The Adelaide Produce Market the Stateâ€™s only fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale food precinct is set for its most significant expansion since 1988 with increasing export potential of local fresh produce into South East Asia.
In the late 1980s, the Stateâ€™s only wholesale produce market moved from its longstanding location along East Terrace in the city to its current location in Pooraka when the industry required a larger, more modern facility. Since then, the Adelaide Produce Market has grown and continues to remain a hive of activity in the early hours each morning with growers and wholesalers supplying hundreds of supermarkets, greengrocers and other food service providers. Each year, around 290,000 tonnes of fresh produce is traded, worth an estimated wholesale value of $590 million.
Riding on the back of its Memorandum of Understanding with one of Chinaâ€™s largest wholesale markets, the Adelaide Produce Market is seeking expressions of interest from parties for their new fresh food precinct. The new fresh food precinct will cater for up to 70,000 square metres of food processing, export consolidation, warehousing and cold storage facilities and could house up to 50 businesses, adding to the 100 businesses currently on site.
â€œWe have the supply chain, the location, the land, the existing facilities and over 100 yearsâ€™ experience to make a food precinct really work,â€ Adelaide Produce Market CEO Angelo Demasi said.
â€œWhat we need are people and companies from within the processing, warehousing, logistics and exporting sectors, who are keen to grow and work with our existing growers, wholesalers and food service providers in driving sales of premium, clean and green fresh produce, both domestically and internationally,â€ he said.
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