Murraylands Food Alliance
Advancing the productivity of the Murraylands food industry
October 12, 2015 by
137 Adelaide Road
(PO Box 134)
Murray Bridge SA 5253
A prime focus of the MFA has been to develop the relationships between member companies and to gather an understanding of the strengths that can be developed within the group.
Members also note that one of our greatest barriers to growth is workforce development. The combined MFA workforce has a significant migrant employment base and we want to see more of our employees staying long term in the region.
The Murraylands is a region primed for growth and we aim for the Murraylands for it to be recognised as a premium food producing region. The Murraylands as a great place to live work and play and we are actively looking for ways to increase the pride in our regional food industry.
Members are also aware of the positive social impact that we can contribute through working with council and being more involved in community projects and initiatives. We encourage and look forward to being involved in more pro-active planning policy, including increasing access and reducing costs to utilises such as power, water, waste and logistics infrastructure to meet the industry’s growing needs.
MFA Members are focused on increasing the competitiveness of our regional food industry. To achieve this we have committed to sharing knowledge of our individual companies, discovering common areas for industry improvement and being open to exploring new and innovative concepts.
Our Members already lead industry in supply chain innovation and we continually seek to implement new technology and access new markets to provide a competitive edge. We wish to forge strong R&D relationships to tailor these opportunities to fit the individual and collective business need of our members. Packaging, consumer research, energy alternatives, genetics and irrigation technology have all been raised as focus R&D areas.
Over the next five years, all MFA members have indicated that they have positive expansion plans. To achieve this growth we need to meet the needs of our consumers to be environmentally and ethically sound.
MFA members will work together to develop a united vision and ensure that we advocate infrastructure and utility provisions that support this vision’s expansion opportunities.
Collectively we realise that the MFA will be a strong regional voice for the region. We will speak together to build the community pride in our regional food industries, and gain the ear of business and government to ensure that our region has the infrastructure and service requirements needed to support future industry growth.