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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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15 Mar 2021

Groundwork begins at Wyke Farms Bruton site: Energy efficient ‘Ivy’s Dairy’ to double cheddar throughput

Bruton, Somerset: Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy, officially start groundwork this week to re-build its Bruton-based dairy, doubling the company’s capacity.

The dairy expansion project is part of Wyke Farms’ five-year plan for growth, which is underpinned by sustainably increasing volume and strategically targeting specific regions worldwide. Named ‘Ivy’s Dairy’ after Wyke Farms’ matriarch, Ivy Clothier, the new space will include a 16,589m² state-of-the- art production facility. The dairy is being built to Ivy Clothier’s founding principles of producing the best-in-class quality, combined with an industry leading respect for the environment. The development is both energy and water efficient and sympathetic to the surrounding environment, with soft landscaping and a natural grass roof.  The company is working towards Q2, 2023 as target completion date for this part of the project.

The investment will build a sustainable long-term future and build sufficient infrastructure for servicing increased sales of award-winning Cheddar in both the UK and export markets; crucial now, as Wyke Farms continues to benefit from substantial growth in export sales both to the EU and the rest of the world (up almost 20% ye 2020). The company has strategically built on its 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.

Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from 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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