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Meet the grower

Allan is an industry innovator and he believes that innovation and drive for excellence set Australian growers apart from their overseas counterparts.

A third-generation farmer, Brian began his career as a dried fruit grower more than 50 years ago when he left school at the age of 16. At that stage, he was helping his father on the farm and working for other growers, but Brian's future was sealed when aged just 21, he lost his father and was left with responsibility for the Mid-Murray family property.

Daryl was more familiar with horses than horticulture when he bought his first dried fruit farm in the late 1980s.  That’s because he’d spent his early working life on sheep and cattle stations in New South Wales and South Australia.

Jason was only one year old when his father died and his mother took the courageous decision to hang on to the family property and continue running it. He grew up helping her on the farm and it seemed only natural that he would eventually take over.

Originally from a Western District dairy farming family, John swapped his gumboots for grapes in 1989. 

Stephen was born and raised in the dried fruit industry, but his involvement in the family farm was by no means certain. He completed a mechanical engineering degree and worked for a few years in Mildura and Melbourne before deciding that office and city life weren’t for him and returning to the family property.