Camel Milk Leads Over The Export Hump
Alternatives to traditional cow’s milk products continue to dominate kitchens and supermarket shelves both in Australia and around the globe. While goat and buffalo milk have long been used in many of our household staples, and non-dairy options in the form of almond, soy and oat milk have been a mainstay in kitchens and pantries for years, there is a burgeoning demand for a new source of milk – camel’s.
Shown to most closely resemble human breast milk, camel milk possesses an array of unique health benefits. It is a rich source of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium, and contains a number of healthy fats such as long-chain fatty acids, linoleic acid, and unsaturated fatty acids, which may support brain and heart health.
Additionally, the two primary active ingredients in camel milk, lactoferrin and immunoglobulins, have a range of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help boost immune systems. Studies have also shown camel milk to be more suitable for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergies, as it contains less lactose and a different protein profile to traditional cow’s milk.
Australian organic milk producer QCamel has recently reported a 30 per cent increase in local demand since the onset of COVID-19 and, on the back of this uptick, plans to introduce its range of milk, smoothie, feta cheese, dried powder and chocolate products to organic retailers in Singapore this year. This is an intriguing decision, but one that, at least on the surface, makes sense given the profile of the country’s population.
With an ageing demographic and a relatively high prevalence of diabetes (Singapore’s diabetes rate of 10.5 per cent is higher than the global average of 8.8 per cent), the proven health benefits of camel milk are certainly congruous with the needs of many Singaporeans. But it will be interesting to see if this necessarily translates into commercial success in a market that traditionally gravitates toward familiar products.
As well as a dairy alternative, camel milk is proving to be a leading skincare ingredient. Its unique composition of fatty acids gives camel milk skin products superior moisturising and antioxidant qualities, leaving the skin consistently softer and suppler. QCamel has already launched its camel milk skin care products in Singapore, China and South Korea.
The rise of camel milk as a genuine competitor to traditional cow and goat milk products is yet another example of the dynamism of global dairy markets. Demand is constantly changing, and trends continually shifting, making it crucial for exporters, importers, producers and consumers alike to be diligent and flexible. With an expert team positioned in all corners of the globe, Pure Dairy is perfectly placed to not only monitor these trends, but to help businesses predict and take advantage of them.