Pågen is a Swedish bakery company founded in 1878 by Anders and Matilda Påhlsson. The company started off as a little bakery in Malmö in the southern province of Scania, their bakeries are run by around 1350 employees, are located in Malmö and Gothenburg. Their products include various types of bread and cookies. With key export markets in France, Great Britain and Belgium, Pågen is one of Sweden's leading food exporters with an annual turnover of around 220 million Euros. Pågen is the definite form of the word påg. Pågen marketed the cookies'Tosca Pågar' as'Florentine Pogens' in the United States until 1992, Frank Zappa wrote a song called'Florentine Pogen', with the opening line "She was the daughter of a wealthy Florentine Pogen", released on the album One Size Fits All. Pågen — Official website
Arla Foods amba is an international cooperative based in Viby and the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. Arla Foods was formed as the result of a merger between the Swedish dairy cooperative Arla and the Danish dairy company MD Foods on 17 April 2000; the name Arla derives from the same word as the English word "early" and is an archaic Swedish term for "early". In the 1880s, dairy farmers in Sweden and Denmark formed small cooperatives to invest in common dairy production facilities; the first cooperative dairy was established in Sweden at Stora Arla Gård in Västmanland in 1881 under the name of Arla Mejeriförening, the first Danish cooperative dairy was established in Hjedding, outside Ølgod, Southern Jutland in 1882. On 26 April 1915, dairy farmers in Stockholm and adjoining counties created Sweden's largest cooperative dairy organisation, Lantmännens mjölkförsäljningsförening, which operated dairies as well as a chain of shops selling dairy products. In 1927, the company registered the name Mjölkcentralen and from the 1950s a growing number of cooperative dairies in other parts of Sweden began joining MC.
In 1975, MC changed its name to Arla, a name used not only by Sweden's first cooperative dairy, but by the largest dairy retailer in Gothenburg between 1909 and 1965. By the end of the 20th century, Arla had a 65% market share in Sweden. On 1 October 1970, Mejeriselskabet Danmark was established by four dairy companies and three individual dairies. In 1988, the company changed name to MD Foods. In 1992, MD Foods and Denmark's second largest dairy company, Kløver Mælk, signed a financially binding co operation agreement, in 1999, the two companies merged to become MD Foods, gaining 90% of the Danish milk production. In April 2000, MD Foods formed Arla Foods A.m.b.. A with headquarters in Aarhus and became Arla Foods as it is known today. Arla Foods is the fourth largest dairy company in the world with respect to milk volume, seventh with respect to turnover. At the start of 2016, 12,500 farmers across Western Europe and Scandinavia owned the cooperative. Arla Foods has three minor brands: Arla and Castello cheeses that are sold worldwide.
The Arla Brand is both a brand across all product categories. The Lurpak brand of butter and spreads is owned by the Danish Dairy Board, Castello is a cheese brand including blue cheese and yellow cheeses. Arla Foods incorporates Arla Foods Ingredients, a former division established as an independent subsidiary in 2011; the company develops and manufactures milk based ingredients functional and nutritional milk proteins, bioactive phospholipids, minerals and lactose for the food industry. The head office is located in Denmark. Arla Foods Ingredients has one wholly owned production plant in Denmark, with joint venture production at facilities in Argentina and Germany. In March 2011, Arla Foods and DMK formed the joint venture company ArNoCo Co.. KG, to produce whey proteins for the food industry. Arla's sales were affected by a two month long boycott of Danish products in the Middle East in 2006. Anger among Muslims over satirical cartoons of Muhammed published in Denmark was the initial cause; when the Danish government refused to condemn the cartoons or meet with eleven ambassadors from Muslim nations, a boycott of Danish products was organised, starting in Saudi Arabia and spreading across the Middle East.
The Middle East is Arla's largest market outside of Europe. On 3 February 2006, the company said that sales in the Middle East dried up costing the company US$2 million a day. Soon after the boycott hit Arla's sales, the Danish government met with Muslim ambassadors and the newspaper issued an apology. Despite this, the boycott continued unabated for two months. In March 2006, Arla took out full page advertising in Saudi Arabia, apologising for the cartoons and indicating Arla's respect for Islam in the country; this caused controversy in Denmark, where women's organisations and some politicians criticised Arla, called on Danish women to boycott Arla's products in Denmark. In April 2006, the company said that its products were being placed back in shops in the Middle East. Before the boycott, it supplied 50,000 shops in the area, it announced that many of its largest clients in Saudi Arabia would start selling its butter and cheese on 8 April 2006. At that time, Arla began sponsoring humanitarian causes in the Middle East to foster good public relations with the region.
