Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program

Round 4 of the Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program will co-invest with food and beverage businesses and industry to attain third-party certification for credentials that are required to access markets or contribute to premium prices.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 7 April 2017 and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Applying for a grant

Applications are now open. Eligible food and beverage sector organisations can apply for funding ranging from $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000 with leveraged funding of a contribution ratio of $1 for each $1 grant. Funding will help attain industry standard third-party certifications to support achievement of either or both the following aims:

  • accessing new or higher value markets for product
  • contributing to premium positioning and achieving superior prices for product.

In addition, all projects must meet at least one of the following strategic themes:

Theme 1 - Market Access

  • Aim: Improve the distribution of South Australian food and beverages by growing the customers/markets for South Australian products.
  • Outcome sought: Increased sales to new markets (local, national or international).
  • Example projects: Achieving industry standard third-party certification to meet the requirements of an identified new or potential customer(s). Credentials could include, but are not limited to:
    • environmental
    • food safety
    • management
    • organics
    • supermarket requirements
    • quality
    • sustainability
    • traceability etc.

Theme 2 - Premium Products

  • Aim: Improve premium positioning in the marketplace.
  • Outcome sought: Superior prices in new or existing markets.
  • Example projects: Achieving industry standard third-party certification on products to distinguish optimum qualities from other similar competitors.

Applications that meet both strategic themes will be highly regarded. In addition, applicants should demonstrate those stakeholders that support the project and provide statements of support from them.

Contact

Marc Jones
Senior Project Officer, Market Access
Agriculture, Food and Wine
PIRSA
Phone: (08) 8429 0497
Email: PremiumFoodWine@sa.gov.au

Round 2 successful grant recipients

Round 2 of the Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program has committed over $103,000 to support food and beverage businesses with attaining industry standard third-party certifications that assists with accessing new or higher value markets.

Applicant Project name
Switch Organic Wine Production and export of wine certified to the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program
Barossa and Traditional Gourmet Pizza State-wide and national expansion project
Spencer Gulf & West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association Marine Stewardship Council pre-assessment for the West Coast Prawn Fishery
Salena Estate Wines Pty. Ltd. British Retail Consortium (BRC) Compliance Certificate
Henschke Cellars Henschke Winery ISO 14001:2015 Certification Project
Neales River Livestock Developing market opportunities that are conducive to growing global demand for a premium product
Coonawarra Wines Pty. Ltd. Coonawarra Wines to quality management system (ISO 9001:2015)
Ferguson Australia Friend of the Sea certification for Ferguson Australia products
Southern Fishermen’s Association Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification – Lakes and Coorong Fishery

Round 1 successful grant recipients

Round 1 of Building South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Credentials Grant Program has committed over $180,000 to support seafood businesses and industry with attaining industry standard third-party certifications that assists with accessing new or higher value markets.

Applicant Project name
Two Rocks Abalone Pty. Ltd. Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification for two of Australia’s leading abalone farms
Spencer Gulf & West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) re-certification
South Australian Oyster Growers’ Association (SAOGA) Management system based on the TQCSI SA Oyster Growers Association QHSE Code
Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association Limited (ASBTIA) Third-party independent certification of the environmental sustainability performance of tuna catching and ranching in South Australia. 
Marine Scale Net Fishermen’s Association Incorporated Pre-assessment of South Australian Garfish for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
South Australian Blue Crab Pot Fishermen’s Association Incorporated Pre-assessment of South Australian Blue Crab Fishery for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification
Southern Rock Lobster Limited Implementing the Clean Green Program across the South Australian Southern Rock Lobster Fishing Industry
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