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Unilever ranked No 1 most respected FMCG company in Lanka once again

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Unilever Sri Lanka has been ranked the Number 1 Most Respected FMCG company in the country in LMD’s Most Respected Entities publication for 2022. This marks the 17th consecutive time that Unilever has been ranked in the list, moving 4 places up from 2021 to claim the overall 6th position from over 100 varying companies. Unilever was also declared the Sector Winner in both the ‘Consumer Products’ ‘Multinational’ categories yet again, maintaining its winning streak.

The company also emerged as the highest rated FMCG company to appear in LMD’s Top 12 performance measures/ indicators for awarding the rankings, namely: ‘Financial Performance’, ‘Quality Consciousness’, ‘Management Profile’, ‘Honesty’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Dynamism’, ‘Corporate Culture’, ‘CSR & Sustainability’, ‘Vision’, ‘National Perspective’, ‘HR & People Management’ and ‘Crisis Management’.

Sharing her comments on the recognition, Hajar Alafifi, Chairperson and Managing Director of Unilever Sri Lanka said, “It is truly a proud and honourable moment for us to be ranked as Sri Lanka’s Most Respected FMCG company once again, and more so for the 17th consecutive time of being recognised by the people of Sri Lanka. This underscores the positive impact we have made in the lives of Sri Lankans across the years, through our purposeful brands, our corporate vision to make sustainable living commonplace, and the unwavering commitment of our people towards integrity and excellence in all that we do. We also offer our heartfelt appreciation to LMD and its management for creating a platform to encourage and recognise good corporate conduct across the economy, society and the environment.”

Over the past 84 years, Unilever has been deeply rooted in Sri Lankan society, curating a landscape that preserves and nurtures the true Sri Lankan way of life. It is one of the largest FMCG companies in the country and produces 96% of its products to the strictest manufacturing standards at its manufacturing facility in Horana and local third-party manufacturing sites. The company’s portfolio comprises 30 market leading brands including Sunlight, Signal, Lifebuoy, Knorr, Vim and many others, through which it enhances the lives of 21 million Sri Lankans every day.

The company was ranked the ‘Number 1 Employer of Choice’ for the 10th consecutive year in 2021 by NielsenIQ, awarded the ‘Most Effective Marketer of the Year’ award for the 6th consecutive year at the 2021 Effie Awards, adjudged the ‘Most Awarded Entity’ in the ‘Consumer Products’ and ‘Multinational’ Categories in Sri Lanka in LMD’s 2021 ‘Most Awarded’ Edition, and had 15 Unilever brands ranked as the ‘Most Loved Brands’ in Sri Lanka in LMD’s 2022 Brands Annual Ranking. Unilever’s Horana factory was also honoured with the ISO 14001:2015 certification by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) for its commitment to identify, manage and reduce its impact on the environment through its operations.

The ‘Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka’ ranking is based on an annual survey conceptualized by Sri Lanka’s leading business magazine – LMD and conducted by NielsenIQ. This year’s survey covered the opinions of 800 respondents from listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), in LMD’s Top 100 list (2020/21) and in the Brands Annual 2021 list. The final rankings were based on the total sum of value of the weighted scores for each company.



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Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification

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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.

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Exports Gold Award for Textrip

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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.

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Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic

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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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