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About Us

Taw Valley Creamery is a part of Arla Foods. Arla Foods is a 100 per cent farmer-owned coop-erative, owned by 12,400 European dairy farmers, 1,600 of whom are British. Founded on coop-erative principles, our strategy is to deliver for our farmers.

Arla Foods is home to some of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak, Castello and Anchor. Processing approximately 3.2 billion litres of milk a year and with a turnover of approximately £2bn, Arla Foods is the UK’s largest dairy company.

Arla Foods makes over 4,000 daily deliveries to stores and regional distribution centres nation-wide and its brands can be found across the dairy category. The company has a 26 per cent share of the GB milk pool. Behind this leading business is a team of circa 4,000 people across the UK located at our dairies, distribution centres and head office.

Our farmer membership is made up of a range of farms - large farms of 200+ cows, small farms of 30 cows, organic farms and traditional dairy farms. Here are just some of the people who supply milk into our Taw Valley creamery:

Meet the farmers

Introducing the farming families that help us make outstanding cheese

Wootton Top Farm, Bow, Devon

Wootton Top Farm, Bow, Devon

Graham Friend, his wife Ruth and their son Martyn are fifth generation farmers from the green valleys of Devon. Their family has been rearing cows and sheep on their 180-acre farm since as far back as the 1930s.

‘Our farm is home to 65 cows and 100 sheep,' explains Graham. ‘It's nearly doubled in size over the years so today it covers nearly 200 acres. But it's still a relatively small farm, which means we give a lot of attention to all our animals.

‘Our working day starts at 6am when my son Martyn milks the cows. Then we all muck in with yard work and tending to the cattle before milking starts again at 4pm. There are always a range of jobs to do - anything from plumbing and welding to fieldwork and digging ditches. I enjoy the variety of work involved in farming and the freedom of the countryside.

‘At Wootton Farm we're also lucky to have a strong sense of community spirit. We do quite a bit of work helping out our neighbours and it's nice to lend a hand when someone needs help.

‘The whole family enjoys Taw Valley cheese. My wife Ruth and I particularly like The Red One and the mild cheddar, while father prefers the more mature cheddars.'


Taylorsdown Farm, North Tawton, Devon

Taylorsdown Farm, North Tawton, Devon

Alistair and Helen Vanstone farm Taylorsdown with their children Jamie, Matthew and Ashley (18 months). Alistair took over their 400-acre farm from his dad and dairying started here in 1992. It's been in the family for 97 years and is currently home to a herd of 180 cows.

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East Ashley Farm, Chulmleigh, Devon

East Ashley Farm, Chulmleigh, Devon

Steve Saunders, his brother Roger and their dad Bill work together on their 290-acre farm. As well as looking after 100 cows they also grow wheat, barley and maize crops.

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