Cargills Group: Uplifting Lives Every Day

With a trusted heritage of over 175 years, the Cargills Group is built on the principles of reducing the cost of living, enhancing youth skills, and bridging regional disparities. Our commitment to developing a sustainable and socially responsible business has made us one of the leading consumer goods companies in the country. Spread across retail, food manufacturing, restaurants, and banking, Cargills touches the lives of millions of Sri Lankans every day, from customers to farmers to suppliers and the wider community

A Safer Nation for a Prosperous Future

Times have changed and Cargills as a company has evolved from strength to strength. Yet, one factor has remained constant: our top priority has always been ensuring the health and well-being of our consumers and customers through our commitment to the safety of our team.

We aim to maintain our Nation’s progress through our continued commitment to your health and well-being during these unprecedented and trying times. We realise the important role Cargills products and services play in the day-to-day lives of our valuable customers. This is why we continue to train, and remind our teams to take care of their health so they safeguard you.

As we constantly monitor the development of the situation around the pandemic, we’re ensuring that regulations and guidelines are strictly adhered to by enforcing preventive and protective measures with the ultimate aim of customer safety in mind.

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Times have changed and Cargills as a company has evolved from strength to strength. Yet, one factor has remained constant: our top priority has always been ensuring the health and well-being of our consumers and customers through our commitment to the safety of our team.

We aim to maintain our Nation’s progress through our continued commitment to your health and well-being during these unprecedented and trying times. We realise the important role Cargills products and services play in the day-to-day lives of our valuable customers. This is why we continue to train, and remind our teams to take care of their health so they safeguard you.

As we constantly monitor the development of the situation around the pandemic, we’re ensuring that regulations and guidelines are strictly adhered to by enforcing preventive and protective measures with the ultimate aim of customer safety in mind.


















An Overview Of Our Business Categories

Agri-Modernization

Bringing
Goodness through
Agri-Modernization

Processed Meat

Quality in
Processed Meat

Nation with Dairy

Nourishing the
Nation with Dairy

Freshness

Experience Freshness
through our Beverages

Largest Footprint

Largest Footprint
in Modern Retail

International Restaurants

Popular & International
Restaurants

Financial Services

Financial Services that
are Accessible to All

Exceptional Range

Exceptional Range
of Confectionaries

The Evolution of Cargills


  1. August 08th, 1844, Mr. William Milne and Mr. David Sime Cargill opened a general warehouse, import and wholesale business in Colombo, Fort now known as Cargills Ceylon PLC.


  2. The company title was changed to Milne, Cargill & Co., with Milne and Cargill as partners. However, with the retirement of Mr. Milne in 1860, the title changed to Cargill & Co.


  3. The House of Cargills officially became incorporated as a Public Limited Liability Company.


  4. Ceylon Theatres acquired controlling interest of Cargills and Mr. Albert A. Page was appointed as Managing Director and would go on to become the Chairman of Cargills the following year.


  5. Cargills established its first supermarket chain in Sri Lanka at Staple Street; it was once accessible only to the elite customer segment but then opened its doors to the masses.


  6. The company invested in the first manufacturing facility of Cargills Quality Foods, in Mattakkuliya which focused on the production of processed meat.


  7. Cargills obtained the franchise license of the vastly popular QSR, KFC, and opened it to the Sri Lankan market.


  8. In 1999, Cargills eliminated the middleman and initiated purchasing from the farmer directly, offering the best prices for their harvest, resulting in 10 collection centres with the first being established at Hanguranketha.


  9. Mr. Anthony Page and Mr. Ranjit Page were appointed as Chairman and Deputy Chairman, respectively.


  10. Cargills bought over Walls, investing in a dairy processing plant which resulted in the need to create a network of dairy farmers. Cargills also diversified into agri-processing with Cargills KIST in 2002.


  11. The Cargills Sarubima Fund was conceptualised and established to support the farming community for their untiring efforts towards growing our country's economy.


  12. Cargills bought over Kotmale from Janashakthi, and Diana Biscuits was acquired and rebranded as KIST biscuits.


  13. A domestic and offshore provisional banking license for the launch of Cargills Bank, was acquired from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.


  14. Taking a step further in catering international cuisine to the nation, Cargills secured the franchise license for TGIF and commenced an outlet in Colombo, Fort. The Company also commenced operations of Cargills Square in Jaffna.


