Innovation the family way at Montague

When Bill Montague planted Jonathan, Statesmen and Stewart Seedling apples in 1950 little could he have foreseen that almost 70 years later his one-man-band would have become a thriving operation marketing in excess of 58,000 tonnes of fruit a year and a byword for industry innovation and excellence. Like those first apple trees planted in [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Branding, Profile, Varieties and rootstock, Victoria|

Investing in international employees

In a smart move to mitigate risk and ensure a diversity of labour sources in a tightening labour market, General Manager Craig Boyce and his wife and staff trainer Anne have been successfully recruiting and employing workers, other than backpackers, from overseas to work in the orchards and packing shed. Craig started working [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Labour / employment, Profile, Queensland|

Award winning passion for the industry

Mel Ware is passionate about the apple and pear industry, she is also committed to promoting the valuable work of Australian growers on a regular basis. Mel’s drive and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed, with her receiving the 2016 National Awards for Excellence Rising Star Award. Created with flickr slideshow.   Mel, 29, is the Orchard [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Profile, South Australia|

Robot-ready 2D orchards

Mark Trzaskoma, the Production Manager at Battunga Orchards, Victoria, is APAL’s 2016 Grower of the Year and has been transforming the orchard’s blocks in the aim to make them all two dimensional and robot-ready.    Mark has been working at Battunga Orchards for 12 years and received the 2016 Grower of the Year award for [...]

Picking platforms with Jason Shields

With two platforms in operation and another two on order, Plunkett Orchards are reaping the benefits of mechanisation on their orchards. APAL met with Orchard Manager Jason Shields to see the platforms in operation and learn more about them.  Plunkett Orchards in Victoria is a large apple and pear grower, based in the Goulburn Valley. They produce around 12,000 bins of apples every year including Pink [...]

By |April 5th, 2016|Machinery and mechanisation, Profile, Victoria|

A growing future

By Richelle Zealley Study has opened Thomas Griggs' mind to the opportunities the horticulture industry can bring, he hopes to develop the skills to one day manage his own orchard. Born to an apple-growing family and working at Hansen Orchards in Tasmania got Thomas Griggs interested in the apple industry, but it was his [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Profile, Tasmania|

Netting, your best insurance

By Sophie Clayton Hail is the number one enemy of NSW apple growers The Westcastle Partnership, but with a long term plan and some recent help from the NSW State Government, they have now netted most of their orchard.    Around 80 per cent of orchards around Orange are now netted with either structured or drape netting. Devastating hailstorms have once [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|Netting, hail and sunburn, NSW-ACT, Profile|

Tassie Tigers roar into Asia

Andrew and Leeanne Scott of Scott Brothers in Tasmania have been doing their fair share of increasing Australia’s apple exports by sending shipments of their very own Tasmanian Tiger Fuji apples to Asia. Andrew Scott and his wife Leeanne walking through their orchard of Tasmanian Tiger Fuji apple trees in Geeveston, Tasmania. Exports [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Exporter profiles, Exporting, Profile, Tasmania|

Invest in energy efficiency, better than money in the bank

After an energy audit of his business, apple grower and packer Ian Cathels of Ardrossan Batlow Apples, NSW, has implemented some energy-saving measures that have significantly reduced his electricity costs. Last year, KMH Environmental conducted energy audits in 30 fruit production businesses across Australia as part of APAL’s Watts in Your Business program to identify [...]

By |November 2nd, 2015|NSW-ACT, Profile, Saving energy|

Winning orchardist launches into Rockit™

With a relatively small orchard, but a practical and smart approach to expansion; engagement in research trials; business diversification; enthusiasm for new varieties; and an open attitude to learning and sharing, it’s clear why South Australian orchardist Joel Brockhoff was chosen for the APAL 2015 Young Grower of the Year award. Apples were first planted [...]

By |September 30th, 2015|Profile, South Australia|