CUTRI FRUIT is a business built on integrity, honesty and long-lasting customer relationships. Our dedicated team strives to ensure the production of the highest quality stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums) utilising sophisticated and integrated management and business systems, and employing a cultural work ethic that achieves excellence.
Currently owned and operated by Gaethan Cutri, a former lawyer and third generation farmer, the farm utilises Gaethan’s diverse business and farming skills to ensure best farming practice, focusing on industry-leading systems and processes to produce the highest quality stone fruit.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Gaethan was born and raised on the farm, and then went away to study Law and Commerce (with Honours). He went on to work for one of the country's most respected Law firms, before returning to the farm in 2004. Gaethan now acts as Chief Executive Officer for Cutri Fruit.
Since returning to the farm Gaethan has won many coveted awards and has taken the farm to the next level, due to his dedication to the business and his love of systematisation and perfection.
Gaethan also has a passion for all things sport, and has represented Australia in numerous activities, including for road cycling, one of his great loves.
Nicole has been working in the business alongside Gaethan since 2004, and has moved through all aspects of the business. She has a degree in Communications with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. Nicole now assists across all levels of Management within the business, with the primary focus being marketing, and assisting with exporting through Certified Fresh.
Nicole has a strong passion for yoga, and is a certified yoga teacher, having established a yoga studio and loyal following in Swan Hill. When she is not at the farm you'll find her getting bendy on the yoga mat!
Gaethan’s father Dom is still involved in the business, though he has taken a big step back in recent years.
He has had a strong presence in public office and as a spokesman of the Australian stone fruit industry for over thirty years. He was the inaugural president of the stone fruit industry body, “The Australian Stone Fruit Growers Association”, currently known as “Summerfruits Australia Limited”, was the inaugural president of the Victorian stone fruit industry association, the “Victorian Summer Fruit Council”. Dom has also recently sat on the International Advisory Committee to Horticulture Australia Limited.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & DOMESTIC SALES MANAGER
Dion grew up in Tasmania and completed a Commerce/Law degree from the University of Tasmania in 1992. Dion is married to Gaethan’s sister Lisa and has been coming to the farm for 20 years. In July, 2014 Dion resigned from his role at Macquarie Bank to take on the roles of CFO and Domestic Sales Manager for Cutri Fruit.
Dion has worked in Finance, Business Management and Business Development roles for BHP, Spotless, GE and Macquarie Bank. Dion worked for Macquarie Bank in Sydney for 7 years in Banking and Finance and Agricultural Funds Management. In his time at Macquarie, Dion spent 3.5 years working in the Macquarie Pastoral Fund and was a key member of the team that established and expanded the operating company into one of Australia’s largest landholders.
Dion’s favourite piece of fruit oscillates between a June Sweet yellow nectarine and a Dapple Dandy plum.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATIONS MANAGER
Marc has a Bachelor of Horticultural Science majoring in Postharvest Science and Production Horticulture. He is wise beyond his years, having been involved in the farming industry since 1989, picking fruit for the first time and instantly falling in love with horticulture. Since then he has worked his way around most of Australia, working on a variety of farms and industries being horticulturally-related. He has worked at the Department of Agriculture Victoria (as it was then known) as a Postharvest Scientist and managed a range of farms in South Australia, Victoria and NSW that grew fruit and vegetables as well as developing on-farm scientific researching methods and techniques.
Within Cutri Fruit, Marc will work to monitor soil moisture levels at various phenological stages of growth, observing how this can affect not only size of our fruit but growth of the tree; various pruning methods conducted at different times of the year; thinning density and postharvest storage trials, to name a few of the exciting projects he will be working on. Marc is also involved in managing our newly-established plum and nectarine breeding program and the expansion of new crop types.
Marc’s favourite piece of fruit is a Flavour Fall plum, best eaten as wife Caroline’s jam, served on warm toast!
Rob is the most recent recruit to the Cutri Fruit family. He has taken on the role of Factory Manager, and will be the go-to person for all things factory related.
Rob brings to the team vast experience (despite his young years!) with 14 years working in the dairy industry, across various roles, from Manufacturing Manager, to cheese maker. He has also worked in the fresh Salad industry and in the chemical industry. His expertise at production management has us all very excited as we continue to take the business forward at full steam ahead!!
Along with his cheese-making skills, Rob is also a food technologist.
When Rob isn’t being the “master” cheese maker that he is, nor running the factory for Cutri Fruit, he likes nothing better than to spend time with the family; and if that also happens to occur in the great outdoors, all the better.
Rob’s favourite piece of stone fruit is a juicy, ripe and ready red flesh plum. He’s new to us, so he probably hasn’t yet tasted the Dapple Dandy pluots!!
QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE
Caroline has recently returned to Cutri Fruit, having worked in the business more than 20 years ago (back in the days when it was D&C Cutri) packing fruit. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biological and Chemical Technologies).
Before returning to Cutri Fruit, Caroline worked for a well-known organic Australian skincare company, involved in co-ordinating the quality of packaging and in other areas of quality control. She has also previously owned and managed an organic salad and vegetable farm in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.
Caroline’s passion is music and she loves to sing, as well as to play and teach piano and guitar.
