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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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13 Oct 2014

Successful Social Media Campaign Awarded Trade Mark Protection

Wyke Farms’ ‘Free Cheese Friday’ first social media based campaign to a acquire trademark

 Somerset, UK – 13th October 2014 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, today announces that its ‘Free Cheese Friday’ social media campaign has been awarded trademark protection. Somerset cheese maker Wyke Farms is the first brand in the UK to register a trademark based on the popularity of a social media campaign.

Wyke Farms’ ‘Free Cheese Friday’ takes the form of an online weekly competition, run across both Wyke Farms’ Facebook and Twitter pages. It has mainly grown organically from viral sharing and now receives over 25,000 entries per month. Since its inception 4 years ago, Wyke Farms has seen the popularity of the campaign double each year. It now has a following of more than 44,000 individuals.

The ‘Free Cheese Friday’ trademark has been registered on the basis that it has acquired distinctiveness through use and that a sizeable proportion of that use is use as a hashtag.

Join in the cheddar fun by following and re-tweeting @wykefarms #freecheesefriday and entering on Wyke Farms’ Facebook page at

“It has been fantastic to watch our competition grow virally” said Rich Clothier, managing director and 3rd generation family member at Wyke Farms “Social media is a great way for us to keep in touch with our customers, share our news and ideas, get feedback and just say ‘hey, thanks for your loyalty, we appreciate it!’.”

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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