Montague, one of Australia's largest fruit growers, has opened a new, environmentally sustainable packing and distribution facility at Narre Warren North. The 53,200 m2 fruit processing facility is part of a $54 million development. The facility will use state-of-the-art grading technology, with three grading systems in place.
Montague exports to Asia, Europe and North America. "As leaders of our industry, we continue to explore innovative ways to ensure sustainable operations in our business practices," Montague Chief Innovation Officer Rowan Little said. "Through this we can continue to deliver better quality and consistent fruit to our consumers."
According to stockandland.com.au¸ the plant's stone fruit grader began operation in mid-January 2021, and all apple production lines have been fully operational from mid-March 2021, in time for next year's season. The site will see Montague's stone fruit packing capacity increase by 166 per cent, bringing in 58.3 million pieces of stone fruit each season. Montague's annual apple packing capacity will increase by 75pc, delivering 227 million apples a year.