John Owen Roberts had a vision. His vision was to see dairy farmers working together to enable them to get a better price for their milk. That vision was back in 1938 and signified the launch of South Caernarfon Creameries. Now, many years on, we remain one of Wales' leading farmer-owned dairy co-operative, processing 80 million litres of milk each year for our award-winning dairy and cheese range. We no longer collect milk in churns like they did back in 1938; nowadays it's collected using our fleet of tankers who visit farms seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Membership in 1938 was a tentative 63 producer members. Today, membership has swelled to around 125 member farmers, located from North Wales to Mid Wales; and the creamery has remained on its original site near Chwilog on the picturesque Llŷn Peninsula and Eifionydd.
South Caernarfon Creameries has a long tradition of making cheeses. The site began cheese production in 1959 and today produces 6,500 tonnes of cheese each year, using in excess of 80 million litres of milk. Unlike some of the larger, more modern creameries, we still use traditional production methods; our 'How its made' tour explains more.