South Australia's food and wine revenue has hit a record $18.64 billion and 3400 jobs have been created in the past year, data released today shows.

The State Government’s 2015-16 Food and Wine Scorecard shows gross revenue has increased by $443 million compared to the previous year – largely through demand for wine, livestock, horticulture and seafood.

The Scorecard also showed employment in the sector increased by 3400 to 147,400 in the 12 months to August 2016. One in five working South Australians is employed in the agribusiness sector.

These record figures are set to soar even higher as South Australian produce is loaded into the cargo holds of China Southern planes which began flying in and out of Adelaide this week.


The Food and Wine Scorecard is produced by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and measures the commercial value of each industry using value chain analyses.

Key results for food in 2015–16 

  • Gross food revenue increased by $114 million to a record $16.52 billion – showing the State is on track to meet the South Australian Strategic Plan target of $20 billion by 2020.
  • The value of differentiated and processed food increased by $43 million to $6.69 billion.
  • The value of differentiated and processed food exports increased by $25 million to $2.06 billion.

Key results for wine in 2015–16

  • Gross wine revenue increased by $329 million to $2.11 billion.
  • The value of wine exports increased by $119 million to $1.34 billion.
  • The average price per litre of exported wine increased from $2.53 to $2.83.

Finished food and wine exports are up from $3.2 to $3.4 billion and on track to meet the State Government’s economic priority target of $3.6 billion.

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Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell

There is no other sector quite like agriculture in South Australia. To have created 3400 new jobs in one year is incredible.

Exporting premium food and wine to the world is one of our State’s Economic Priorities, a vital part of the State’s economy, our largest export sector and a major employer.

The State Government does everything it can to help our primary producers, wine makers, fishers and farmers. This week, this industry was given another massive boost. On Tuesday, China Southern flew directly from Adelaide to mainland China for the first time.

This is such an amazing opportunity. By stocking the cargo holds of China Southern planes with our premium food and wine we are creating incredible trade opportunities – which means more jobs in our regions.

Already plans are underway for live lobsters, wine, dairy and fresh meat to be sent straight to Guangzhou directly from Adelaide.

Today’s results are unprecedented and the State Government will do everything it can to ensure we continue to create more jobs in this critical sector.

Quotes attributable to Beston Global Food Company Chairman Roger Sexton

In the past year our business – Beston Global – has gone from strength to strength. We started with 30 staff and now have 200 across our four main areas which are dairy, health, meat and seafood.

In June this year, we were successful in winning a $2.5 million grant from the State Government to help with the development of our state-of-the-art cheese processing facility and this alone created 60 ongoing jobs and 24 during construction.

The new facility means we’re now able to offer support to graduating and qualified cheesemakers – creating skilled employment opportunities and career paths that have have-term benefits for the region and our industry.

Quotes attributable to Food SA CEO Catherine Sayer

The South Australian food industry is a significant employer in the state. The industry continues to grow and employ more people which is an amazing, ongoing success story.