Where we Began
Madness, we thought. That here in New Zealand, a country which doubles as any self-respecting dairy cow’s dream home with its endless rolling green hills, we were importing butters all the way from…Europe!
Absolute madness. Surely the country making the world’s best dairy produce, had to be the one given the greatest head-start by mother nature. So we quietly set about restoring natural order to the world, bought ourselves an Italian butter churn and set it up in a converted shipping container. And from that shipping container, in Lewis Road, in the Bay of Plenty, we began our quest to make the world’s very best dairy. Madness, they said. Absolute madness.
In the picture above, you will have noticed that our shipping container was decorated with the architectural drawing of a planned butter plant. We never did get to build it as events somewhat overtook us! While our journey started with butter, we soon realised that other dairy products, milk most particularly, were also in need of attention. Again, why should New Zealanders not have access to permeate free milk, or old fashioned non-homogenised milk, or real double cream for example?
We quickly found that there were passionate producers willing to work with us, to bring those products to market. And so Lewis Road Creamery grew as producers of dairy the way it should be, not as manufacturers. That has meant that we are free to look to new opportunities to create products New Zealand can be proud of, rather than focus on what we are able to manufacture.
The difference might appear subtle but the implications are significant. We are free to choose, work with, encourage and reward partners, so that our growth benefits many. Without over-egging it, we think this way of working is a real blueprint for the next generation of companies in the primary sector. And our ability to keep growing is limited only by our imagination.
To find out more about our producers, click here
Full of Ideas
Our office isn’t built around a boardroom table or a reception desk. Its main feature is its kitchen. There you’ll find there’s always some new idea simmering away on the stove, or being whisked together on the bench. And if it’s good enough, one day that same idea will make it onto your kitchen bench as well.
If you’d like to be part of the Lewis Road Creamery kitchen, you can. Our door is always open, and our headquarters are located in the heart of the Auckland CBD. From time to time we share new products and initiatives by inviting our Roadie friends in for their honest feedback (don’t worry, we can take it) to make sure they meet your high standards, as well as ours.
It’s a funny old world isn’t it? Sometimes progress isn’t progress at all. Instead of making things better, it makes them an imitation of what they once were.
At Lewis Road Creamery we’ve found some of our greatest innovations have been by going back, way back, to how things were done before compromise crept in. We don’t ask how to make something cheaper, or how to produce as much of it as possible, we only ask ourselves this: How can we make it as it should be? That one simple question is the driving force behind every single thing we do, from the people we hire to the packaging we use. Because real progress for us, is what it should be for everyone; making things better.