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Camel Milk in Pouches Worthy of the Thousand and One Nights

This is the story of a lover of camels and distant lands, who one day decides to make as many people as possible discover the benefits of camel milk, through his brand Caméliane. He called ePac Flexible Packaging France, who created beautiful purple and gold pouches to package this food supplement full of promise.

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In 2015 Fabrice Weecksteen, owner of an educational farm, decided to create the Camel-Idée company, centered on an exotic but domestic animal: the camel.

Some believe the camel is the animal of the future during these times of climate change. Fabrice says that with its exceptional metabolism, “…a camel produces 1 liter of milk for 1 liter of water absorbed, whereas a cow needs 60 liters of water for the same milk production! “

It’s also a milk with multiple benefits.

Camel Milk, the Closest to Breast Milk

Camel milk is low in lactose and fat, is easy to digest, and does not contain allergenic proteins such as beta-lactoglobulin*. 

It is extremely rich in mineral salts and is high in lactoferrin, a glycoprotein that binds to iron and has bactericidal, antiviral, immunomodulatory*, anti-inflammatory, and protective effects on the intestine.


Camel milk can help with strengthening and maintaining the body’s natural defenses for undernourished and/or immunocompromised people.

Another advantage of this remarkable milk: it contains natural insulin which, when released in the intestine, lowers the glycemic status* of diabetics.

For external use, camel milk has been shown to be effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It contains lanolin* which promotes hydration of the skin and vitamin B which has a protective effect against UV rays.

More than convinced of the benefits of this unique dairy product, Fabrice Weecksteen wanted to promote the use of camel milk for:

  • Therapeutic purposes, developed with the help of a pharmaceutical company, because it benefits from the European Union’s official food supplement status due to its percentage of lactoferrin*.
  • Soap, under the guidance of a master soap maker from the Toulon region.
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The European CAMEL MILK program

Heavily  invested in the camel sector, Fabrice Weecksteen participated in the creation of the French Federation of Camels and has been providing his expertise since 2019 to the CAMEL MILK program (PRIMA program). 

This research project coordinated by IRTA in Barcelona aims to strengthen the competitiveness, growth and collaboration between professionals in the camel milk and dairy products value chain in the Mediterranean basin, such as producers, processors, distributors, or consumers. 

The organization brings together 14 partners in 7 countries with 4 farms/research centers in France, Algeria, Turkey, and The Canaries. Fabrice is specifically working on the definition of a standard business model, as well as the implementation of a health monitoring protocol in Europe.

Fabrice adds, “The milk production of camels is only possible with absolute respect for the animal. Indeed, the camel, which carries its babies for 390 days, requires its baby by its side during milking. The milk is thus shared between humans and baby throughout the duration of the breastfeeding period, which usually lasts about a year.

A Certified and Secure Path From Producer to Packaging

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Fabrice Weecksteen developed trusted relationships over the years with Middle Eastern producers. His company Camel-Idée, sources its camel milk in the United Arab Emirates and has an export authorization with the status of producer, with all the resulting traceability and safety responsibilities.

Pasteurized, freeze-dried (dried without heat) and powdered camel milk arrives in France by air freight and is sent to a network of processors to be packaged in ePac’s pouches or integrated into soaps. 

Its properties are preserved during transport because it is heat-resistant, a unique quality to camel milk.

Camel-Idée products are then sold on their website, marketplaces, health food shops, and even pharmacies.

High barrier protection packaging for dairy products

Originally, milk was distributed in jars, which were difficult to transport and ship. 

But Camel-Idée entrusted ePac Lyon with the task of producing stand-up pouches with a gusset of 100 grams for its therapeutic product (enough dosage for a 10-day cure, at a rate of 10 grams per day). Camel-Idée recommends a 21-day treatment each season. 

Equipped with a protective barrier for optimal conservation of the nutritional qualities of the milk, as well as a resealable zipper, these pouches are easy to handle, soft to the touch, and pleasing to the eye. And as far as shipping is concerned, costs are equivalent to that of a registered letter.

Fabrice concludes: “I am very satisfied with the products and the good atmosphere that rules at ePac!“ And ePac is delighted to accompany him on his unusual adventure!

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GLOSSARY

Beta-lactoglobulin : milk protein which belongs to the albumins family. Its content in cow’s milk is of the order of 2.5 to 3 g / L of milk. It is very rich in essential amino acids and is used in particular for the transport of vitamin D and retinol. However, beta-lactoglobulin is also an allergen involved in 82% of allergies to cow’s milk in young children.

