Family dairy sells cream fit for the Queen

The Clarke family

A Cornish dairy which has grown from a small business into a company employing 100 is now supplying its clotted cream to the the Queen’s grocer, Fortnum & Mason.

The Trewithen Dairy secured the supply contract in 2015,  along with contracts to supply the London based Tate Galleries and Great Western Rail (GWR).

The successes come after the company took home the Grocer Gold Award for SME Brand of the Year in June.

Trewithen Dairy’s clotted cream is now available in the world-famous Food Hall at London’s Fortnum & Mason. The store was founded in 1707.

The Tate Galleries is a family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool, and Cornwall known Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Trewithen Dairy has secured a listing with the Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Its milk is also being used on the first class carriages of Great Western Rail’s Pullman service in the South West. This will be rolled out to all services on the GWR trains at some point this year.

Trewithen Dairy’s Managing Director, Francis Clarke said: “We are lucky to have a strong talented team delivering a range of great Trewithen Dairy products all over the UK, which include butter, milk, yoghurts and Cornish clotted cream.

“We have undergone a tremendous growth period and adding significantly to our sales, gaining new hospitality and retail customers right across Cornwall and the South West, as well as a number of critical supermarket listings.

“We are also continually grateful for the hard work that our farmers consistently put in to bring us our great products for our fantastic and loyal customers.”

Trewithen Dairy has grown rapidly over the last few years, undertaking a £12m redevelopment project to expand the processing site and create over 40 additional jobs.

Bill and Rachel Clarke have been at Greymare Farm, near Lostwithiel, for 25 years. In their early years, they would milk and bottle their own product while their children were in bed, delivering their milk themselves the next day. They’d also cook and pot their own clotted cream.

As demand from hotels, restaurants, garages, and shops grew, they decided to sell their own herd and concentrate on production of their brand products, including milk, butter, creme fraiche, yoghurt, and buttermilk, with milk from other local farmers. Sons Francis and George joined the business, and the company now employs 100 people.

Trewithen Dairy is now Cornwall’s third largest direct milk buyer and the largest bottler of milk in the county. Read more about the company here:

Maria Williams is a copywriter, professional blogger and PR for small businesses. Visit




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