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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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04 Feb 2019

Wyke Farms Awarded £1.3m Grant – Wincanton packing and distribution site to benefit

Bruton, Somerset, 4th February 2018 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and exporters, announce a £1.3 million grant that has been secured from DEFRA to support the companies 5 year plan for growth. The grant will fund a new cheese store and an extension to its packing and distribution depot, both based in Wincanton, Somerset.

The improved site will enable the company to pick and pack up to 25,000 tonnes of cheddar for world markets.  Included in the plans are increased cheese storage to age more Ivy’s Vintage cheddar for export markets. It will also include a new production line to facilitate a more diverse range of products; this is important to the company who have ambitious export focused products planned for 2019 with longer than traditional shelf lives and differing formats for different regions. The site will also house another state of the art flow wrap line, using the best technology in Europe this will mean the company can further improve packing line yields and shift outputs. In addition, the work flow will benefit from upskilling as manual labour will be replaced with skilled roles. The investment will also help  the company to continue to pay a sustainable milk price to its 123 supplying dairy farmers.

Wyke Farms have publicly shared development plans for a new dairy on their Bruton based site, the two projects form the basis of the Wyke Farms 5 year plan for growth. Their export studies, show potential in all regions.

Richard Clothier, third generation family member and Managing Director, comments: “Our two year Brexit growth plan to get us to £100 million sales won’t happen without investing. We are not banking the currency advantage, but consciously using the money to invest in tastings etc to drive growth in regions across the world.

Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar to their secret family recipe for over 150 years and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain selling over 15,000 tonnes annually to over 160 countries around the world.

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