Cambodian Vattanac Brewery Co Ltd’s has announced its plans launch a new $87 million brewery in Phnom Penh. Vattanac Brewery is a subsidiary of Vattanac Group and they produce well-known brands such as Tiger, Heineken and Black Panther.
The brewery received approval from the Cambodian government in a move “aimed at increasing local production and reducing imports” reports the Phnom Penh Post. In addition, the brewery will create 899 jobs, said the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).
The Cambodian brewery is located in Prek Eng commune’s Roboh Angkanh village in Chbar Ampov district, east of the Bassac River in the capital.
The Cambodian Royal Academy of Cambodia economics researcher Hong Vanak said: “In line with the continued growth of investment in brewing, Cambodia also needs to strengthen its human resources and production quality, especially for the export market.”
Earlier in 2020, Hanuman Beverages Co Ltd received approval from Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) for a $160.6 million brewery to be built in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district. The plant will produce beer and soft drinks and create 1,545 jobs.
There are 10 breweries and beverage plants listed at the Cambodian ministry in 2020.
- Ana Water and Smiler Beverage Co Ltd
- Asian Sunrise Co Ltd, Cambodia Brewery Ltd
- Cambrew Ltd
- Daun Penh Food and Beverage Co Ltd
- Khmer Beverage Co Ltd
- Far East Import Export Co Ltd
- Kingdom Breweries (Cambodia) Ltd
- Media GB Enterprise Co Ltd
- Phnom Penh Beer Co Ltd
Cambodian craft brewers
There are also a number of craft brewers operating in Cambodia. Some of them only produce in the Kingdom for export markets but there is a growing trend of craft beers in Cambodia. These microbreweries, brewpubs and craft beer producers include:
- Himawari Microbrewery
- Riel Brewing and Distilling
- Flowers Nanobrewery
- Fuzzy Logic
- Stone Head Craft Beer
- Hops Brewery
- TwoBirds Craft Beer
- Elite Craft Beer
- Harvest Craft Beer Co.
There are also more local specialised distilleries appearing in the Kingdom, producing spirits. Some of these include:
- Seekers Gin
- Samai Rum
- Georges Rhumerie