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.

Humble Beginnings

Starting from the humble beginnings as an Australian apple grower harvesting fresh apples in a family orchard, we have spent over 70 years growing a tight-knit community of hard-working individuals to expand from fruit production to cold storage facilitation, logistics, hospitality and retail.

Family, Food & Innovation

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

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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.


Montague supported the World Scout Jamboree.


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


Our relationship with Australian Safeway begins.


Bill Montague introduces Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage to Australia.


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


Ray Montague, Bill’s third son, joins the business.


Natural waxing on apples is introduced.

Frank, Greg and Ray are appointed Directors of Montague.


Montague purchased 210 acres in Legana, Tasmania, to plant their first interstate orchard.


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 land to build Allansford Cold Storage facility.

Purchase Batlow Orchard, New South Wales.


Frank Montague passes away from a cancerous brain tumour.

Hamish Montague, Frank’s son, joins the business.


The next (third) generation of Montagues join the business- Hamish, Scott & Tim.


Harcourt Orchard in Victoria is purchased.


A.J Carters Pty Ltd wholesale market stand purchased in Queensland which became the catalyst for National Supply to Woolworths.

Intensive planting system established at Orchards, 250 trees per acre increases to 1,000 trees per acre.


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

Montague awarded Safeway Supplier of the Year – Best Fruit & Veg.

Montague Bros purchased Coldstorage facility Meaden St South Melbourne (Nov 98).


Bill Montague recognised by Australia Fresh Fruit Company as a legend of the industry (AFFCO).


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.

Ray Montague appointed to APAL Board (Serving 2003/2004).

Bilmont Orchard in Swan Hill, Victoria is purchased.

Exclusive JAZZ license agreement signed with Enza (28/4/18).

Marketing license signed with Sunworld International (23/5/2003).

Hamish Montague appointed Director AFCSAV (Orchardists and Fruit Coolstores Association of Victoria( (2003 – 2005).


Andrew Montague, Greg’s son, joins the business.

Hamish Montague appointed Director.

Hamish Montague appointed director of Australian Fresh Fruit Company (AFFCO) (2004 – 2006).


Stone fruit 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 JAZZ™ plantings commence at Batlow Orchard, New South Wales.

Michael Napthali (Chair) and Erik Sholtz appointed as independent board directors.


Sydney Warehouse purchased in Strathfield South, New South Wales.

Montague awarded Woolworth’s Supplier – Produce Category Winner.

Signed Exclusive Agreement with Heartland for eve™ (8/1/2007).


Greg Montague is tragically killed in a car accident.

Exclusive Bradford Licence Agreement signed for US Stonefruit varieties (3/12/08).

Exclusive Licence agreement with TEAK for Donut™ Peach Brand.

Ray Montague is appointed Managing Director of the Montague Group.


Montague awarded Woolworth’s Supplier of the Year – Produce Category Winner.

Signed Exclusive Agreement with PSB.

‘Target Zero’ rollout of company OH&S Program across the business.


Crystal Montague, Greg’s daughter, joins the business.

Montague sign agreement with Heartland for apple variety, eve™.


Montague finalists for Worksafe Awards in Health and Wellbeing category.

Montague refresh their company identity.

Scott Montague appointed as a director on APAL Board.

Hamish Montague appointed director Brismark.


Launch eve™ nationally in Coles Supermarkets.

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

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

Montague partnership with Secondbite began in July 2012 with first fruit donation.


Jarryd William Montague sadly passed 29th September.

Montague Fresh awarded Woolworths Fresh Supplier of the Year and Overall Supplier of the Year & Produce Category Winner in the same year.

Montague awarded exclusive marketing rights to new variety Ambrosia™ in Australia (5/06/20013).

Hamish Montague appointed director Fresh Markets Australia (FMA).


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 for new packing facility and community engagement facility.

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

December 2015 – Montague are awarded Woolworths  Supplier of the Year – Fruit.


May 2016 – Montague develops  Montague Cider House brand made from 100% Australian grown JAZZ™Apples and is awarded a Liquor Vendor number by Coles Liquor.

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.

Ray Montague appointed Chair of the International Pome Fruit Alliance (IPA).

Signed Exclusive agreement for Sweet Sensation Pear.


2017 Montague Fresh plant its first Kissabel® Red Flesh Apple 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.

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



June 2018

Montague Celebrated 70 years in business (Since 1948).

Stella Montague passed away peacefully, Tuesday the 8th of May Stella, a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Fondly remembered and respected by all.

Ray Montague awarded a lifetime achievement award for dedication to the Apple and Pear industry by APAL.

Montague Awarded Export of the Year by APAL.

Signed Exclusive Agreement for Sweetango™.


September 2019

Montague broke ground on the new packaging, export distribution centre and a community engagement centre in Narre Warren North.

September 2019

Montague Queensland opens its new world-class fresh produce facility within the Brisbane Markets.


Scott appointed Managing Director of Montague.

2019/2020 Bushfires.

COVID-19 Pandemic.


Opening of new packhouse facility and engagement centre at Narre Warren North.

Crystal and Andrew exit the business.

“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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