  15. Cargills Bank officially commenced business operations.


  16. Kotmale launched Sri Lanka’s first fully integrated dairy processing facility, in Banduragoda.


  17. Cargills unveiled its first gourmet specialty supermarket, Cargills Food Hall, at the Colombo City Centre Shopping Mall in Colombo 02.


  18. The “Cargills Foundation" was established to oversee the social development initiatives of the Group. Furthermore, the 400th Food City outlet was ceremoniously opened to the public in October.




Blog

Cargills delivers steady performance despite challenging environment

June 03,2021  

non-recyclable plastic car park

Cargills (Ceylon) PLC announced, Monday 31st May 2021, its consolidated financial results for the year ended 31st March 2021. The Cargills Group played a pivotal role during the COVID-19 pandemic as an essential service provider, stepping up to serve the needs of the Sri Lankan consumer. Staying true to its commitments to the agricultural and dairy farming communities, Cargills continued its collection of fruits, vegetables, and dairy without disruption, providing a consistent marketplace for farmers.

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Cargills Provides Markets for Distressed Farmers in Matale

May 18,2021  

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During these difficult times, once again we stepped forward to extend a helping hand to the farmers in Thanna- Matale. They were facing a dire situation, struggling to sell their produce.




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Cargills and Unilever team up to reduce plastic waste in Sri Lanka

May 03,2021  

non-recyclable plastic car park

Recognising the need for a holistic solution to tackle the growing concern of mismanaged plastic in the country, Cargills and Unilever Sri Lanka joined hands to establish a sustainable plastic waste management system across nine Cargills Food City outlets and one KFC outlet in Colombo. Utilising the diverse network of resources and expertise of both companies, this system will cover all bases from collection and distribution to segregation and recycling of plastic waste. The companies hope to extend this initiative to other outlets across Sri Lanka. The initiative forms part of Unilever Sri Lanka’s purpose led agenda to reduce its plastic footprint in the country and further aligns with Cargills’ vision towards building a sustainable environment for Sri Lanka.


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Cargills celebrates World Earth Day

May 03,2021  

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Every year, 22 April is observed as Earth Day across the globe. The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Restore Our Earth" which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. To reinforce our commitment to protect the environment, Cargills joined hands with the Colombo Municipal Council for the “Let’s Save a Tree for Colombo” initiative. This project is a part of a larger Group wide sustainability initiative to plant 10,000 trees before the end of this year at different locations within the Cargills Group. The first tree was planted today by the Colombo Mayoress, Rosy Senanayake, at the Colpetty-2 Food City outlet.


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Cargills initiates the first ever end-use to non-recyclable plastic car park in Sri Lanka

Apr 06,2021  

non-recyclable plastic car park

Sri Lanka generates close to 7000 metric tonnes of solid waste on a daily basis. Out of this, 6% belong to the category of plastic and polythene. To help combat this growing menace in the country, Cargills Foods Pvt Ltd took a step towards sustainability with the commencement of paving its car parks with Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete (PMAC) – a green alternative to traditional asphalt by AGC Innovate Pvt Ltd.


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Celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Albert A. Page, on his 100th birth anniversary

Apr 04,2021  

440 Cargills Food City outlets

When a colossus leaves this world, he illuminates the path for generations to come. In our mind this is perhaps the greatest tribute anyone could pay the visionary Albert A. Page on his 100th birth anniversary, being celebrated on 4th April 2021. Many of us wonder where the soul of the departed takes flight, but in the case of Albert A. Page, the late patriarch of Cargills and CT Holdings – his soul lives on within each and every employee and each and every accomplishment of the Group today.


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Cargills: proud Title Partner for the International Women's Day Festival 2021

Mar 08,2021  

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This March, we applaud and celebrate the dedication, power, and perseverance of women in Sri Lanka. Cargills is proud to be the Title Partner for the International Women's Day Festival 2021.We believe in the power of women to change the world! Join us to celebrate Women's Day with Cargills International Women's Day Festival over four Mondays in the month of March.


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Cargills earns the prestige of being one of the Top 10 Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka

Feb 15,2021  

440 Cargills Food City outlets

Cargills (Ceylon) PLC was recognized as One of the Top 10 Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka at the annual Most Admired Companies Awards ceremony organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Daily FT.


