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EKTC prepares for growth in the hospitality sector with new GM appointments

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(L-R): Euro-Kitchens Trading and Contracting (EKTC) General Manager-Engineering Ajantha Vitharanage, Managing Director Adil Mansoor and General Manager-Sales and Business Development EKTC and Corporate Chef Rational AG in Sri Lanka Thushara Gunawardhana

The folks at Euro-Kitchens Trading and Contracting (EKTC) live by the Bauhaus philosophy of ‘form follows function’- because nowhere does this count more than in a commercial kitchen. This month, EKTC announced two new appointments that embody the company’s mission to blend this commitment to functionality with a smooth and stylish workflow in commercial spaces; Thushara Gunawardhana assumes his responsibilities as General Manager-Sales and Business Development while Ajantha Vitharanage takes on the role of General Manager-Engineering.

Since its inception in 2012, EKTC (a member of the Promolanka Group) has offered solutions for best in class commercial kitchens, cold rooms and laundries which have found a home with high-profile clients in hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and other commercial buildings based in Sri Lanka and the region. The company’s vision is to be the largest in Asia to assemble such spaces, which it does with a singular focus on functionality and style. EKTC kitchens, for example, are designed with the functional, budgetary and aesthetic design needs of clients in mind.

EKTC’s unique capabilities include consultancy services that guide clients to improve the design, efficiency and quality of their kitchen operations. These capabilities proved to be especially relevant over the last two years as commercial spaces grappled with an unprecedented change in both demand and service norms. EKTC was ready to meet the challenge, closely supporting hospitality companies to keep their commercial kitchens running smoothly and cost-efficiently. The most significant challenge faced by those at the helm of commercial kitchens was related to staff shortages and cost efficiencies- with EKTC solutions, clients were able to re-engineer their operations to stay lean and flexible to manage the changing demands of the environment. Additionally, EKTC has built the largest maintenance team in the country which stepped up to their task admirably, servicing well-known clients in the industry with Annual Maintenance Contracts.

To ensure that the company is able to meet the strong demand for its solutions, especially those needs arising as a result of the current business environment, EKTC has advanced two key staff members well suited to position the company for the anticipated growth of the sector in the immediate future.

Ajantha Vitharanage assumes responsibilities as General Manager-Engineering. Ajantha is a qualified electrical engineer with extensive experience in the hospitality sector, including roles as the Chief Engineer at properties such as Cape Weligama, Ani Villas, Calamander, Avani Kalutara and more and previously Chief Engineer-Maintenance at EKTC. “During the last two years our team has delivered excellent, customized solutions to clients who were seeking to manage their workflow efficiency whilst catering to a new environment,” he said. “Our clients are able to work with us closely from the planning stage onwards, and we will be with them long after the purchase stage to ensure that their kitchens continue to run very smoothly.”

Thushara Gunawardhana was appointed General Manager-Sales and Business Development EKTC and Corporate Chef Rational AG in Sri Lanka. Thushara has worked as a consultant chef in Sri Lanka, India, Australia and New Zealand over a career spanning 16 years, graduating to working with well-known clients to deliver complete restaurant solutions including the design of state-of-the-art kitchens that meet HACCP, GMP and ISO standards. Thushara has been leading the Sales and Business Development team at EKTC since (2019). He said of his plans, “I’m an industry insider, along with many others on the highly skilled EKTC team. Because we know what it’s like to both work in and lead a commercial kitchen, our clients trust our expertise-especially when they experience the results.

“We are grateful to clients such as Le Meridien in the Maldives, Spar Supermarkets, William Angliss Hotel School, and Giga Foods – the largest cloud kitchen chain in Sri Lanka, along with many other standalone restaurants and hotels that have given us their support and confidence over the last two years. This has helped weather the turbulent times and we are now stronger than ever to cater to the industry requirements going forward. We are encouraged by the growth EKTC has experienced and plan to expand our capabilities and operations even further. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline which we look forward to announcing over the next few months.”



