The Jarlsberg world map

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.

This activity mainly takes place through wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Diplom-Is and Ostecompagniet, and partially-owned subsidiaries such as Fjordland.

TINE’s goal is for an even bigger share of turnover to come from dairy activities and sales of speciality cheeses in markets outside of Norway. TINE’s subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark, the UK and the USA are working actively to achieve this objective.

Jarlsberg® is currently TINE’s biggest export commodity. Approximately 60 percent of Jarlsberg® produced in Norway is exported. In addition, the Jarlsberg® produced in the USA and Ireland is sold on the international market. Furthermore, processing, manufacturing and packing of other types of cheeses take place at TINE plants in the UK and Sweden.

The USA and Canada

Norseland Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary localized in the USA. The company sells TINE’s cheeses in the USA and in Canada. In addition, cheeses from Ilchester Cheese Company Ltd. (UK) and other specialty cheeses are also distributed on the American market.


  • Leading marketer of specialty food brands in the USA
  • Exclusive importer, sales and marketing agent for Jarlsberg® cheese and several other premium speciality food products in the United States.
  • Regional sales offices in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Phoenix and Bentonville. Headquartered in Darien, Connecticut.. 

Unique specialty cheese brands

Norseland Inc USA - products

The UK

Norseland Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary located in the UK. Norseland ripens, markets and distributes Ilchester’s brands and speciality cheeses from TINE on the grocery retail market in the UK.


  • Leading speciality cheese supplier in the UK. Ilchester, Somerset is the main manufacturing base, with a commercial office to the west of London.
  • Innovation at its heart and has a range of award-winning sweet and savoury cheeses that are successful both in the UK and around the world.

Innovative cheese specialists

 Norseland Ltd - products


Wernersson Ost AB is a wholly-owned subsidiary with offices in Sweden and Denmark. The company specializes in ripening and processing cheese.


  • The biggest wholesaler in Scandinavia. Contributes to strengthening TINE’s position in the Scandinavian cheese market, mainly by selling and marketing Jarlsberg® and TINE Gudbrandsdalsost.
  • The current company evolved from the small-scale business, established by Tage Wernersson in 1930, when he started selling cheese in a village shop just outside Ulricehamn.
  • Has successfully evolved to become the leading cheese wholesaler with Scandinavia and the Baltic states as its home market. 

A world of cheeses

Wernersson Products



  • Ostecompagniet AS markets and sells speciality cheeses from TINE, from Norwegian small-scale producers and from several European countries. The main objective is to develop the market for speciality cheeses in Norway. The vision is:

Bringing cheese with character to the people

  • Diplom-Is AS manufactures and markets ice cream and frozen desserts.


  • Fjordland AS is a brand-name company that drives the development, marketing and sale of fresh convenience food, margarines, yoghurts, and desserts in the Norwegian market. TINE owns 51 percent of Fjordland AS.
  • Brunes Fryselager is a company owned by Nortura, Gartnerhallen and TINE. Together with Diplom-Is, TINE owns 59percent of the company.