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Cargills Food City Opens Four new outlets around the island

Jan 08,2021  

440 Cargills Food City outlets

We are delighted to announce the opening of four new Cargills Food City outlets in the island. Furthering our continued commitment to serve you better, we have opened the new outlets...


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Share the Spark with Cargills Online : A Christmas Contribution

Jan 12,2020  

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 was a little different for all of us. We launched our "Share the Spark" campaign to give a platform for you - our customers to join us in helping individuals in our community whose livelihoods have been disrupted due to these challenging times.


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Cargills recognised among the top 10 Most Admired Companies in Sri Lanka

DEC 07,2020  

Top 10 Most Admired Companies

Cargills (Ceylon) PLC, a leading Retail and FMCG company in the country, had the distinction of being listed in the Top 10 Most Admired Companies for the 2019/20 financial year. This recognition was awarded by the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Daily FT. This accolade is a testament to our long-standing commitment to creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders.


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Cargills partners with the University of Sabaragamuwa for Research & Development!

DEC 02,2020  

Partners with the SUSL

Reaffirming Cargills vision of creating markets for our youth to enhance and empower them as entrepreneurs, Cargills (Ceylon) PLC officially partnered with the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka on the 17th of November. This collaboration gives their innovative students a platform to make their ideas commercially viable and also opens up opportunities they otherwise would not be privy to.


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430th Store Opening at Colombo Port

OCT 27,2020  

430 Food city outlets

Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority General Daya Ratanyaka today inaugurated a new branch of the Cargills FoodCity Express in the Port of Colombo. This branch will address an urgent requirement of the employees and users of the Port of Colombo.


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An exciting bunch of new products from the trendsetter Kist!

OCT 22,2020  

new products from Kist

As a brand which is on a mission to serve its consumer with new great food and beverage choices, Kist is proud to present its latest product creations to the market.


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CARGILLS KIDS’ KITCHEN : The kids of today, the Masterchefs of tomorrow

OCT 21,2020  

CARGILLS KIDS’ KITCHEN

As children grow and develop, everything they learn does not necessarily have to come out of books or theory. In fact some of the best lessons for kids come from experiences, starting right from home. For instance, there are several life skills children can learn even in the kitchen.


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CARGILLS KIDS’ KITCHEN : The kids of today, the Masterchefs of tomorrow

Oct 21,2020  
CARGILLS KIDS’ KITCHEN

As children grow and develop, everything they learn does not necessarily have to come out of books or theory. In fact some of the best lessons for kids come from experiences, starting right from home. For instance, there are several life skills children can learn even in the kitchen.


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Cargills Bank delivering on its commitment to support the CBSL vision of a cashless society

Oct 21,2020  
Cargills Bank

Demonstrating its commitment to technology innovation in the financial services space, Cargills Bank was the first financial institution to issue and acquire LANKAQR transactions in Sri Lanka. The Bank has been at the forefront of facilitating technology-based payment solutions in Sri Lanka, and is also the acquiring bank for six Fintech Payment Apps with JustPay, the local digital payments platform regulated by the Central Bank that facilitates retail payments by directly transferring funds from the customer’s account to the merchant’s account.


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Offering Employment Opportunities For Young Graduates

Oct 21,2020  
Opportunities For Young Graduates

With our commitment to develop and enhance Sri lankan youth skills we offer employment opportunities for young graduates in August 2020, we recruited a batch of 90 graduates and are currently working in different areas in Retails, our largest sector, Their induction to Cargills held at the YMCA Fort under the patronage of our Deputy Chairman.


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“Cargills: Village to Home” – Supporting our local farmers and entrepreneurs

Oct 20,2020  
Cargills: Village to Home

Organised to build the country’s budding SME entrepreneurs by giving them a platform to engage with a wider network of customers. A few SMEs are invited as partners, where they can promote their diverse range of products in demarcated stalls, for customers to purchase.


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Cargills to Home - Divulapitiya Delivery Operation

Oct 20,2020  
Cargills to Home

Our Cargills to Home mobile truck was in operation in the Divulapitiya area where the curfew is in effect in the last few days. Our loyal customers were able to enjoy our door-to-door service, while following our strict health guidelines and procedures. Goodie packs with daily essentials were made available through this service. The areas covered included Gal kanda, Horanpella, Kopiwatta, Maradagahamula and Ballapana.


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