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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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02 Jul 2014

Baroness Verma Officially Opens Wyke Farms’ £1 Million Water Recovery Plant

£10 million sustainability plan ‘100% Green’ reaches milestone with Water Recovery plant fully functioning

Somerset, UK – 2nd July 2014 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, today welcomes Baroness Verma, (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change), to officially open its £1million water recovery plant. David Warburton, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Fromewill also be among guests to mark the occasion. The new plant is now fully operational and will enable Wyke to recover up to 95% of its factory wastewater.

This £1.3 million investment is part of the cheese brand’s £10 million long-term sustainability plan, called 100% Green. The Water Recovery Plant consists of a new membrane filtration system, which is installed in the effluent area of its factory and has already reduced factory water consumption by 70%. It will save Wyke Farms up to 850,000 litres of water per day and offers a certain amount of future proofing for the company who believe climate change will make water a valuable resource at certain times of the year, so investing in cutting edge technology, rather than more water extraction or bigger incoming mains is a more sustainable approach.

The launch of its own on-site biogas plant last year saw Wyke Farms become the UK’s first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient in green energy. In addition to the Water Recovery Plant, Wyke has continued to make significant impact on further reducing its carbon emissions by fitting solar panelling across its family owned farms and cheese dairy, using electric vehicles for delivery and reducing its packaging waste.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma said: “Harnessing power from farm waste and the sun has not only helped Wyke Farms reduce carbon emissions, it has helped them cut costs and save money on their energy bills.

She continues: “Wyke’s new cutting edge water recovery system will now help save thousands of litres of water a day, ensuring the business is self-sufficient in this valuable resource. It’s great to see Wyke leading the way in the South West and beyond, and I wish them every success as they drive forward their ‘100% Green’ plans.”

Richard Clothier, Managing Director and 3rd generation family member at Wyke Farms, said: 100% Green is an ongoing journey that we remain committed to. We are excited to be communicating our ‘green message’ this year alongside all of the other Wyke brand values that shoppers are familiar with. This will ensure that the Wyke Farms will remain a national grocery brand with a unique point of difference.”

The 2nd phase of Wyke Farms’ Anaerobic Digester (AD) project is already in progress and due to launch later this year. This will generate up to £2 million of upgraded biogas per year, ensuring that Wyke Farms buys no gas from grid.

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 in the UK.

Wyke Farms has 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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