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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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22 Oct 2013

Wyke Farms ‘Ivy’s Vintage Reserve’ Premium Cheddar Now Available in 150 Countries Worldwide

Wyke Farms’ export business goes from strength to strength

Somerset, UK – 22nd October 2013 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, today announces that its premium vintage farmhouse cheddar, Ivy’s Vintage Reserve, is now being sold into a further thirteen countries to make a total of 150 countries worldwide. Ivy’s Vintage is named after Ivy Clothier who started making the cheese in the early 1900’s and never travelled overseas unlike her cheese!

This includes Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania and the Bahamas, as well as additional retailers in France (Carrefour[1]). Ivy’s Vintage Reserve is available on Morrison deli counters in the UK.

 Wyke Farms’ overall export business has grown steadily over the last five years with a strong growth of 50 per cent in 2012. International praise for Wyke Farms’ cheddar from celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, has helped boost the brand’s popularity abroad.

“We are enormously proud of this growth in export sales and to see Wyke farms becoming an international brand. Increasingly shoppers across the world are looking for quality British products such as our prizewinning cheddar made here on our farm in the heart of Somerset.” Said Rich Clothier, third generation family member and Managing Director at Wyke Farms “We expect our overseas sales to continue to grow with further new deals in the US and Hong Kong, as well as emerging markets such as China and even parts of Africa.”

Ivy’s Vintage Reserve is a premium, special-occasion Cheddar that was until only a few years ago reserved for family and friends only. Smooth and creamy in texture, Ivy’s Vintage Reserve boasts a rounded, balanced flavor that’s full of character. To achieve this it is left to mature, undisturbed, for just under two years.

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, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Waitrose.


[1] Carrefour Hypermarket and Carrefour Supermarket on shelf

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