Strategic food plan initiated

Limestone Coast food and beverage producers and supporters are being encouraged to contribute to a new strategic food plan.

The Limestone Coast Region Strategic Food Plan is being developed by the Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster.

Cluster chair Danielle England said a survey was now available, with producers encouraged to take part.

“We are asking everyone involved in the food industry to think strategically about food and beverage production in the Limestone Coast and how we can work collaboratively, innovate and improve to grow the food industry in the Limestone Coast,” she said.

“Once completed the plan will capitalise on our status as the only region in South Australia that grows and processes meat (beef and lamb), dairy, horticulture and grapes within the region, generating $1.12b of agricultural output, 18% of the state’s agricultural production from 2% of South Australia’s geographic area.

“The plan will suggest strategies to address the region’s food industry challenges and to increase the value of food production.

“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.”

Ms England said the plan would shape the future of the region’s food production, processing, sales, distribution and marketing. It will generate momentum and drive economic growth, creating region wide positive impacts on economic activity.

“As a result of funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the Limestone Coast Food and Agribusiness Cluster has engaged Sally Klose Strategic Solutions to develop the plan,” she said.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCFoodPlan and is open until August 28.

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