the snails in trouble

French snail farmers, weakened by the vagaries of the weather due to global warming, are also facing a labor crisis, alerted the interprofession in a press release on Thursday.

Environmental consequences that affect all of Europe

“The continued late cold and sudden onset of heat led to rapid grass growth, quickly making snail collection difficult and reducing the quantities collected, especially in central and southern European collection countries,” as Hungary, Romania, Poland or Turkey, explained the interprofession.

The sector, which achieved a turnover of 73 million euros in 2020, has its eyes turned towards the renewal of its workforce.

Recruitment difficulties

“The inflationary context has accentuated the difficulties linked to the recruitment of the collection workforce, structurally undermined by insufficient remuneration in the face of the increase in the cost of living in the collection countries”, explain the snail collectors.

The lack of renewal of manpower dedicated to the collection of snails etiolates “year after year” the sector, particularly in the establishments of grouping of collected snails and of first transformation where “the lack of personnel and the increase in costs penalizes yields, affects productivity and drives up the costs of preparing flesh and shells,” adds the Federation of Preserved Food Industries (Fiac) of which the snails belong.

About 1500 jobs in France

Fiac brings together 11 companies in the snail sector which produced more than 2,260 tonnes of products in 2020, including 980 tonnes of preserves, around 1,360 tonnes of snails prepared in shells (stuffed with butter) and 80 tonnes of various preparations, snail bites and puff pastry.

In France, the sector represents approximately 1,500 jobs, including 400 direct jobs.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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