Department of State Development

South Australia provides an ideal environment for innovation and investment for international food and beverage companies seeking global expansion.

The state’s advantages of a clean, green environment, intellectual capital and innovation continues to feed demand for our high quality and differentiated food from Asia and other global markets.

As one of the world’s most sustainable food and wine growing environments, South Australian produce has become globally renowned for its safety, quality and product integrity.

Fresh and frozen produce is transported directly from the farm gate or wharf gate to more than 100 countries around the world, through extensive state-wide logistical infrastructure and a network of container-loading and deep-sea ports.

Our food safety standards are impeccable, underpinned by state-of-the-art and stringent biosecurity measures and well-established natural resource management and environmental protection frameworks.

In South Australia, you’ll find:

  • pristine land and marine growing environments
  • 80 per cent of Australia’s premium wine production
  • 65.5 per cent of Australia’s wine exports
  • 18 per cent of Australia’s wheat, barley and canola produce
  • combined gross food and wine revenue at a record $20.3 billion in 2017-18
  • a regulatory environment that provides integrity, reducing risks in production and consumption
  • free trade agreements with, and proximity to, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and more
  • outstanding freight connections and cold chain logistics to South East Asia, the Middle East and within Australia
  • impeccable food safety standards including fruit fly free and phylloxera free status
  • a skilled and experienced workforce backed by well-resourced research and development in raw materials and food technology programs
  • the Waite Research Precinct – the largest concentration of expertise in the southern hemisphere in the areas of plant biotechnology, cereal breeding, sustainable agriculture, wine and horticulture and land management
  • all grain and food crops are non-genetically modified (non-GM).