Orkla President and CEO Peter A. Ruzicka has been awarded the Fourth Class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.
The Estonian Ambassador to Norway, Simmu Tiik, presented the order at a formal reception in Oslo. The order is the highest Estonian honour that may be bestowed on a foreign national. In the speech held by the Ambassador on Estonia’s National Day, 26 February, he said,
“Orkla has operated in Estonia for many years. Both Põltsamaa Felix and Kalev are companies and brands that are well known in Estonia. Orkla has gradually developed its activities in our country, while showing respect for local traditions and history.”
In his reply, Mr Ruzicka stated, “It is a great honour to be awarded this order. It shows that our activities in Estonia mean a great deal to the country. We will continue to develop and strengthen our Estonian operations in the time to come.”
In connection with the acquisition of Volvo’s food business in 1994, Põltsamaa Felix became part of the Orkla Group. The company holds strong positions in the ketchup, mayonnaise, vegetable, juice and jam segments. Later, the ingredients business Vilmix (2008) and the chocolate and confectionery company Kalev (2010) were acquired. Kalev was founded in 1806 and is one of Estonia’s strongest brands. In 2013, Orkla established an accounting centre in the capital, Tallinn.
Orkla’s turnover in Estonia totalled close to NOK 600 million in 2014, and Orkla’s operations employed a workforce of more than 600 man-years.