Brian grew up on a citrus farm in the Hills District and managed his parent's farm from a young age. His Central Coast story started when he purchased a Mangrove Mountain citrus farm in 1965. Back then, he sold oranges and lemons through an agent and to fresh juice manufacturers in Sydney, Gosford and Parramatta.
Many juicing factories closed after the influx of cheaper concentrate. Consumers also started to favour unblemished fruit at the markets. Brian explained the impact of this on the local Central Coast growers. 'Our local oranges are absolutely delicious but they're not always pretty! Once buyers started favouring appearance over taste, it became more difficult to sell our fruit at the markets.'