Grower Profiles - Ardrossan Batlow Apples

Ardrossan Batlow Apples

Ardrossan Batlow Apples is a premium brand of apples that was established in the 1960s in Batlow, NSW, a small rural town whose main industry is the production of apples. The orchards were first purchased by David Cathels and are now run by David’s son Ian Cathels. The family owns three orchards; “Ardrossan”, “Woodburn” and “Gocup” that together span over 100 hectares of planted land, and a large packing facility that annually packs around 22,000 bins of fruit or 8 million kilos of apples each year, from our own orchards and from up to 20 other growers in the region.

The fruit that is packed under the Ardrossan Batlow Apples brand name is grown in Batlow, in the pristine environment of the Snowy Mountains, NSW. The local climate and soil rich in nutrients produce apples of excellent size, colour and taste and because of this the Batlow region has become famous for producing Australia’s premiere apples with a brand that is highly sought after by consumers.

History

Ian Cathels runs the orchards, where he also lives with his young family, with the help of a manager for each orchard, all of whom take great pride in their role and work closely together as friends. They are constantly evolving and developing their growing practices to ensure they are producing the best quality and best tasting fruit possible. Ian himself is a leading agronomist in his field and uses innovative orchard and canopy management techniques.

Ian employs around 50 – 100 staff in the orchards and in the packing shed. The packing shed is located on the “Woodburn” orchard and has expansive cool storage facilities and operates on a large and efficient scale. Fruit is packed every week of the year, processing around 8,000 tonnes of apples per annum.

Ian’s apples are some of the best apples available, they are juicy, sweet and crisp and the quality of fruit is continually monitored and controlled to maintain the high standard Ardrossan Batlow Apples is known for.