Carlsberg Group in Norway

Ringnes is Norway’s leading beverage company producing beer, water and soft drinks.

The company was founded in 1876 by two brothers – Amund and Ellef Ringnes. 

As an innovative company that is constantly evaluating the market opportunities, Ringnes has taken advantage of the trends in water, sugar-free soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer - a range of products that have enjoyed incredible growth over the past year. In 2018, Ringnes had a total market share in the off-trade market for beer of 54%, soft drinks 43% and water 67%. 

Key Facts

Breweries: 2
Market Position: 1
Market Share: 54%


Ringnes AS
Thorvald Meyersgate 2
P.O. Box 7152
0307 Oslo

Tel.: +47 22 06 95 00
Fax: +47 22 06 97 70



Managing Director, Ringnes

Marianne Ødegaard Ribe

Head of Finance, Ringnes

Kim Rolf

Media Relations

Communications Manager, Ringnes

Nicolay Bruusgaard

Tel +47 900 84 257 Email [email protected]

Key Dates

1876 Ringnes Brewery founded in Kristiania (now Oslo)
1914 Farris established in Larvik
1988 Merger between Nora and Ringnes Frydenlund creates the modern Ringnes
1995 Ringnes merges with Swedish Pripps Brewery
1997 Orkla acquires Volvo’s shares in Ringnes and becomes 100% owner
2001 Carlsberg and Orkla merge brewing activities

Did you know that...?

  • The excise duty on alcoholic drinks is extremely high in Norway.
  • Norway has a ban on any kind of advertising for alcohol.
  • The right to use the Olympic rings in the marketing of Vørter beer was sold by Frydenlund Brewery to Norway’s Olympic committee in 1970 for NKR 1.00. However Ringnes is still allowed to use the Olympic rings on the Vørter beer bottle.