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Bad news for tea industry as auction prices slide

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by Steve A. Morrell

Brokers reported last week that the drop in tea prices was bad news for the industry, which was doing reasonably well in recent months.

Forbes and Walker said in their weekly tea market report that after ten months of buoyant prices, last week’s auction prices declined by Rs. 20 to 30 per kilo.

The depreciation of the rupee against the dollar, now at Rs. 202.04, was also partly instrumental for the price decline. The anticipated crop boost after Easter and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays was attributed to the dip in auction prices as leaf quality is considered poor due to the pause in plucking due to the intervening holidays, brokers said.

The Forbes and Walker report further said teas from Western slopes were badly affected prices slumping by as much as Rs. 30 to 50 per kilo.

John Keells Holdings (JKH) Tea Market report said Iran, Russia and CIS countries were active in Colombo last week, with Turkey and Libya also chipping in as buyers at the Colombo auctions but in limited quantities.

Asia Siyaka (AS) weekly Tea report also confirmed that Colombo was influenced by the vicissitudes of the dollar. The currency depreciation in Turkey, Syria, and some Middle East destinations also added to price declines in Colombo. Indicated markets reduced their buying as they were unable to settle their bills because of currency fluctuations.

Market conditions were unstable with buyers adopting restraint rather than being enthusiastic over the anticipated improvement in the market, the report further said.

In addition, the decline in the US market end 2020, although the US was not considered a major buyer, influenced a telling quotient for demand for Ceylon Tea.

Ceylon Tea exports to the US from January to November 2020 worked out to 5.4 MT, which placed Sri Lanka in third position behind Argentina (34.1 MT) and India (12 MT).

Ceylon tea exports to the UK, which was our major export destination before plantations were nationalized and British interests withdrew, is now barely 1% of the British market. UK is now dominated by imports from Kenya, which exports around 62.9 MT annually (56.70%).

The auctioned quantity last week was 5.6 million kilos. Production by end March 2021 was 71. 4 million kilos. In the corresponding period last year, (2020), production was 65.3 million kilos, with a relative marginal crop increase.

Nuwara Eliya BOP/BOPF was in demand, and price appreciation was encouraging. Prices were maintained at an escalated level of Rs, 30 to Rs, 40 per kilo, according to the report.

Low grown Tippy teas were also in demand although quantities were limited. They fetched prices ranging from Rs. 2,100 to 2,300 per kilo.

 

 



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Hemas Consumer strengthens portfolio with L’Oréal partnership in Sri Lanka

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Hemas Consumer, the leading manufacturer and distributor in Sri Lanka’s beauty and personal care sector has strengthened its portfolio of offerings in a groundbreaking partnership with the world’s number one beauty company, L’Oréal. With this partnership Hemas Consumer obtains distributor rights to leverage its sales network and innovative marketing approaches in taking L’Oréal’s wide range of beauty and personal care brands across Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Managing Director, Hemas Consumer & Executive Director Hemas Group said, “We have spent over fifty years building successful and strong consumer brands in Sri Lanka. In keeping with our promise of consumer delight and trust, we are elated to partner a world-class cosmetics group like L’Oréal expanding our existing portfolio with the world’s most sought-after beauty and personal care products.

We are well equipped in our distribution process with island-wide sales channels to serve all parts of the country. I believe this partnership will revolutionize Sri Lanka’s beauty care industry and more prospects await as we continue to look ahead with L’Oréal.”

Sabrina Esufally, Director Business Development and Innovation at Hemas Consumer said, “This partnership will enable Sri Lankans to access the iconic brands and solutions created through years of research and innovation by L’Oréal. In the fast evolving and dynamic beauty industry, the combined strength of Hemas’s local heritage and penetration, and L’Oréal’s global technology and trust is the perfect recipe for consumer delight.”

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DFCC Bank supports industrial excellence by partnering CNCI Achiever Awards

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DFCC Bank PLC, stepped up once again for the 3rd consecutive year to partner with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) as the principal sponsor and official banking partner of the CNCI Achiever Awards 2020.

The CNCI Achiever Awards was held for the 19th consecutive time to recognize the outstanding efforts of exceptional performers who have molded their respective industries with innovative solutions, while overcoming challenges and meeting the demands of their clientele. This year, the event was recently held under strict health guidelines at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC Lakshman Silva stated, “We are pleased to have partnered with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), as the Main Sponsor and Official Banking Partner of the 19th CNCI Achiever Awards 2020. DFCC is honored to partner in reconciling successful Sri Lankan businesses from various industrial sectors. Our partnership with this prestigious awards programme aligns seamlessly with our commitment to foster and reward industrial growth across the country and support local entrepreneurs in MSME & SME sectors.”

 

 

 

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Lanka SSL triumphs with National Gold and Top Ten Awards

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CNCI Achiever Awards 2020

Lanka Special Steel Limited (Lanka SSL), a trusted name in wires and a fully-owned subsidiary of E B Creasy & Company PLC, was recently awarded the coveted National Gold Award under the Extra Large category in the Manufacturing Sector at the Achiever Awards 2020 for Industrial Excellence.

The annual event organized by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) was held in March 2021 at Colombo, and celebrated some of the leading industrialists in the country for their tremendous and continued efforts in uplifting and promoting quality standards, productivity, growth and strategy, R&D, employee welfare and others whilst contributing to both the society and economy at large.

‘We are immensely proud to have been recognized with two very prominent awards at this year’s CNCI Achiever Awards. It is a huge leap from just winning a Merit Award the last time around, and this incredible achievement certainly reflects our highly ambitious plans to strive for continued excellence. We would like to thank our valued customers and all stakeholders. We are grateful to our hardworking and committed staff at Lanka SSL who have made this possible,’ said Pravin De Silva, CEO of Lanka SSL.

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