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Fruit West Co-operative Ltd

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd was formed in 2012 to enable growers to have greater involvement in the commercialisation of fruit varieties bred in breeding programs and protected under Plant Breeder’s Rights legislation. Fruit West Co-operative Ltd is a grower owned and controlled co-operative and has been granted an exclusive licence by the Western Australian Agriculture Authority to grow, pack and market fruit of the ANABP 01 apple variety in Australia. Working for the farmers who grow this stunning, unique apple, Fruit West Co-operative Ltd sub-licences a select small number of nurseries, pack houses and marketers to form a world class supply chain that assures delivery of quality, ready to consume, Australian grown fruit. Governed by a board of four directors, each highly experienced in the fruit industry, with support from a team of appropriate professionals, Fruit West Co-operative Ltd’s aim is to manage the grant of PBR, for community benefit and the good of apple growers. The Fruit West Co- operative Ltd Constitution delivers a business model where the community interest is best served by having the industry involved in the commercialisation of fruit varieties.

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd Business Charter

To support our members in the growing & marketing of top quality Australian fruit. To sub-licence, nurseries, growers, packers & marketers to propagate the ANABP 01 apple variety, produce the Bravo™ branded apple and take to market. To manage the supply chain and licence conditions for the exciting and bold Bravo™ apple. To generate a community dividend from commercialising bred fruit varieties To foster growth and value creation in the WA fruit industry.

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd Directors

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd is governed by a board of 4 Directors supported by a team of qualified professionals. The board members are as follows:

Ann Lyster - Interim Chairman

A trained nurse, Ann married into an orchardist family and became deeply involved in the industry with husband Maurie, and in more recent years with their son Tim and his family. Ann has a keen interest in and is motivated to ensure the WA fruit industry is viable and sustainable for today’s growers and the generations that will follow. As Chair of the Sustainable Rural Development Group (a DAFWA reference group) Ann undertook a study tour of the United States and Europe investigating catchment management, agri-tourism, community supported agriculture and sustainable land development. Appreciating the importance of export marketing, Ann has also visited overseas markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East to understand their needs and preferences, and is one of just a handful of WA growers actively exporting apples. Ann has had a long association with many community groups at both a local and regional level. She was instrumental in establishing the Manjimup Farmers Markets, has held leadership roles in APC Producers’ Committees and is an inaugural director of Fruit West Co-operative Ltd.

Mario Casotti - Director

Mario Casotti is General Manager of Karragullen Cool Storage, a third generation vertically integrated fruit growing, packing, transport and sales company. The property portfolio includes apple, pear and stone fruit orchards in Gingin, Donnybrook, Mullalyup, Balingup and Manjimup with packing sheds in Kirup and Karragullen. The company supplies all the major chains as well as independent retailers and the Perth wholesale market. After graduating from Mazenod College as a 16 year old Mario has, at some stage, had a hands on role in every facet of the family’s businesses and became Managing Director on the retirement of family patriarch Neil Casotti in 2008. As General Manager, Mario continues to be involved in many aspects of the packing, orchard and logistics work which provides an all- important understanding of the industry when negotiating supply agreements with major retailers and other outlets. Mario has grown the Group’s activities through the strategic acquisition and development of key orchard properties and packing facilities. His imaginative work in the area of latest best practice production techniques and water utilisation has captured the interest of growers as well as people outside the horticultural field with Mario a keen advocate of orchard based research to lift yields and quality while reducing costs. Mario accepted an invitation to join the Fruit West Co-operative board in early 2016 and has been a strong advocate for greater grower engagement in the horticultural industry. He absolutely loves Bravo™ as it has such appealing qualities for both the grower and the retailer with none of the drawbacks other apples have. Such is his passion that at the launch of Bravo™ he remarked that it made him so happy he wanted to cry!

Mark Wilkinson- Director

Mark began orcharding in the Perth Hills in 1979 at the aged of 19 years and is known for his innovative approach to trialling new production methods in the pursuit of excellence. Graduating with a Degree in Agricultural Science from The University of WA in 1983, Mark has developed family orchards using Tatura Trellis for peach, cherry and plum production. Mark continues to evaluate new techniques of tree training, irrigation, soil management and fruit fly control. He focuses on growing and picking fruit at peak maturity to maximise the consumer’s eating experience and has researched and applied the use of non-destructive NIR fruit maturity testing technology. Mark has been an active participant and office holder in various fruit industry bodies since the early 1980’s. As a Fruit West Co-operative Director since 2012, Mark has been focused on finding positive pathways for growers and the wider industry to be profitable and sustainable and continues to explore cutting edge science and technology in the production and marketing of fruit to meet growers’ needs and consumer expectations.

Steven Giumelli – Director

Steven grew up in Pickering Brook on an orchard owned by his parents. He worked with the family there until they bought Polybrook Orchard in Dwellingup in 1966. He worked between the two properties until 1985 then moved to Dwellingup full time where he currently lives with his wife Roseann. Steven has been working on and running orchards for his entire working life. He and Roseann raised their four children on the farm. They are currently running Polybrook Orchard with their youngest son Shaun. Polybrook Orchard grows a variety of pome and stone fruit and they graze cattle on the remainder of the property. Steven is a very passionate grower; he says he loves the challenges of trying to improve the orchard to maintain a high standard of produce. Being a passionate Bravo™ grower has contributed to his decision to join the Fruit West Board. He wants to help growers achieve the best results possible.

