Norway’s Røros Butter Launches in USA

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Norway's much-loved Røros Smør is now available in selected parts of the United States.

Norwegian Americans rejoice! Norway's best butter is coming to a store near you. In its 20th anniversary year, the dairy Rørosmeieriet has struck an export deal to make its butter available in more than 60 American stores.

Røros Smør in its American packaging. Photo: Rørosmeieriet.
Røros Smør in its American packaging. Photo: Rørosmeieriet.

Rørosmeieriet delivers milk, cream, sour cream, butter, sour milk, fresh cheese and yoghurt all over Norway. But the American dream will begin with its two signature butter products, unsalted and salted.

Focusing on Norwegian American hotspots

The deal will initially see the butter available in more than 60 stores, many of which will be located in areas with Norwegian American connections. The company knows the demand will be strong.

Røros Smør—branded as Røros Butter—was launched in St. Paul, Minnesota, and several food stores and markets in the Twin Cities will carry the products. So too will Duluth in the north of the state.

The latter is pleasing not only to Scandinavian Americans in the city. “I look forward to having something Norwegian here,” said Oscar Toftegaard to NRK.

Norwegian American flag concept

He moved from Norway to Duluth in Minnesota just a few years ago, and said his longing for real Norwegian food has been great.

Other locations to have a stockist include Sioux Falls in South Dakota, Hudson in Wisconsin, Missoula in Montana, Henderson in Nevada and Lincoln in Nebrasksa.

A 20-year success story

Røros is a small town in central Norway with a fascinating history. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known throughout Norway as a sustainable food destination.

Back in 2001, the Tine dairy shut down its local production facility in the Røros area. Four local employees rallied organic dairy farmers and founded what is now Rørosmeieriet.

Winter scene from Røros, Norway
Røros is 100km away from Trondheim.

The aim was to replace the demand for organic milk in the Røros region and start to produce unique dairy products. Twenty years on, Rørosmeieriet is Norway’s leading producer of organic dairy products.

But back in 2001, there was never any plans to export. Quite the opposite, in fact, according to communications manager Gunhild Sun Bellsli.

Read more: Norway's Butter Crisis of 2011

But the company had a change of heart recently when they discovered a baker in Singapore uses Røros Smør. “Now we see that exports can be an extra leg to stand on for Rørosmeieriet into the future,” she said.

A historic butter recipe

The recipe and production method from Røros Smør is inspired by milkmaid Ingrid Skancke, who sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 77.

Røros Smør
The butter as sold in Norway.

She was one of the last local milkmaids to work in the traditional way by spending the summer with the cows on the “seter”, or summer farm in the mountains.

She generously shared her family recipe with the new business as she believed in the dairy's mission and ability to keep the traditional family recipe alive.

“To make the butter, we add live cultures to the base cream, which is then cultured over a minimum of 3-4 days,” explains Rørosmeieriet. The cultured cream is then slowly churned in small batches.

“We tap out the buttermilk before the butter is washed with Norwegian spring water until it has a rich, soft flavor and texture. Our salted variety is made by gently kneading in flaky, hand harvested sea salt from the Norwegian fjords.”

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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4 thoughts on “Norway’s Røros Butter Launches in USA”

  1. I work for Lunds and Byerlys grocery store in Richfield MN! We just got it in November. I took this butter with me for thanksgiving dinner in Denver! My daughter hosted! The butter was a hit and that’s all everyone talked about! They are wanting to know where they can get it! I told them to hang tight and it will get to Denver eventually! I’ll be sending butter out now! Thank you! If you ever get to the US please come visit our store

    Pamela Endress
    FoodE Expert

  2. I got a text message about this article from a friend who owns Nordic Coffee House in NJ. Being eastern European I value my food and quality butter for this matter. I but Irish butter but would LOVE support a good people in Norway. We too made home cultures butter (Slovakia).
    Looking forward to finding butter in NJ, lots of eastern Europeans here…let’s be honest, Vikings traveled far 😁


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