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Sri Lanka’s top three cola companies – Coca Cola, Pepsi and Elephant House (makers of KIK Cola) came together to launch the Beverage Association of Sri Lanka (BAOSL) last week aimed at furthering the interests of this industry. Jit Gunaratne, Chairman of BAOSL, said they planned to invite other beverage companies numbering around 30-40 as the next level of the association. “All beverage companies can join the association,” he said at a media briefing in Colombo.
He said the industry provides employment to nearly 1,500 (direct) and 3,000 more (indirect) while there are over 75,000 retailers. “The association will play the role as mentor and guide for the industry and ensure compliance and quality at all times,” he said. The association will also facilitate the framing, development and dissemination of best practices in order to continue to produce safe and healthy non-alcoholic beverages to consumers and to pro-actively interact with the government, various regulatory agencies, other apex industry associations and bodies in the formulation of policies and rules and support while promoting and protecting the interests of the industry.
Founder members of the association are: Chandima Perera – Head of Beverages, Vice President, JKH; Chammika Weththasinghe – Country Finance Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka; Sanjeewa Jayaweera – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, JKH; Abhishek Jugran – Country Manager – Sri Lanka and Maldives, Coca-Cola Far East Ltd; Anil Sareen – Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka; Jit Gunaratne – President, Consumer Foods Group, JKH; Saumindra Bhattarcharya – Country Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka; Navin Karunatilaka – General Manager, HR and Legal, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka; and Naresh Balachandran – Chief Financial Officer, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka.
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