The Kirisu Farm catalogue of dairy products has garnered significant traction in the few months since its launch, Chy Sila, a co-founder of the company behind the brand, told The Post on December 17.
Kirisu Farm is a product of Khmer Fresh Milk Co Ltd, which has poured about $10 million into a 300ha dairy farm and a processing plant in a secluded valley in the shadow of the Phnom Tamao mountains in Kandoeng commune’s Ukasaing village in Takeo province’s Bati district, nearly 40km south of Phnom Penh.
With just half a year under its belt, Sila said Kirisu Farm’s fresh milk and yoghurt products have been attracting a steady stream of customers thanks to its freshness, purity and natural origins – modern farming techniques and food processing in accordance with world-class hygiene standards.
“Even though we have just put them up for sale, the growing demand for Kirisu Farm products has been steadily picking up pace, but at the moment the company does not have an adequate distribution system [mobile cold storage facilities],” he said.
With demand on the rise, Sila said the company is working to widen its distribution network and remains hopeful for a marked progress by the beginning of next year.
The fresh-milk processing plant opened in July and the farm now has more than 500 Holstein heifers that are able to produce more than 8,000 litres per day, he said, adding that he aims to increase that to 12,000 litres soon.
While supermarkets in Phnom Penh often sell fresh milk, most is imported, he said, stressing the importance of support from Cambodians for local products.
According to Sila, Kirisu Farm products currently stock the shelves of supermarkets such as Macro, Lucky, Bayon, Superstore, Fair Plus and Chip Mong.
There are currently two other dairy farms in Cambodia – Techo Sen Russey Trip Dairy Farm in Chheb district’s Chheb II commune in Preah Vihear province and Moo Moo Farm in Lvea Em district’s Arey Ksat commune in Kandal province.