Constitution & Membership

As a co-operative registered under the Co-operatives Act 2009 (WA), Fruit West Co-operative Ltd operates under a constitution which is available as a download - Constitution.PDF Enquiries about membership, comments for the organisation and any other questions can be directed to: info@fruitwest.com.au
© Copyright Fruit West Co-operative Ltd. 2021

About Us

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd was formed in 2012 to enable growers to have greater involvement in the commercialisation of fruit varieties bred in breeding programs and protected under Plant Breeder’s Rights legislation. Fruit West Co-operative Ltd is a grower owned and controlled co-operative and has been granted an exclusive licence by the Western Australian Agriculture Authority to grow, pack and market fruit of the ANABP 01 apple variety in Australia. Working for the farmers who grow this stunning, unique apple, Fruit West Co-operative Ltd sub-licences a select small number of nurseries, pack houses and marketers to form a world class supply chain that assures delivery of quality, ready to consume, Australian grown fruit. Governed by a board of four directors, each highly experienced in the fruit industry, with support from a team of appropriate professionals, Fruit West Co- operative Ltd’s aim is to manage the grant of PBR, for community benefit and the good of apple growers. The Fruit West Co-operative Ltd Constitution delivers a business model where the community interest is best served by having the industry involved in the commercialisation of fruit varieties.

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd Business

Charter

To support our members in the growing & marketing of top quality Australian fruit. To sub-licence, nurseries, growers, packers & marketers to propagate the ANABP 01 apple variety, produce the Bravo™ branded apple and take to market. To manage the supply chain and licence conditions for the exciting and bold Bravo™ apple. To generate a community dividend from commercialising bred fruit varieties To foster growth and value creation in the WA fruit industry.

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd Directors

Fruit West Co-operative Ltd is governed by a board of 4 Directors supported by a team of qualified professionals. The board members are as follows:

Ann Lyster - Interim Chairman

A trained nurse, Ann married into an orchardist family and became deeply involved in the industry with husband Maurie, and in more recent years with their son Tim and his family. Ann has a keen interest in and is motivated to ensure the WA fruit industry is viable and sustainable for today’s growers and the generations that will follow. As Chair of the Sustainable Rural Development Group (a DAFWA reference group) Ann undertook a study tour of the United States and Europe investigating catchment management, agri-tourism, community supported agriculture and sustainable land development. Appreciating the importance of export marketing, Ann has also visited overseas markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East to understand their needs and preferences, and is one of just a handful of WA growers actively exporting apples. Ann has had a long association with many community groups at both a local and regional level. She was instrumental in establishing the Manjimup Farmers Markets, has held leadership roles in APC Producers’ Committees and is an inaugural director of Fruit West Co-operative Ltd.

Mario Casotti - Director

Mario Casotti is General Manager of Karragullen Cool Storage, a third generation vertically integrated fruit growing, packing, transport and sales company. The property portfolio includes apple, pear and stone fruit orchards in Gingin, Donnybrook, Mullalyup, Balingup and Manjimup with packing sheds in Kirup and Karragullen. The company supplies all the major chains as well as independent retailers and the Perth wholesale market. After graduating from Mazenod College as a 16 year old Mario has, at some stage, had a hands on role in every facet of the family’s businesses and became Managing Director on the retirement of family patriarch Neil Casotti in 2008. As General Manager, Mario continues to be involved in many aspects of the packing, orchard and logistics work which provides an all-important understanding of the industry when negotiating supply agreements with major retailers and other outlets. Mario has grown the Group’s activities through the strategic acquisition and development of key orchard properties and packing facilities. His imaginative work in the area of latest best practice production techniques and water utilisation has captured the interest of growers as well as people outside the horticultural field with Mario a keen advocate of orchard based research to lift yields and quality while reducing costs. Mario accepted an invitation to join the Fruit West Co- operative board in early 2016 and has been a strong advocate for greater grower engagement in the horticultural industry. He absolutely loves Bravo™ as it has such appealing qualities for both the grower and the retailer with none of the drawbacks other apples have. Such is his passion that at the launch of Bravo™ he remarked that it made him so happy he wanted to cry!

Mark Wilkinson- Director

Mark began orcharding in the Perth Hills in 1979 at the aged of 19 years and is known for his innovative approach to trialling new production methods in the pursuit of excellence. Graduating with a Degree in Agricultural Science from The University of WA in 1983, Mark has developed family orchards using Tatura Trellis for peach, cherry and plum production. Mark continues to evaluate new techniques of tree training, irrigation, soil management and fruit fly control. He focuses on growing and picking fruit at peak maturity to maximise the consumer’s eating experience and has researched and applied the use of non- destructive NIR fruit maturity testing technology. Mark has been an active participant and office holder in various fruit industry bodies since the early 1980’s. As a Fruit West Co-operative Director since 2012, Mark has been focused on finding positive pathways for growers and the wider industry to be profitable and sustainable and continues to explore cutting edge science and technology in the production and marketing of fruit to meet growers’ needs and consumer expectations.

Steven Giumelli – Director

Steven grew up in Pickering Brook on an orchard owned by his parents. He worked with the family there until they bought Polybrook Orchard in Dwellingup in 1966. He worked between the two properties until 1985 then moved to Dwellingup full time where he currently lives with his wife Roseann. Steven has been working on and running orchards for his entire working life. He and Roseann raised their four children on the farm. They are currently running Polybrook Orchard with their youngest son Shaun. Polybrook Orchard grows a variety of pome and stone fruit and they graze cattle on the remainder of the property. Steven is a very passionate grower; he says he loves the challenges of trying to improve the orchard to maintain a high standard of produce. Being a passionate Bravo™ grower has contributed to his decision to join the Fruit West Board. He wants to help growers achieve the best results possible.

Constitution & Membership

As a co-operative registered under the Co-operatives Act 2009 (WA), Fruit West Co-operative Ltd operates under a constitution which is available as a download - Constitution.PDF Enquiries about membership, comments for the organisation and any other questions can be directed to: info@fruitwest.com.au