Primula is a cheese with a difference. We’re owned by the Kavli Trust, a charitable organisation that donates millions of pounds every year to projects that enhance people’s lives. As responsible as we are moreish, we’re dedicated to finding and funding the humanitarian, research, and cultural initiatives that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Every time you squeeze, spread, and dip, you’re supporting worthy causes right here in the UK and across the world.
Born in 1872, young Olav grew up on a farm in the small village of Aro, on the
Kavli est. 1893
Kavli was established in 1893 when Olav Kavli opened a tiny (but tasty) cheese store in Bergen, Norway.
The world’s first
In 1924, Olav opened his first factory. This is where he developed Primula.
Our UK launch
We made it across the North Sea and into homes around the UK.
Primula goes global
More cheese, please! The 30’s see Primula spread across Scandinavia and Europe. Next stop: the rest of the world. Kavli also developed the world's first spreadable cheese in a tube.
Kavli Trust est.
With no heirs to leave Primula to, Knut Kavli (Kavli’s second generation) established the Kavli Trust to support our charitable work.