Our History

Year Event
1948

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

1950

Bill plants his first orchard at Narre Warren North, Victoria

1958

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

1965

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

1966

Our relationship with Australian Safeway begins

1967

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

1968

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

1972

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

1977

Natural waxing on apples is introduced

1983

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

1984

Wholesale stand at Flemington Market, New South Wales is purchased

1987

New packing shed opened at Narre Warren North Site

1988

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

1989

Purchase of Allansford Cold Storage facility

Purchase Batlow Orchard, New South Wales

1992

Montague lease first Cold Storage facility at Port Melbourne, Victoria

1993

Frank Montague passes away from a cancerous brain tumour

Hamish Montague, Frank’s son, joins the business

1994

Harcourt Orchard in Victoria is purchased

1995

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

Tatura trellis intensive planting system established at Orchards

1996

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

1997

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

2002

Montague Cold Storage purchase Cold Storage site in Tullamarine, Victoria

Montague Cold Storage lease facility at West Melbourne, Victoria

2003

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

Bilmont Orchard in Swan Hill, Victoria is purchased

Exclusive JazzTM Licence agreement signed with Enza

2004

Andrew Montague, Greg’s son, joins the business

2005

Stonefruit Grader installed at Narre Warren North site.

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2014

Montague Fresh becomes a Grocery Vendor for Woolworths

2015

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

2016

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

2016

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

2016

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