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UAE firm exports first camel milk products to EU

UAE firm exports first camel milk products to EU

The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP) has announced that it has started exporting its products to various countries in the European Union.

The UAE-based producer of the Camelicious camel brand said following its listing on the website of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (SANCO), the first quantities of camel milk powder, fresh milk and camel whey powder reached Europe.

Mutasher Al-Badry, deputy general manager and business development manager at EICMP said: "We are very proud to be the first UAE based company to ship camel milk powder to Europe on the new permit.

"We are thrilled to see our products on the European market. This is a ground-breaking step for our company as well as for the camel milk industry in the UAE."

The first camel milk products were sent to potential business partners in the Netherlands and Denmark, he said.

He added that EICMP is focusing on the B2B market in Europe working to establish further business ties with European companies and exploring additional fields of usage for camel milk.

Main targets are companies in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic field as well as sport and nutritional supplements, the company said in a statement.

The launch of medical creams and applications for skin conditions such as acne developed in cooperation with a Jordanian bio-tech centre and a US based pharmaceutical company is expected to take place in the near future.

The first container export of Camelicious camel milk powder will be shipped by EICMP's sister company Al Nassma Chocolate to Austria for production of its first camel milk chocolate.

Martin van Almsick, general manager of Al Nassma Chocolate, said: "The official listing of our sister company EICMP will facilitate our operation tremendously, also for our café-lounge concept 'The Majlis', the first and finest camel milk café.

"We are very optimistic that we will witness camel milk become a product that is recognized globally for its high quality and benefits. The long-term goal now will be to develop a strong and sustainable camel milk industry, the first of its kind in the world. Our company will delightedly contribute to these efforts", he added.

In March, Dubai received permission to export camel milk and camel milk products to the EU following a five-year-long process.