History

2001

2001

After the decline of the local banana industry, members of the Coffs Coast Sikh community formulate the partnership Oz Berries, beginning with 4 grower families.

2004

2004

Oz Berries grows to over 18 growers

2006

2006

Oz Berries purchases its first purpose-built packing facility in Woolgoolga, employing over 100 staff during peak season

2009

2009

The company continues to grow, producing over 600 tonnes of blueberries

2013

2013

Oz Group Co-operative forms, allowing growers to concentrate on farming practices and allowing professionals to take over in production, accounts, marketing and distribution

2015

2015

Oz Group opens a new packhouse in Isles Drive, Coffs Harbour: allowing for greater production and more automated technologies.

Oz Group partners with Driscoll’s, ensuring a steady supply of berries for Australian supermarkets

2016

2016

Oz Group opens its rural store in Woolgoolga to cater for farmer supply needs on the Coffs Coast

Oz Group introduces raspberries and blackberries to its farming and distribution

2017

2017

Oz Group becomes the biggest blueberry supplier in Australia, producing 37 million punnets of blueberries, 1.1 million punnets of raspberries, and 202 thousand punnets of blackberries in the 2017/2018 financial year

2018

2018

Brett Kelly joins Oz Group as its CEO.

Oz Group continues its passion in sustainability and farming practices through the expansion of its agronomy team.

Oz Group comprises of over 150 growers from the region and hires over 25 permanent employees. During peak season, Oz Group employs over 100 seasonal staff in their packhouse

Our Board

Information on our board members is coming soon…

Our Partners

Driscoll’s

In 1904, Driscoll’s began with its first strawberry patch in California, USA grown by friends Joseph ‘Ed’ Reiter and R.O. Driscoll. Over the years, their strawberry business grew and began to include other berries.

In 2010, the Driscoll’s name arrived in Australia and now has farms in 9 regions across the country.

Australian Blueberry Growers Association

The Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association is the representative association of blueberry growers formed in the mid 1970’s in order to consolidate and progress the Australian industry. One main goal of the association is to ensure an Australian blueberry industry that produces quality fruit and is profitable and environmentally sustainable. The market is expanding worldwide due to the recognition of the blueberry’s great flavour and health benefits.

Mountain Blue

Mountain Blue is a family owned and operated company, established in 1978, that produce the highest quality blueberry fruit and genetics, along with an extensive nursery and marketing service.

Proud sponsors of the following events

Blues and Berries is a celebration of the rich agricultural history within our local region and awesome Blues music.

Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches has been known for decades for its plantation crops and increasingly in recent years, blueberry farming. Our area is widely known as the ‘Berry Capital of Australia’ and as such Blues & Berries will recognise and instil pride in this title.

Bring a chair, a picnic rug and get set to eat some amazing food and listen to the sounds of the Blues music with our awesome beach as the backdrop.

Curryfest, now in its 13th year, attracts more than 15,000 people from right across the country and the globe to the picturesque beachside town of Woolgoolga in NSW. Food, Culture, Dance and Music.

World-class entertainment, hundreds of market stalls and fun for the whole family. A Destination NSW Flagship Event, Curryfest is a celebration of culture, diversity and community.

A not-for-profit community festival, Curryfest brings together the local businesses and community groups to boost tourism and benefit community projects.