Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, the South Asian island jewel situated off the southern coast of India, has golden beaches, tropical forests with beautiful waterfalls and lush tea plantations. It is famous for its production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts and cinnamon. This is cricket-loving nation, with rich cultural heritage.
Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd (CCBSL), located in Biyagama, is the only Coca-Cola bottling plant in Sri Lanka. It has 443 employees.
While it has been a partner in the Coca-Cola Sabco Group since 2004, its origins go back to 1955, when it was formed under the name Pure Beverages Co Ltd., through the acquisition of the Ceylon Fruit Drinks & Table Water Company. Its journey with Coca-Cola started in 1960, when a franchise agreement was signed with the Coca-Cola Export Corporation.
In 1994, the operation was purchased by Freizer & Nieve Coca-Cola (Pty) Ltd, the Singapore-based anchor bottler. The company’s name changed to CCBSL in 1999, when it was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company.
CCBSL produces and sells over 10-million unit cases of carbonated soft drinks (both still and sparkling) per annum. It operates through a countrywide distributor network, consisting of about 128 distributors.
CCBSL has notched up a number of successes, including the following:
- In November 2007, CCBSL entered the still beverage market with Minute Maid Orange. It was an instant success and just six months after it was launched had already notched a market share of 23%.
- Minute Maid Mango followed its popular sibling into the market in April 2009.
Sri Lankans enjoy Coca-Cola, Coke Light, Fanta, Sprite, Lion, Minute Maid and Schweppes.