About TINE

Family farming: the key to food production in Norway

With steep hills down to the fiords, high mountains, small pieces of land, cold winters and short  summers, Norway may seem an unlikely place to have active farming across the country. The key to achieving this is a tradition of family farming that has continued for centuries.

About TINE

TINE SA is Norway's largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products. Our goal being to provide the consumers with food that provides a healthier and positive food experience.

TINEs subsidiaries and international activities

TINE has several wholly and partially-owned subsidiaries, both in Norway and abroad. In addition to the dairy business, TINE is involved in the production of food products such as juice, ice cream and fresh convenience dishes.

The TINE cooperative

The milk farmers who are members and supply the milk also own TINE. In fact, TINE has a total of 11,400 owners.

Agricultural cooperatives in Norway

Today Norwegian farmers have cooperatives in all sectors. They are mainly organized as single-purpose cooperatives.

Rural communities and the future of Norway’s family farms

Family-based ownership of farms has a very long tradition in Norway, and current legislation is strengthening this tradition. However, some political parties aim to change this and liberalize the market for farm properties.

Maintaining family farming

The average norwegian farm size is 22 hectares. In milk production the average herd size is 24 cows. Behind these figures there is a wide range from very small to substantially larger farms. However, within Norwegian topography, farms have to be relatively small-scale.