Mandatory notification of trade – employee shares 2009

We refer to the notice to the Oslo Stock Exchange dated 12 November 2009 regarding Orkla's offer to its employees to buy Orkla-shares. Today, on 16 December 2009, Orkla transferred 1,289,452 Orkla-shares to its employees.
After this transaction Orkla owns 9,857,815 Orkla-shares. 
The total number of options issued in Orkla shares is  14,967,000. In addition Orkla has a hedge through a cash-settled financial derivative of 600,000 underlying shares related to the option programmes.

Orkla ASA
Oslo, 16 December 2009

Contact Orkla Investor Relations:
Siv Merethe S. Brekke, Tel: +47 2254 4455

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)