RoyeR Cosmétique & Maison Royer
Our organic snail farm
In 1989, the father of Olivier and Sebastien, Jean-Paul Royer, founded th esnail farm "Maison Royer". "It was kind of crazy mais he started a business in a not yet mature market: caviar with snail eggs", remembers Sébastien, one of the two sons who runs the company. He and Olivier, his brother, joined his parents at the beginning of the 90's. "Maison Royer" was initially settled in Saint-Paul-en-Pareds, near from les Herbiers in Vendée.
Snails reproduction in our Farm in Vendée
The Maison Royer is equipped with an entirely automated reproduction building. After a hibernation period, the reproducers are placed there at the beginning of January to mate and lay eggs up to March.
Although it is hermaphrodite, the snail must mate to be able to reproduce. This phase takes place during the months of February and March. The snails then lay eggs into small soil-filled pots.Next, the eggs are placed in hatcheries to become thousands of "baby snails" or naissains (hatchlings).
Fattenning baby snails
At the beginning of April, the snails are let into the 4,200 m² of fattening pens equipped with windbreak screens against the birds and electric fences to stop our friends from leaving us.The snail grows until it reaches adulthood (when a lip has formed on the shell), in around September. They are then collected by hand and cooked a few weeks later.
Process in pictures
L’élevage Maison Royer a à coeur d’être certifié Agriculture Biologique pour garantir une excellente qualité de produits. Notre élevage respecte le cahier des charges Ecocert.
LMaison Royer snail Farm priority is to be certified Organic to offer high-quality products to its cusotmers. Our farm respects Ecocert specifications.