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Freia (chocolate)

Freia clock at Egertorget square in Oslo
Freia AS
Industry Food manufacturing
Founded 1889
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served
Products Confectionery
Parent Mondelēz International

Freia is a Norwegian chocolate candy manufacturing company. The company is famous for Freia Melkesjokolade and Kvikk Lunsj, as well as for other candy and dessert products.[1]


  • History 1
  • Later years 2
  • References 3
  • Additional sources 4
  • External links 5


The company was founded in 1889, but real success was seen only in 1892, when Johan Throne Holst (1868–1946) took over management. Holst realized that there was a potential market for edible milk chocolate, in addition to the dark chocolate and other minor products Freia were producing at the time. Holst built up Freia to be Norway's leading chocolate manufacturer. By the turn of the century, Freia was the leading Norwegian brand in sweets. Since its inception the factory has been in the Rodeløkka neighborhood in the borough of Grünerløkka in Oslo.

Based on the success in Norway, the Throne-Holst family in 1916 founded the chocolate factory Marabou in Upplands Väsby outside of Stockholm in Sweden. The name Freia (or Freja) could not be used due to a conflicting trademark in Sweden. The name Marabou was chosen instead from the marabou stork, the species of bird on the Freia logo.

Chocolate with the marabou stork logo

Later years

Freia was purchased in 1993 by


  1. ^ (Store norske leksikon)Freia

Additional sources

  • Ibsen, Hilde (1998) Et lite stykke Norge : Freia 100 år ISBN 82-518-3683-2,

External links

  • Freia official website
  • Kraft Foods Nordic official website

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