SA producers earn export boost

Four wineries are among the recipients of certification grants handed out by the state government.SA’s food export push continues, with the state government handing out $74,000 to help eight local businesses get an edge in international markets.

Four wineries will share in the spoils, while seafood producers are also well represented. Recipients must use the grants to attain sought-after certification in their relevant industries.

Keyneton-based Henschke Cellarswill undergo international environmental standard certification assessment. Thiswill help to increase market access in Europe where customers commonly require the certification as a pre-requisite.

Targeting one of the most promising markets for Australian wine,Coonawarra Wines will completequality management system certification for the winery’s operations to help to increase market access into China.

Riverland winery Salena Estate Wineswill begin the British Retail Consortium certification process for bottled and bulk wines for market access into Europe.

In an effort to boost sales of its organic and preservative-free winein the United States,Switch Organic Wine will completeNational Organic Program certification throughthe US Department of Agriculture.

Third-generation seafood companyFerguson Australia will undergo assessment for the Friend of the Sea certification, aiming for improved access in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe.

Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association will begin pre-assessment for third party certification of its West Coast Prawn Fishery from the Marine Stewardship Council.

Barossa Traditional and Gourmet Pizza will gain certification to Woolworths Standards and re-certify Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points to comply with national expansion requirements.

Neales River Livestock will undergo organic and Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System certifications to provide access to identified markets.

Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell said it was important to maintain SA’s reputation as a producer of premium, safe food and wine.

“The state government wants to help as many businesses as possible to break into new and domestic and international markets and these credentials are a further tick of approval so customers can have confidence in the way our products are produced,” Mr Bignell said.

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