Wyke Farms Ltd is a family run company based in the heart of the Somerset cheddar-making region. The art of traditional cheese making will never be lost on the Somerset farm where the Clothier family have been making cheddar in Somerset since 1861.Today, Wyke Farms is one of the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK producing over 13000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 150-year-old recipe.
Renowned Nigel Passes the Cheese Iron to Diane Cox
Bruton, Somerset, 4th October 2016 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and producers of renewable energy, today announce the appointment of Diane Cox as official ‘Technical Director’ in charge of Cheese and Butter Grading.
After grading approximately 520 million packs of cheese and butter in his lifetime, Nigel “the Nose” Pooley is announcing his (and his £5m nose) retirement and is handing the cheese iron over to Cox. Famed for his valuable assets in 2009 when his nose was estimated to be worth £5 million to the company, by way of insurance, Nigel has been training Diane for over 10 years in order that she can replace him.
From a Somerset pre-school farm girl to a successful female cheese grader, Cox will step into the role as official Wyke Farms cheese grader starting immediately. Her responsibilities include selecting the Wyke Farms cheese and butter only when it has matured to perfection making sure the flavor is consistent throughout the 15,000 tonnes produced every year. Cox will report direct to Rich Clothier, third generation family member and Managing Director.
Cox brings with her a wealth of experience from her past ten years at Wyke Farms, working her way up from Site Technical Manager to Group Technical Manager, where she worked directly with Nigel and Tom Clothier, grading and selecting cheese for all customers. Before that she worked for 20 years in technical, production and planning roles with butters, cultured products and skimmed milk.
“This is a big transition for Wyke Farms. Replacing Nigel is no easy task,” stated Rich Clothier, third generation family member and Managing Director. “Diane’s background is a great fit for this role and I have no doubt she will continue to make sure our cheese and butters are of the consistent high quality our consumers demand. She has been part of the family for some time now, we are delighted with her promotion.”
The company are in talks with insurance companies to protect Diane’s nose /sense of smell and plan to secure a policy covering her assets for up to £5 million pounds.
Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain selling over 15,000 tonnes annually.
Wyke Farms have over 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.