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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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15 Oct 2015

Double Win for West Country as Wyke Farms and Thatchers Cider Both Win National Food and Grocery Industry Award

Somerset based Wyke Farms and Thatchers Cider both announced category WINNERS at this year’s prestigious national IGD Awards

Bruton, Somerset, 15th October 2015: Research and training charity IGD announced a double win for the West Country as both Wyke Farms and Thatchers Cider were announced winners in their respective categories:

Wyke Farms won the IGD Sustainable Future Award, sponsored by Unilever, the company was honoured for its integrated green approach encompassing renewable energy, water recovery, green farming and transport. This forms part of the company’s ‘100% Green’ sustainability plan, through which it has dramatically reduced its carbon footprint and become the first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient using its own energy generated from solar and biogas.

Fourth generation cidermaker Thatchers Cider won the IGD Business Transformation Award, sponsored by KPMG Boxwood. Chris Milton, sales director who received the award on behalf of the Sandford-based cidermaker says: “The fact that Thatchers Cider was recognised is testament to everyone within the company who has contributed to the growth that we continue to experience. As a family business we have always stayed true to our values, ensuring quality and taste come first, helping us attract new consumers with our heritage ciders such as Thatchers Gold and our new cloudy cider Somerset Haze, launched earlier this year.”

We are delighted to receive the Sustainable Future Award from IGD. It is wonderful to be a recognised at such a prestigious award ceremony,” said Richard Clothier, Managing Director and 3rd generation family member at Wyke Farm.

Charlotte Carroll, Communications Director at Unilever, said: Wyke Farms demonstrated ambition at scale, making a significant investment and commitment to embed sustainability into its business. It is fast becoming a beacon for others in its community, its industry and the international marketplace it operates in, keen to share its knowledge and encourage its suppliers to work in more sustainable ways.

“Motivated by its values and its principles, Wyke Farms demonstrates how to shift an entire supply chain towards a more sustainable business model.”

Matt Clark, Partner at KPMG Boxwood, sponsor of the business transformation award said: Thatchers Cider’s long-term vision and investment approach has turned a small regional producer into a major brand in a highly competitive industry segment.

“The results are impressive – six times volume and revenue growth in as many years. They tuned into the changing habits of their customers, developed new products, built the brand, expanded production and opened new sales channels. In doing all of this they stayed true to the family values that underpin the business and involved their people and community throughout. As such, the judges were impressed by both the scale and sustainability of the transformation.”   

Commenting on the IGD Awards, Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD Chief Executive, said: “We’ve had some great submissions, demonstrating the leadership, innovation and excellence that our industry has to offer. There’s no doubt that we are operating in challenging times, yet the resilience and originality that members of this industry demonstrate is truly exceptional, from small start-ups to medium-sized companies to large international ones. Many congratulations to all of our finalists and winners.”

About the IGD Awards

The winners of the IGD Awards were selected by some of the industry’s top people, including representatives from IGD and companies from across the food and grocery supply chain. The results were announced on 6th October at the Awards ceremony, which was hosted by television personality Rachel Riley.

IGD is a research and training charity that helps the food and grocery industry to deliver the needs of the public.

Winners of the IGD Awards and sponsors

  • Thatcher’s Cider won the IGD Business Transformation Award, sponsored by KPMG Boxwood
  • United Biscuits won the IGD Consumer Insight Excellence Award, sponsored by General Mills
  • PepsiCo UK won the IGD Digital Engagement Award, sponsored by Mindtree
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises won the IGD E-commerce Award, sponsored by Mindtree
  • Hothouse won the IGD Outstanding Small Business Award, sponsored by Morrisons
  • Kellogg’s won the IGD Shopper Activation Excellence Award, sponsored by Savvy
  • Eat 17 at SPAR won the IGD Innovative Store of the Year Award, sponsored by McCurrach
  • SOMI Trailers won the IGD Supply Chain Excellence Award, sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel
  • Central England Co-operative won the IGD Employability Award, sponsored by Mars
  • Moy Park won the IGD John Sainsbury Learning & Development Award, sponsored by Sainsbury’s
  • Victoria Russell, Charlie Bigham’s, won the IGD Leading Edge Leading Light Award, sponsored by Premier Foods
  • Wyke Farms won the IGD Sustainable Future Award, sponsored by Unilever
  • Greggs won the IGD Health & Wellness Award, sponsored by Nestlé
  • Cassandra Stavrou, Propercorn, won the IGD Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by The Co-operative
  • Zameer Choudrey, Chief Executive Officer, Bestway Wholesale Group, won The Grocer Cup
  • Michael Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, Wellness Foods and Richard Macdonald, Non-Executive Director, Moy Park Ltd, won the IGD Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Co-operative won the IGD President’s Cup

For further information or images please contact:

For Wyke Farms:

Paloma Lacy

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For Thatchers Cider:

Penny Adair

Tel: 07967 047464

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