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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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03 Dec 2019

Wyke Farms’ Cheese Grader Diane Cox Joins Board of Directors as ‘Group Technical Director’

Bruton, Somerset, 3rd December 2019 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and producers of renewable energy, today announce Diane Cox as ‘Group Technical Director’ responsible for all business quality and technical functions.

In October Wyke Farms achieved record breaking sales; the company is now exporting cheese into over 160 regions, many with differing technical standards. Rich Clothier, 3rd generation family member and Managing Director says: “We will all be supporting Diane in building a team to support this growth and take advantage of the many opportunities in the UK and overseas.”

Cox joined Wyke Farms in 2005 as one of only a handful of female cheese graders in the UK. She was trained for 10 years by the great Nigel “the Nose” Pooley, who famously graded approximately 520 million packs of cheese and butter in his lifetime.

The dairy industry is still typically male dominated and very few women take the role of ‘Master Cheese Grader’ as Diane did in 2017. Even fewer go on to serve on the board of directors with only 8.5% of executive directors in the UK being female. Rich Clothier continues: “it is not about diversity box ticking, it’s about ‘diversity of thought’ on the board; something we need to be successful and something Diane brings in abundance

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 selling over 15,000 tonnes annually.

Wyke Farms have over 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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