Mr. William Milne and Mr. David Sime Cargill opened a general
import and wholesale business in Colombo, known as the ‘House of
The House of Cargills officially became incorporated as a Public
Ceylon Theatres acquired controlling interest in Cargills, and
Mr. Albert A. Page
was appointed as Managing Director and would go on to become the
Chairman of Cargills the following year.
Cargills established its first supermarket at Staple Street in
the ‘Cargills FoodCity’ brand
The company invested in its first manufacturing facility with
of the Goldi meat processing business
Cargills obtained the franchise license of the vastly popular
Quick Service Restaurant chain ‘KFC’ and opened it to the Sri
Cargills started the farmer outgrower program, directly
produce from the farmer community. The first Cargills fruit and
collection center was established in Hanguranketha, in the
of Sri Lanka.
Cargills entered the dairy industry with the acquisition of the
cream facility in Banduragoda and launched the dairy ice cream
‘Magic’. Cargills started the dairy farmer outgrower program to
collection of fresh milk. Cargills also diversified into
with the acquisition of the food brand ‘KIST’ that same year.
The Cargills Sarubima Fund was established to support the
and contribute towards their well-being
Cargills acquired the dairy brand ‘Kotmale’ to further expand
business and entered the confectionery market with the
acquisition of ‘Diana
Biscuits’ which was rebranded as ‘KIST’ biscuits.
Taking a step further to introduce international cuisines to the
market, Cargills secured the franchise license for TGI Fridays
established the first restaurant in Colombo.
The Company also commenced operations of the Cargills Square
mall in Jaffna.
Cargills Bank officially commenced business operations, marking
our entry into the financial service sector.
Kotmale launched Sri Lanka’s first fully integrated dairy
Cargills unveiled its first gourmet specialty supermarket
Hall’ at the Colombo City Centre Shopping Mall.
The Cargills Foundation was established to oversee the social
initiatives of the Group.
The 400th Food City outlet was opened during the same year.
Launched the Kotmale cheese processing facility in Hatton.
Launched Cargills Online, the Group’s ecommerce platform to
cater to a
growing online grocery market.