By Hiran H.Senewiratne
CEO, SriLankan Catering Ltd. Mangala Wijesekera said that with the picking- up of the tourism industry next year and beyond, they could provide meals for all airlines with full capacity, which capability now stood at below the total capacity.
“We are looking at increasing the number of flights into the country to cater to the full capacity of 25000 meals per day. We now provide only 13000 meals for various airlines which land in Sri Lankan airports, Wijesekera told the media recently during a familiarization tour of the Bandaranaike International Airport premises. The aim of the tour was also to announce that SriLankan Airlines had unveiled a delectable new range of authentically Sri Lankan dishes for its menu under the theme, ‘SriLankan Flavours.’
Wijesekera added: “We have a well- trained catering culinary staff who could cater to any airline and new introductions to the Sri Lankan meal option will be available onboard SriLankan’s long haul and medium haul flights and at the signature Business Class lounges of the airline at Bandaranaike International Airport.
“The reinvented meals aim to showcase Sri Lankan food to the global traveler by emphasizing the nutritional and medicinal benefits of the ingredients that go into the meals, based on culinary traditions passed down through generations.
“We are excited to introduce these additions which are certain to stimulate all five senses, to our inflight cuisine as an expression of the Sri Lankan heritage. Additionally, we are helping to promote and preserve the culinary culture of Sri Lanka by offering traditional delicacies of the island to a global audience of travelers.”
Manager, Product Development Maria Sathasivam said the fascinating lineup of new dishes include main meals, such as egg roti with Paraw fish curry and crumb fried prawns; ‘Dhunthel rice’ with traditional curries; Kuruluthuda heirloom rice served with chicken pepper curry and local vegetables; pittu with kirihodi, chickpea curry and lunu miris and Lamprais.
“Complementing these uniquely Sri Lankan mains were equally delicious desserts like Lavariya and curd with Waraka compote. Immunity boosting beverages, such as king coconut with coconut pulp; local cucumber and honey and pineapple and aloe vera are also part of the menu.
“The new meal options are replete with fibre, minerals and healing properties ensuing from champion ingredients that are locally sourced, such as, Kurakkan, ginger, cinnamon, curry leaves, cloves and Kuruluthuda, an heirloom rice variety of Sri Lanka.
“The ingredients are blended to enhance the inherent flavours, textures and wellness aspects that define the Sri Lankan culinary experience using trusted, centuries-old native recipes and cookingmethods. Therefore, each item is not just flavourful, but packed with nutritional value, thus appealing to the health-conscious, contemporary traveler.
“The SriLankan Flavours campaign is just one of many initiatives of the airline aiming to deliver a superior and quintessentially Sri Lankan inflight experience for its customers. Sri Lankan cuisine in particular has been a part of the fabric of SriLankan Airlines’ inflight products since the beginning, with many frequent flyers looking forward to the airline’s signature Sri Lankan dishes when they travel. Passengers could always expect to see a Sri Lankan meal option on their inflight menu.
“While SriLankan continues to introduce various enhancements to its onboard service, the range of authentic Sri Lankan meal options is also set to expand with time. Ultimately, the Airline’s hope is to delight its loyal customers by offering an experience that is innately Sri Lankan, yet globally superior.”
Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification
Farmchemie has obtained FAMI-QS certification being the first Sri Lankan owned company certified with FAMI-QS. FAMI-QS stands for Feed Additive and pre-MIxture Quality System, which compromises the safety of animal feed and the quality of processed goods in accordance with European regulation no. 183/2005 on animal feed. Farmchemie is a BOI approved leading manufacturer and exporter of animal feed additives and nutritional supplements in Asia. Farmchemie is equipped with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from Bühler, Switzerland to offer quality assured manufacturing services for world-renowned European brands as well as own brands under Farmstar. Farmchemie has already established their presence in numerous international markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Uganda. FAMI-QS will enable them to expand their markets including the European and USA.
“We are honoured to announce that Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan-owned company to be certified with FAMI-QS in combination with ISO 9001: 2015 and Good Manufacturing Practices certification for animal feeding. By attaining FAMI-QS, we are able to anticipate the expectations of our clients for safe, high-quality goods by lowering the related risk and enhancing the quality of onsite feeds via a supply chain that is properly guaranteed. For that Farmchemie implements measures for Feed Fraud and Feed Defense according to FAMI-QS supply chain integrity module V2. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their continued support and dedication. We look forward to elevating the firm to new heights in the coming months and years, as our aims will always be centered on quality assurance and innovative manufacturing.” Managing Director Uditha Wanigasinghe stated.
Exports Gold Award for Textrip
Textrip Pvt Ltd, the export arm of the Elasto Group, was recently recognized, as the gold award winner for rubber and rubber-based products, medium scale category at the NCE Export Awards ceremony held recently in Colombo. The Chairman and Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera accepted the award at the gala event held at Shangri La Hotel. The national export awards ceremony, organized by the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), recognizes and rewards Sri Lankan exporters on their performance in the international market.
“We always strive to manufacture high-quality rubber-based goods, using the latest technology, adhering to the highest international standards, and showcasing Sri Lanka on the global stage. I would like to thank our clients, locally and internationally for their continuous trust and my staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the pillars of our success,” Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera stated. Textrip products have obtained a number of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, CET, REACH and their products are designed to adhere to the ‘Wellness Wisdom’ theme. The company works with over 100 top sports and wellness brands and exports to more than 30 countries including European countries and the United States. TEXSTRETCH Progressive Exercise Resistance Bands is one of the most popular products of the company. The product is a great full-body workout solution for users of any level.
Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic
Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism made the presence with the 28 private sector companies at 43rd edition of FITUR International Travel Mart which was held from 18- 22 January 2023, Madrid, Spain. FITUR is the largest tourism event in the Spanish Market where all the sectors leisure, business and MICE tourism meet under one roof.
Sri Lanka Tourism stall was ceremonially opened by Mr.Chalaka Gajabahu ,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Mr. Agustin Llana and representatives of the leading private sector members of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from the trade and travel visitors attended at the event. The Sri Lanka pavilion highlighted many aspects of its potential culture, beauty, Ayurveda and many more which Sri Lanka would offer as a tourism destination. Sri Lanka stand optimized the “So Sri Lanka” and “Visit Sri Lanka” vivid sights to attract the potential visitor segments. At the Sri Lanka pavilion, Ceylon tea was served for the visitors with a view of promoting Ceylon tea in the Spanish market.
On the sideline of the FITUR travel fair, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Burau officials participated at the events organized by the UNWTO. During the events, SLTPB officials met with the Mr.Harry Hwang , Director of Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO.As a result of discussions, Mr.Harry Hwang has shown the interest to hold the UNWTO Joint commission in Sri Lanka in 2024.
Meantime, the SLTPB and Sri Lanka Embassy of France also took steps to arrange Business Meetings, exclusive media interviews, Air Line meetings at the FITUR 2023. The Media gathering conducted during the fair created the great opportunity to highlight the updates on the destination and create awareness on the destination.
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