Some of the leading causes of deaths in Sri Lanka stem from non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease and are accountable for nearly 75 percent (World Health Organization NCD Country Profiles, 2014). Most chronic NCDs are preventable and if not, the onset of it can be delayed if risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, obesity, unhealthy diet, high salt, sugar, trans fats and sedentary lifestyles are addressed early on. In order to enrich the lives and well-being of consumers, we feel the need to create awareness and encourage them to follow healthy lifestyles.
Dedicated to delivering superior products while containing the recommended levels of sugar, salt and fat, our research and development team maintain the unique taste derived from our product range by constantly testing and re-engineering recipes to ensure all our existing and new products contain the nutritional expectations of our consumers while addressing the health issues we face as a country.
Further, we have provided our product development team with a set specific nutrient criterion that is to be utilized in all food products. We work closely with state universities to collate expert knowledge and provide the healthiest products to consumers. Our focus is to utilize fresh Sri Lankan milk and natural fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals & fiber in our product range as much as possible.
At Cargills, every product that is manufactured or sold must meet the benchmark of quality standards that have been set by our company over a century of trading and operations. Likewise, we ensure that the food purchased, processed or manufactured meet the highest quality, safety, environmental and social standards.
Our food manufacturing operations follow a standard format called the “Cargills Nutritional Information Table” in our labeling which gives accurate information on Energy, Protein, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Carbohydrate, Sugar and Salt per serving as well as per 100g/ml. Furthermore, in addition to being fully compliant with Sri Lankan laws and regulations we also ensure our food products, ingredients and labelling are factual and backed by proven scientific research.
When it comes to food, there is always a general concern within the public on whether the fruits and vegetables available in the market are safe for consumption.
Despite increasing in demand, ecologically cultivated toxin-free organic fresh produce at affordable prices is not freely available in the market. Following the launch of Good Harvest we went a step further with our BeeSafe range of completely organic fresh produce, which is marginally higher in price when compared to the normal fresh produce available.
Working closely with the Parabowa farmer association, a range of traditional rice varieties – free of agrochemicals - was introduced to ensure better nutrition of the people in our nation. The Ceylon Traditional Rice variants are found to be better than commonly available rice varieties due to the presence of higher antioxidant, fibre, iron and protein levels as well as possessing a low glycemic index. Each of the 6 varieties provided have its own unique health benefits.