For many years the consumption of snails in our country has been monitored and studied.
For the last thirty consecutive years (excluding the year of the Chernobyl environmental disaster) there has been steady increases in both fresh product sales and in the sales of packaged and prepared products. Over the last 10 years the monitoring of consumption and prices of spirituous food (fresh, preserved or prepared) has revealed a steady increase - also with increases in some years by as much as 8-10% from the previous year.
Italy, with its outdoor breeding system - characterized by total plant nutrition and fully natural and environmentally friendly conditions - is still number one in the world for farming extensions: about 10,000 properties of 9,000 hectares in activity and of about 300 million Euros annual turnover for the whole chain. In 2016 the general snail sector (gastronomy, catering, and more recently pharmaceuticals and cosmetics) reached a worldwide turnover of $2.5 billion.
In recent years many European countries and countries outside of Europe have reached large numbers in breeding initiatives and will continue to grow in the general landscape with will and confidence.
Greece, Eastern European countries, Romania, Bulgaria, and Maghreb countries (above all Tunisia and Morocco) have built thousands of new plants in very few years - cultivating more than 6,000 hectares by making the most of the ideal conditions of land availability, labor costs, and financial aid from the governments of the European Community. The current Italian trend and in general that of foreign countries is linked to the production of medium sized molluscs, quick and easy baking, and the delicate taste of snails such as the Helix Aspersa - which represents the new global frontier of animal husbandry: 95% of farms produce this species, which is the most suitable for breeding in diverse climates and places.
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