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Top of the Class for Wyke Farms Cheddar

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Somerset-based cheddar receive recognition for all varieties of their cheddar at The Mid-Somerset Show

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, was the recipient of numerous accolades at this years Mid-Somerset Show.

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The Bruton based company were announced as winners of two of the main awards form the show; both the ‘Kenneth Hill Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Reserve Champion Cheese’ and the ‘Reg Dyke Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup for the overall Winner of County Classes’ was awarded to Wyke Farms.

In addition, Wyke Farms were also announced as best in class in the Mild, Mature and Extra Mature Cheddar classes, as well as the ‘Householders Choice’ and the ‘Single Organic’ cheese classes.

This latest run of awards makes 2010 the most celebrated year yet for Wyke Farms and serves as further recognition as the Best-Selling Farmhouse Cheddar Brand in the UK, as recently reported by the *Kantar World Panel.

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Known for their unique provenance and the superior quality of their products, Wyke Farms has maintained the art of traditional cheese-making on their Somerset farm, where the Clothier family have been making traditional farmhouse cheddar to their original secret recipe since 1902.

The 100 years of tradition at Wyke Farms have long since been matched by over 100 trophies, awards and prizes won by the company at national cheese shows. From an original 3,000 plus, Wyke Farms is now one of less than 20 farmhouse cheese makers remaining in the West Country and the only independent dairy company within the top 10 cheddar brands in the UK. With a family history dating back for more than a century, the company’s mild, mature, extra mature and vintage cheddars are sold throughout Europe in over 25,000 retailers.

Wyke Farms cheese and butter products are available nationwide and can be found in Asda, Co-op, Makro, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield, Tesco and Waitrose.

*Kantar World Panel KPI Reporting 52 w/e April 10th 2010

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 to the families original secret recipe since 1902.

Today, Wyke Farms is the largest independent cheese maker and milk processor in the UK producing over 12,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 100-year-old recipe.

Recent brand data confirms Wyke Farms as the fastest growing brand within the Cheddar category, with retail sales at over 1million per week and growing at 94%. The Wyke Farms brand is the 4th largest in the category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands.

Wyke remains a truly traditional family business, founded by Ivy Clothier, her 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.

www.wykefarms.com

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