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About Wyke Farms

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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15 May 2014

Wyke Farms Wins Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2014

Wyke Farms recognised for its leading-edge approach and commitment to sustainability

Somerset, UK – 15th May 2014 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, won the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Award for ‘Waste Innovation’ for its ‘100% Green’ sustainability initiative in London last night. The family-run company was recognised for its holistic and pioneering approach to sustainability and the tangible differences that it has made through its ‘100% Green’ long-term energy project.

Wyke Farms’ on-site biogas plant is at core of this project. It converts 75,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste from its farm per year, into energy, which is used to power the cheese dairy. This saves Wyke Farms over 5 million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum and makes Wyke Farms the UK’s first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient in green electrical energy and one of the very few independent family-owned food brands which is proactively committed to sustainability. The biogas plant is just one part of Wyke Farms’ comprehensive sustainability strategy that permeates throughout the business. Other initiatives include solar panelling, reduced packaging, factory wastewater re-usage and electric delivery.

“We are extremely proud to have won this award and to be recognised for our commitment to sustainability” said Rich Clothier, managing director and 3rd generation family member at Wyke Farms “At Wyke Farms we aim to operate our business in a way that has minimal impact on the Somerset environment and to create a truly symbiotic relationship with the countryside that provides our food and income. I believe that 100% Green is an ongoing journey and I remain committed to staying up to date to ensure that Wyke keeps challenging its business to stay at the forefront of sustainable working practice.”

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.

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.

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