Independent farmhouse cheesemaker Wyke Farms is to sell into the US after it successfully brokered a deal with a distributor.

Wyke signed a deal last week to supply a range of its cheese and dairy products across the US. Some 10% of its range is already exported to areas including Australia, Hong Kong and the Middle East, and export sales were up 50% year-on-year in 2007.

US stockists are yet to be named, but the products are expected to be on shelf from this summer. Products will include Leskol Half Fat Cheddar and Wyke's Truly Scrumptious Farmhouse Butter, as well as traditional Cheddars.

"Our family has taken pride in the taste, texture and development of our products for more than a century and we are looking forward to sharing our heritage and passion with cheese lovers in the US," said MD Richard Clothier.

Wyke produces 12,000 tonnes of dairy lines each year and is the fastest-growing Cheddar brand, growing at 82% year-on-year.