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The Rieber family’s Norwegian story began with a dramatic shipwreck north of Bergen in 1817. The industrial legacy dates back to 1839.
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.
Paul Gottlieb Rieber, only eight years old when «De Zee Ploeg» stranded, establishees the firm P.G. Rieber and opens trade and vinegar production.
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.
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.
Rieber & Søn abandons the conglomerate model to concentrate on food and beverages.
Rieber & Søn is acquired by consumer goods company Orkla and later merged with Stabburet to form Orkla Foods Norway.
Rieber & Søn brings its legacy into the future, as an investment company aspiring to foster growth and renewal.