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Hästens Sängar AB, doing business as Hastens,. Hästens manufacture beds and mattresses by hand using natural materials like cotton, horse hair and flax. Hästens retail stores sell branded premium bedlinen, pillows and accessories; the company was founded by Pehr Adolf Janson in 1852 as a master saddler business and is still a family-owned company. David Janson shifted their focus in the early 1900s from making saddles to making beds. By 1952, a century after its foundation, they had become the official bedding supplier of Sweden's royal court, a title they share with IKEA since 1984; the company continues to manufacture all beds in its factory in Sweden. Pehr Adolf Janson was awarded his master certificate in 1852 by King Oscar I of Sweden. Master saddlers were makers of mattresses, since horsetail hair was an essential material for the pads that went into the carriage. At that time, becoming a master saddler in Sweden required the certificate to be issued by the King himself. In the late 1800s, the family moved to Hed and Pehr Adolf's son Per Thure Janson decided to follow his father's path in becoming a master saddler.
Per Thure started a company together with his son David Janson. The business of making beds took off and they were soon making more beds than saddles. In 1939, British architect Ralph Erskine travelled by bicycle to Sweden, where he met David Janson who commissioned him to build the Hästens Factory, one of the first buildings that he designed in Sweden, it was designed by Erskine in 1948 and he designed the further expansion of the factory in 1998, in Köping where the company is still located as of 2015. In 1978, Jack Ryde designed Hästens' blue check pattern, presented for a furniture trade fair; the blue check pattern is protected. In 2006, Hästens was awarded the Swedish Trade Council's annual export award. At the time the brand was marketed in 22 countries, the largest markets being Netherlands and the US. Hästens operates multiple retail stores and 200 Hästens Stores around the world in locations such as New York, Stockholm, Madrid, México City, Chicago and Brussels. 1952 - Purveyor to the Swedish Royal Court 2006 - Swedish Trade Council Export Award & Best International Growth Company by Ernst & Young 2010 - Wallpaper* Design Award Best Bed 2011 - Palme d'Or de la Literie de Prestige 2013 - Signum Priset Sweden 2015 - Hurun Report: The Best of the Best Awards 2015 In 2000, a Swedish court ruled that Hästens was not allowed to advertise with phrases such as "The finest beds in the world" and "due to, we can offer 25 years' warranty on springs and frames".
The latter was, among other reasons, because the springs and frames were manufactured by a subcontractor. Many companies have tried to copy the check patterns and Hästens has undertaken legal procedures in several countries against infringements and counterfeits; as of 2011, the phrase "At Hästens we set out to make the best beds in the world." Is used. Official website
Iittala, founded as a glassworks in 1881, is a Finnish design brand specialising in design objects and cookware. Iittala's official i-logo was designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1956. Iittala has strong design roots in glasswares and art glass which can be seen in, for example, the early designs of Aino Aalto glasses designed by Aino Aalto in 1932. Over time, Iittala has expanded from glass to other materials, such as ceramics and metal while keeping with their key philosophy of progressive elegant and timeless design, such as Kaj Franck’s Teema ceramic tableware from 1952 and Timo Sarpaneva's cast iron pot Sarpaneva from 1960. Iittala focuses on timeless design which can be seen not only in older creations but in the modern classics such as cookware Tools designed by Björn Dahlström in 1998. Iittala products are made in China, Vietnam and Romania; some glassware is still made in Finland. In April 1881, in the southern province of Finland, in the village of Iittala, the Swede Petrus Magnus Abrahamsson, after having left the Nuutajärvi glassworks, founded the Iittala Glasbruks Aktiebolag.
