Our Growers

Every single BerryWorld berry is carefully hand-picked and packed to ensure you get only the best

We pride ourselves on our berry growing team. Led by managing director, Gavin Scurr, our team includes growers with specialist knowledge in substrate production and seasoned farm managers who manage planting and picking schedules, forecast volumes and implement agronomic techniques to improve yield and farming efficiencies.

Kevin Philip

Stanthorpe berry farm manager, Kevin Philip, is responsible for the summer strawberry and raspberry crops produced in Queensland’s coolest region, the Granite Belt. Strawberries are grown in substrate on table tops and in traditional beds while raspberries are grown in pots and trained on trellises. All fruit produced at this farm is grown under polytunnels to protect it from summer rain and hail. Kevin oversees picking and packing during the busy strawberry harvest from September to May, the raspberry harvest from January to May and crop preparation during winter. Kevin, who grew up on a Queensland tomato farm, has also worked as an irrigation manager in sandalwood production in the Northern Territory for six years.

Kevin Philip
Gavin Scurr

Managing director Gavin drives a business with more than 1,010 hectares under cultivation across Australia, producing four fruit lines. Gavin and brother Stephen leveraged off their family’s pineapple growing expertise to diversify into strawberry production in 2000. Today, there are some 70 hectares of strawberries under cultivation including a portion set aside for BerryWorld varieties. Renowned for embracing innovative production methods and farming technologies, Piñata Farms became the country’s first large-scale grower to grow strawberries under polytunnels in 2015. Substrate strawberry production was established in 2016 in readiness for the first commercial harvest of BerryWorld Australia-branded fruit in 2017. Specialty BerryWorld raspberries followed in 2018.

Gavin Scurr Crop
Lee Peterson

Technical manager, Lee Peterson, oversees the propagation of BerryWorld varieties from Europe in all growing regions within Australia. Lee has vast experience in agricultural production spanning 30 years including new crop development, horticultural production systems, plant extracts and waste stream management. He oversees berry growing operations at Wamuran and Stanthorpe, Queensland and Orielton, Tasmania. Lee has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a PhD in Agricultural Science and a passion for producing great tasting berries!

Lee Peterson
Linda Davis

Wamuran-based strawberry farm manager, Linda Davis, oversees the 12-month production cycle of our winter crop. About 56 hectares of strawberries are grown in the field and under polytunnels. As soon as the very last strawberry is picked, planning for the following season begins. It takes the strawberry crew about three months to prepare strawberry beds, cover with more than 250,000 sheets of plastic and set up irrigation before planting can start. About 2.5 million runners are planted in individual holes within the plastic – a mighty feat!

Linda Davis