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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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01 Oct 2020

Wyke Farms Open UK’s First Fully Solar Powered Cheese Storage Space in Wincanton Growing Wyke Farms saves an additional 31 tonnes of carbon per year

Bruton, 1st October, 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 65kw solar array, positioned on their new cheese storage dispatch building at their Wincanton site.

The new cheese storage is a state-of-the art building where the temperature is controlled at 12 degrees and highly energy efficient. Rich Clothier, Managing Director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms, says: My grandmother’s stone maturing barn on the farm stayed at a steady 12c with some small seasonal variations, in our new stores we have replicated that closely in order to keep the recipe as close to hers as possible”.

There is space for 1762 pallets of cheese, amounting to approximately 2000 tonnes of additional storage capacity that is required to meet the demands of growing export sales in vintage flavour profiles. The new store is 2,500 times the size of Ivy Clothier’s original cheese store on the farm in Wyke Champflower.

Rich Clothier, Managing Director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms, comments further: “This is our fifth business solar array set and moves us closer to fulfilling our commitment to position solar on all of our South facing roofs where we use daytime power. Reducing carbon is essential for all businesses and this is an easy, cost effective way to do just that.” He continues: the principles of sustainability’ are at the heart of all of our business decisions as we can see from the continual development of our green portfolio over the last 10 years” Cheddar is a natural food produced from grass; using the power of nature to age it in a way that has a positive impact on the environment is intuitively the best way to do it.

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.  This latest development is all part of Wyke Farms’ journey to become a net positive cheese 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: www.wykefarms.com/shop

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