Happy birthday, Creamline! Celebrating 75 years of supporting local
This week marks an incredibly special date in Creamline’s history, as we celebrate 75 years since we began to support our local Manchester communities with milk deliveries.
On 21 June 1945, Industrial Milk Supplies Limited (as Creamline was known then) was born, founded by Peter Roe to supply businesses in Trafford Park and Worsley with milk. We’ve certainly seen a lot of early Manchester mornings since then!
Recognising the potential in the growing doorstep delivery market, Peter began canvassing furiously and for many years Creamline was a successful doorstep delivery company. In 1994 Peter decided to sell the business to Anthony Swallow, who saw it as a great opportunity to get back into a local service he was passionate about, and to involve the next generation. Anthony is now chairman of Creamline Dairies, and his son Chris Swallow and son-in-law Rob Purvis, run the business you see today, as joint Managing Directors.
It’s incredible to think that we started our journey by horse and cart three years before the first modern computer was designed and built here in Manchester, and some 75 years later our customers can now order their milk and a vast range of other Daily Essentials and Best of Local produce at the click of a button or tap of a finger!
From the first episode of Coronation Street, to the birth of Factory Records, the opening of the infamous Hacienda, launch of the iconic Metrolink and hosting of the Commonwealth Games, we’ve been there for so many of Manchester’s moments over the decades.
Although much has changed since we delivered our first pint of milk, one thing has remained the same: our Manchester communities still mean the world to us.
To all our customers, colleagues, suppliers and producers: thank you for being part of our story so far. We can’t wait to find out what the next 75 years brings!