The following case studies demonstrate some of the successful cluster projects that were funded as part of the pilot program in the Murraylands, Riverland and Limestone Coast region.
Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated
Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated (CGWI) received $70,000 from Round 1 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program. The project aimed at accelerating the activities of an existing CGWI industry cluster, incorporating the Coonawarra Vignerons Association and the Coonawarra Grape Growers Association. A key aim of the cluster was to build greater capacity for wine companies to more effectively compete in the Chinese market, leveraging the benefits of being part of a larger group.
Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster (Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the University of Adelaide)
Naracoorte Lucindale Council received $150,000 in funding through Round 1 and Round 2 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program to develop greater collaboration across the red meat value chain in the Limestone Coast. The Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster (LCRMC) was established in recognition of the importance of the red meat industry to the region’s economy and the need to build a deeper understanding of the industry, and find ways to grow the industry through collaboration.
Limestone Coast Cropping Cluster (Mackillop Farm Management Group)
Mackillop Farm Management Group, a provider of research and extension for agricultural systems, used Round 2 funding of $70,000 to establish the Limestone Coast Cropping Cluster (LCCC) aimed at better understanding the opportunities and risks that exist within the cropping industry on the Limestone Coast. The Group investigated new and innovative crops and strengthened collaboration and engagement with the cropping sector to build knowledge, best practice and innovative thinking.
Limestone Coast Potato Cluster (Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast)
Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) received funding of $70,000 in Round 1 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program to form a potato industry cluster tasked with identifying opportunities for growth and building a long-term investment model to retain cold storage facilities - supporting the economic viability of the local potato growing industry in the region.
Murraylands Food Alliance (Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Inc)
Through Round 1 and 2 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program the Murraylands Food Alliance (MFA) received $170,000 to accelerate collaboration, increase competitiveness and boost the capabilities of their members. Funding received through the Cluster Program provided much-needed support to get the Alliance off the ground and commence planning and implementation activities.
Dairy SA received $167,000 in funding from Round 1 and 2 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program to examine existing linkages across the South Australian dairy industry, identify growth and collaboration opportunities and review potential strategies to meet overcome common challenges and develop the industry. The goal of the project was to put into action strategies that could not only lead to better collaboration but also grow confidence and profitability in the SA dairy sector.
100th Monkey Vignerons (Riverland Premium Grape and Wine Cluster)
Ricca Terra Farms received $70,000 in funding under Round 2 of the Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program to establish a cluster of Riverland grape growers and winemakers. Funding received through the Cluster Program was used to establish a group of likeminded growers and develop a new business model - moving away from a traditional approach to growing and selling grapes to local wineries. Part of this work was achieved through branding, promotional and educational activities to better showcase cluster member wines. The cluster’s four foundation members are: Ricca Terra Farms, Sherwood Estates, Karelia Station, Liebich Family Vineyards, each operate family-run businesses in the Riverland and bring a unique product offering to the group.