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