Exports case study: Lye Cross Farm

The Alvis Family have been making cheese at Lye Cross Farm just 7 miles from the village of Cheddar in Somerset England since 1952.

Lye Cross Farm, the brand, is known for its quality and distinction exampled by its EU Protected Designation of Origin status for West Country Farmhouse Cheddar. The family have also had a long- term commitment to organic cheese; this year celebrating 25 years of organic production.

Lye Cross Farm is one of very few cheesemakers in the UK having control of: their milk field (they partner with 25 local farmers), traditionally hand make cheese, store, grade, pack and ship orders all from the farm in Somerset. With this level of control over production the family have gained a reputation for developing bespoke recipes for buyers from around the world. For example, in addition to conventional milk cheese the dairy produces organic and kosher recipes and the most recent addition to our portfolio being Non-GMO Project standard cheese for the United States. With current production at 5000mt and a capacity to increase to 7000mt there is scope for further expansion.

The family took the decision 10 years ago to diversify into export markets and this year will see sales volume increase to a third of the cheese made. With 50% of export sales in the European Union the farm also exports across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas to retail, food service and food manufacturers

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Last reviewed: 22 Nov 2017