The art of traditional cheese making will never be lost at Wyke Farms, where the Clothier family have been making Cheddar since 1861. Today, Somerset-based Wyke Farms is one of the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK producing over 13,000 tonnes of Cheddar every year. The same award winning 150- year-old recipe honed by Grandmother Ivy starts 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 are committed to sustainable farming and are proud to be the UK’s first national Cheddar brand to become 100% self-sufficient in green energy. Sourcing all their own electricity and gas from solar and biogas, generated from the farm and dairy waste, the biogas energy is generated from the company’s own Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant. Wyke Farms’ 100% Green commitment means they pay a premium to farmers producing renewable energy for their own use, which in turn, along with their own sustainable efforts means they are saving over 20 million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum, making them one of the greenest brands in grocery. Wyke Farms Cheddar and Butter is available nationwide and in over 160 countries globally.
‘The West Country has long been synonymous with quality food and drink production and is steeped in a rich farming heritage. We are delighted to return to the WDP Food and Farming Awards in 2017 as proud sponsor of the Food and Drink business of the Year category recognising inspirational and innovative businesses within our region. This award series recognises the very best food and farming businesses based in the South West and are fantastic to be involved in because regionality and provenance are such strong drivers for purchase both in the UK and across the globe.’ Richard Clothier, Managing Director and the third-generation family member.