The story of the snail farm in Peresecina begins on the day when the farm owner, Vilen Cebotari, received a present from France — a plate of frozen snails. He tried them and it struck him — if this business is blooming in France, why would it not work in Moldova — both as raw material and the end product?
‟Any idea, no matter how crazy it might seem, has the right to exist. Even if your neighbours, relatives, wife are all sceptical about it, if you believe in it, or better to say, you are passionate about it, you can do it,” reveals Vilen Cebotari his secret about how he began his business project. Due to the innovative concept and enthusiasm of the team, his company received UNDP Moldova’s support under the Moldova Innovation Challenge Scheme (MICS).
The snail meat is healthy. It contains only 0.5% fat, 16% proteins and 9 of the 10 amino acids that are essential for humans. However, the Moldovan people are not yet used to the new snacks and prefer eating meat or fish. The owner also noticed that women enjoy more the taste of snails than men.