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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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14 Apr 2020

Wyke Farms and Westland Cheese Agree Partnership

Somerset based cheddar producer increase distribution to include Holland and Germany, where cheese was voted the ‘tastiest’ in the market

Bruton, 14th April Somerset, 2020 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producers of renewable energy today announce their working partnership with Westland Cheese (Westland Kaasspecialiteiten B.V.).

The Westland / Wyke Farms partnership was developed following a market prioritisation study to identify key areas with biggest potential. The study covered global macro trends, key industry, market, trade and societal drivers in the international cheese market. Through the study, Holland and Germany were identified as key markets for growth.

Wyke Farms have selected Westland Cheese as their chosen distributor for several reasons, namely: effective marketing and selling function; their ability to reach the Dutch and German markets has been proven over the past 80 years with the world-renowned Dutch Gouda ‘Old Amsterdam’ brand. Akin to Wyke Farms, Westland are a strong family business and place value on corporate social responsibility with an established ‘Family Trust’ supporting cultural events. And finally, Westland Cheese also have a sustainability programme that underpins all of their work.

As part of a strategic approach to selling in the market, in 2019 an independent consumer taste test was commissioned [1] in three German cities, where Wyke Farms Cheddars were panelled against the competitive sets. The Wyke Cheddars were unanimously voted as the ‘best tasting’. Listings have already been secured by Westland for the brand with many more in progress.

Quality produce from Great Britain has being very well received in European markets” says Rich Clothier, 3rd generation cheesemaker and Managing Director at Wyke Farms, he continues: “the time is right for us to increase our offering into these regions and have chosen the best partner to help us do this

[1] TSVC The Smart Vision Company

“We are delighted to develop a strategic partnership with a family business that holds strong and similar values to our own” says Henny Westland, 3rd generation family member and Managing Director at Westland Cheese, she continues: “at an unprecedented time of change, these values, quality of products and way of doing business have a clear competitive advantage and point of difference to consumers in the market”

Wyke Farms have successfully been exporting cheddar to over 160 countries for the past 20 years. The 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.

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

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