Due to the lack of skilled glassblowers in Finland the first 17 glassblowers came from the Limmared glassworks in Sweden. They along with the local Swedish glassblower Johan Fredrik Gauffin, part owner, made the first glass objects on November 24, 1881. In February 1888 Abrahamsson left the loss-making Iittala glassworks and Anders Andersson the chairman of the board took over the directorship of the Iittala glassworks. In 1865 the Swede, Anders Norstedt resigned as administrator from the Nuutajärvi glassworks and moved to Helsinki to handle his business interests. By 1895 Anders Norstedt was the majority shareholder of the Iittala Glasbruks Aktiebolag. Claës Norstedt, the son of Anders Norstedt started at the Iittala glassworks in autumn 1895 as a clerk, he became the factory manager and in spring 1896 after his father's death Claës Norstedt was promoted to deputy director. Claës Norstedt was qualified and is the first Finnish professional in the field of glass but he was content just managing and supervising technical aspects at the glassworks, so he travelled throughout Finland on many commercial business trips.
It was during his tenure. In 1898 a second directly fired. One furnace was used to blow pharmacy glassware and the other furnace made household glass and crystal. An initiative by Norstedt resulted in Iittala's iron mould foreman, Alfred Gustafsson becoming the first in-house designer at Iittala glassworks. In 1903 Gustafsson created the glass series Great Men to passively protest Russian rule. In 1917 due to the First World War raw materials began to become difficult to obtain, inflation caused prices to rise and wages soared resulting in Norstedt giving up the Iittala glassworks. Karhula Oy, part of the A. Ahlström Group bought the Iittala glassworks and Norstedt resigned from the board in March 1917. Up until 1910 – 1920 Iittala glassworks produced glass wares using imported moulds resulting in products being similar within Finland and abroad. In time the entire ownership of Iittala stock went to the Ahlström Group. Though Iittala no longer existed as an independent company, Iittala continued to have a separate corporate identity until 1935 when the Iittalan Lasitehdas Osakeyhtiö was formed with the Karhula Company.
From on products were produced under Karhula-Iittala. In 1932 Göran Hongell, was hired by Karhula-Iittala and became the first designer hired for a Finnish glassworks. Hongell initiated collaboration between designers and glassblowers by bringing drawings to the glass workshop to ask about technical aspects of blowing the object. At the Karhula-Iittala design competition in 1932 Aino Aalto's famous Bölgeblick won second place. Bölgeblick tumblers went into mass production in 1949, they were discontinued in 1960 but production restarted at the Karhula glassworks in 1983. Since 1994 the Iittala glassworks took over the production where they are still being made to this day. With demand for bottles and glasses increasing since 1932 Hans Ahlström from the Ahlström Group started to modernize the Karhula and Iittala glassworks in 1935. Ahlström divided the production of Karhula-Iittala products in 1937. Iittala glassworks would concentrate on hand-blown glass while Karhula glassworks would take over all automated glass production.
The plans, around as early as 1933 were delayed because of WW2, though working methods and furnaces’ were modernized anyway in 1937. Some of the changes at the Iittala glassworks included the conversion of a single special crucible furnace and the old 4 crucible furnace into 6 crucibles. An 8 crucible regenerative furnace was built but the increased output did not change the fact that all exported Iittala products were still sold under the Karhula brand and within Finland Iittala products were still sold under Karhula-Iittala. After the taking over of the Viiala glassworks by Karhula Oy and Riihimäen Lasi Oy a separate furnace for blowing electric lamps was built, since the employees, as part of the deal went to the Iittala glassworks. During the Winter War and the Continuation War, part of th
Löfbergs, named Löfbergs Lila between 1906–2012, is a coffee roastery in Karlstad, Sweden. It was founded in 1906 by the three brothers Josef and John Löfberg. Löfbergs is today one of the largest coffee roasteries in the Nordic countries; the company is now in third and fourth generation. The main office and one of the roasteries is in Karlstad, they own 50 % of Peter Larsens Kaffe in Denmark. Löfbergs owns Kobbs tea; the company has 200 employees. As of 1999 the company had a 20% market share in Sweden. In recent years Löfbergs have strengthened their position in the market, with an emphasis on social responsibility and working for a better environment. Löfbergs is one of Europe's largest importers of organic and fair trade coffee, as well as being Sweden's major supplier of coffee to restaurants, cafés and companies. Löfbergs sponsors the ice hockey team Färjestad BK as well as Löfbergs Arena. For many years, Färjestad's team colours were the same purple and yellow as Löfbergs's colours, but, changed for the 2006–07 season.
