A major food producing state in Australia is on the hunt for large-scale tenants to anchor a premium food hub and take its products to the world.
The South Australian Government will spend $7 million to attract anchor tenants to the Northern Adelaide Food Park, and to promote the use of renewable energy and energy storage solutions at the hub.
The 40ha food park will be built in the Parafield Airport precinct and will provide food manufacturers, food packaging specialists, cold-chain suppliers and transport companies with the opportunity to co-locate on one site, with access to common infrastructure and services.
South Australia is renowned for world-class wine, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat products and grains. Its food and wine industries generated a record $18.2 billion in revenue in 2014 to 2015. Finished food and wine exports increased by 17 per cent in the past financial year.
The food hub site is located next to an airport and major road and rail freight routes.
Professor John Spoehr is director of Flinders University’s Australian Industrial Transformation Institute in Adelaide. He said there was exponential growth in demand for clean, green food, particularly in China. – Andrew Spence