9 - Nestle Lanka
It is our honor to be ranked at Number Nine in the Business Today rankings for the year 2015/16 and to be in the Top 10 for the first time. We are proud of this recognition because we at Nestle believe that our mission in not just to deliver high quality food and beverage products to our consumers, but to offer them nutrition, health and wellness. Our purpose is to enhance the quality of the life of the people of Sri Lanka. Our purpose is to contribute towards the local communities and to fuel economic development. And this recognition really helps us to strengthen our belief, that we can make a difference.
This year we are celebrating a 110 years of our operations in Sri Lanka and 150 years globally. We began operations in this country over 30 years ago, manufacturing 30 years ago. We are proud to be a local multi national producing our products locally using largely local raw materials. In fact, our factory here in Pannala is manufacturing more than 90 per cent of the products that we sell in the country, driving both import substitutions as well as exports. We strongly believe in the growth potential of Sri Lanka. We are here for the long term; we are committed to make investments. In fact, we have been investing significantly in the rural economy. As the largest private sector collector of fresh milk, collecting approximately a third of the total commercially available milk in the country and also being one of the largest exporters of coconut milk powder we have been investing in the rural economy particularly in the dairy and coconut sector. Our efforts in developing these two sectors contributing towards a livelihood of about 25,000 faming families. And in the year 2015 we contributed about six billion rupees to these farming families.
We will strengthen the foundations for the future, invest in the future in capacity expansion, and also in man power development as we expose our people to best practices across the globe. We are also going to invest in bringing in new technologies to drive innovation to make our products tastier and healthier everyday drawing from our global expertise in nutrition and also from our R&D network. We look forward to the next 150 years in this country with passion and determination. With passion to offer our consumers and deliver our promise of good food, good life and the determination that we will be able to help generation after generation of Sri Lankans to live a happier and healthier life.