Tine (company)

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Tine SA
HeadquartersOslo, Norway
Area served
Key people
Hanne Refsholt (CEO)
ProductsTinemelk milk
Jarlsberg cheese
RevenueIncrease NOK 20.4 billion (2013)
1,992,000,000 Norwegian krone (2020) Edit this on Wikidata
948 mill.
Number of employees
5,600 (2013)

TINE SA (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈtìːnə]) is the largest Norwegian dairy product cooperative consisting of around 15,000 farmers and 5,600 employees. As of 2013, it has a revenue of 20.4 billion Norwegian kroner (NOK) ($3.41bn, £2.04bn, €2.50bn). The parent company, TINE SA, is a cooperative society owned by its suppliers, the milk producers who deliver milk to the company. The corporation domestically offers the entire spectrum of dairy products, and in many dairy categories, Tine faces little or no domestic competition. This monopolistic position has led to criticism of Tine when shortages occur. Tine's internationally known products are Jarlsberg cheese, Snøfrisk goat cheese, Heidal cheese, Ridder cheese, and Ski-Queen (geitost). Tine is the most dominant of the thirteen agricultural cooperatives in Norway.


Dairy cooperatives in Norway go back to 1856, with the first nationwide dairy co-op Den Norske Meieriforening (the Norwegian Dairy Association) being founded in 1881.[1] The company dates back to 1928, when "Norske Meieriers Eksportlag" (Norwegian Dairies' Export Company) was started. It changed its name to "Norske Meieriers Salgssentral" (Norwegian Dairies' Sales) in 1942, and to "Norske Meierier" (Norwegian Dairies) in 1984. The Tine name has been used as an easily identifiable brand name since 1992 for the company's dairy products. In 2008, Tine was ranked the world's #1 cooperative by size by the International Cooperative Alliance.[2] In 2010, the company was changed to a nationwide group adapted to the Cooperatives Act, which was introduced from 2008, and the name was changed to TINE SA.[3] TINE SA is one of the 13 farmer-owned nationwide cooperatives that are members of the interest organization Norsk Landbrukssamvirke.

The "tine" is a traditional Norwegian wooden container, not unlike the Shaker-style pantry box, which could be used to keep butter and cheese fresh.


Subsidiaries which are partly or fully owned by Tine:[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2012-06-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Global 300 for 2008". Archived from the original on 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. ^ "Detailed view trademark | NIPO". search.patentstyret.no. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  4. ^ "Tine.no - Om Tine - Tine Gruppa - Datterselskaper" (in Norwegian). Tine BA. 2006. Archived from the original on February 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-08.

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