Lankasoy, the flagship brand of Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC, a subsidiary of Ceylon Biscuits Ltd. (CBL), recently received the prestigious Gold Award in the category of Manufacturing (Food & Beverage) at the National Business Excellence Awards organized by The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.
With 25 years in the industry Lankasoy is the pioneer and market leader in the soy food i ndustry. Entering the market at a time when quality standards were rarely set for soya products the company was the first to obtain the local SLS mark.The company at the beginning which had manual operations, gradually converted its operations to automation, further cementing its position as a high quality product. Its manufacturing processors are ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005, GMP, HACCP certified.
Through innovation and leadership Lankasoy continued to set the standard for the industry by introducing new flavours and shapes that attracted new customers. The latest innovation being Lankasoy Pack to Pan where no soaking in water is required before preparation of t he product which has added value to the consumer in the aspect of the convenience.
The company is known for revolutionizing the Soya market in Sri Lanka. Currently the company exports its products mainly t o ethnic markets but will explore the possibility of expanding to international markets in the near future.Continuing its legacy of diversification, Convenience Foods recently launched Ramba a healthy baked snack made using locally obtained raw materials and available in five flavours.
The company attributes its success over the years on its innovative approach to the market and corporate culture.“We are focused on giving value to the consumer and due to our continuous research and development process we have been able to introduce new soya products t o t he market,” said Thilanka De Zoysa, Managing Director Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC. “In addition our dedication to sustainability, both environmental and financial, allows us to pass on the benefits to the consumer. And in the end all our stakeholders – from the shareholder to the people in the community – share in our profits and successes.”
At its state of the art factory Lankasoy employs a lean manufacturing method that ensures reduction of energy and wastage to help in its efforts to be environmentally sustainable while delivering quality products. The company encourages employees to provide suggestions on how to improve production and reduce wastage and over the years many of these suggestions have been implemented. This has allowed employees to take ownership of the initiative to become sustainable and made it driven from the bottom up rather than from the top down.This unique corporate culture has driven revenue and profitability of the company to greater heights.
The National Business Excellence Awards are granted based on the results of seven aspects of every applicant. These are leadership, corporate governance, capacity building, performance management, local & global market reach, corporate social responsibility, and business & financial results.Lankasoy has been the recipient of many awards including SLIM Brand of the year 2013 in recognition of its business excellence.Lankasoy Textured Soya Protein Nuggets are rich in protein, have no cholesterol and are manufactured using non-genetically modified defatted soya flour.