Presidential Export Award
From left to right: Rajith Perera, Nestlé Manager - Procurement; Charindu Makawita, Nestlé Assistant Manager - Application Group; Nimal Ravel, Nestlé Assistant Manager - Application Group; Sudharaka Sandeepana, Nestlé Assistant Manager - Supply Planning; Satish Daswani, Nestlé Assistant Manager - Exports; Panchadcharam Sathiyenthra, Nestlé Vice President - Supply Chain; Lakshika Weeramundage, Nestlé Senior Manager - Exports; Mohammed Sazmin, Nestlé Manager - Management Accounting; Rajiv Dharmarajah, Nestlé Senior Executive - Procurement; Sujeewa Priyadarshana, Nestlé Assistant Manager - Financial Reporting; and Sujeewa Pinto, Nestlé Assistant Manager – Customer Services
We won the ‘Best Exporter’ award in the Coconut Kernel product category for 2018/19 at the 2019 Presidential Exports Awards. This signifies our eighth Presidential Export Award, in recognition of our strong contribution to national exports and efforts towards creating sustainable livelihoods for local coconut growers and farm workers.
Our previous awards include: ‘Best Exporter of the Coconut & Coconut Based Product Sector’ in 2010 and 2013, ‘Best Exporter of the Food & Other Beverages Product Sector’ in 2011, ‘Best Multinational Company (MNC) engaged in Exports’ in 2014 and 2015, ‘Highest Value Added Exporter’ in the Coconut Kernel product category in 2017, and ‘Highest Foreign Exchange Earner’ in the Coconut Kernel product category in 2018.
Panchadcharam Sathiyenthra, Nestlé Vice President - Supply Chain, and Lakshika Weeramundage, Nestlé Senior Manager - Exports, receiving the award from Honourable Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade. Looking on is Mr. W.A.D.S. Gunasinghe, Additional Secretary - Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade.
The Presidential Export Awards is an annual event organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. It is the highest form of recognition given to exporters in Sri Lanka, awarding companies that have made a significant contribution to the local exports sector.