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Orkla Group: landmarks


This chronology is indicative only. Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.

1847 Carlsberg Brewery founded

1856 Enskilda Bank founded by Andre Oscar Wallenberg

1986 mining, finance and media group Orkla merges with Borregaard wood processing,chemicals and consumer products group

1991 Orkla Borregaard merges with Nora Industrier consumer goods group

1995 buys Procordia Food fromVolvo

1995 buys Abba Seafood from Volvo

1995 merges Ringnes beverage group with Volvo's Pripps beverage group

1996 buys stake in Rzeczpospolita from Hersant for US$45m

1996 buys 50% of Yaroslavl Brewery Plc in Russia

1996 buys 50% of Slavutich brewery in Ukraine

1996 sells German arm of Abba Seafood

1996 sells Abba Seafood factories in Løgstør and Fredrikshavn, Denmark

1996 swaps stake in Frionor A/S for 16% of Norway Seafoods ASA (NWS)

1997 sells Hansa Bryggeri beer and softdrink company

1997 sells Ringstads Ferskvare sausage operation

1997 takes 65% stake in Poland's Kotlin Foods frozen pizza, ketchup, jam and canned vegetables group

1997 buys remaining stake in Pripps

1997 takes stake in Offshore Heavy Transport ASA

1998 sells Viking footwear company

1998 increases interest in Lithuanian brewery Utenos Alus to 95%

1999 buys marzipan and bakery ingredients supplier KåKå

1999 sells Norwegian flour mills

2000 buys breweries in Belarus and Turkey

2000 merges beverage operations with Carlsberg Brewery group

2000 buys 76% of Det Berlingske Officin publishing group for €209m

2000 sells stake in NetCom

2000 forms Orkla Enskilda Securities

2000 buys 43% of Opoint data services

2002 sells its 21.2% holding in Hartwall

2006 announces sale of publishing operations to Mecom for €900m