BRISBANE, 20 September 2019 – In an ongoing commitment to provide only the highest quality of fresh produce to consumers, Montague, Australia’s leading fresh produce company, has today officially opened a world-class produce facility and packing facility at the Brisbane Markets site in Rocklea, Queensland.
The state-of-the-art 5,578m2 facility is Australia’s first fully-automated, temperature-controlled environment, complete with a 24/7 monitored cold storage space and ripening rooms equipped with the latest European tarpless technology. The specialised equipment introduced in the facility, ensures the reduction of ethylene and airborne pathogens.
The facility was officially opened by Montague founder Bill Montague, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and plaque presentation held in the bustling Brisbane Markets, with speeches from Montague General Manager of Queensland Hamish Montague, Brisbane Markets Limited Chairman Tony Joseph, and Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, The Honourable Mark Furner.
“We are excited to see this energy-efficient facility reach completion. Not only will this centre manage end-to-end logistics and distribution capabilities, but our latest environmentally-friendly refrigeration technology will allow us to continue to deliver the highest quality fresh produce every time to our customers in Queensland.” said Hamish Montague.
The Hon. Mark Furner said - “We are delighted to see the launch of the new C1 Facility in the Brisbane Markets. The new facility will help support local growers and businesses maintain the quality of fresh produce to the wider community, as well as become an important resource for horticultural farmers in Queensland”
Brisbane Markets Limited Chairman, Tony Joseph said - “We worked very closely with Montague to deliver the purpose-built facility, which was designed with their specific business needs in mind and the result is an achievement we are justifiably proud of.”
The storage facility marks a substantial increase on the 1,000 pallets that Montague previously accommodated across its two Brisbane warehouses. It’s estimated that this advancement will be a catalyst in Montague’s expected growth over the next twenty years.
Montague is a family-owned business whose history stretches back three generations. Founded by William (Bill) Montague (OAM) in 1948, Montague is now run by Bill’s son Ray and grandchildren Hamish, Scott, Tim, Crystal and Andrew, and is today focused on serving the Australian food industry. Montague activities include fruit production and packing, food sales and marketing and the provision of storage and logistics services.
Montague have established themselves as leaders in the fresh fruit industry through a history and series of innovative programs and developments influenced by International partners and a passion for high quality fresh fruit production.