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Nestlé Lanka wins Presidential Export Awards for ‘Best Exporter’

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From left: Lakshika Weeramundage, Senior Manager, Exports – Nestlé Lanka; Suresh D. de Mel, Chairman – Export Development Board; Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Plantation; Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Trade.

Coconut Kernel Product Sector

Nestlé Lanka was awarded the Best Exporter in the Coconut Kernel Sector for the financial years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, at the 24th Presidential Export Awards held recently. Organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), these prestigious awards are presented in recognition of companies’ outstanding contribution to the country’s export sector.

“It is truly an honour to be recognized for our continuous efforts in strengthening national exports. Receiving the award for ‘Best Exporter in the Coconut Kernel Sector’ for two consecutive financial years – both of which were challenging, is testament to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of our team. I am humbled that we have had and continue to have a positive impact on Sri Lanka’s economy through our operations, helping uplift the local coconut industry and creating sustainable livelihoods for our farming community” said Jason Avanceña, Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka.

Nestlé introduced Maggi Coconut Milk Powder in 1986. In the 35 years since then, the company has supported the livelihoods of more than 6,000 Sri Lankan farmers, consistently enhancing their well-being. The company procured over 90 million fresh coconuts last year, paying out 4.5 billion to rural communities. Further, as one of the largest exporters of Coconut Milk Powder in the world, the company contributed Rs. 3.8 billion in export revenue to the Sri Lankan economy in 2020. The company also supports 4,000 rural families with its Nestlé Coconut plan, offering them free hybrid coconut plantlets, technical assistance and intense training and development programmes.

Panchadcharam Sathiyenthra, Vice President – Supply Chain, Nestlé Lanka said. “We are humbled and delighted by this recognition. We innovated Maggi Coconut Milk Powder three decades ago, to offer convenience to our consumers, with the Nestlé quality guarantee. I am proud to witness the progress we have made over the last three decades, serving not only Sri Lankans, but consumers in over 50 countries across the globe.”



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Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation

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The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.

He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.

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Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka

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(L-R) Pawan Singh- General Manager Sales & Marketing at Hafele Sri Lanka, Jurgen Wolf- Managing Director Hafele South Asia, Dr. Sacquaff- Group CEO Kitchen & Bedroom, and Manish Mahajan, Director Sales Hafele South Asia

Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.

Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.

‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.

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DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms

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Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.

Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”

DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.

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