According to Premier Mr Weatherill, South Australia has a burgeoning food and wine industry.
“Exporting premium food and wine to the world is one of our State’s Economic Priorities and
we have already reached some of our three year targets in just one year,” he said.
“The State Government’s latest Food and Wine ScoreCard Food shows a $1.1 billion increase
in gross food and wine revenue for 2014/15 over the previous year,” Mr Weatherill said.
“We are now exporting more South Australian food and wine than ever before, with total
overseas exports reaching a record $5.2 billion or 46 per cent of our merchandise exports.
“The value of our food exports to the United States has more than doubled compared to last
year while food exports to Indonesia rose 15 per cent.”
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the state’s food and wine industry
employed about 144,000 people in 2014-15, or one in five working South Australians.
“South Australia has also reached its target of increasing differentiated
and finished food (such as meat, fish fillets, dairy and bakery products) and wine exports.
“Our target was $3.2 billion and today’s results show we reached $3.25 billion in 2014/15. Our
new target is $3.6 billion by 2016/17,” he said.
“There has also been continued growth in farmgate values for the production of food,” he said.
“The $479 million rise in food production was boosted by the livestock industry, particularly in
beef production, with higher export demand pushing up prices.
“Demand for premium South Australian wine is also increasing overseas, with exports
increasing to $1.2 billion.
“There was particular demand from China and Hong Kong for our wine, with exports to this
important market increasing by $65 million or 27 per cent,” he said.