The Sri Lanka Food Processors Association (SLFPA) recently announced the approach of the 4th annual Six-A-Side Softball Cricket Tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, the 29th of July at the Colombo Colts Cricket Club, and will see 27 teams face off against each other for the ultimate prize, the SLFPA Challenge Shield. Ceylon Cold Stores PLC won the shield in 2016, and Visvaka Marketing and MA’s Tropical Food Processing (Pvt) Ltd walked away with it in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
The participating company teams represent the following categories – Processed Food, Processed Beverages, Machinery & Packaging, International Food Certification, Food Ingredients and Casual Dine-In. The tournament is a key event in the calendars of all members of Processed Food Industry, bringing professionals from various organizations together in the spirit of fun and sportsmanship. Taking the participating teams’ families into account this year, the organizers have added a kiddie’s corner for the entertainment of the children.
The sponsors of this year’s tournament include, Fonterra Brand Lanka Ltd, Westmann Eng. Co. Ltd, CMC Engineering Exports Ltd, CDDE Fonseka & Sons Ltd, Country Style Foods Ltd, Media Plan, Sampath Bank PLC, Union Bank PLC, Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, BASF, Colombo Trust Finance, Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services Ltd, Print Care and Neo Chem.
Founded in 1997 as an advocacy group, the Sri Lanka Food Processors Association currently consists of over 130-member companies which include large and multinational, small and medium enterprises(SME’S) committed to the development of the country’s processed food and beverage industry. The Association consists of members from all relevant sub sectors addressing issues such as national policy and regulations, intra-regional cooperation, technology, knowledge transfer and marketing. The Association further offers leadership to the small but vibrant National Processed Food Industry. Vital to the island nation’s agro based economy the sector, which directly employees over three hundred thousand persons while supporting over four million back stream producers.
Photo caption: Last year’s team lined up at the opening ceremony