When Ingulf Galåen started producing eggs in 1976, he wanted to sell his eggs himself. Although that would turn out to be easier said than done, his efforts have helped plough the field for local small-scale producers.
Processing their own produce
From food villain to food hero
Right from the time Ingulf started egg production in the 1970s, he was determined to sell his eggs himself. However, it has not always been easy.
“I felt opposed by the official agricultural policy and the grocery chains. Everything in the supermarkets had to be the same and the product range was the same. I felt alone, almost like a food villain, but attitudes towards local food have gradually changed. Today, I feel more like a food hero,” Ingulf smiles.
As well as being behind numerous award-winning products, Ingulf has put Røros on the map through Rørosmat, which he established along with five other local producers in 1999. The efforts of this special interest organisation mean that today many people refer to Røros as Norway’s “local food capital”. Ingulf has been Chair of the Board of Rørosmat for the past 16 years and the organisation now has 27 members.
“This collaboration has led to a stimulating unity with a common brand, sales and competence community. We would not be what we are today without it,” he says.
Ingulf’s efforts for local food and small-scale producers have been recognised by several awards, the highest of which are no doubt the Ingrid Espelid Hovig Food Culture Prize and the King’s Medal of Merit.
Written by Håvard Egge