Our History

Founded in 1948, a young William (Bill) Montague OAM purchased a carting operation that turned the Montague name into a fresh food provider and we have never looked back.


Starting from the humble beginnings of harvesting fresh Australian apples in a family orchard, we have spent over 60 years growing a tight-knit community of hard-working individuals to expand from fruit production to cold storage facilitation and logistics.


From searching the corners of the world to source the best quality produce to grow in our own backyard, to connecting with the latest technology such as, introducing the first Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage into Australia in 1967, we will always be driven by family, food, innovation, loyalty and service.

Timeline of Growth


Bill Montague purchases carting operation and wins contract to supply vegetables to Melbourne hospitals.


Bill plants his first orchard at Narre Warren North, Victoria


The company is incorporated and the first Cold Storage facility is built at Narre Warren North, Victoria


Frank Montague, Bill’s eldest son, joins the business


Our relationship with Australian Safeway begins


Bill Montague and fellow orchardist Jack Petty introduce Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Storage to Australia


Greg Montague, Bill’s second son, joins the business


Ray Montague, Bill’s thrid son, joins the business


Natural waxing on apples is introduced


Montague Orchards purchased their first interstate orchard with the total acquisition of Legana Orchard in Tasmania


Wholesale stand at Flemington Market, New South Wales is purchased


New packing shed opened at Narre Warren North Site


Labelling on apples (apple stickers) is introduced to Australia by Bill Montague


Purchase of Allansford Cold Storage facility

Purchase Batlow Orchard, New South Wales


Montague lease first Cold Storage facility at Port Melbourne, Victoria


Frank Montague passes away from a cancerous brain tumour

Hamish Montague, Frank’s son, joins the business


Harcourt Orchard in Victoria is purchased


A.J Carters Pty Ltd wholesale market stand purchased in Queensland

Tatura trellis intensive planting system established at Orchards


Scott and Tim Montague, Ray’s eldest sons, join the family business


Montague Cold Storage purpose build Cold Storage facility in Devonport, Tasmania


Montague Cold Storage purchase Cold Storage site in Tullamarine, Victoria

Montague Cold Storage lease facility at West Melbourne, Victoria


Jarryd Montague, Ray’s youngest son, joins the business

Bilmont Orchard in Swan Hill, Victoria is purchased

Exclusive JazzTM Licence agreement signed with Enza


Andrew Montague, Greg’s son, joins the business


Stonefruit Grader installed at Narre Warren North site.


Bill Montague receives an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to the Australian Fruit Industry

The first JazzTM plantings commence at Batlow Orchard, New South Wales


Sydney Warehouse purchased in Strathfield South, New South Wales

Montague Fresh awarded Woolworth’s Supplier of the Year Award for the 2nd time in 3 years


Greg Montague is tragically killed in a car accident and Ray Montague is appointed Managing Director of the Montague Group

Exclusive Bradford Licence Agreement signed for US Stonefruit varieties

Simmond’s Coolstores purchased at Legana, Tasmania

Lease Cold Storage facility at Keysborough


Montague Fresh awarded Woolworth’s Supplier of the Year Award

Montague Cold Storage commence extension of Tullamarine Site

Rollout of company OH&S Program, ‘Target Zero’ across the business


Crystal Montague, Greg’s daughter, joins the business

Implementation of Company Health and Wellbeing program – “Healthy to the Core’

Montague sign agreement with Heartland for apple variety, EveTM


Extension of Tullamarine site completed

Purchase and installation of Prepack machinery in Queensland & Narre Warren North

Purchase and installation of new Apple packing machinery

Montague finalists for Worksafe Awards in Health and Wellbeing category

Montague refresh their company identity


Launch EveTM nationally in Coles Supermarkets

Montague appointed sole Australian representative for IFORED, an international consortium for exclusive red fleshed apple breeds

Purchase land in Truganina, Victoria for future Cold Storage facility

Montague awarded exclusive marketing rights to new variety Smitten™ in Australia

Montague awarded exclusive marketing rights to new varety Ambrosia™ in Australia

Montague appoint first ever Group Chief Executive Officer, Rodney McQueen


Montague Fresh awarded Woolworths Fresh Supplier of the Year and Overall Supplier of the Year for 2013

Montague Head Office staff relocated to new office location in Mt Waverley, Victoria


Montague Fresh becomes a Grocery Vendor for Woolworths with the introduction of its Sparkling Apple Juice

November 2014 marks the official Opening of our World Class Truganina Cold Facility



Montague expand its Narre Warren North orchard by acquiring 18 Horswood Rd

April 2015 – Montague Cold Storage ranks in the top 25 largest Third Party Refrigerated Warehouse Providers in the world.  – source IARW

December 2015 – Montague Fresh are awarded Woolworths Fresh Supplier of the Year


May 2016 – Montague offers its first Montague Cider House product made from 100% Australian grown Jazz™Apples.

Montague celebrates the 10 year anniversary of its Jazz™ Apples in Australia.

Montague received the 2016 Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) Innovative Marketing Award in recognition of Montague’s Jazz Apples campaign


2017 Montague Fresh plant its first Red Flesh Apples trees in Australia

1st of September 2017

Montague and long term partner T&G Global agree to partnership of our Montague Premium Stonefruit brands ‘CROC EGGS’ and ‘the MONTAGUE tree’ in export markets.

19th October – A unique and amazing range of red flesh apple varieties, Kissabel®, are launched in Europe with Montague collaboration and support.



June 2018

  1. Montague Awarded Export of the Year by APAL
  2. Ray Montague awarded a lifetime achievement award for dedication to the Apple and Pear industry by APAL

“The values of hard work and perseverance that I instilled in my sons has been passed on to the next generation and filtered through our diverse workforce and I couldn’t be more proud of where we are today”

— — William (Bill) Montague OAM
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