A local legend will be recounting her story at the 373 Group on April 14th 2016 at Colliton Barton. Mary Quicke MBE, owner of J G Quicke and Partners and Quickes Traditional Ltd, an integrated cheesemaking and farming business, will be providing attendees with her insights on how she developed the business to become an international brand.
Mary is Devon born and bred, the 14th generation on her farm, Home Farm, nestling in the River Creedy valley. The 1500 acre farm has 500 cows providing the milk for the company’s world class and award-winning product, Quicke’s Traditional Cheddar Cheese. Sold to wholesalers and the independent market, and exported to the US and Australia, the business employs 33 people in Newton St Cyres, Exeter.
Notwithstanding the traditional roots, the company is constantly innovative, exploring ways to make a distinctive competitive advantage. Advocates of the New Zealand extensive grazing approach, Mary understands that the connection between high quality inputs result in a full flavour in the end product.
Chris Lorimer, co-founder of the 373 Group, commented “We are so pleased to have Mary providing her thoughts and insights. Many of our members are rural companies who will find her story immensely rich and absorbing, a wonderful case-study of what is possible”.