Seven new food innovation projects, including developing freeze-dried raw honey crystals and an apple spirit produced from cider pulp waste, have received State Government funding as a new round of grants to help more businesses opens.

The recipients of Round 3 of the Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program, in which the State Government partnered with Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) and the South Australian Food Innovation Centre to fund projects, are:

Abalone Industry Association of SA Inc – $24,599 to test if screening abalone with infrared technology can identify quality issues before shucking. 
Research partner: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation and Central Queensland University – School of Health Medical and Applied Sciences.

Barossa Valley Brewing – $72,407 to develop innovative packaging technology for craft beer.
Research partner: Vinnovate Pty Ltd and Proen Design Australia Pty Ltd

Barossa Valley Cheese Company – $42,000 to develop lactose-free cheese.
Researchpartner: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation and TAFE SA – Artisan Cheese Making Academy Australia.

Buzz Honey – $50,000 to develop freeze dried premium South Australian raw honey crystals.
Research partner: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation.

The Hills Cider Company – $45,000 to develop an apple spirit from waste stream apple cider pulp.
Research partner: The University of Adelaide – School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Riviera Bakery – $40,000 to develop a range of gluten free breads with functional properties for health and wellbeing.
Research partner: The University of Adelaide - FOODplus Research Centre and TAFE SA – Artisan Baking School.

Woodside Cheese Wrights – $80,000 to verify the probiotic health benefits of buffalo dairy products including milk, yoghurt and cheese and the development of buffalo dairy products.
Research partner: The University of Adelaide, FOODplus Research Centre and CSIRO Food Innovation Centre.

These businesses received a share in $354,000 in funding from the State Government and FIAL.

Grants of up to $30,000 are now available under the Small Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program. These grants are designed to boost innovation in the State’s food sector and increase competitiveness of food and beverage businesses. This new round of grants are available for small businesses with an annual turnover of up to $10 million.


Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and FIAL are key partners under the South Australian Food Innovation Centre – a collaboration between the State Government, university and research and development providers and key food industry associations.

The alliance formed between local food manufacturing companies and research and technology providers helps companies fast-track their innovative ideas to market.

Applications for the Small Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants Program close on March 30. Visit for more information.

Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell

South Australia has a global reputation for producing world-leading food products and the food sector generated a massive $16.5 billion during the past financial year.

The Advanced Food Manufacturing grants program has helped food businesses to innovate and grow their capabilities and become more competitive on the global stage.

This new round of Small Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants is great for smaller companies looking to kick-start innovation in their business.

Quotes attributable to Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) Chairman Peter Schutz

It’s encouraging to see South Australian food manufacturing companies keen to develop innovative food ideas and partner with research and technology providers.

The grants program presents an opportunity for food businesses to develop novel food products or innovative processing techniques to gain an even better competitive edge.

At FIAL, we’re passionate about growing food and agribusinesses and are thrilled to be supporting such innovative food manufacturers.

Quotes attributable to The Hills Cider Company Director Steve Dorman

The grants program presents a great opportunity for us to explore the development of a value-added food product that is produced from a common industry waste stream.

We are really excited about working with the University of Adelaide who have a huge amount of expertise that will help our business to optimise our production system, and we are already
working with the university and other commercial partners to identify future value-adding opportunities beyond this project.