Our History


Confirel was founded in 2001 by Dr. Hay Ly Eang, who was driven by the conviction that rural development and the improvement of farmers’ living conditions were the keystone of a happy future for his country, Cambodia.

By giving a new impetus to the exploitation of sugar palm tree (thnot in khmer language), threatened by massive illegal logging although it belongs to the natural heritage of Cambodia and is one of its main natural resources, Confirel wanted to demonstrate that improving farmer incomes depends on the creation, in Cambodia, of high value added products grown in local soils.

That idea, which is the landmark of Dr Hay Ly Eang, is shared by all the members of Confirel.

Since the beginning, we have been committed to providing the best products. We develop and constantly improve our production processes, we create new concepts and we provide the best services to our customers.

Nominated “Palme d’Or” at Natexpo Salon 2005, our organic palm sugar is our guiding light on this road to excellence from which we have never deviated.

At the same time, we strive to improve the lives of our rural suppliers by increasing their revenues and by achieving our objectives in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Asian Development Bank and the World Bank have recognized us as a business model for sustainable development.

Confirel today has three main ranges of product: one coming from the sap of Thnot of Kompong Speu, a second one from the world renowned Kampot pepper. Sugar, candies, wine, vinegar, spirits, red, white and black pepper, pepper sauce, pepper herbal tea: Confirel is constantly innovating to provide consumers all around the world authentic Khmer products. With KEM, Confirel has developed a third range of health/wellbeing products. Moreover, made from raw materials from PGI areas, our products are certified organic by Ecocert S.A. under European, American and Japanese standards. Confirel is the first Cambodian company to obtain this triple international organic certification. In addition, some of our products are guaranteed halal.

With a strict quality control that begins in our own laboratory, and then by the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia, Camcontrol, LNCG and CIRAD in France, with whom we work closely, Confirel guarantees the safety and the quality of its products. 

Early 2017, HACCP certification was awarded to Confirel for the processing and distribution of Thnot organic palm sugar, Kampot pepper (black, red and white), KEM Probiotics, Thnot syrup and Kampot pepper sauce. This certification was obtained after an audit conducted by the international body TUV Rheinland. The objective of HACCP is to ensure the quality of food and the safety of consumers

Through the sugar palm sap and the Kampot pepper, Confirel has initiated in Cambodia a model of economic development for Cambodian farmers that it intends to apply to other natural resources of the Kingdom.