In August 2012, the roastery dropped "Lila" from its name to become Löfbergs. Löfbergs official website Coffee portal
Friends of Handicraft
The Friends of Handicraft is a Swedish association for the education, development and experimentation of advanced textiles and design. The association was founded in 1874 by Sophie Adlersparre. From the outset, the association had the double aims of promoting the development of the quality of Swedish textile handicraft as well as to provide women with a source of independent income; the association still has the pedagogical aim to provide education in textile creation and design. At the turn of the 19th – 20th century, Carin Wästberg, Maja Sjöström, Gunnar G:son Wennerberg and Alf Wallander were responsible for the artistic production of the association. Somewhat Anna Boberg, Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn were tied to the Friends of Handicraft, making designs for tapestries woven by the association. Several of the works produced during this early era are today in the collections of the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm. During the first years of activity, members of the association traveled around Sweden, documenting traditional textile handicraft.
In 1915 the Friends of Handicraft furthermore received funding from the Swedish state in order to provide education and training in weaving and textile handicraft for the first time. During the 1930s and 1940s, the activities of the association were broadened and the Friends of Handicrafts began to produce textiles for furniture and carpets; the association was led by Edna Martin between 1951-1977. During this time, the association developed and produced several large textile artworks, including two works for the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament. Artists Endre Nemes, Peter Dahl, Kaisa Melanton and Sten Kauppi all cooperated with the association during this period. In 1963, the until private school was transformed into a state-owned school. In this period the first male students began to study at the Friends of Handicraft's school. Since the 1990s, Siri Derkert, Lennart Rodhe and many other Swedish artists have cooperated with the association. Textile art from the Friends of Handicraft is today represented in e.g. Moderna Museet, Stockholm City Hall and the Headquarters of the United Nations.
The Friends of Handicraft operates one of the few remaining artistic studios for textile art and, as noted above, cooperates with artists. The association provides textile artworks for public institutions and churches in Sweden, furthermore still operates the school of advanced textile art and handicraft, founded in 1881 as a weaving school, it operates an art gallery were the association displays textile art, located on Djurgården in Stockholm. The Friends of Handicrafts its overarching purpose as being an association "for the education, development and experimentation of advanced textiles and design." Friends of Finnish Handicraft
Cision Ltd. is a public relations and earned media software company and services provider. The company has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois; the company went public via reverse merger in June 2017. In addition to its web-based PR and earned media software as a service suite the Cision Communications Cloud, the company owns online publicity and media services PRNewswire, PRWeb, Bulletin Intelligence, L'Argus de la presse, Help a Reporter Out, CEDROM-SNI and Prime Research; the company operates in the United States, Canada and Asia. The company's stock is listed on the NYSE. Kevin Akeroyd serves as CEO of the company, Mark Anderson of GTCR serves as Chairman of the Board. Cision provides public relations services to businesses, using a cloud-based, or software as a service model; the company offers social media engagement and media publicity services. Cision's software is distributed in seven languages; as of June 2014, it is used by more than 16,000 annual subscribers worldwide, including commercial businesses and governmental and non-profit organizations.
The company offers three web-based packages: the "CisionMarketing Suite", the "Public Relations Suite" and a "Government Relations and Political Action Committee Suite". The Cision "Public Relations Suite" allows users to distribute press releases, access a database of bloggers and journalists, monitor and analyze news and social media sites; the company's "Government Relations Suite" manages government contacts, analyzes lobbying activity, facilitates communication with elected officials and provides PAC compliance software for filing reports to the FEC and state elections commissions. Through a series of acquisitions, the company provides services in PRWeb, HARO, North Social and iContact, Media Insight Suite which Cision has continued to operate under the existing brand names. Vocus offers consulting services to support the use of its software products. PRWeb is an online press release service. PRWeb services are available through the "Vocus Marketing Suite," the "Vocus PR Suite" or as a separate service.
On September 15, 2014, Cision announced the acquisition of Visible Technologies, a social media analytics company. On October 14, 2014, Cision AB and Vocus announced a "friendly merger" of the two public relations companies. Cision based in Sweden will relocate its headquarters to Chicago and so will Vocus from Maryland, United States; the company will be based out of Chicago and the combined entity will be known as Cision. During 2015, Cision acquired UK company Gorkana. Gorkana offered journalist database and analysis services. On December 15, 2015, Cision agreed to acquire PRNewswire from UBM plc for $841 million. On June 29, 2017, Cision went public via its reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company Capitol Acquisition Corporation III. On December 26, 2017, Cision agreed to acquire PRIME Research; the acquisition was completed on January 24, 2018. Official website