Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Brewery answers PM’s call for product exports

Brewery answers PM’s call for product exports

Brewery answers PM’s call for product exports

Workers stack cases of Cambodia Beer at the Khmer Brewery factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Photograph: Meng Kimlong/Phnom Penh Post

Khmer Brewery (KB), a locally owned company that produces Cambodia Beer, has made its first export to Japan, partly in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s call in mid-May for local food and beverage producers to push their products abroad.

KB public-relations manager Sok Chantha said yesterday the company was working with Japan’s largest food and beverage distributor, TBA Corporation, to be its distribution representative.

“TBA came to conduct tests on our products a few months ago before they decided to partner with us, as they said our quality is good enough for Japan. We sent our first export to a foreign market on July 5,” Chantha said.

He said the first export was just one container of 330 millilitre bottles of beer, or approximately 130 boxes.

At the official opening of the brewery, Hun Sen called on more local companies to produce foods and beverages that could be exported.

Beer exports account for about 40 per cent of Cambodia’s food and beverage exports, a US$1 billion industry last year.

Meng Saktheara, director- general of industry and secretariat of SME sub-committee, applauded KB for producing high-quality beer and exporting it to Japan.

“This means Khmer Brewery’s quality is recognised by Japan’s market, where there are very strict sanitation requirements for imported food,” he said.

“I really appreciate the company – we are proud, because it is the first company owned by Cambodians that not only creates more jobs for people but is working to reduce Cambodia’s trade deficit.

“Furthermore, it proves that we can compete with other imports. When we can export to foreign markets, it proves that our quality is recognised internationally.”

He said that Cambodia has exported a few beers before such as Angkor Beer, Kingdom Beer and now Cambodia Beer, and pointed out that the food and beverage processing industry has improved and can be compared to neighbouring countries.

Sok Chantha said that the company also plans to export to the United States and the EU.

Khmer Brewery produces 50 million litres of beer per year, and says it will expand to 200 million litres a year in the near future.

To contact the reporter on this story: May Kunmakara at [email protected]


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all