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 as an Australian apple grower harvesting fresh apples in a family orchard, we have spent 70 years growing a tight-knit community of hard-working individuals to expand from fruit production to cold storage facilitation and logistics.
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
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 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 third son, joins the business
Natural waxing on apples is introduced
Montague Orchards purchased land to plant their first interstate orchard with the total acquisition of Legana Orchard in Tasmania (June 30th) additional Blocks purchased 30th Nov 1993, 20th Dec 2002 & 29th October 2008.
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
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 which became the catalyst for National Supply to Woolworths.
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 awarded Safeway Supplier of the Year – Best Fruit & Veg
Montague Bros purchased Coldstorage facility Meaden St South Melbourne (Nov 98)
Bill Montague recognised on AFFCO Honour Board
Hamish Montague appointed as a Director
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 JazzTM Licence agreement signed with Enza (28/4/18)
Marketing Licence 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 AFFCO (2004 – 2006)
Stonefruit Grader installed at Narre Warren North site.
Hamish Montague, founding director (2005 – 2006)
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
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
Simmond’s Coolstores purchased at Legana, Tasmania
Lease Cold Storage facility at Keysborough
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 (25/11/09)
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
Hamish Montague founding director BuyFRuit Pty Ltd
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
Scott Montague appointed as a director on APAL Board (Nov 11 – May 15)
Hamish Montague appointed director Brismark
Launch EveTM nationally in Coles Supermarkets
Montague appointed sole Australian representative for IFORED, an international consortium for exclusive red fleshed apple breeds. (5/10/12)
Purchase land in Truganina, Victoria for future Cold Storage facility
Montague awarded exclusive marketing rights to new variety Smitten™ in Australia (13/09/12)
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 Head Office staff relocated to new office location in Mt Waverley, Victoria
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 (7/6/2016)
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.
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
Staff at Mount Waverley move back to spiritual home Narre Warren North.
Signed Exclusive Agreement for Sweetango™
Montague Cold Storage exit West Melbourne (31st March)
Montague broke ground on the new packaging and export distribution centre in Narre Warren North. The new world class facility will facilitate the introduction of a range of products onto the Australian domestic market and the growth of exports into key Asian markets. The new facility will also have a community engagement centre that will feature a café, retail store, bike rental facilities and pick your own orchard.
Montague Queensland opens its new world class fresh produce facility within the Brisbane Markets under Hamish Montague’s leadership. The new facility can manage end-to-end logistics and distribution using the latest environmentally-friendly refrigeration technology that allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality fresh produce every time to our customers in Queensland.
“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”