The European Commission recently approved plans for screening camel milk, and will send an EU panel to inspect the UAE's two dairy farms producing camel milk -- Al Ain Dairy, with "Camelait," and the Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products' "Camelicious," found in most UAE grocery stores.
Wernery expected EU permission to export, which if granted could have the UAE shipping camel dairy next year, to open doors to U.S. and Canadian markets as well as China and Hong Kong.
But camel milk comes at a price. In the UAE, its costs about 4 dirhams (72 pence) more per litre than cow's milk.
"Cows produce more milk than our camels -- about 50 litres daily, while our camels make 10-15 litres," Wernery, who is affiliated with Camelicious, said.
"But they developed good dairy cows over many years. We are trying to breed good (camel) milking stock, but it will take some time."
Camelicious produces 5,000 litres a day, far less than even one percent of daily European milk consumption. For now, he said, UAE farms can target only specialty health stores.
If the milk does hit Europe's dairy aisle, he said, consumers would also find camel chocolate, cheese, and ice cream.
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