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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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24 Feb 2020

Wyke Farms Increase Green Energy Production with New Solar Array

Company save an additional twenty-four tonnes of carbon per year

Bruton, 24th February Somerset, 2020 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and producers of renewable energy have further invested into their ‘100% Green’ sustainability plan with a new array of solar panels, positioned on the packing hall dispatch building at their Wincanton site.

The 288 panels will create 96kw of solar energy per hour and will be used to power the firms new chilled export dispatch store and state of the art packing lines. Both new buildings are due to be complete by September and will be fitted with heat reclaiming air source heat pumps in order that that the heat created by the chillers will produce hot water and heating for the offices.

Rich Clothier, Managing Director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms, says: “Back in 2010 I was quoted as saying ‘we are a business that believe in the principles of sustainability’ since then we have been named as Europe’s sustainable business, but it doesn’t stop there; continual development of our green portfolio is a given, our aim now is industry change.”

“This is now our fourth business solar array set and takes us forward with our commitment to position solar on all of our South facing roofs where we use daytime power. Reducing carbon for us, is really lower cost.”

Wyke Farms’ continual investment and commitment to green energy forms part of the companies ‘100% Green’ sustainability plan, through which, they have dramatically reduced their carbon footprint and become the first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient using their own energy generated from solar and biogas.

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.

Wyke Farms products are available in selected Lidl stores and in South West UK ASDA, CO-OP and Tesco stores. All products are available online at: www.wykefarms.com/shop

 

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