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.
Wyke Farms and Good Energy partnership puts food and energy provenance in the spotlight
Bruton, Somerset, 17th February 2017 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and generators of renewable energy, today announce a national partnership with Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity and green gas company.
Going live on February 17th 2017 Wyke Farms will be hosting an ‘on-pack’ competition with Good Energy for 20 weeks, giving consumers the opportunity to win one of several prizes. The main prize is a lifetime supply of renewable electricity ( value £22k), as well as 20 x ‘one year supply’ (capped at £550 per year each) and 50 Somerset produce hampers, worth £50 each. The competition will appear on all Wyke Farms Cheddar packs, across the core range of Mature, Extra Mature and Vintage.
Both brands share a passion for food and energy provenance and, through this partnership, hope to increase consumer understanding of the environmental consequences of their consumption choices, be it for food or energy. With over 50% of UK food coming from a foreign country, Wyke Farms’ are proud to tell their farm to fork story. The Clothier family have been making award winning cheddar from their traditional family recipe, in the heart of Somerset, for over 155 years, with all of their milk coming from their family farm or other local family farms and British Red Tractor farms.
Meanwhile, Good Energy, the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity supplier, is keen to educate consumers about where our energy actually comes from. Their research shows that over 60% of power used to generate electricity is imported from abroad, travelling on average up to 2,500 miles before it reaches the UK. All of the electricity Good Energy supplies to the National Grid is sourced from UK renewable sources like wind and solar, as well as biofuels generated from food waste at Wyke Farms.
An inspiring partnership, Wyke Farms and Good Energy are both leaders in sustainability; Juliet Davenport, CEO & founder of Good Energy, comments: “We are two very like-minded businesses so it’s great to be working together. Using food waste to generate renewable energy is a great example of a sustainable business in action, and we’re proud to say that some of this unique power makes up part of our electricity.”
Rich Clothier, 3rd generation family member and Managing Director, Wyke Farms comments: “The prize offering of our competition has the humble cow at the very heart of it; firstly, by supplying the milk to make the cheese and then to create the waste that generates the power, which will be supplied by Good Energy to fulfill the prize. It’s working with nature at its very best.”
Wyke Farms and Good Energy are happy to be working in collaboration to create a cleaner, greener future. Because as well as making award winning cheddar, Wyke Farms put sustainability at the heart of everything they do, closely aligned to Good Energy’s mission to protect the environment and help combat climate change.
The Wyke Farms products are available nationwide and can be found in Asda, Co-op, Makro, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Waitrose. Good Energy sells 100% renewable electricity and green gas to thousands of homes and business around the UK via the National Grid.
For more information on the competition, visit www.wykefarms.com/goodenergy
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