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Tingvollost Kraftkar (upper right), with Edel Bla another cheese, upper left. Kraftkar and Edel Bla.jpg
Tingvollost Kraftkar (upper right), with Edel Bla another cheese, upper left.

Tingvollost (established in 2003) is a Norwegian cheesemaker in Tingvoll, making blue cheese and white mold cheeses from cow's milk. Annual production in 2014 was 21 tons of cheese based on 200 000 liters milk.

Tingvoll Municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Tingvoll is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Tingvollvågen. Other villages include Meisingset, Kvisvik, and Torjulvågen. The municipality covers a peninsula on the mainland as well as a few surrounding islands. Norwegian National Road 70 and European route E39 both run through the municipality.

Blue cheese type of cheese

Blue cheese is a general classification of cheeses that have had cultures of the mold Penicillium added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue, or blue-grey mold and carries a distinct smell, either from that or various specially cultivated bacteria. Some blue cheeses are injected with spores before the curds form, and others have spores mixed in with the curds after they form. Blue cheeses are typically aged in a temperature-controlled environment such as a cave. Blue cheese can be eaten by itself or can be spread, crumbled or melted into or over foods.


Perhaps best known is the Kraftkar blue cheese that became World Champion in World Cheese Awards 2016. [1] [2] It first won the national championship in 2009 as well as medaled in the Nordic Cheese Competition in Denmark. [3] It won gold in World Cheese Awards 2011, in which year they also brought home the national and nordic gold. The next year they again won Nordic, beating the Svedjan and Kastrup. [4] In 2013 the Vismann took silver (a milder version of Kraftkar). [5] During World Cheese Awards 2014 in London, they won bronze with the Edel frue (soft white) and Mild mester (semi-hard white). [6] Mild Mester was in 2015 made a "Super Gold" and among 62 cheeses nominated to win World Cheese Awards 2015 in Birmingham, Edel frue and Vismann taking bronse, while Kraftkar won silver.


Kraftkar is a blue cheese from Tingvoll in Nordmøre, Western Norway, made from unskimmed cow's milk and cream, with injected culture of the mold Penicillium roqueforti.

Birmingham City in the English Midlands, 2nd highest population of UK cities

Birmingham is the second-most populous city in the United Kingdom, after London, and the most populous city in the English Midlands. With an estimated population of 1,137,100 as of 2017, Birmingham is the cultural, social, financial and commercial centre of the Midlands. It is the main centre of the West Midlands conurbation, which is the third most populated urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population in 2011 of 2,440,986. The wider Birmingham metropolitan area is the second largest in the United Kingdom with a population of over 3.7 million. Birmingham is frequently referred to as the United Kingdom's "second city".

Kraftkar was elected as World Champion in World Cheese Awards 2016, held in San Sebastián, competing with 3,021 cheeses from 31 countries. [1]

San Sebastián Place in Basque Country, Spain

San Sebastián or Donostia is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border. The capital city of Gipuzkoa, the municipality's population is 186,095 as of 2015, with its metropolitan area reaching 436,500 in 2010. Locals call themselves donostiarra (singular), both in Spanish and Basque.


It was founded in 2003 by the Waagen family in conjunction with the Saghaug Gård, a farm dating from the 1300s. [7] Production manager Egil Smith-Meyer, chief executive officer is Kristin Waagen, daughter of farmer Gunnar Waagen and senior cheese maker Solvår Waagen who describes production as handmade (no machinery).

The startup was partially due to minister of agriculture Lars Sponheim in 2003 allowing milk farmers to make cheese from their own milk (not from the TINE quota). [8]

Lars Sponheim Norwegian politician

Lars Sponheim is a Norwegian politician. He was leader of the Liberal Party from 1996 to 2010. He was a member of the Storting from 1993 to 2009, and a government minister from 1997 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2005. He is the current County Governor of Vestland, having served as the County Governor of Hordaland from 2010 until the office was merged with that of neighboring Sogn og Fjordane in 2019.

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  1. 1 2 Kraftkar, un queso azul noruego, mejor del mundo en los World Cheese Awards , from elmundo.es last accessed in November 17, 2016
  2. Opheim, Aagot (November 16, 2016). "Tingvollost er verdensmester i ost". adressa.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  3. Småskala i stor stil in the Nationen newspaper, July 18, 2014.
  4. Ny heder til Tingvollost in the Tidens Krav newspaper, July 1, 2013.
  5. Julekaker gir det masse sexlyst in Nationen, November 18, 2014.
  6. Her lages verdens beste ost in the Aperitif.no web magazine, last accessed November 17, 2016.
  7. Tingvollost - HANEN.no, a company website, last accessed on November 17, 2016.
  8. Bittesmå verdensmestere in the Nationen newspaper, April 28, 2012.