Caroline’s favourite piece of fruit is a Flavour Fall plum. She loves to whip up a sugar-free plum jam with these naturally sweet and tasty treats.
Greg has been working with Cutri Fruit for over five years, and is the gatekeeper of all payments, so make sure you're always nice to Greg!!
Greg moonlights as a guitarist, and is seriously good at it.
His favourite piece of stone fruit is the one that gives the quickest return of payment.
Greg is a long-term employee of Cutri Fruit, and splits his time between the farming locations, managing the Irrigation and Fertigation. He has been working in farming for the majority of his life, and is passionate about stone fruit horticulture. Greg has been integral in establishing the automated irrigation systems throughout the farm and has been the backbone for automating and systemising all areas of field operations.
When he's not at the farm.....his wife is surprised!!
Greg's favourite piece of stone fruit is a yellow peach, grilled on the BBQ and drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
WOORINEN FARM MANAGERS
Avneet has been working with Cutri Fruit for over four years. His initial role within the business was as Nursery Manager, but in recent months he has since taken over the role of Woorinen Farm Supervisor, alongside Baljinder.
Anveet was born and raised into a farming family, and has a Bachelor of Commerce in India. Since being in Australia he has completed his Production Horticulture and Wholesale Nursery qualifications. He has been working in the horticulture industry for more than seven years.
Avneet is a huge fan of motor sport racing and loves the Bathurst 1000.
Avneet's favourite piece of fruit is a perfectly ripe, in-season fresh apricot. He loves to eat them straight off the tree, hot from the sun.
Baljinder has been working with Cutri Fruit for over three years. His initial role within the business was as Nursery Manager, but in recent months he has since taken over the role of Woorinen Farm Supervisor, alongside Avneet.
Baljinder's favourite piece of fruit is a yellow peach. He loves to make peach gujiya with them.
WOOD WOOD FARM MANAGER
Pammi has been working with Cutri Fruit for more than five years. He has worked his way through all areas of the business, first starting as a Farm Hand in Woorinen, then gradually taking on more and more responsibility.
In 2014 Pammi took over the reigns at Wood Wood and has been managing the farm in a way that has surpassed all expectations. We are all super proud of Pammi, and value the pride he takes in his role. He is a Quality Control specialist in all aspects of labour jobs at Wood Wood (from thinning to training young trees).
When he can, Pammi likes to spend time with his family, either here in Australia, or visiting them back in India.
Pammi's favourite piece of fruit is a Dapple Dandy plum (the Wood Wood property grows some of the most delicious plum varieties available). He makes a mean spicy plum chutney with it.
WOOD WOOD FARM ASSISTANT
Noor has been working with Cutri Fruit for past three years, working on our Wood Wood farm.
Noor’s main tasks are to control labour, pruning and thinning, as well as helping oversee all the areas of the existing stone fruit farm. Thanks to Noor being fluent in many languages, he is excellent at overseeing all the workers across this farm, and is a highly valued member of our team.
When Noor isn’t on the farm he likes fishing on the banks of the river, and spending time relaxing with friends.
Noor’s favourite piece of stone fruit is a Spring Snow White Peach and a Dapple Dandy pluot, eaten fresh off the tree.
Jamie has been working with Cutri Fruit for over a year. He is a qualified diesel mechanic and can be found tinkering away with the many tractors, quad bikes, forklifts, excavator and trucks the business has.
In his free time he loves to sit on the banks of Lake Boort, and watering and mowing his lawn and home!! It is possibly the best lawn in Swan Hill.
Jamie's favourite piece of fruit is a white nectarine, best eaten in one hand with a beer in the other.
GENERAL STEVE OF ALL TRADES
Steve can be found doing any task around the farm at any given time of the day. He is the general go-to man for odd jobs. His absolute specialty across all tasks is pruning, with Gaethan constantly being heard saying "he's a beautiful pruner"!
Steve loves riding his motorbike offroad in his spare time and is fond of fishing.
His favourite piece of stone fruit is a white peach, eaten fresh off the tree.
NURSERY MANAGER & ENGINEER
Sadly Jaenuri had to return home to Indonesia. He no longer works for Cutri Fruit, but we just couldn’t bear to remove him from the website, as he was such a cherished and valuable employee to the business for so many years. I think we are actually in denial that he is no longer with us. We’ll keep his photo here just so we can look at it for our own enjoyment!
Dave is another new recruit to the Cutri Fruit team. Initially Dave was brought into the business to manage all the dispatch within the factory during the season, but his plethora of skills has moved him well beyond just this. Prior to joining Cutri Fruit Dave had been working in dispatch for more than eight years, even though he is a glassier by trade and has trained and worked as a mechanic.
Dave has a keen mechanical eye and has dived head first into tackling any of the mechanical and technical issues that we have within the factory and the broader business. He will also take on the role of 2IC within the factory, working closely alongside Rob and the rest of the factory staff.
Dave’s passion outside of work is racing buggies, with his very good friend Marc. Think Total Renegade cross with Mad Max, and that’s the sort of vehicle these two like to hoon around in.
Dave’s favourite piece of fruit is a classic yellow peach, eaten fresh off the tree.