Briefcase: Business Snippets from around South Australia

In this week’s briefcase, Adelaide United and Flinders University launch a joint diploma, South Australia is showcased at an expo in Shanghai and Penfolds buys a $1.4 billion winery in the United States. Plus the latest business events.

Nov 06, 2023, updated Nov 06, 2023

Adelaide United and Flinders University launch diploma

Adelaide United and Flinders University are together offering a Diploma in Sport Business.

The diploma offers placements at Coopers Stadium with insights from Adelaide United guest lecturers – including A-League players – and will be delivered at Flinders’ new city campus with regular stadium visits.

Upon completion of the diploma, students can continue their studies with the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) or Bachelor of Sport and Active Recreation at Flinders with credit for their year of study.

Flinders University deputy vice-chancellor Romy Lawson said the course will give students a real-world understanding of how the business of sport works and help them towards an international career.

“Amid the incredible growth in interest around football sparked by the Matildas and Women’s World Cup in Australia, there has never been a better time to roll out this new education program for students passionate about careers in sport with an A-League club or through other sporting codes,” Lawson said.

“This diploma provides the skills to deliver on- and off-field success for community or elite sporting organisations.”

– Elisabeth Marie

Mitchell Taylor with Taylors Heritage Label Shiraz 2022

Mitchell Taylor with Taylors Heritage Label Shiraz 2022. Photo: supplied.

South Australia’s best wine doesn’t break the bank

Clare Valley winery Taylors achieved a 100-point rating and was awarded the International Champion trophy for its $20 Taylors Heritage Label Shiraz 2022 at the annual VINUS International Wine & Spirits Competition in Argentina.

The Shiraz was rated against more than 580 samples from 15 countries by a jury of wine experts, sommeliers, and journalists.

Taylors received the same award last year for its Estate Shiraz 2020, making it the first winery to win the International Champion trophy back to back.

“This is such exciting news for our winery – not only have we taken out a major trophy for our wine, but the judges deemed it to be worthy of 100 points,” said Taylors third-generation winemaker and managing director Mitchell Taylor.

“The Heritage Shiraz is a special wine that celebrates the heritage of our family winery and takes inspiration from our very first vintage release in 1973.

“Fifty years on, we are proud to represent the Clare Valley and South Australia and its awards like this that help showcase the quality of Australian wines to the world.”

– Elisabeth Marie


AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ is most listened to by South Australian farmers. Photo: Wendy Collings.

Music to farmers’ ears revealed

As reaping gets into full swing the header cabins of farmers across the state are likely to be filled with the sound of AC/DC’s song ‘Thunderstruck’ after it topped the Grain Producers’ SA charts.

The song was voted number one in the industry group’s second annual Grain Producers SA’s (GPSA) 2023 Harvest 100, with top songs suggested by grain producers – grain supply chain participants, other agricultural industries, media and political identities, and community members also participated.

“The second GPSA Harvest 100 is a diverse mix of country music, hits from decades past and some of the latest songs frequenting the airwaves that is sure to get a strong run during harvest,” GPSA chief executive Brad Perry said.

“The playlist acts as a reminder to grain producers about the importance of mental health and wellbeing and talking to their fellow growers during harvest.

“With our grain producers spending significant amounts of time sitting on machinery this harvest, the Harvest 100 is an initiative aimed at creating a community knowing that many other growers across the state are listening to the same playlist.”

The Top 10 songs of the 2023 Harvest 100:

  1. AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  2. Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell
  3. Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
  4. AC/DC – Shook Me All Night Long
  5. Luke Bryan – Harvest Time
  6. Luke Combs – Where the Wild Things Are
  7. Hunters and Collectors – Holy Grail
  8. Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
  9. Jimmy Barnes – Driving Wheels
  10. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

– Belinda Willis

InSync Business Events South Australia

Defence Innovation: SA’s Advantage, a CEDA lunch at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 23 November 2023. Members $199, non-members $349

Powering the Future: Igniting Green Energy & Renewables, an AmCham lunch on 23 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Members $179, non-members $229

The Xmas Tchin Tchin, with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce held at Club de Petanque at 5.30pm on 7 December. Members $15, General Admission $35

SALIFE Absolute Best Awards at the Festival Theatre at 6pm on 7 December. $195.

