Mary Quicke, Quickes Traditional Ltd.

Mary Quicke runs J G Quicke & Partners, and Quickes Traditional Ltd an integrated cheesemaking and farming (cows and crops) business. She is the 14th generation on the farm. The aim of the business is to produce world class traditional cheese, with a flavour that is complex, balanced and with a long finish. Quicke’s Traditional Cheddar Cheese is the largest British naturally matured traditional cheddar maker, selling to wholesalers and the independent market, and to export, mainly US and Australia. Quicke’s cheeses consistently win trophies at major cheese competitions in the UK. The 1500 acre farm that has 500 cows grazing outside for 10-11 months a year, also grows crops to feed the cows, to sell and to support wildlife in extensive environmental schemes. The business employs 33 people in Newton St Cyres, Exeter, Devon, England. Mary has various interests across the food, farming and wildlife sectors. She was awarded MBE for contribution to farming & cheesemaking in 2005. She was the President of Devon County Show in 2012; the Past chairman of 300 Cow Club; the longest serving director of Devon Grain; a committee member of Slow Food Devon Convivium; and the Founder Vice chairman of Maize Growers Association. Additionally, Mary has been a judge at World Cheese Awards, Bath & West Show, British Cheese Awards & at the ACS Judging and Competition. Quicke’s cheese consistently wins prizes at cheese competitions in the UK.