Wahab also said he believes camel milk has more health benefits than other dairy beverages. "It has three times the amount of Vitamin C, almost 10 times the amount of iron and almost half the amount of fat," he said.
But the start-up enters a crowded shelf space, competing against leading dairy options such as cow's milk, and popular alternatives like soy and almond milk.
Market Research firm IbisWorld estimates that in 2015, the Dairy Farms industry generated $35.6 billion in revenue. The research firm also found that the soy and almond milk industry generated an estimate of $1.2 billion in 2015, after growing 7.2 percent year over year since 2010.
Still, the start-up might be well on its way to getting over the hump, as the founder likes to say.
According to Wahab, Desert Farms has 100,000 customers and has hit $1.5 million in milk sales since its January 2014 launch. Wahab also told CNBC the start-up is selling more than 5,000 bottles a week.
Its largest customer base is parents of autistic children. According to Wahab, autistic children can easily digest the milk, but camel milk has not been scientifically proven to treat autism. He also claims the camel milk may help improve motor skills, but this is anecdotal.
While the start-up is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Desert Farms produces and bottles its milk at camel farms in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. It is self-funded with $25,000, with no outside investments.
Wahab told CNBC he plans to expand the product line to include chocolate flavored milk, ice cream, even yogurt, and is also working on an infant formula.
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