September 26, 2003
Leading Icelandic meat processor, Nordlenska, is expected to more than double its exports of mountain-reared lamb to the United States this year, reported Farming Life.
Following a visit by a delegation from the U.S. organic and natural food product retail chain, Whole Foods, Nordlenska said it expects to sees its fresh lamb exports rise from 35 tons last year to 80 tons this year. Nordlenska started exporting to the United States five years ago. ?We started off by having our lamb in just eight stores. This year we are in 90 stores,? said Ingvar Mar Gislason, export manager for Nordlenska.
The Icelandic processor is exporting mainly fresh racks and loins to the U.S. retail chain during the slaughter season, which runs from mid-August to the end of October. Because of government regulations in Iceland, Nordlenska must export 36 percent of its lamb production.