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30th January 2015
Come visit us at the Foodex Japan 2015, the 40th International Food and Beverage Exhibition during 3rd to 6th March 2015 at the Japan Makuhari Messe. We are at Hall No 3, Booth No 3E-01. Hope to see you there!
16th January 2015
Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC emerged victorious once again walking away with the Gold Award in the Hospitality Sector category at the prestigious of Chartered Accountants Annual Report Awards. The golden jubilee of the annual report awards was held recently at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. The competition which covers 22 sectors from small business categories such as NGOs, clubs, associations to large conglomerates had a total of 130 organisations submit their annual reports for the coveted awards this year. The annual competition formulated to encourage transparency and accountability in financial reporting in the corporate sector recognises companies which have demonstrated excellence in transparency, accountability and good governance via their annual reports. The evaluations were conducted under a stringent three stage system where the shortlisted reports were subjected to an industry expert panel review; the reports selected for the final stage were evaluated by a final panel of judge’s chaired the Central Bank Governor.
30th December 2014
Come visit us at the Gulfood 2015, the world's biggest annual food & hospitaility show during 8th to 12th February 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. We are at Hall No 2, Stand No B2-7. Hope to see you there!
15th September 2014
Come visit us at SIAL Paris, the world's major agri-food expo between the 19th and 23rd of October at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte-France. We are at Hall No 5B, Stand No Z 055. Hope to see you there!
15th August 2014
Please visit www.stassenteas.com for online shopping.
04th June 2014
Aitkin Spence Hotels were once again recognised for its commitment to sustainability at the recently concluded ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards, where it emerged victorious in the Leisure & Services sector. The new format for the awards identified winners in six industry sectors. In the past, Aitken Spence Hotels have emerged winners in the medium scale category. ACCA has been a leading voice in promoting environmental, social and governance reporting for businesses as a fundamental part of mapping their impacts beyond traditional financial accounting practices. This year once again ACCA has recognised and rewarded companies that have taken an active role in providing viable solutions to the sustainability challenges faced by our planet. Aitken Spence Hotels over the years has been dedicated to preserve and sustain the natural resources and also manage the impact of tourism on local communities through the adoption of sustainable practices. The award highlights the importance Aitken Spence Hotels gives to sustainability, transparency and accountability while providing a clear indication of the company’s commitment to report its economic, social and environmental impacts. “Our goal is to incorporate the values and principles of sustainable development into our business. Being repeatedly recognised by ACCA for best in class sustainability reporting is an affirmation that we are on the correct path. We believe that sustainability is the only way forward in the tourism industry, we need to be able to protect the natural attractions, resources and culture that differentiates Sri Lanka as a unique destination”, said Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels. Aitken Spence Hotels manages a portfolio of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman. The company’s expertise in hotel design, building and management are complimented by its dedication and commitment to excellence. Located in some of the key tourist locations, each of the...
01st November 2013
A FAMILY business owned by husband and wife Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala offers an innovative menu drawn from the founders' Parsi heritage. It caters to a wide variety of clientele - both business and leisure - and is a favourite among corporate and professional firms. Award-winning chef Todiwala routinely appears on television and radio, talking about the art and intricacies of Indian cooking.... Source: http://www.easterneye.eu/ABAwards/index.php?page=abry
16th October 2013
Melsta Regal Finance Ltd. (MRFL) has embarked on a rapid expansion drive by penetrating into the regions and recently opened its first branch in Kurunegala. The company in its first year of operations it now being reckoned to be a key player in the local financial sector. It was recently rated with an A+ rating by Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd. MRFL also launched its savings products, during the first six months of operations, making MRFL one of six companies within the finance company sector to possess a savings product line Speaking on the progress of the company thus far, Melsta Regal Finance Chairman Amitha Gooneratne stated: “Our key strength lies in the fact that we are backed by a group with diversified business interests. The strengths of the company mainly derive from the group strengths possessed by the company, along with its financial stability.” Drawing from the group synergies MRFL introduced an integrated working capital solution encompassing LC opening facilities, warehousing, logistics and debt factoring. The company in its inception possesses the widest product portfolio encompassing leasing, hire purchase, hiring, factoring, corporate loans, personal loans and an integrated working capital solution with Letter of Credit facilities, pledge facilities, import loans, etc. Through these innovative credit facilities, the company hopes to ignite the progress of the SME sector, through innovative financial solutions. MRFL also offers a range of products which appeal to the corporate sector and herein flexible terms, speed and customised solutions are the cornerstones. The company’s products are unique and targeted at expanding business segments within the country. Hence, the company’s products are branded as ‘Regal – financial solutions symbolising flexibility, innovation and service’. Currently, MRFL facilitates the leasing of equipment and vehicle leasing. MRFL leases specialised equipment for the medical, printing, restaurant and hotel, construction, wood working sectors,...
07th August 2013
Sri Lanka’s premier beach resort Heritance Ahungalla emerged as the Most Outstanding Culinary Team in Sri Lanka after competing against both international and domestic star-class city and resort hotels at the 15th Culinary Art Competition held from 2 to 5 August. Heritance Hotels dominated the competition with Heritance Kandalama being adjudged the first runner up in the overall competition. Organised by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka, the culinary competition is part of the industry’s largest food and trade exhibition. Maintaining its reputation for offering the best cuisine in the country, Aitken Spence Hotels won an unprecedented 150 medals including the prestigious award for the Most Outstanding Culinary Team in Sri Lanka. There were 25 categories for the medals and the Aitken Spence medal tally displayed the sheer dominance the resort chain’s chefs had over its competitors in the field. World acclaimed Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe – Group Skills Development Chef, Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels who led the team along with Chef Lalith Gunesekera – Consultant Chef, Aitken Spence Hotel Managements and Chef Kasun Premachandra, Executive Chef, Heritance Ahungalla whose continuous training and motivation guided the participants, were jubilant along with the teams from Aitken Spence Hotels who collectively won 16 special awards out of a total of 29 special awards. The special awards included the following: Most Outstanding Chef – Chef Y.K.P. De Silva, Heritance Ahungalla, Most Outstanding Pastry Chef – Chef W.M.J.A. Bandara, Heritance Ahungalla, Most Outstanding Apprentice – Chef L.H.S.N.R. De Silva, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Bartender Mixologist – H.D.S.N. Jayasekera, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Beer Cocktail – H.D.S.N. Jayasekera, Heritance Ahungalla, Nescafe Creative Coffee – S.P.S. Fernando, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Sunquick Mocktail – H.D.S.N. Jayasekera, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Wedding Cake Structure – Chef S.G. Wijesundera – Heritance Ahungalla, Most Outstanding Apprentice Hot Cooking Live – Chef L.H.S.N.R....
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