Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster, Media Release, 10 December 2021
Last night the Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness was officially launched at Farmer’s Leap. Everyone at the launch is excited by the immense food and beverage opportunities in the Limestone Coast, are passionate about the Limestone Coast and sharing our story with the world.
Inaugural board members Danielle England (AgInnovate), Robyn Verrall (Bullys Meats), Lucy Dodd (Lowan Park Produce), Mark Wheal (Beachport Berkshires) and Mary Stratford (Wild Game Wines) are looking forward to bringing together the whole food and beverage value chain in the Limestone Coast.
Formed in October, the Food and Beverage Cluster is an alliance of food and beverage producers, processors and manufacturers and agribusiness across the Limestone Coast, focused on increasing the value of food production, promoting the region and its food producers, and collaborating to overcome challenges for our businesses and the region.
It will start to address some of the challenges faced by Limestone Coast food producers and manufacturers, including improved logistics options to transport fresh produce to key markets; establishment of a direct-to-consumer sales hub; and to develop the Limestone Coast as a premium food region.
The Cluster has received funding from FIAL (the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre), the Limestone Coast Landscape Board and the Building Better Regions Fund. The funding will be used to accelerate activities focused on overcoming the shared challenges, develop collaboration, enhance profitability and build the position and profile of Limestone Coast.
The Limestone Coast is South Australia’s most diverse food and beverage producing region, the only region in South Australia that grows and processes meat (beef and lamb), dairy, horticulture and grapes within the region, generating $1,123m of agricultural output, 18% of the State’s agricultural production from 2% of South Australia’s geographic area.
“This wide diversity of agriculture production resulting in world class food and wine is our competitive advantage, it’s what makes the Limestone Coast unique and is driving our strong and confident regional economy. By working together through the Cluster we can achieve much more than as individual businesses.” Cluster, Chair, Danielle England said.
Membership of the Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster is open to all participants and supporters of the food and beverage industry on the Limestone Coast. Find out more by joining the Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster Facebook Group or LinkedIn. Follow the Limestone Coast Food Facebook and Instagram pages focused on promoting our region’s premium food and beverages to consumers.
For further information please contact:
Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster Chair
Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster Deputy Chair