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Wyke Farms is a family run company based in Somerset and are the only independent dairy company within the top 10 cheddar brands in the UK. The company has been making cheddar to the same family recipe since 1861 and have achieved substantial growth year on year by staying true to the traditional values behind the brand.

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  • Today, Wyke Farms is the largest independent cheese maker and milk processor in the UK producing over 14,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 100-year-old recipe.
  • The Wyke Farms brand is the 3rd largest brand in the Cheddar category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands with retail sales of over £80million with double digit growth for the last five years.
  • Wyke remains a truly traditional family business. Ivy’s grandsons Richard and Tom now run the cheese making operations with their father John, whilst her other two Grandsons David and Roger run the family dairy farming operations. The four grandchildren share Ivy’s passion for cheese making where flavour, texture and taste are paramount. They believe that this attention to detail is the reason that their cheese has won more awards at national cheese shows than any other.

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02 Oct 2012

Wyke Farms announce further increase in milk price, this time by 0.75ppl

Somerset based Wyke Farms offer positive news to local farmers under pressure

Somerset, UK 19th 2012: - Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, have today announced a milk price increase of 0.75ppl to be added to their milk price, effective from 1st November 2012.

The increase from Wyke Farms is in addition to the 0.5ppl increase in October meaning an overall Autumn rise of 1.25ppl. This maintains Wyke Farms’ position near the top of the league table and will be the highest milk price paid for cheese.  The company is committed to helping their suppliers and will continue to review prices every month.

The continued support for farmers from Wyke Farms is in response to the challenging environment created by extreme weather over the summer months. The company, whose farming side of the business has also suffered from the effects of the extraordinary weather, has shared concerns with local farmers regarding the quality and yield of crops.  The farming team at Wyke Farms is also working through these challenges on their own farms and they are asking their cheese customers to recognize the importance of the supplement.

Richard Clothier, third generation family member & Managing Director, Wyke Farms said, “Managing the winter months will be challenging with variable silage quality and increasing costs of alternative feeds.  Milk production will undoubtedly suffer so we are determined to support our supplying farmers in every way we can.”  He continues:If our industry doesn’t recognize this threat and work together to increase farm prices then milk will be even shorter next year.  There are farmers that still do not have feed cover for the back end of winter and if we get a late spring next year our industry could be in crisis”. 

Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become the largest family-owned cheese maker in Britain selling over 14,000 tonnes annually. The company have achieved substantial growth year on year by staying true to the traditional values behind the brand and have become the fastest growing cheddar brand at a rate of 10% every year for the past five years.

Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.

The Wyke Farms products are available nationwide and can be found in Asda, Co-op, Makro, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Waitrose.

 

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