Since our founder, David Cathels, first purchased “Ardrossan” in 1967, we’ve grown our operations in Batlow to encompass five orchards.
In 2022, we formed a partnership with the DeMaio family to bring Sunland Fresh Fruit into our Group. Sunland Fresh Fruit is a premium stonefruit producer located on the banks of the Murray River in Cobram and Barooga.
Ardrossan Orchards

Since its establishment in 1967 Ardrossan Orchards has grown to encompass five meandering orchards that envelop the hills of Batlow.

Plunkett Orchards

Plunkett Orchards provides premium apples and pears from their orchards in Ardmona. We also partner with Plunkett in a purpose-built facility where all of our Batlow-grown fruit is packed.


Since acquiring Sunland Fresh Fruit, we are now working alongside the DeMaio Family to produce premium stonefruit, apples, pears, citrus, and persimmons from our orchards in Cobram and Barooga.

Top Pack

Our partners, the Tosoni Family, have been growing premium quality mangoes from their orchards in Dimbulah, Queensland for over 40 years.


In 2023 we established the boutique brand AvoCoast, in partnership with premium, family-owned Avocado growers in the NSW Mid-North Coast region. Under the AvoCoast brand, N&A Group sustainably source, pack and distribute premium Avocados across the domestic and international market.

Our Story
Nestled in pristine environments through Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, our orchards and established network of Australia’s best growers enable us to deliver quality fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year.

Since our Founder, David Cathels, purchased our first orchard in 1967, the Ardrossan Orchards brand has grown into a hallmark of premium quality Batlow-grown apples. Ardrossan Orchards now encompasses five locations along the hillsides of Batlow.

With the acquisition of Sunland Fresh Fruit, we now grow premium stonefruit, apples, citrus, cherries and persimmons from our orchards in Cobram and Barooga, and our partnership with the Tosoni Family in Queensland delivers the finest mangoes in Australia.

From our grower’s orchards on the pristine NSW Mid-North Coast we supply premium Australian grown Hass avocados, packed under our brand AvoCoast. Each orchard provides the perfect environment for growing fresh produce. And the breadth of our locations enables N&A to be a year-round supplier.

Today, The N&A Group is managed by Rob and Ian Cathels, David’s two sons, with the assistance of a dedicated and experienced team.
Most importantly, our partnerships with the DeMaio family at Sunland Fresh Fruit, Plunkett family in Shepparton, Tosoni family in Dimbulah and Murray Family in Telegraph Point are key to the success of our operations.

The Team

For over 60 years, the Cathels family have managed the N&A Group. Today, Rob directs distribution and logistics from our HQ at Orchard Hills, while Ian works the farms and orchards around Batlow and our packaging facilities in Shepparton.

Rob and Ian have carefully selected an experienced team who manage the vertically integrated operations and partnerships within The N&A Group. Each orchard and operation has its own general manager who shares the Cathels family’s high standards and sense of pride in their profession.

Even though the N&A Group is a growing business, our heart and soul is still on our own farms and those of our grower partners all over the country.

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