Immunomodulator : substance which – when administered (swallowed, inhaled, injected, etc.) together with an antigen – stimulates, activates, prolongs, strengthens or modulates the immune system,

Lactoferrin : glycoprotein of the transferrin family, proteins synthesized by the liver. It binds to iron and plays many biological roles. It has bactericidal, antiviral, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects and protects the intestinal mucosa.

https://www.camel-idee.com/lait-de-chamelle-et-lactoferrin/

Lanolin : fat obtained by purification and refining of the greasy (fatty part absorbed on the wool). It binds to water to keep the skin hydrated. It is one of the few products of animal origin that is authorized by organic cosmetics labels.
https://www.camel-idee.com/produits-laitiers-pour-les-soins-de-la-peau-oui-cest-possible/

Glycemic status : fasting blood sugar level, which is considered normal when it is less than 1.10 g / l (6 mmol / l).

The Dairy Difference: Flexible Packaging for Dairy Products

Lining the shelves of the grocery aisles for years, and long before consumers were inundated with a plethora of packaged food options, dairy products were available and a consumer favorite.

Today, the market is filled with more than mere bricks of cheese, cups of yogurt and jugs of milk. Grass-fed milk and cheeses, full-fat organic yogurts, goat and sheep milk, sippable yogurts for adults and children alike, and specialty products like kefir are finding their way into the consumer’s grocery basket. Even with the recent spike in dairy-alternatives like nut milk, soy-based cheese, and coconut yogurt, the dairy industry continues to see innovative products enter the market.

Regardless of the delivery method, dairy product packaging must keep the product fresh, while remaining convenient and attractive for the consumer. And flexible packaging for dairy is no different. Whether you’re looking to provide consumers with on-the-go packaged snacks like string cheese, or a resealable yogurt pouch, there are three key components to consider when developing your dairy flexible packaging.

On-The-Go Dairy Packaging Options Are a Must

Consumers with busy lifestyles crave easy, on-the-go options. And because more consumers are snacking all throughout the day, Mintel reports that snacking may represent the most substantial opportunity to increase cheese consumption with consumers, especially young adults. Packaging that offers single-serve and on-the-go use could help spur growth in sales.

For single-serve snacks like string cheese, cheese snack packs, and drinkable yogurts, ease of carrying is key for snacking on dairy on the go. Opt for lightweight films and pouches that are easy to open, easy to eat and easy to dispose of. For multi-use cheese products, whether it’s sliced, shredded, or cubed, consider packaging cheese in reclosable packaging that allows the package to be open and closed repeatedly while keeping the seal strong enough for multiple uses.

Either way, be sure that your pouch or bag is easy to open, reclose and is portable for that picnic, party or lunch. Offer your dairy, cheese and yogurt offerings in packaging that meets consumers where they are (in and out of the home).

Reseal Options Aid in Freshness

When creating cheese packaging that will be used over and over again, there is another important consideration. Because, whichever way you slice it, the BEST multi-use cheese package offers consumers reseal technology to maximize freshness. Reclosability in cheese packaging is more than just a consumer convenience option, it offers an increase in shelf life and a reduction in food waste.

Reclosable packaging changes the life of the product after it has been opened. The biggest danger for cheese is the refrigerator itself. The refrigerator helps to prevent bacteria and mold growth, but at the same time can dry out the cheese if not packaged properly. Reclosable packaging protects the cheese from drying out by keeping oxygen out to keep the product fresher, for longer. This prolongs the amount of time the food is ideal for consumption, resulting in less that gets thrown away by the consumer. Films today work hard to keep a tight seal and keep oxygen out, all to increase shelf life.

Aside from ensuring freshness, the truth is that consumers prefer the ease of use of reclosable packaging, and the convenience of not needing to use a second container, such as a plastic bag or storage ware, to hold the food once it’s opened. They also enjoy the knowledge that the food will stay fresh, even as they take it on the go. Consumers seem to want it all, including convenience and freshness, and they want their dairy to be healthy.

Consumers Want Clean Label Packaging

Packaging that delivers convenience and keeps the products inside fresh is non-negotiable. But what about the message being delivered on the package itself?

More and more consumers are seeking out clean products with clean labeling — i.e. labels that clearly display minimally processed, simple ingredients with fewer added ingredients like sugar, food dyes, and preservatives. Mintel reports that “the concept of clean label has been used by the food industry for many years, but clean-related terms have now emerged as part of consumers’ vocabulary as a new way to say ‘healthy.’” And the dairy products industry is no exception.

As new diets and eating plans unroll each year touting the next big way to lose weight and increase overall health, cheese and yogurt packaging that get on board with clean labeling will quickly capture consumers looking for a natural, healthy snack. Couple that with packaging that keeps the product fresh, portable and reclosable and your package is sure to boost sales.

In summary, creating that perfect cheese or yogurt package is simple when you follow three key guidelines: Keep the product and packaging fresh, convenient and clean. And you can do all that by utilizing digital printing technology on flexible packaging. Call us today for a free quote and to learn how we can partner with you to create a superior dairy package.