EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Norway
Region: Norge


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.51 - Operation of dairies and cheese making
Number Employed: 4300

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 30-08-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 400
Planned Job Reductions max: 400
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 01-01-2021

Additional Information

The largest Norwegian dairy product cooperative Tine is reducing 400 full-time equivalents (FTEs) all over the country by 2021. The job cuts will affect all 34 dairies as well as the support and logistic services and the head office in Oslo. The restructuring is motivated by nearly 10% decrease in milk demand, mainly due to termination of the export of the Norwegian cheese Jarlsberg and increased market competition from imports. According to the CEO the company will initiate several measures, including strategies on innovation and digitalization, in order to optimize its production and competitiveness. With these measures the company expects to save NOK 1 billion (nearly €100 million as at 7 October 2019).

A trade union representative has stated that the news did not come as a shock, and that is very important how the company handles the downsizing. He added that in earlier restructuring processes, the dialogue between the management and employees had been good.

The company has operated in Norway for 150 years and has 4,300 employees and 8,000 dairy farms.