MEIR Family

From the mountains of Norway to the green hills of Italy. Meet the people who work to make MEIR.

Staff

Ivan Abrahamsen

Ivan Abrahamsen

Spirit Composer

Ivan has 15 years of experience in the craft of aquavit production. He is the former Master blender and director of research and development at the world’s largest aquavit manufacturer. He holds a master’s degree in Food Science.

Ivan has the X factor. We refer to him as our oracle. At every step of the way of making aquavit, he knows the best way to proceed. It feels like magic, but we know it comes down to a working life spent honing knowledge and experience.

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Rune Laugen

Rune Laugen

Product Composer

Rune turns knowledge into ideas, and ideas into aquavit. He has worked with aquavits for over a decade.

Rune holds a master’s degree in Food Science and has extensive experience in the food and beverage industry. Before founding MEIR, he worked on developing the product line at the world`s largest aquavit producer. But above knowledge sits passion. Rune’s passion for bringing the world a genuinely Scandinavian experience, the finest aquavit, is his driving force.

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Kristoffer L. Olsen

Kristoffer L. Olsen

Creator

With a background in ​product development and service design, Kristoffer makes sure that the MEIR brand concept and design stay artistically and commercially relevant. He has full control of the value chain and is in command of the big picture when others are deep in the details.

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Simen Abrahamsen

Simen Abrahamsen

Apprentice

Simen is the MEIR apprentice, and as Ivan’s son, literally part of the family. He learns from the best in the game, and he is soaking up the knowledge. Being a supertaster, we can always trust him for insights far beyond the average palate.

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Board members

Thomas Patay

Thomas Patay

Rebel

Thomas is the chairman of our board, maintaining the structures we work and create within.

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Arne Hjeltnes

Arne Hjeltnes

Board Member

Arne is the raconteur of Norwegian food culture. He is a proud member of the board. And he uplifts us with his international experience and savvy communication skills.

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Børre Jensen

Børre Jensen

Entrepreneurial spirit, and successful restaurateur. Børre is a proud member of the board.

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Rolf Kragerud

Rolf Kragerud

Board Member

Rolf is our dedicated board member, strategist, and number cruncher, as well as wine- and aquavit enthusiast. He keeps us on our toes when it comes to following budgets and using our funds wisely.

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Extended family

Remi Juliebø

Remi Juliebø

Graphic designer

Our floating head of graphic design. Remi does the kind of graphic design you want to hang on your wall. He made the perfect symbol for MEIR, by using his unsurpassed skills, understanding our ideas, and updating the Valdres Rose, and turning it into the multisensory MEIR Rose. Updated for the present with roots in the past.

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Nadine Martinuzzi

Nadine Martinuzzi

Photographer

Nadine shares our passion for bringing MEIR to the world, and she does it through her photography. An endless stream of ideas makes sure MEIR always looks its best.

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Protea

Protea

Masters of development and aging

Protea are the masters of development and ageing. Old knowledge is being refined and developed by our friend William, who took over the family business in Cognac. Laurent is Protea’s oenologist and scientist, who puts his sharp mind to the task of getting the best out of MEIR.

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Michaela Klouda

Michaela Klouda

Photographer

Michaela tells love stories with her camera. She brings an artistic sense to her photos that few others can.

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Geir Eikeland

Geir Eikeland

Rebel

Geir is an idea generator. He sings opera and mixes cocktails. Often at the same time.

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Digital Etikett

Digital Etikett

Label maker

Digital Etikett is our local label maker. They are always ready to help us out with high-quality labels when we are in need

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Marianne Tyldum

Marianne Tyldum

Rebel

Marianne brings her great network to the MEIR family. She is our playful aunt, always there when we need a hand or advice.

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Tølløv Foss Heggem

Tølløv Foss Heggem

Rebel

Tølløv is the great punster in the MEIR family. He is our beloved uncle, always there when we need a hand or advice.

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Dyster Gård

Dyster Gård

Farm

Dyster Gård in the Norwegian countryside takes great care to grow the MEIR caraway, the iconic ingredient in the aquavit taste.

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Roner Distillery

Roner Distillery

Distillery Masters

Jüergen and Helmut distill MEIR at the family-run Roner distillery in Süd-Tyrol. The crew at Roner are dedicated, and curious. Always seeking to develop their knowledge

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Inderøykarve

Inderøykarve

Caraway Supplier

Distilled caraway is the heart and soul of MEIR. The caraway that we use for our Norwegian aquavit is supplied by Inderøykarve.

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OSS Craft Distillery

OSS Craft Distillery

Distillery Masters

A selection of MEIR aquavits are made among the Norwegian mountains and fjords. We work closely with Stig Bareksten, Markus Gselmann, and the crew at OSS Craft Distillery, an award-winning distillery in Bergen, Norway.

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Eivind Solberg

Eivind Solberg

Art Director

Eivind is our experienced art director who makes sure MEIR always leaves a great impression.

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Eurostampa

Eurostampa

Printing Master

Eurostampa has been there for us from day one, giving MEIR access to the best quality labels. Eurostampa keeps reminding us that great labels withstand history, like great aquavit.

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Rune Walle

Rune Walle

Sales representative

Rune is a man who makes things happen. He loves sports and lives by thecode “just do it”. Rune is our sales representative on the West Coast of Norway, and isalways there for our customers.

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