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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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02 Jun 2020

Wyke Farms Appoints Paul Hardwick New Chairman

Second Generation Cheesemaker John Clothier to retire as Chairman after 70 years duty to the family business

Bruton, 2nd June Somerset, 2020 – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and producers of renewable energy today announce that Paul Hardwick will be taking on the official role and title of Chairman, Wyke Farms.

Paul has been with Wyke Farms for 30 years, previously working at Accountancy firm, Grant Thornton. Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has successfully worked with Wyke Farms as Finance Director, helping to guide the business and the Clothier family over the years.

Rich Clothier, 3rd generation cheesemaker and Managing Director at Wyke Farms, says: “Paul has a detailed understanding of the needs of the business, our people and our customers, he will help to provide the stability that we need in these challenging times”.

John Clothier, 2nd generation cheesemaker has officially retired from his role as Chairman with immediate effect. He has worked in the family business since childhood and has over 70 years’ experience of cheese making and the dairy industry. John will remain close to the company and step into an advisory role to help steer the family business.

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:

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