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August 7, 2011

Shopping for food in Norway reminds me of shopping in the UK 20 – 25 years ago, before the huge supermarkets arrived, but without the greengrocers, butchers, and fishmongers. There are still plenty of bakers (normally with a coffee shop attached) and I do live near a fishmonger (but it’s the only one I’ve seen).  So basically food shopping in Norway reminds me of Laws or Fine Fare or even the manky Gateway behind Clyde Hall in Glasgow.

There are lots of small supermarkets (though really there are only 2 or 3 because they are owned by 2 or 3 parent companies).  Small supermarkets means higher overheads and a smaller range of food.  The range of food isn’t helped by all supermarkets selling the same brands – Eldorado and Toro food items are available in all shops at different prices. Tine virtually has a monopoly on dairy produce so to support the other dairy producers it’s good to buy non-Tine dairy produce if possible.  Delis and other specialist food shops (e.g. a fromagerie – or cheesemonger to those who don’t speak French) are slowly appearing.  Centra (at the expensive end of the supermarkets) does sell some imports mainly from the USA but also some from the UK – you can buy Fentiman’s Ginger Beer and Ovaltine there.

The organisation of the supermarket shelves can appear very strange to the uninitiated.  Tins of sardines both in oil and tomato sauce (known as dead men in a box) and  liver pate are located next to jam and chocolate spread. Eventually you realise that they do have something in common

Things to put on toast!  The baked beans and cheese are in different aisles so it’s not a fully thought through idea 🙂 Please note that Pudding ate the sardines.

There are also some products that people in the UK have been buying for years that have only just reached Norwegian shores – Alpen cereal bars arrived in January – and in the past few weeks – flavoured cottage cheese!

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 15, 2011 6:26 pm

    Where have all the statues gone?
    Aren’t there any more?

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