The King Oscar brand was founded in 1902, when King Oscar II, ruler of Norway and Sweden, gave the Chr. Bjelland & Co. (one of Norway's leading canning companies at the time) special royal permission to use his name and likeness on a line of sardine products. King Oscar II ruled the United Kingdoms of Norway and Sweden from 1872 until 1905, when he granted Norway its independence. He remained king of Sweden until his death in 1907 at the age of 78. Products Production Markets History 1880 Norwegian fish canneries begin exporting sardines. 2002 The King Oscar brand celebrates its centennial.

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  • The King Oscar brand was founded in 1902, when King Oscar II, ruler of Norway and Sweden, gave the Chr. Bjelland & Co. (one of Norway's leading canning companies at the time) special royal permission to use his name and likeness on a line of sardine products. King Oscar II ruled the United Kingdoms of Norway and Sweden from 1872 until 1905, when he granted Norway its independence. He remained king of Sweden until his death in 1907 at the age of 78. Over the years, the King Oscar brand expanded into new markets, introduced new product lines, and was eventually acquired by several different parent companies as the sardine canning industry evolved in Norway. Today, King Oscar AS is owned by Thai Union Group, one of the largest seafood producers in the world. Products While sardines have always been King Oscar’s flagship product, the company produces a variety of seafood products including brisling and Baltic sardines, herring, mackerel, salmon, tuna, cod, and specialty items, as well as fish salads and fish pâtés. Production Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, King Oscar maintains production facilities in Svolvær, Norway and Gniewino, Poland. The company still wood-smokes its brisling sardines and packs all of its products by hand. Markets King Oscar maintains marketing offices in Norway, Poland, and the United States. The fish for its products are caught in the Norwegian fjords, the North Sea, and various waters around the world. The global brand is distributed in countries including Norway, the United States, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and South Africa. History 1880 Norwegian fish canneries begin exporting sardines. 1893 Norwegian smoked sardines are introduced to the United States at the World Exhibition in Chicago. Additionally, other world markets are explored. 1902 King Oscar II of Norway and Sweden grants the Chr. Bjelland & Co. special royal permission to use his name and portrait on a brand of Norwegian sardines. 1903 The Chr. Bjelland & Co. begins exporting the King Oscar brand of sardines to the United States. 1920 The brand becomes well established in U.S. and British markets. 1950 Various King Oscar brisling sardine products are accorded kosher certification. 1965 King Oscar is introduced to Japan, where it is now the #1 imported sardine brand. 1981 Eleven Norwegian canneries merge to form a single company, Norway Foods, which acquires the King Oscar brand. 1996 Norway Foods is acquired by Rieber & Søn ASA, a Norwegian-based, specialized food company. 1998 The King Oscar brand is reintroduced to the Norwegian market and is introduced to Poland. 1999 The King Oscar brand is introduced to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania. 2001 The King Oscar brand is introduced to Slovakia. Also, King Oscar is officially relaunched in Russia, where the brand was initially registered at the turn of the 20th century. 2002 The King Oscar brand celebrates its centennial. 2008 While King Oscar fish catches are still made in various waters throughout the world, King Oscar’s central production efforts are moved to a facility in Gniewino, Poland. Additionally, the company continues to maintain a production facility in Svolvær, Norway. 2009 King Oscar AS becomes the new owner of the old brand. 2010 King Oscar AS purchased by Procuritas Capital Investments. 2014 King Oscar AS purchased by Thai Union Group. (en)
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  • Sardines, tuna, salmon, herring, mackerel, cod, and other fine canned seafood.
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  • The King Oscar brand was founded in 1902, when King Oscar II, ruler of Norway and Sweden, gave the Chr. Bjelland & Co. (one of Norway's leading canning companies at the time) special royal permission to use his name and likeness on a line of sardine products. King Oscar II ruled the United Kingdoms of Norway and Sweden from 1872 until 1905, when he granted Norway its independence. He remained king of Sweden until his death in 1907 at the age of 78. Products Production Markets History 1880 Norwegian fish canneries begin exporting sardines. 2002 The King Oscar brand celebrates its centennial. (en)
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