Increased sales for donkey milk company during pandemic

By Jim Cornall contact

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Eurolactis Italia has been manufacturing and selling donkey milk freeze-dried powder since 2010 and is expanding its milk collection network in Italy. Pic: Getty Images/Jacek Jacobi
Eurolactis Italia has been manufacturing and selling donkey milk freeze-dried powder since 2010 and is expanding its milk collection network in Italy. Pic: Getty Images/Jacek Jacobi

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During the coronavirus crisis, donkey milk producer Eurolactis Italia Srl is seeing a growing demand for bulk donkey milk powder for the nutrition industry as well as for a raw cosmetic ingredient, mainly from soap manufacturers.

Donkey milk is rich in vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E, and well balanced in omega 3 and 6, said the company’s founder and head of business development, Pierluigi Christophe Orunesu.

Donkey milk also contains high amounts of calcium, and four times less fat than some other commercial mammalian milks. In addition, Orunesu said, it is reputed to be naturally hypoallergenic, contains retinol and about 1g/L of lysozyme, a natural antimicrobial enzyme.

As lysozyme is more abundant in donkey milk than other traditional milks, Orunesu said Eurolactis is seeing increased sales of donkey milk powder during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Recent studies had already shown that donkey’s milk is the mammal’s milk with the closest composition to human milk,”​ Orunesu said.

Orunesu said scientific evidence and medical publications have reported on the unique nutritional properties of donkey milk, including a study last year in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: A Novel Donkey Milk–derived Human Milk Fortifier in Feeding Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

The National Research Council’s Institute of Sciences of Food Production (Cnr-Ispa) and the neonatal intensive care team at the Sant'Anna University Hospital of the Città della Salute, both in Turin, with support from the Compagnia di San Paolo di Torino, conducted the study, which Orunesu said demonstrated signs of feeding intolerance decreased with the use of donkey milk. 

Eurolactis Italia provided the donkey milk for the trial.

The company has been manufacturing and selling donkey milk freeze-dried powder since 2010 and is now expanding its milk collection network in Italy.

Orunesu added that last year, strategic agreements were signed with key players in the food industry in order to support an organic growth of the supply-chain while focusing on quality and not quantity.

 

Related topics: R&D, Nutritionals, Fresh Milk, COVID-19

2 comments

Lysozyme

Posted by Pierluigi,

Dear Joel, as for as I know no one ran trials yet for treating specifically COVID -19 using Donkey Milk. The relation I was explaining to Dairy Reporter is that - due to COVID19 - crisis people are washing more hands so our soap manufacturers are buying more bulk for production as it also has more lysozyme than other traditional raw cosmetic ingredients.

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Increased Sale of Donkey milk powder during COVID - 19 crisis.

Posted by Joel David,

It is not clear why there is an increased sale during COVID - 19 crisis.
Donkey milk was used to treat tuberculosis long before antibiotics were discovered.
Has any one run trials for treating COVID -19?

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