Sri Lanka Food Processors Association (SLFPA) held its 23 rd Annual General Meeting on 30 th September 2020 at the ‘80 Club’ Independence Square, Colombo 7, amidst a large gathering of its members.
The main presentation was done on ‘Issues facing the food industry, and the recommendations on how to improve and take it to the level of international standards’. These views were shared by Mr Dhammika Gunasekera – Past President SLFPA and Managing Director – Tropical Life Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Delano Dias – President Elect SLFPA and CEO of Millers Ltd, and Mr. Maliek De Alwis – Past President SLFPA and CEO of Ma’s Tropical Foods Pvt. Ltd.
The President – Mr. Nishan Perera also spoke and recognized the Past Presidents of the Association who have contributed immensely to bring the Association to the current level.
The committee for the years 2020/2021 consists of President – Mr. Nishan Perera of CMC Engineering Exports GmbH, Hon.Secretary – Mr. Aruna Senanayake of C W Mackie PLC , Treasurer – Mr. Nadishan Guruge of Mead Lee Trading Pvt. Ltd., Immediate Past President – Mr. Sarath Alahakoon of Country Style Foods Pvt Ltd, President Elect – Mr. Delano Dias of Millers Ltd, 1 st Vice president – Mr. Damitha Perera of Forbes & Walker Commodity Brokers Pvt. Ltd. , 2 nd Vice President – Mr. Thusith Wijesinghe of Trans Continental Packaging Pvt. Ltd., 3 rd Vice President-Mr. Vasantha Chandrapala of Ma’s Tropical Foods Pvt. Ltd., Assistant Secretary-Mr. Lasantha Ratnayake of Kelani Valley Canneries Ltd., and Assistant Treasurer – Mr. Amila Weerasinghe of Nestle Lanka Ltd.
The rest of the committee comprises of – Mr. Sanjeewa De Silva-Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd., Mr. Jayanga Perera – Ceylon Biscuits Ltd., Mr. Dilanga De Fonseka – C.D. DE Fonseka & Sons Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Hemantha Balasuriya – Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd, Mr. Ruwan Kumara – Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Mr. Sameera Jayathilaka-Westman Engineering Co. Pvt Ltd., Mr. Roshan Ranawaka – Control Union Inspections Ltd ,Mr. Dylan Gonawela – Virgin Oil International Pvt Ltd ,Mr. Rasika Seneviratne – BASF Lanka Ltd, Mr. Kolitha Amarasinghe – SGS Lanka Pvt Ltd and Mr. Nuwan Rodrigo – Rohan Rodrigo Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Pvt Ltd.
SGS Lanka Pvt Ltd was the main sponsor for this event while Nestle Lanka Ltd and Sunquick (C.W. Mackie PLC) were the co-sponsors.
The Hon. Secretary, Mr. Aruna Senanayake, delivered the Vote of Thanks, following which the event ended with cocktails and fellowship.
A MOU between Sri Lanka Food Processors Association (SLFPA) & European Chamber Of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) was signed on the 3rd of September 2020 at the Colombo Club Meeting Room at Taj Samudra Hotel.
The MOU mainly outlined the benefits offered to the SLFPA membership & the Market Access Team (MAT) members of ECCSL by both parties. Under this MOU SLFPA agrees to share its membership details with ECCSL & ECCSL agreeing to offer its MAT membership to the SLFPA members at a nominal fee of Rs 2,500.
While this MOU is in force the SLFPA - MAT members will get opportunities to join outbound trade delegations to European countries organized by ECCSL. SLFPA – MAT members will also get opportunities to access inbound trade delegations that include companies in the Food & Agro sector.
Mr. Nishan Perera – President & Mr.Delano Dias – Vice President signed the MOU on behalf of SLFPA, while Mr. Arnold Perera - President & Mr.John Wilson – Director signed on behalf of ECCSL.
Other members present for the occasion were – Mr. Ranith Wijesinghe – Founder & Past President SLFPA , Mr Aruna Senanayake- Hony.Secretary SLFPA, Mr. Dilipan Tyagarajah – Director ECCSL & Mr. Thomas Daetwyler – Director ECCSL.
Profoods / Pro Pack and AgBiz Exhibition, Sri Lanka's largest food, packaging and agriculture exhibition is generally held during the first weekend of August each year at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Hall.
Over 300 stalls are allocated for the local and foreign manufacturers and over 23,000 visitors patronize this event which is held for three days.
One of the main features is a special pavilion allocated for the University students to showcase their innovative products to more than 23,000 visitors.
Sri Lanka Food Processors Association held its 6th six - a side soft ball cricket tournament, for the Sri Lanka Food Processors Association Challenge Shield, on 07th of September 2019 at Colombo Colts Cricket Club. Thirty seven teams from 23 member companies came together to participate for this tournament. Gamma Pizza Craft Lanka A team (Pizza Hut) clinched the SLFPA Challenge shield for the third successful year.