Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) has been granted Cabinet approval to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fujian Star China International Trade Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Bennie Tea Industry Company Limited, for the marketing of pure Ceylon tea via both online and offline channels in China, which includes developing a 5G online marketing platform.
“The company has agreed under the said memorandum of understanding to develop a 5G online marketing platform that caters to the network of storing and handing over in China for promoting and marketing Sri Lanka Tea Logo online apart from distributing Sri Lankan tea in China,” the Government Information Department revealed on January 12..
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Minister of Plantation, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana. Bennie Tea Industry Company is a leading high quality tea manufacturing and R&D service outfit with an extensive network in China as well as in South East Asia. It is also engaged in tea import and export trade as well in e- commerce mainly in clearances. In a similar agreement with Kenya’s tea authorities lastyear, Benny Tea Industry Company limited agreed to warehouse and market Kenyan purple tea through an electronic trading platform. In addition, it also agreed to provide machinery and expertise to five Kenyan purple tea processing factories.
China is currently the second fastest growing market for Ceylon tea behind Chile. It became the fifth largest importer of Ceylon tea in the eleven months of 2020, recording 15.31 percent year-on-year growth to12.25M/kgs. China is also the most improved market for Ceylon tea over the past decade.
China’s tea consumption is estimated to be expanding by 10 percent per annum and black tea has been gaining traction, particularly among the younger generation.
Dilmah voted Best Corporate Citizen in Ceylon Chamber Sustainability Awards 2020
Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah was honoured in Sri Lanka’s apex corporate sustainability awards, as one of two recipients of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for Sri Lanka in 2020, a company news release said.
“Dilmah won in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover based on complex criteria linked to social, environmental and economic value, compliance, resilience, stakeholder management and crisis response. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce award is judged annually – now in its 17th year – in an exhaustive process steered by a panel of eminent judges. The Best Corporate Citizen in the category of Businesses with greater than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover was won by Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, also a Sri Lankan family business,” it said.
In addition to the coveted top award, Dilmah won category awards for Customer Relations, Environment Beyond the Business and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Corporate Citizens of Sri Lanka. The company stands out in its achievement as a family owned business with a singular focus on tea, among conglomerates and finance houses that form the top 10.
“Dilmah was formed by Founder, Merrill J. Fernando, on an unequivocal commitment to human service. The context was the colonial economic system that persisted in the tea industry in the 1950s, vestiges of which are evident even today in inadequate value addition to Sri Lanka’s high-quality tea and spices. The award scrutinised each finalists’ performance in areas including sustainability and business resilience in the wake of COVID-19, packaging sustainability, customer relations, commitment to environment and social development initiatives,” the release said.
Merrill J. Fernando, who recently celebrated his 70th year in tea is recognized as the face of fine Ceylon Tea in several countries where he started his business inviting tea drinkers to, ‘do try it!’ He commented on hearing of the accolade, ‘Mine was a simple wish – to present the finest tea with quality and integrity. What people call sustainability is a way of life for my sons and I. This award is a humbling accolade, because my journey in tea was marked more by criticism than appreciation.’
A minimum 15% of the company’s pre-tax profits directly benefit humanity through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation, both formed to fulfill the company’s commitment to community and environment. The Dilmah philosophy has touched the lives of thousands through programmes for disabled children, empowerment initiatives for women, youth and communities. The company became carbon neutral in 2019 and plans to be carbon negative by 2030.
Vision Care opens 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital in Homagama
Vision Care, Sri Lanka’s premier eye care solutions provider, opened its 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital located at High-level road, Homagama. Present at the momentous opening were Chief Guest Dr. Prasad Pathirana – Eye Surgeon, Horana Base Hospital and Chandika Wijesiriwardana – Executive Director, Medihelp Hospitals, who graced the event.
“Vision Care has entered into a strategic partnership with Medihelp Hospitals to enhance the hospital’s eye care offering. Vision Care is focused on expanding its optical services to selected Medihelp Hospitals’ locations, thereby eventually covering all major districts in the country,” a news release issued in connection with the event said.
It said the new location offers a wide collection of affordable eyewear and specialized services such as primary eye examination, refraction, contact lens assessment, eye pressure diagnostics, hearing aids and other related services.
Kangaroo Cabs adopt strict measures to safeguard customers against Covid-19
Kangaroo Cabs (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading cab service provider trusted by customers for the past 33 years, has adopted many stringent measures to ensure customer safety against Covid-19.
This includes providing hand sanitizers, touchless thermometers and face masks to all drivers registered under Kangaroo Cabs. They are advised strictly to follow health guidelines and pay attention to safeguard their valued customers. Customers’ body temperature is checked and hand sanitization provided before every trip.
The car is sanitized at the end of every journey to ensure the safety of the next customer and the drivers. Drivers are advised to wear face masks and follow health guidelines right throughout the journey. Precautions and safety measures are a top priority at Kangaroo Cabs.
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