Icelanders choose chicken, first time ever
Over the last 12 months, for the very first time,
Icelanders have purchased more poultry than lamb and mutton.
Since the settlement in 874, sheep has been the meat of hoice for
Icelanders. However, this habit seems to be taking a interesting turn as chicken
is becoming the more popular meat.
â€œWe chicken farmers thank consumers for this warm welcome,â€ said head of
the Association of Chicken Farmers in Iceland, MatthÃas H. Gudmundsson.
Head of the Association of Sheep Farmers, JÃ³hannes Sigfússon, commented
that he is not surprised that chicken has become more popular than lamb and
mutton. â€œConsumption of mutton was almost abnormally high in Iceland. There is a
very strong tradition for consumption of mutton, but it is not realistic that it
will continue forever,â€ he said.
From August 1, 2006, to July 31, 2007, Icelanders bought over 7,198 tonnes
of Icelandic poultry (96% chicken). During the same period, 7,161 tonnes of
Icelandic lamb and mutton (88% lamb) was sold.
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