A brief history of Kulara Water and Eau Kulen

Ten years ago, after several months of prospecting and testing, the Kulara Water team discovered a source of natural mineral water of particularly unique quality at the foot of the famous Kulen Mountains. Rich and balanced in minerals, Eau Kulen became the first natural mineral water from Cambodia. Today, thanks to its quality, the Eau Kulen brand has firmly established itself on the market among many local competitors as well as the renowned imported mineral water brands such as Evian, Vittel, or Volvic. Kulara Water continues its growth and development. The company will launch Eau Kulen Sparkling in October 2019, the first sparkling mineral water made in Cambodia. An ambitious reforestation programme which sees about 4000 trees a year planted underpins Kulara Water’s strong commitment to quality and environmental responsibility.

 

Kulara Water has quickly established itself, thanks to an important work to raise awareness about the benefits of its natural mineral water to the health of active people, pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and young children.
Kulara Water has quickly established itself, thanks to an important work to raise awareness about the benefits of its natural mineral water to the health of active people, pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and young children. 

 

An exceptional double-digit growth

Eau Kulen has been growing steadily since its launch in 2013. The brand closed the year 2018 with an exceptional performance of +35% growth in sales compared to 2017. The growth of Kulara Water is born from a long-term development strategy based on the values ​​of excellence, solidarity, and sharing and is confirmed in the first semester of 2019. The commercial and industrial success of the brand, which appeals as much to a Cambodian clientele as to many tourists and expatriate residents, is built on the solid reputation gained over the years and driven by Kulara Water’s strong commitments to quality, innovation, and social responsibility. The quality of the natural mineral water, the capacity of the company to innovate, and the involvement and the recognition of the teams are the most precious raw materials for Kulara Water. The company is also developing thanks to a major partnership with the DKSH group, which is particularly active in Asia and which is in charge of the distribution of the Eau Kulen brand.

 

Kulara Water exercises its social responsibility through numerous concrete commitments aiming to ensure a fair level of remuneration, training, recognition, and promotion of its teams.
Kulara Water exercises its social responsibility through numerous concrete commitments aiming to ensure a fair level of remuneration, training, recognition, and promotion of its teams. 

 

Key Dates

2008 First prospecting for a source of mineral water in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Phnom Kulen became of particular interest to Bernard Forey and Jacques Marcille. 

2009 Creation of Kulara Water Co., Ltd 

2013 Launch of Eau Kulen natural mineral water. Entering a market that is dominated by renowned mineral waters imported from other countries and often from very far overseas such as Evian, Volvic, and Vittel, Eau Kulen quickly becomes the No. 1 Natural Mineral Water brand in Cambodia. The company strategy built on the values of excellence, solidarity, and sharing, the origin of the natural spring at the foot of the Kulen Mountains as well as the balance of its minerals, are the driving factors at the heart of Eau Kulen’s growth. 

2015 DKSH, a leading Market Expansion Company, acquires a stake in the holding company. 

2018 Strengthened by its success and its brand reputation based on a strong quality program shared by its team and a unique long history of innovation, Kulara Water invests on the launch of Eau Kulen Sparking, its new carbonated mineral water.

2018 Additional land acquisition of 32 ha of land at the foot of Phnom Kulen to protect Eau Kulen’s natural mineral water spring against all forms of contamination. 

 

Kulara Water’s reforestation program also includes an Environnemental Educational project. Three primary schools in Phnom Kulen National Park and about 400 kids are involved.
Kulara Water’s reforestation program also includes an Environnemental Educational project. Three primary schools in Phnom Kulen National Park and about 400 kids are involved.

 

 

2018 Launch of Kulara Water’s reforestation program carried out in a strong partnership with Archaeology & Development Foundation (ADF) and the great support of Philippe Monnin, a French forestry engineer who is an expert in land regeneration. The programme involves numerous stakeholders and enables about 400 children from 3 villages to take part in a large-scale reforestation program while learning about preserving the planet’s global natural resources and biodiversité. 

2018 3.200 indigenous and native rare trees are planted in the immediate proximity of Kulara Water’s natural mineral water source. 

2018 Launch of the "Bee Sanctuaries Project" to preserve the native declining wild bee population in Phnom Kulen. This initiative aims to create, utilizing different species of trees and shrubs, a new ecological corridor and new sustainable means of subsistence for pollinators. 

2019 4,000 indigenous and native tree species are planted on Kulara Water’s land to complete and reinforce the company’s ambitious agenda for the protection of its natural mineral water spring and the reintroduction of vulnerable and endangered species of trees. 9,600 trees are also planted in Phnom Kulen National Park in three different areas. 

2019 Kulara Water wins the First Prize at Eurocham CSR Awards 2019 (Large Companies Category). This award honors 10 years of a strong commitment to CSR as well as Kulara Water's contribution to local economic development. 

2019 (December) Official launch of Eau Kulen Sparking, the first sparkling mineral water produced in the Kingdom of Cambodia. 

2020 Thanks to the leading partnership initiated with the Archeology and Development Foundation, renewed for the period 2020-2022, more than 43,000 trees have been planted from the top to the foot of the Kulen Mountains for a new ecological corridor of nearly 840 ha. 7,800 rare trees have also been reintroduced on Kulara Water’s land.

2020 Kulara Water wins the AREA Awards 2020.