Murraylands food producers, processors and manufacturers gathered to discuss the bright future and issues surrounding industry growth with Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, who visited the region on Thursday.
Mr Morrison toured the Costa Adelaide Mushrooms facility at Monarto before meeting with members of the Murraylands Food Alliance.
Earlier this year, Costa announced it would double its operations at Monarto before December 2018 and create 200 more job thanks to a $60 million expansion.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said he invited Mr Morrison to the region to show him how much the region has to offer.
“As we move from the mining boom to the dining boom, the region is in prime position to take advantage of the opportunities that come along with that transition,” Mr Pasin said.
“The Murraylands Food Alliance is a brilliant example of industry coming together to maximise the opportunities that exist and face the challenges that may present themselves along the way.”
Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland chief executive officer Jo Podoliak said the region was in the midst of significant growth and upside.
“We have barriers … finding the right available work force for us, making sure our producers have efficient and effective utility costs and also efficient and effective freight and transport movements.
Mr Morrison said he was impressed with the pro-active approach the group was taking to support each other reach their full potential.
“This sort of dedication and cooperation gives me great confidence about the viability and potential for growth of industry in the region,” Mr Morrison said.
The food industry is set for continued growth globally over the next few decades and that puts this region in a fantastic position.
“With the right policy settings and support from Government to unlock potential I look forward to seeing what this region can do.”