Our history

Rieber & Søn is a family-owned Norwegian investment company with an industrial legacy dating back to 1839. While deeply rooted in Bergen and western Norway, we are international in our outlook.

The Rieber family’s Norwegian story began with a dramatic shipwreck north of Bergen in 1817. The industrial legacy dates back to 1839.

 

The dramatic beginning

1817

1839 – P.G. Rieber established

1839

An industry group emerges

1950-70

Merger and stock exchange listing

1987

Focus on food and beverage

2000

Orkla aquisition

2012

Investment company

2015
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The dramatic beginning

The emigrant ship «De Zee Ploeg», bound for America, is shipwrecked north of Bergen after being ravaged by a hurricane. Among the passengers are the Rieber family from Ebingen in Germany.

1839 – P.G. Rieber established

Paul Gottlieb Rieber, eight years old when “De Zee Ploeg” stranded, establishes the firm P.G. Rieber in Bergen and opens trade and vinegar production

An industry group emerges

The corporation is transformed from a trading company into a major industrial group. Sales volumes grow by a factor of five, as does the number of employees – from 292 to 1591.

Merger and stock exchange listing

The company is merged with building materials company Jacob Neumann and Nodest Industries. Following the merger, Rieber & Søn is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Focus on food and beverage

Rieber & Søn abandons the conglomerate model to concentrate on food and beverages.

Orkla aquisition

Rieber & Søn is acquired by consumer goods company Orkla and later merged with Stabburet to form Orkla Foods Norway.

Investment company

Rieber & Søn brings its legacy into the future as an investment company aspiring to foster growth and renewal.