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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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18 Feb 2021

Wyke Farms Records £107m Turnover – the Highest in Company History.

Solid Growth from Export with Automation and Upskilling Prioritised

Bruton, Somerset; 18th February 2021: Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy, has filed accounts for financial year ending March 2020 showing a turnover of £107 million; its highest turnover to date.

Wyke Farms has benefited from substantial growth in export sales both to the EU and the rest of the world up almost 20%. The benefits of having a diverse customer base not just in food service verses retail, but a geographically diverse base has also contributed to the increased turnover.

The company has strategically built on their maturing cheddar stocks over recent years in order to service the global market for older, longer aged cheeses. In September 2020 the company opened its new cheese store with space for 1,762 pallets of cheese, amounting to approximately 2,000 tonnes of additional storage capacity, which 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.

The Wyke Farms 100% Green strategy continues to underpin all business decisions and during the reporting period, the company continued to invest in their renewable energy business. Green gas production capacity from farm and business waste in the region was increased, together with increased solar on roofs. In addition, Wyke Farms has reduced its scope 2 emissions by replacing face to face meetings with Microsoft Teams. Rich Clothier, Managing Director, and third generation family member, at Wyke Farms says: “It’s been a revelation for us; we now communicate better than ever and without people driving thousands of miles per year, their risk of accident is less, and they can spend more time with family. Post COVID we will retain some of these good practices and not return to old ways.”

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 company has prioritised automation and upskilling jobs over the past year and this has been achieved in most areas. This gave Wyke Farms an added advantage with being able to socially distance effectively and maintain high production levels.

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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