Food, wine and agribusiness is the largest export and manufacturing sector in South Australia and one of the key pillars of the South Australian economy.

It is the only major manufacturing sector in the state to show steady growth in employment and revenue over the past two decades. It is a resilient sector characterised by a culture of innovation, the adoption of new technologies and efficiency and productivity gains.

Direct contribution of each of the Growth State sectors

The direct contribution of the sector is the economic activity generated by primary production (including farming, fishing and forestry) and processing (such as food, beverage, wine and wood manufacturing and other value adding). In addition the sector also supports economic activity in the supply chain – including key inputs such as transport, fertiliser and packaging.

The graphs represent the direct contribution of each of the Growth State sectors.

Contribution of food, wine and agribusiness

$15.2 billion revenue

In 2018–19, South Australian primary industries and agribusiness revenue totalled $15.2 billion, an increase of 2% from the previous year. This is slightly below the average growth rate of three per cent in revenue seen over the past five years. This result was achieved despite challenging production conditions for many sectors due to drought.

Primary industries and agribusiness revenue measures the revenue from primary production and associated processing. This includes the final sales of commodity primary industry products (mostly international and interstate exports of unprocessed grain, wool and live animals) plus the value of locally processed products (such as fresh and processed food, wine and wood products) at wholesale value.

Industry Scorecard

You can track the advances and annual performance in South Australian primary industries, through the PIRSA Industry Scorecard.