End of Jarlsberg Exports Spells Trouble for Norwegian Dairy

The Jarlsberg cheese being eaten as far away as Sydney, across Europe and the U.S. will soon be Norwegian in recipe only.

As export subsidies end, the country’s best known brand is soon going to be made exclusively outside Norway for cheeselovers across the world, which has the local dairy industry reeling.

The maker of Jarlsberg, Tine SA, on Friday announced it will cut the equivalent of 400 jobs in order to save 1 billion kroner ($110 million). Measures to cut costs and tease out growth will lead to an 8-10% drop in milk production and a considerable decrease in dairy farmer income in 2020 and beyond, it said.

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