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Sunshine acquires Daintee, diversifying its business beyond Watawala tea

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Consumer sector of the Sri Lankan conglomerate Sunshine Holdings has completed its acquisition of a leading Sri Lankan confectionery company Daintee Limited, adding several leading brands to its portfolio, including Daintee, Milady and Bensons. The transaction was valued at Rs. 1.7 billion.

This move comes at a time where Sunshine as a Group looks to strategically expand its presence in Sri Lanka’s fast-growing FMCG segment by extending its portfolio beyond tea, where they hold the No. 1 position. Daintee joins Sunshine Consumer’s growing portfolio of businesses that markets and distributes some of the country’s most-loved tea brands—Watawala, Zesta and Ran Kahata. The acquisition is in line with the Group’s strategy to nurture and build local brands.

Daintee Limited, founded in 1984 in collaboration with Barker and Dobson, a prestigious U.K. confectionery company, is a market leader in the sweets and toffee category in Sri Lanka. At present, the company boasts of an extensive product range consisting of toffees, sweets, jellies, chocolates and cocoa-based confectionery, bubblegum, desserts, biscuits and snacks where Daintee maintains a 40% market share in toffees and sweets. The products are marketed under the brand names such as Daintee, Milady, Bensons, Chito, Chix, X-tra, Mr. Bitz, Excella and Longlive.

“We are pleased to welcome Daintee Limited’s confectionery brands and its talented employees to the Sunshine Group,” said Sunshine Group Managing Director Vish Govindasamy.

“Daintee’s portfolio of brands are household names which have gained popularity and loyalty across generations. The addition of the Daintee portfolio of brands is a significant step towards Sunshine Consumer’s aim of being a strong player in the FMCG sector. With our marketing prowess that has enabled us to be the No.1 branded tea company in Sri Lanka, we hope to achieve the vision we have for every one of our brands to be the No. 1 in their sector of influence.”

The company has two primary manufacturing sites and four other locations for warehousing and packaging in the Ratmalana industrial zone. Furthermore, Daintee Limited is certified with ISO 9001:2015 and is the only confectioner in the country with an advanced microbiology testing centre.

 



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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