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.