Wyke Farms export growth
Wyke Farms’ premium vintage farmhouse cheddar is being sold in a further 13 countries making a total of 150 worldwide.
Ivy’s Vintage Reserve, named after Ivy Clothier, who started making the cheese in the early 1900’s is a special-occasion cheddar. It is left to mature, undisturbed for just under two years. The family business, based at Wyke Champflower, Bruton has become the largest independent cheese producer and milk processor in the UK.
Wyke Farms’ overall export business has grown steadily over the last five years with a strong growth of 50 per cent in 2012. International praise for Wyke Farms’ cheddar from celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, has helped boost the brand’s popularity abroad.
Wyke Farms exports its cheese around the world to countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, India, Italy, France Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania and the Bahamas.
Rich Clothier, third generation family member and managing director at Wyke Farms said: “We are enormously proud of this growth in export sales and to see Wyke farms becoming an international brand.
“Increasingly shoppers across the world are looking for quality British products such as our prizewinning cheddar made here on our farm in the heart of Somerset.
“We expect our overseas sales to continue to grow with further new deals in the US and Hong Kong, as well as emerging markets such as China and even parts of Africa.”
Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become the largest family-owned cheese maker in Britain selling over 14,000 tonnes annually. Its products are available nationwide and can be found in Asda, Co-op, Makro, Sainsbury’s Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons.