On the 11th of November 2011, the students of Asian International School had the privilege of visiting two of Sri Lanka’s biggest factories - an ice-cream manufactory and a fizzy drinks bottling plant.
The commerce students took an educational trip to explore first-hand the primary, secondary and tertiary stages of production in these manufactories.
The students began the journey to our well known Cargill’s ice-cream factory. On arrival the students were shown a presentation that told them the story behind these frozen desserts. The presenter informed them of the various processes taking place in the factory and spoke about the company’s attempts to help revive the economy by using Fresh Milk provided by local farmers. Next, the students were taken on a tour and were allowed to inspect the water and milk purification processes conducted at the plant. Finally the students sat under shady overheads, enjoying their treat of popsicles and Cornettos! The group left the factory with sticky fingers and a story to tell. After lunch in Gampaha, the students arrived at the Elephant House bottling plant. Students and teachers were welcomed with a drink and ice cream while they watched another presentation on similar lines.
The students were told of the company’s new alliance with Sri Lankan farmers who were being provided with the necessary training that was required to extract vanilla from their pods, a delicate task that had to be done with precision and skill. At the end of the presentation souvenirs, pens and bands were handed out, courtesy of the Elephant House management which was much appreciated by the students and teachers; and then followed the tour of the bottling plant. The group was amazed by the grand scale functioning of the production line, where they were guided through the entire process by friendly employees of the company.The entire group returned home, fed with knowledge and memories .Eating an ice cream or popping open a bottle of Necto will mean so much more now, for these commerce students of AIS!