technology, and innovation


Enabling new technology advancements for adoption aimed at enhancing efficiency, productivity and sustainability in agriculture

The state’s strong space and defence industries are helping form nation leading AgTech innovation, from the use of: satellites to detect crop health; autonomous farm machinery; robotics in meat processing; and remote sensing to maximise water use efficiency with the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Precinct and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning for collaboration on crop management and farming conditions, and Minnipa Research Centre on the Eyre Peninsula, a nationally recognised dryland farming research hub.

Blue bio industry

 
Investigate South Australia’s unique marine biota

Australia has the world’s third-largest marine area. Much of the nation’s rich and diverse marine bioresources are situated within its exclusive economic zone and are yet to be explored and developed for new and improved health, nutrition, aquaculture, agriculture and biomaterial applications.

With 80% of South Australia’s marine life occurring nowhere else, leading research and development, and proactive regulation, the opportunity exists to explore and develop new products from our bioresources.

South Australia is home to well-established fisheries and aquaculture industries, with a reputation for producing safe, sustainable, high quality and high value products in both land and marine based environments. 

Plant protein innovation

 
South Australia is the ideal location for next generation plant protein manufacturers

With some of the world’s best consistent agricultural and cropping regions, South Australia is a globally renowned producer of premium quality pulses (chickpeas, lentils, lupins and faba beans) and grains (oats, wheat, and barley).

South Australia is a scale producer, with established export markets, of all core pulse varieties. South Australia produces 50% of Australia’s lentils, 37% share of faba beans, 37% share of field peas and is a significant oat producer. The state’s central location on the Australian mainland allows for efficient sourcing of input ingredients from across the country.

Green economy leadership

 
South Australia’s circular economy leadership
 
South Australia is an internationally recognised leader in the circular economy, with over 80% of all waste generated in South Australia diverted from landfill. The state is recognised for its high-performing household waste collection systems, food, and organics recycling and over 90% of construction and demolition waste recycled into new products. *Source: Green Industries South Australia.

Renewable energy powerhouse

South Australia is ranked number one globally for annual renewable energy generation from wind and solar resources. 


The state’s leadership in integrating wind, solar and battery energy systems into the state’s energy network has already delivered over 72% of the state’s electricity being produced through wind and solar.

South Australia is on track to meet 100% of its electricity demand from renewable energy by 2030. 

South Australia is poised to produce and deliver a sustainable supply of green hydrogen with 56 renewable energy projects in the pipeline, totalling AUD$20 billion dollars.

Connected ecosystem 


Our food and wine are amongst the best in the world, offered against some of the most stunning landscapes and scenes. We provide an immersive visitor experience when people come to our state.
 
Working with the hi-tech sector in South Australia provides opportunities for the application of ag-tech to enhance agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Innovation precincts


Collaboration is in our DNA here in South Australia. You will have access to some of the best innovation precincts where high-profile businesses, academia, industry bodies and government are co-located and working together.
  • Roseworthy Campus

    Roseworthy Campus is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture, natural resource management and animal production.

  • Waite Research Precinct

    Waite Research Precinct is a world-class research, development, teaching and commercialisation precinct. Underpinning Australia’s agricultural industries with both fundamental and applied research, the Waite’s great strengths are in grains, soil and wine.

Investment opportunities

Primary contact

Help for investing in South Australia's Food, Wine and Agribusiness sector

Nicolle Sincock

Nicolle Sincock

Director - Food, wine and agribusiness


Expert advice, support and guidance for exporters, buyers and investors looking to tap into South Australia’s internationally recognised food, wine and agribusiness sector.

Contact

+61 418 215 838 Nicolle.Sincock@sa.gov.au


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