Adelaide Connected End of Year Celebration at 5.30pm at the Strathmore Hotel. Free.

Golden partnership for Chrysos Corp

Adelaide mining technology company Chrysos Corporation has partnered with one of the world’s largest gold miners.

The deal will see Chrysos deliver its metals analysis technology to Barrick Gold mine sites across four continents.

It commences with the deployment of three PhotonAssay units to the Nevada Gold Mines complex in the US, with the potential delivery of up to 10 more units to other Barrick projects by the end of 2025.

Chrysos said the partnership is an extension of an “already successful relationship between the three companies at Barrick’s Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania and its Kibali operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”.

Barrick owns the world’s largest gold-mining complex in Nevada, with assets at the site including 10 underground mines and 12 surface mines.

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“Barrick’s global adoption of our technology is a watershed moment for us, underlining PhotonAssay’s superiority to outdated and hazardous fire assay methods,” Chrysos managing director and CEO Dirk Treasure said.

– David Simmons


Adelaide’s Humanihut lands $14.2m government contract

Humanihut – a local manufacturer of transportable emergency shelters – has locked in a contract with the Australian Government valued at $14.2 million under which it will deploy six modular emergency camps.

The government hopes to have a stockpile of the emergency shelter camps on hand to be rapidly deployed to assist people displaced by natural disasters.

Humanihut, co-founded by managing director Neale Sutton, makes collapsible and stackable temporary accommodation options that sleep up to four people and come with air conditioning, block-out blinds, lighting, power and flyscreens.

Sutton said the camps proved themselves “valuable additions to community relief following natural disasters” and include integrated laundry facilities and wheelchair accessibility.

“We are constantly improving our infrastructure based on the feedback of the people who have been using them in recovery and disaster zones in the last ten years, and we look forward to assisting Australians in their time of need,” Sutton said.

“Humanihut’s origins focused on providing humanitarian relief so that displaced people and those that support them have comfortable, well-equipped shelter in order to rest, recover and rebuild.”

– David Simmons

South Australia showcased in Shanghai

South Australian businesses are showcasing some of the state’s best produce in Shanghai at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) as trade relations between Australia and China continue to improve.

SA’s delegation has representatives from wine, spirits, seafood, meat, dairy and prepacked food sectors as China remains the state’s top export destination, up 48 per cent to $2.9 billion for the year ending August 2023.

The expo runs from November 5 to 10 ahead of one of the world’s biggest online shopping days – Singles’ Day is on November 11 in China – and it is hoped the event will increase the drive for SA trade goods.

Minister for Trade and Investment Nick Champion said the expo was a “fantastic” way to showcase local businesses after the state was disproportionately impacted by trade impediments.

“Our Government is supporting South Australian businesses to introduce themselves to the China market while helping those already established to strengthen their industry ties,” Champion said.

– Elisabeth Marie

DAOU Mountain

DAOU Mountain in California. Photo: supplied.

Penfolds owner buys United States wine business for $1.4 billion

Treasury Wine Estates has acquired a fast-growing US wine business for $US900 million ($A1.4 billion) to become the “global luxury wine leader”.

The Penfolds owner will acquire DAOU Vineyards – “a strong complement to TWE’s existing portfolio in upper-luxury price points”.

Founded in 2007 by brothers and co-proprietors Georges and Daniel Daou, California-based DAOU is recognised for its “ultra-luxury” Cabernet Sauvignon-based PATRIMONY wines.

The business is also known for its events and tasting room on DAOU Mountain which attracts 90,000 visitors annually.

The acquisition completion is expected by the end of 2023 and includes the DAOU brand, the Mountain Estate, four boutique luxury wineries and around 400 acres of vineyards in the Paso Robles wine region of California.

Treasury Wine Estates said the brothers would “remain engaged and highly involved in the business”, with Georges as founder and Daniel as founder and chief winemaker.

Treasury Wine Estates CEO Tim Ford said the deal would cement the company’s position in the luxury wine space.

“The US is the world’s largest wine market and we’re beyond thrilled to add DAOU to our portfolio, cementing our position as a global luxury wine leader,” Ford said.

– David Simmons

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