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 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.
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!
Her favourite piece of fruit is a yellow peach, warmed by the sun, and fresh off the tree.
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”, and 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.
Greg has been working with Cutri Fruit for over eight years, and is the gatekeeper of all payments, so make sure you're always nice to Greg!!
Greg has worked as an Accountant for over fifteen years, working for Fortune 500 Companies in Melbourne. Greg splits his off-season time between Cutri Fruit and music teaching (currently teaching 40-50 students a week), and has also played in local and Melbourne bands, indulging his passion in music, as well as career in Accounting. Greg is a seriously good guitarist.
His favourite piece of stone fruit is the one that gives the quickest return of payment.
Rebecca (Bec) is our go-to person for all things Quality Assurance and Compliance. She's generally our go-to person for everything! Bec also assists Dion in Domestic Sales and is Gaethan's right-hand person.
Bec came to the Swan Hill region in 2003, with the thought of having a ‘gap year’. During this time, she and her husband experienced what stone fruit farming was all about, and they never left. In addition to working within the Cutri Fruit family full time, Bec and her husband also own and operate a small organic farm. When she's not at Cutri Fruit you'll find her working the land of her own farm, and enjoying the amazing weather and life of the Mallee.
One of Bec's highlights of being a part of the Cutri Fruit team is being surrounded by people who are passionate about growing the best quality produce and being involved in new and innovative farming ideas.
Bec's favourite piece of fruit is a yellow peach, nice and ripe and juicy, eaten fresh and mixed into her daily fruit and yoghurt at lunchtime. And afternoon tea time, and breakfast time.....and any time in between!
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 six 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 nine years.
Avneet also took a recent leap of faith and started his own pizza franchise. If you want great pizza, head to Pizzahood!
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 peach. He loves to eat them straight off the tree, hot from the sun.
Baljinder has been working with Cutri Fruit for over five 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 and his wife have opened and run Swan Hill's best Indian restaurant. Be sure to call into Kebab & Curry Hut when you're next in Swan Hill.
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.
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.
Initially Dave was brought into the business to manage all the dispatch within the factory during the season, but his plethora of skills quickly moved him well beyond just this, and he now runs the entire Factory. 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’s passion outside of work is racing buggies, and camping with his growing family.
Dave’s favourite piece of fruit is a classic yellow peach, eaten fresh off the tree.