Timeline of Growth

  • 1948

    1948

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

  • 1950

    1950

    Bill plants his first orchard at Narre Warren North, Victoria

  • 1958

    1958

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

  • 1965

    1965

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

  • 1966

    1966

    Our relationship with Australian Safeway begins

  • 1967

    1967

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

  • 1968

    1968

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

  • 1972

    1972

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

  • 1977

    1977

    Natural waxing on apples is introduced

  • 1983

    1983

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

  • 1984

    1984

    Wholesale stand at Flemington Market, New South Wales is purchased

  • 1987

    1987

    New packing shed opened at Narre Warren North Site

  • 1988

    1988

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

  • 1989

    1989

    Purchase of Allansford Cold Storage facility

    Purchase Batlow Orchard, New South Wales

  • 1992

    1992

    Montague lease first Cold Storage facility at Port Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1993

    1993

    Frank Montague passes away from a cancerous brain tumour

    Hamish Montague, Frank’s son, joins the business

  • 1994

    1994

    Harcourt Orchard in Victoria is purchased

  • 1995

    1995

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

    Tatura trellis intensive planting system established at Orchards

  • 1996

    1996

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

  • 1997

    1997

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

  • 2002

    2002

    Montague Cold Storage purchase Cold Storage site in Tullamarine, Victoria

    Montague Cold Storage lease facility at West Melbourne, Victoria

  • 2003

    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

    2004

    Andrew Montague, Greg’s son, joins the business

  • 2005

    2005

    Stonefruit Grader installed at Narre Warren North site.

  • 2006

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    2014

    Montague Fresh becomes a Grocery Vendor for Woolworths

  • 2015

    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

    2016

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

  • 2016

    2016

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

  • 2016

    2016

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