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How to Sell Snails

Sometimes you might be wondering how can you sell your snail produce, where to find buyers, how to keep the relationships going, the clients happy and how to reach an even larger audience. It has never been easier to reach your potential buyers than now, with internet connecting the world.

Below you can read about the basics of selling snails and snail caviar.

First, you need to have a strong brand. Maybe your snails are fully-grown outdoor eating plants and are therefore free range. Maybe your location is unique, and maybe your end products are special. Whatever it is you need to build your brand around it.

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Once you are happy with the quality of your product and you’ve built a strong brand, you need to set up a website and let everyone know about your products and how to buy them. Read more about how to create a website.

Reaching out to local restaurants is a great way to start selling as chefs like to source local ingredients for their menu, and who wouldn’t love to have fresh locally grown escargots on their menu? This also reduces the cost of shipping and has less impact on the environment.

Visiting local farmers markets and other food markets is the easiest way to spread the word about your new business. You might meet more local businesses who would cooperate with you, or sell directly to local people.

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Snails at Time Out Market Lisbon

There are also big snail buyers that might be interested in purchasing your snails. This is a good option if you have a lot of snails to sell, as these buyers would buy in bulk for a set price. You can find them online, or by connecting with other snail farmers who can advise on trusted buyers they sell to.

Follow up on each sale and ask for feedback on the quality of your product. This way you get invaluable information about your snails and can include the positive feedback on your website to gain credibility.

Keep a list of buyers in a safe database so that you can contact them in the future when you have a big stock of snails. Or you might decide to surprise them with a special discount.

Use social media to build links with businesses and customers, post photos and interesting happenings on your farm. Create conversations about your business online and use platforms to maintain relationships with existing buyers.

If you would like to start a snail farming business please read more about it in the Guide to Snail Farming.

Happy escargot selling!

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