Beef tenderloin costs from 200 to 450 kroner per kilogram (about 14 – 30 dollars per pound) in Norwegian supermarkets, and the stores are struggling with thefts. The problem is so big that the highly prized commodity is hidden back in the storeroom.
At the local Spar store Kaldnes in Tønsberg a sign reads: “Frozen beef tenderloin? We have it in stock, just ask one of us (due to theft)”. ”
Thor Martin Bjerke is security adviser in Virke and has a close work relationship with the grocery industry. He tells NRK.no that some items are especially popular to steal.
– From time to time, products such as beef tenderloin, dry-cured ham, razor blades and coffee are popular items to steal. The thefts occur in periods in one particular area and are carried out by people who move from place to place, but mostly mobile burglars who lives in the neighborhood.
According to Bjerke, the stolen meat products from the grocery stores are traded into the restaurant industry.
– Staff Monitors
Rema 1000 at Kilen in Sandefjord is another store in the area that has hidden away the beef tenderloin because of thefts. They also encourage customers to ask the staff.
The same problem exists at Rema 1000 in Teie in Tønsberg. The employees say they have had the problem for several years and that the staff follows this closely.
Shoplifting will always be a problem for grocery stores, but beef tenderloin is an easily marketable commodity of high quality and value.
Several other Norwegian grocery stores informs that they have experienced the same theft problem.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews