Bellevue Orchard P/L
Bellevue Orchard Pty Ltd, incorporating Bellevue Orchard and Summer Snow, is a third generation family business run by brothers Joe and Robert Russo and cousins Bernadette (Joe’s daughter) and Nick (Robert’s son).
The company operates an apple and pear orchard in Melbourne’s South East covering two sites – 17 hectares at Officer and 2 hectares in Pakenham Upper, producing some 760 tonnes of fruit. Nine different varieties of apples and pears are grown, stored, packed and wholesaled at the Melbourne Market or sold through Victoria’s major packing houses.
When a devastating hail storm hit the orchard in1998, wiping out the entire crop just weeks before harvesting, a small fruit juice processing plant was immediately installed on-site to process the damaged fruit into juice. Incrementally upgraded over the last 17 years the plant today processes approximately 50 tonnes of apples a day into 130,000 litres of apple juice per week representing approximately 30% of the Australian apple juice market.
Variety Specific Apple Juice (in 300ml, 2 litre and 10litre formats totalling 13 SKU’s)
Apple Juice for brewing Apple Cider
Bulk Juice for other major Australian Juice Labels (bespoke production)
Organic Apple Juice produced under contract for other juice companies
Apple Cider Vinegar for stock feed (a by-product of juice production previously waste product)
Contract Ice Tea production and packaging (totalling 3 SKU’s)
Officer VIC 3809