Primula is a cheese with a difference – we are owned by the Kavli Trust, a charitable organisation which each year donates thousands of pounds to supporting research, humanitarian and cultural projects which improve people’s lives. This means every time you buy Primula Cheese you are helping to support worthy causes, right here in the UK and across the world.

Kavli History Timeline

Olav Kavli

Olav Kavli

Born in 1872 Olav grew up on a farm in the small village of Aro, near Molde on the Norwegian coast.


Kavli Est.

Kavli Est. 1893

Kavli was established in 1893 when Olav Kavli set up a small grocery store selling cheese in Bergen, Norway.


The Worlds First

The World’s First

In 1924 Olav established his first factory where he developed the world’s first long life spreadable cheese, Primula Cheese.


UK Launch

UK Launch

Primula launched in the UK during 1929.


Primula Worldwide

Through the 1930’s the business expanded across Scandinavia and Europe. Primula Cheese was exported worldwide.

Kavli Trust Est.

Kavli Trust Est.

With no legal heirs to leave his business to, Knut Kavli established the Kavli Trust to continue the family’s social responsibility and charitable work.


Kavli Trust

Kavli Trust

The Kavli Trust supports good causes both in the UK and abroad by providing sustainable investment in research (30%), culture (10%) and humanitarian work (60%).
The Kavli Trust is the sole proprietor of the Kavli Group which means that all funds that are not reinvested to strengthen the business and its operations, go to charitable work.
The group has generated over £21.2 million for the  Kavli Trust Since 2013. 2016 saw a record donation of £7.68 million.



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About the Kavli Trust

In 1962 the Kavli Trust was established in Norway with a legal duty to carry on the good works of the Kavli family by donating profits from the Kavli Group to humanitarian, research and cultural projects.

The Kavli Trust owns the Kavli Group, which generates the long term funding for its work. Part of Kavli’s profits are reinvested to strengthen and develop group’s operations, while the remainder benefits humanitarian work, research and cultural activities through the Kavli Trust.

Alongside its international commitments, The Kavli Trust also allocates funds for each Kavli site to donate to charity projects that benefit the local community and which are nominated by local colleagues.

Grants from the Kavli Trust have risen substantially in recent years as the Kavli Group has expanded and in 2012 NOK 25 million (£2.5 million) was donated to good causes.

The Kavli Trust supports a broad range of local and international projects which fall under the key headings enshrined in its statutes:

Humanitarian: Support for the poor and disadvantaged people in the global south and within the Kavli countries, with a focus on education to give individuals opportunities to grow, develop and break out of poverty.

Research: Support for research into important social areas which can benefit humanity. To prevent and combat serious illnesses and damage caused by modern lifestyles with a focus on dementia and MS/CFS.

Culture: Support for cultural activities which enrich and stimulate society, with particular focus on young people.

The Kavli Trust works with partner organisations and charities to develop and support programmes that are sustainable and have a long term benefit, giving people the skills and tools to help themselves.