Definition of creamery in US English:



  • 1A place where butter and cheese are produced.

    • ‘They opened a creamery and the craft of cheese-making was taught to the local girls.’
    • ‘The year 1896 is claimed to be the first time that this creamery started up butter making.’
    • ‘The Achonry creamery, located between Tubbercurry and Sligo, has been producing butter for the past 107 years and is somewhat of a landmark in the area.’
    • ‘The real privilege for us is that people actually came to the creamery and saw what the creamery is all about.’
    • ‘They have already phased out Waterford creamery butter.’
    • ‘It attracted nearly 5,000 party goers who witnessed the creamery's cheese curd toss and sampled products.’
    • ‘Catering professionals from across the country were invited to share their favourite cheese recipes, using Bladen Cheese, which produces cheese from four award-winning creameries in England and Scotland.’
    • ‘Not only that, I am just round the corner from one of the two creameries on the island.’
    • ‘The Hawes creamery says the animated duo's first feature film has helped protect the livelihoods of the 200 local people employed at the creamery and the 34 dairy farmers in the area.’
    • ‘Finally, they worked alongside a contractor, plumber and electrician to draw up plans for the new facility, including a store and a creamery.’
    • ‘There was never any question of it selling the creamery to a competitor, he added.’
    • ‘The creamery employs 169 people and was sold to the Solarus Group by McCains some years ago.’
    • ‘Staff from the Hawes-based creamery are helping to organise the Cheese Show.’
    • ‘When the coop went shopping for equipment for the creamery six years ago, he notes, they bought two so they'd have a spare.’
    • ‘With $2.1 billion in annual sales, including joint ventures, it has grown from an alliance of rural Illinois creameries to one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the United States.’
    • ‘The company operates eight dairies, two creameries, two glass bottling sites and 15 distribution centres.’
    • ‘The farm was the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi, and the creamery was the first wholly organic dairy processing plant in the United States.’
    • ‘The creamery sold butter and sweetened condensed milk to Safeway's Southern California division until 1929, when the grocer acquired it and made Lucerne its dairy label.’
    • ‘The creameries and cheese makers could be independent businesses or cooperatively owned by dairy farmers.’
    • ‘Once the cows’ milk leaves the dairy farm, it goes to a creamery, where water is used to process the milk and wash out the cartons or bottles.’
    1. 1.1dated A shop where dairy products are sold.
      • ‘There were some emotional feelings around Achonry last week as the shutters came down for the last time on the grocery and sweet shop at Achonry creamery.’
      • ‘The relentless demise of small farmers who brought their milk to the crossroad creameries, now replaced by bulk collection from increasingly larger farms, has led to the closure of the creamery stores.’
      • ‘In addition there is no creamery, no bakery and no chemist shop, he said.’
      • ‘Commerce, starting with an ice house, creamery and blacksmith shop, expanded to auto dealers, retail stores, and shopping centers.’
      • ‘Rural areas have suffered the loss of creameries, stores, shops, post offices and even schools.’


Mid 19th century: from cream, on the pattern of French crémerie.