Russia import ban makes Norway charity cheese

Russia import ban makes Norway charity cheese
Tine dairy in Heimdal, Trondheim - makers of Snøfrisk. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix
One of Norway's most famous dairies has been forced to give away tonnes of cheese meant for Russia to charities across Norway, it was revealed on Thursday.

Russia’s import ban has created problems for Tine dairies of Trondheim. The company has now given away several tonnes of the spread cheese Snøfrisk that was supposed to be shipped to the Russian market.

Most of the stock has been given away to Matsentralen (Food Central), which is a central facility for volunteering organizations such as the Blue Cross and the Salvation Army.
 
Veronika Skagestad, press officer for Tine said to Aftenposten: “Then Matsentralen receive the groceries and they distribute to those needing it most.”
 
Skagestad said that the cheese spread, produced in July, was made ready for sale for the Russian market and the food packaging had Russian text printed on them.
 
But then, in the beginning of August, Russia introduced an import ban on a series of Norwegian products. Tine was thereby left with a large storage of Snøfrisk meant for Russian cupboards and tables.
 
Before the ban was introduced, Tine dairies exported around 100 tonnes of Snøfrisk a year to Russia.

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