Stavanger Preserving Company is established.
Norway cans and exports its first sardines.
Norwegian smoked sardines are introduced to the United States at the World Exhibition in Chicago. Additionally, other world markets are explored.
King Oscar II of Norway and Sweden grants the Christian Bjelland Company special royal permission to use his name and portrait on a brand of Norwegian sardines.
The Christian Bjelland Company begins exporting King Oscar sardines to the United States.
After several packaging design revisions to the King Oscar portrait, His Majesty acquires his present appearance. The brand is becoming well established in U.S. and British markets.
Various King Oscar brisling sardine products are accorded kosher certification, assuring an extra guarantee of quality, as only the purest products can be awarded this distinction.
King Oscar is introduced to Japan, where it is now the #1 imported sardine brand.
Eleven Norwegian canneries merge to form a single company, Norway Foods, which acquires the King Oscar brand.
Norway Foods is acquired by Rieber & Søn ASA, a Norwegian-based, specialized food company with global brand distribution.
The King Oscar brand is proudly reintroduced to the Norwegian market and is introduced to Poland.
The King Oscar brand is introduced to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania.
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.
The King Oscar brand celebrates its centennial. Long live the king!
While King Oscar fish catches are still made from various waters throughout the world, King Oscar’s central production efforts are moved to a first-class facility in Gniewino, Poland. Additionally, the company continues to maintain a production facility in Svolvær, Norway.
King Oscar AS becomes the new owner of the 110-year old brand.
Under new ownership, King Oscar AS reconfirms its mission to bring the best, most innovative products to seafood lovers around the world.
King Oscar AS is purchased by Thai Union Group, a global leader in the canned seafood industry committed to King Oscar’s continued growth and success.