Luxury and functional food information sessions

08 September 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

A series of information sessions are being held around the state to encourage food and wine businesses to become involved with the State Government’s Functional and Luxury Food Project.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said industry involvement was crucial in shaping the future of South Australia’s food and wine sector.

“We want businesses to understand the opportunities functional and luxury products can represent and help them to add value to their products,” Mr Bignell said.

Functional foods have had an ingredient added or removed resulting in an increased contribution to wellbeing such as probiotic yoghurt or lactose free milk. Luxury foods are characterised by premium quality and reputation such as Wagyu beef or Penfolds Grange.

“There’s a significant demand for these value-added food and wine products in Asia and Australia. Whether it’s for health advantages, or simply for the prestige, there are consumers willing to pay more for these products.

“Here in South Australia with our premium food and wine from our clean environment, we are well placed to take advantage of these opportunities."

The state’s total overseas food and wine exports has reached a record high of more than of $7.4 billion and employment in this industry has increased to more than 150,000.

At the information session attendees will hear from speakers from PIRSA and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland on the initial research insights from the project, which examines the South Australian food value chain, key players and market analysis.

Events are being held at the following locations:
8 September: Adelaide – The Pavilion, Veale Gardens
10 September: Wallaroo – Pier One
11 September: Port Augusta – The Standpipe
14 September: Renmark – The Renmark Club
15 September: McLaren Vale – The Salopian Inn
16 September: Kangaroo Island – Ozone Hotel
17 September: Port Lincoln – The Port Lincoln Hotel
21 September: Mt Gambier – The Barn
22 September: Adelaide Hills – The Stirling Hotel
22 September: Barossa – Murray Street Vineyards

For more information on the Functional and Luxury Food Project visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/food

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