As a family business we are passionate about supporting the local community, with this in mind we are sponsoring Bruton FC for this coming season.
Bruton FC is made up of over 150 playing members ranging from 6 to 50 years old. This season our sponsorship will provide playing kit for the U15 age group.
We are excited to follow the progress of all teams in the club and wish them good luck this coming season!
The new state of the art cheese store at our Wincanton site has just reached completion; allowing space for an extra 1,762 pallets of cheese along with improve storage and dispatching facilities. The new store is 2500 times the size of grandma Ivy Clothier’s original store on the farm in Wyke Champflower, with the additional space to store approximately 2000 tonnes of additional capacity to help meet the required demands of ever growing export sales particularly in vintage flavour profiles. In order to replicate the secret recipe as closely as possible the new store is uniquely temperature controlled at 12 degrees to reproduce that of Ivy’s stone maturing barn on the farm.
Further investment has also gone into our 100% green sustainability plan to ensure the new building is highly energy efficient. Our fifth business solar array set of 65kw brings us closer to fulfilling our commitment to position solar on all south facing roofs where we use daytime power. As a business our commitment to green energy is one aspect of the 100% green sustainability plan that has enabled us to dramatically reduce carbon footprint and become the first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient through the use of energy generated from solar and biogas on site.
Richard Clothier, Managing director said “reducing carbon is essential for all businesses and installing solar panels is an easy, cost effective way to do just that…The principles of sustainability are at the heart of all of our business decisions as seen from the continual development of our green portfolio over the last 10 years. Cheddar is a natural food produced from grass; using the power of nature to age it in a way that has a positive impact on the environment is intuitively the best way to do it”
The Family Business awards was created in 2009 with the aim of raising the profile of family businesses in the region. Unfortunately, considering the current situation the decision was made to cancel the 2020 awards and return in 2021. However, in replacement the team at Family Business United decided to create a show broadcasted live on YouTube to celebrate the best of British businesses from the comfort of our own homes.
With shortlisting’s in both the Food and Drink and South and South West category, we are proud to announce that we had a double win. We are really delighted to win such a prestigious award up against so many other amazing family businesses nationally. Our Managing Director, Richard Clothier said “This award is not only in recognition of our family, but the farming families that supply our milk, the families that help us to make our prizewinning cheese and the families across the world who enjoy our products. My grandparents would be very proud indeed’.
Congratulations and well done to all the other family businesses involved!
With the last months having proven a challenging time for many businesses and with many events and shows in the dairy industry being cancelled. All the annual cheese awards have been postponed due to Covid-19 for 2020 and as a result of this, the first Virtual Cheeses Awards have been created and are set to take place next month in support of British cheesemakers and dairy farmers.
The Virtual Cheese Awards are brainchild of Nigel Pooley, Cheese Grading and Product Quality Development Manager at Wyke Farms and Dairy Industry Expert and Consultant, Sarah De Wit who between them have combined experience of over 85 years of all things dairy!
The awards cover 31 British classes of cheese including Creamery Vintage Cheddar, Best Cheshire, Best Lancashire, Best Wensleydale, Best stilton, Best Organic Hard Cheese and a range of artisan cheeses. The classes will be judged online on the 18th July with a series of events and finishing off by announcing Supreme Champion.
The aim of the awards is to raise awareness of UK producers, celebrate the Cheese industry and raise funds to support dairy and agriculture charities that help producers and farmers. All profits will be donated to the Specialist Cheesemakers Association and RABI (Royal Agriculture Benevolent Institution) for their continued support of British farmers and dairy producers.
Good luck to all the entrants!
Further information can be found on the VCA’s website: https://www.virtualcheeseawards.com/
We are proud to announce that Paul Hardwick will be taking on the official role and title of chairman here at Wyke Farms. Paul has been with the business for 30 years having joined us from the Accountants firm, Thornton & Baker. Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has successfully worked as a Finance Director helping to guide the business and family over the years.
Paul has a detailed understanding of the needs of the business, the people, and the customers. With his experience he will help provide stability in these challenging times and continue to drive the business forward.
Paul will be taking over the role from John Clothier 2nd generation cheesemaker who is retiring with immediate effect. John has worked in the family since he was a child and has more than 70 years’ experience in the dairy industry. John plans to remain close to the company, stepping into an advisory role to help steer the family business when necessary.
Congratulations to Paul and thank you John!
This month we wanted to help support frontline NHS workers by donating Cheese and Butter to Hospitality for Heroes. Hospitality for Heroes is a not-for-profit charity which utilises local, talented Head Chefs and fresh produce donations to provide those in need with fresh and amazing meals.
Every week over 10,000 meals have been delivered to 14 NHS hospitals to feed NHS staff. Along with this, packages of food have been delivered to apartments that are currently used to house doctors and nurses who cannot risk going home whilst they work on the Covid-19 wards.
Our donation to the packages will be greatly appreciated and we are really proud of everyone for continuing to work extremely hard to keep production going and make donations like this possible.
Martin Pollard joined us at Wyke Farms in May 1987. As a ‘South West Sales Rep’ he was tasked with acquiring sales across multiple categories including wholesale and foodservice in schools and colleges.
Developing sales and acquiring business back then was a very different picture. Joining in a pre-internet era meant Martin had to take frequent trips to his local library to scour the Yellow Pages for potential sales, and if he wasn’t doing this you would find him out in the fields ‘van spotting’. In addition to this, Martin would target dairies who still had milk floats and offered farm visits with the aim to enable as many people as possible to experience the cheese making first-hand.
Many of the contacts Martin made all those years ago are still maintained today, he said “although time and methods have changed; I no longer need to drive so much but relationships are still at the heart of what I do”.
At 82 years old Martin has no plans of retirement, securing his 10,000th cheese order this month. Thank you to Martin and all of our employees who play a crucial role in the making of our award-winning cheddar!
Fun and educational, our children’s activity book is packed with ways to fill the time! All you need to do is print! Who knows, maybe it will keep the children occupied long enough for a well-earned cup of tea…