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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Moose meat peddled in Germany

Among the various Norwegian products on offer at a major food exposition in Germany last week was moose meat, specifically moose burgers, which disappeared almost as quickly as promoters could fry them up and serve them.

Staff from Norwegian meat producer Brødrene Ringstad, with their moose burgers in Berlin last week. PHOTO: Bondelaget

“Moose (called elg in Norwegian) is exotic in Germany, and we see that in the sale of ‘elg-burgers,'” Trygve Skjolden of Brødene Ringstad, which produces and sells meat from Rakkestad in southern Norway, told the website for Norwegian farmers’ organization Norges Bondelag.

Brødene Ringstad was among exhibitors at the annual International Grüne Woche in Berlin last week, which had a large delegation from Norway promoting everything from brown cheese to overnight stays in traditional buildings on farms called “stabbur.”

The moose booth reportedly attracted heavy traffic. “The elg-burgers are extremely popular, and we’ve had them made in convenient, 50-gram portions with matching buns for Grüne Woche,” Skjolen said. Visitors also snapped lots of photos of a moosehead featured at the booth.

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