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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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19 Sep 2013

Britain’s largest family owned cheese maker launches biogas plant

New era of sustainable Cheddar production

Somerset, UK – 19th September 2013 – Wyke Farms has today become the UK’s first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient in green energy, following the launch of its biogas plant, situated in Bruton, Somerset.

The UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, hosted the launch event, together with British journalist and political commentator Jonathan Dimbleby.  Attended by local dignitaries, major retail supporters and key stakeholders, the event saw hundreds visit Bruton – the home of Wyke Farms, the largest family-owned cheese maker in Britain.

The impressive biogas plant, which took five years to plan and construct, consists of three 4,600 cubic metre digester vessels.  It will convert 75,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste materials from the farm and dairy per year, including pig and cow manure, into energy.

The plant will deliver significant environmental benefits; reducing and managing waste as well as producing energy, enabling Wyke Farms to save over 4 million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum.  It also gives Wyke Farms the capacity to source its entire electricity and gas usage from both solar and biogas, as well as exporting power back to the grid.

Richard Clothier, Managing Director and 3rd generation family member at Wyke Farms, said: “We aim to operate our business in a way that has minimal impact on the Somerset environment and create a truly symbiotic relationship with the countryside.  We’re committed to energy efficiency and we’re proud to be one of the first national food brands to be self-sufficient.

“Sustainability and environmental issues are increasing in importance to each and every consumer in the UK and green energy makes both emotional and practical sense.  It simply closes a cycle.  We can now take the cow waste (which has inherently been a problem) and turn it into pure, clean energy to drive all our own needs and more.  This is turn leaves a natural fertiliser that we can plough back into the land to invest in the future health and wellbeing of our cattle – and so that cycle starts again.”    

Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited the site earlier this summer in support of the initiative, said: “It’s great to see a family farming business like Wyke investing in such an innovative green energy scheme.  Making use of their waste products in order to become 100 per cent self-sufficient in green energy will make them more efficient and help the environment.”

British journalist and political commentator Jonathan Dimbleby said:  “I think this is a really exciting project.  It is pioneering and it is path finding.  If we are to achieve a sustainable agriculture in the future this defines the way it should be approached.”

The £4 million investment in biogas technology is part of the cheese brand’s £10 million green energy venture, which includes solar power and water re-usage across its family owned farms and cheese dairy.

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 to over 160 countries across the world.  The company was recently featured in a national South African TV advert featuring Gordon Ramsey.

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.

The Wyke Farms products are available nationwide and can be found in AsdaCo-opMakro, Sainsbury’sTesco and Waitrose.

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