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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.

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  • Wyke Farms is one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, producing over 13,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning recipe.
  • 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.
  • The Wyke Farms brand is the 4th largest brand in the Cheddar category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands with retail sales of over £60 million.
  • 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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06 Jun 2013

Wyke Farms Brings Home Gold at The Royal Bath & West and Devon County Shows

More awards for Wyke Farms in what looks like a vintage year for their Cheddar

Somerset, UK – 6th June 2013 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, was the recipient of 15 awards and accolades at the Devon County Show and the Royal Bath & West Show, adding to its fast growing collection of awards.

Surpassing the number of awards won in previous years at the Bath & West Show, the Somerset based company received 9 accolades in total, with Gold in the following categories: Block Vintage Cheddar, Unsalted Creamery Butter and Salted Butter. Additionally it won The Black Diamond Challenge Trophy for its Vintage Cheddar and The Champion Butter in the Show Trophy for its Salted Butter.

In addition, Wyke Farms also received the following Silver and Bronze accolades in the following categories:

–       People’s Choice Cheese – Silver (for its Vintage Cheddar)

–       People’s Choice Cheese – Organic Vintage Cheddar – Bronze

–       Mature Red Leicester – Bronze

–       Salted Creamery Butter – Bronze

At the Devon County Show, Wyke Farms received 6 awards in total, with 1st Prizes in the following categories: Finest Mature Cheddar Cheese and Farmhouse Salted Butter. In addition, Wyke Farms also received the following awards in the following categories:

–       Creamery Salted Butter – 2nd

–       Smoked Cheese – 2nd (for its Oak Smoked Cheddar)

–       Vintage Cheddar Cheese – 3rd

–       Mild Cheddar Cheese made in 2012 – 4th

 This is the best start to the awards season in Wyke Farms history; achieving 15 awards from the first two shows in the season, Devon County & the Bath & West. Last year their awards total was 125 and the previous year, which was their 150th anniversary year, they achieved their record breaking total of 153.

 “Whilst milk outputs were low last year, it appears that the milk quality was better than ever and this year looks set to be one of those special vintage years for cheese’’ Richard Clothier said.

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.

From an original 3,000 plus, Wyke Farms is now one of less than 20 farmhouse cheese makers remaining in the West Country and the only independent dairy company within the top 10 cheddar brands in the UK.

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

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