Norwegian Dairy Posted by kari on Nov 11, 2010 in Culture
Norwegian meieri (dairy) is amazing. The ost (cheese), yogurt, melk (milk), egg–the whole bit-utrolig godt (unbelieveably good)!! Tine, one of the 12 agricultural cooperatives in Norway, nearly has a monopoly over the meieri industry. The majority of meieri produkter you find in Norwegian matbutikker (grocery stores) are made by Tine. Tine has a number of subsidiaries as well, including Diplom-Is (Scandinavia´s largest producer of ice cream), Norseland Inc. (distributes cheeses in Canada and the U.S.), Fjordland (readymade food company), FellesJuice (juice and soft drinks), OsteCompagniet (cheese), Maritex (fish oil products), Salmon Brands, and several more.
See Tine´s website to see a complete list of Tine produkter including the aforementioned produkter, as well as rømme (sour cream), fløte (cream-like heavy cream), smør (butter), deiger (doughs) desserter, and drikker.
Luckily for Tine, Norway did not enter the E.U. Had Norway joined the E.U., Tine would have had a lot of international competition in the dairy market in Norway. Out of all of the meieri brands I have tried, Tine is definitely my favorite. I always really look forward to eating a lot of meieri when I go to Norway and I always get disappointed when I come home and I can´t get Tine products. I think my favorite meieri product in Norway is Tine yogurt. The yogurt is so much better than any yogurt I´ve been able to find here in the U.S. Tine yogurt is sooooo creamy and good.
Tine owns Jarlsberg (one of my very favorite cheeses, made in Jarlsberg, Norway), Norvegia (a mild, white cheese), Biola (a cultured yogurt drink that is super sour), Piano (a brand that makes desserts), and more.
Build vocabulary, practice pronunciation, and more with Transparent Language Online. Available anytime, anywhere, on any device.