Nestled in the pristine alpine environments of Batlow, and nearby Tumut, are four large apple orchards owned and operated by the Cathels family.
Since David Cathels, Founder, purchased the first orchard in 1956 the Ardrossan Orchards brand has grown into a hallmark of premium quality Batlow-grown apples. Since its establishment Ardrossan Orchards has grown to encompass four sprawling orchards that span the hills of Batlow and a large packing facility at the heart of the operation that employs upward of 100 people from the local community.
With an environment ideal for growing apples Ardrossan Orchards and the family-led team have become leaders in fruit production in NSW and Australia.
Today Ardrossan Orchards is managed by Ian Cathels, David’s second son, with the assistance of a dedicated team of staff. Ian and the team are constantly re-planting and updating orchards with the latest orchard management techniques, with a focusing on increasing yields and a consistently high quality of fruit.
As a vertically integrated company, The N&A Group benefits from first-hand input into the apple production process resulting fruit that is tailored to suit all our customers’ requirements.
Warm sun-baked days and cool frosty nights. That’s the reason why our apples taste so good.
Our apples are full of natural goodness because they are picked from trees that grow in Batlow’s mineral-rich basaltic soil.
Batlow is one of the few fruit growing regions in Australia that benefits from the perfect combination of climate, elevation and weather.
For over 60 years, the Cathels family have managed the N&A Group. Today, Rob directs the business within Sydney Markets to ensure the needs of customers are met, while Ian works at the farm in Batlow overseeing the orchard’s operations. Rob and Ian have carefully selected an experienced team who manage the integrated divisions of The N&A Group.
Each division, and orchard, has its own general manager who shares Rob and Ian’s same high standards and sense of pride in their profession. But the backbone of The N&A Group are our local team in Batlow who tend to the orchards and man the packing facilities. Some of whom have been with us for over 20 years.