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Cavinkare Lanka unveils Meera Facewash – unique combination of natural actives

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FMCG Major’s latest product for the Sri Lankan market, Meera Facewash was unveiled in an official event at Colombo. Celebrating the young contemporary Sri Lankan woman, Meera facewash will be introduced in three different variants providing functional solutions to everyday skincare problems – Red Sandal (for soft skin), Neem & Tea Tree (for pimple clear skin) and Wild Turmeric (for clear skin).

Meera facewash is a range of formulation that is Soap-free, Sulphate free, Paraben free and is milder on the skin. It has a unique combination of Natural actives mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks. It includes a very special product which is Salicyclic acid- free acne treatment facewash. It helps to remove 99.9% of acne causing bacteria using prebiotic technology.

Meera facewash is aimed at modern young women of Sri Lanka who hold a strong belief in traditional practices & natural ingredients. Today young women are well read, understand the importance of healthy skin and have a holistic view of how healthy skin is beautiful skin. It comes out from the confidence of understanding scientific literature that supports these natural ingredients rather than following it naively.

Virtually connecting at the event, Arun Chacko, Business Head of Personal care category (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal) said, “With the Launch of Meera Face Wash today, we add to the hugely successful Meera portfolio of shampoos. With this, we intend to enhance the Richness of Tradition that Meera as a brand has been offering to the Sri Lankan Populace over the years. We are sure that the variants, would endear to the needs of Sri Lanka. We promise to bring more such exciting products to cater to the consumers.”

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All-time record prices for two estates

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Halpewatte Uva Estate located in Bandarawela, which is renowned for producing high quality, light liquoring bright orthodox teas established an all-time record price of Rs.1,000 per kg on a liquoring BOPSP grade in the Uva Medium Category at the tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This invoice of tea was purchased by Shan Teas (Pvt) Ltd.Halpewatte Uva Estate is managed by Halpewatte Estate (Pvt) Ltd, and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

Venture Estate located in Bogawantalawa which is renowned for producing high quality orthodox teas over the past years, established an all-time record price, of Rs 1,060 per kg on a liquoring FBOPF1 grade in the Western High Grown Category at this week’s tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This line of tea was purchased by Inter Tea (Pvt) Ltd. Venture Estate is managed by Madulsima Plantations PLC and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

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HNB-Indra Traders offer exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered vehicles, freezers and pre-owned vehicles

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Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered with local automotive giant Indra Traders to provide customers with exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles and freezers.

Customers can make use of exciting benefits and discounts during the promotional period from January to December 2022. HNB Executive Director Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo and Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva participated in the special ceremony to sign the MoU at HNB Towers.

“Given the import restrictions, the market for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles has grown exponentially. Each year we offer our loyal customers the very best deals in the market. As such, we have renewed our partnership with Indra traders, renowned for its incomparable service, to offer those looking for vehicles with access to exceptional after-sales services and great discounts,” HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo said.

HNB will offer the prevailing interest rate for structured leases and lease facilities with a 25% residual value market value under the partnership. Customers also have access to special discounts on automobile products, servicing, spare parts, tyres, and batteries via the Prestige Prime card, with the annual fee waived off the first year.

“We are delighted to partner with HNB once again to offer our mutual customer base exciting leasing solutions and great benefits. Our continued partnership with the Bank has proven to be very beneficial to our customers, and we hope they will make use of this opportunity once again to invest in their own set of wheels,” Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva said.

Indra Traders will provide customers looking to purchase unregistered cars, vans and freezers with free insurance from SLIC for the first year. HNB customers are also eligible for discounts of up to 10% for spare parts from Indra Motor Spares and labour charges from Indra Service Park for the first year.

Customers investing in a new or unregistered passenger vehicles are eligible to have their vehicles outfitted with a free entertainment system and reverse camera. Indra Traders will also offer customers a two-year warranty for engines and gearboxes and a three-year warranty for hybrid batteries.

Notably, the company will provide free labour for services up to one year and a maximum of six services for pre-owned vehicles. A six-month warranty will also be offered for the engines and gearboxes of these vehicles.

Established in 1975, Indra Traders has diversified to various business segments in the automobile industry. A supplier of high-quality motor vehicles and related vehicles, Indra Traders today stands as not only a supplier of high-quality vehicles but also a transport solutions provider.

With 254 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically-innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd. The Bank was also ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020.

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