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Brits like Icelandic mutton bellies

Agricultural food product company Nordlenska has sold about one hundred tons of mutton bellies to the UK during the last 12 months. The meat, which is often thrown away in Iceland, is used to make kebabs in the UK.

“Until now a big part of the mutton bellies has been discarded, so this helps financially, although we’re not talking about great amounts of money,” Ingvar Már Gíslason, marketing director of Nordlenska, told Fréttabladid.

It has proven difficult to sell mutton bellies in the past. In Iceland the meat is mainly used for making pâtés and rolled sausages. The meat has also been sold to the Faroe Islands where it is used for the same purpose.

“Kebab production is different from what I expected,” Gíslason said. “They don’t put the mutton bellies directly onto the spit […] but in a mixer where some sort of a meat cone is made, which is then grilled on a spit.”

Kebabs, which originate from the Middle East, have proven a popular fast food around the world, though not in Iceland, so Gíslason expects mutton bellies will not be used for kebab production here.

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