Health & Nutrition

Your Health and Wellbeing

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are some of the leading causes of deaths in Sri Lanka accounting for nearly 75 percent (World Health Organization NCD Country Profiles, 2014). Most chronic NCDs are preventable and if not, the onset of it can be delayed if risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, obesity, unhealthy diet, high salt, sugar, trans fats and sedentary lifestyles are addressed early on. This can be achieved through awareness and creating environments that encourage healthy lifestyle.

Cargills, as a company feels that it also has the responsibility to inform consumers information and wisdom to make smarter decisions that will enrich your life and wellbeing.

Firstly, we promote health and wellbeing of all Sri Lankans by calling for a reduction in the intake of Sugar.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that no more than 10 per cent of calories in our diet should come from free sugars. Our Policy target is to reduce the sugar content to help consumer to achieve that goal.

Nectar: We reduce added sugar content by 43.5% by 2016
Dairy: 10% reduction in pasteurized milk, 11% reduction in drinking yoghurt, 9% reduction in set yoghurt & 15% reduction in plain stirred yoghurt.

Our research & development team is committed to delivering superior products containing recommended levels of sugar, salt and fat without compromising the unique taste derived from our product range. They are constantly re-engineering our recipes to ensure our products are aligned with the nutrition expectations of our consumers while addressing the health challenges we face as a country.

Nutritionally balanced diet for Healthier life

We recognize that diet and health are interlinked. We balance the driving influences of science and food values as we navigate today’s complete food system from field to table.

Fresh & Natural

We set specific nutrient criteria to guide our product development team. We work closely with Sri Lankan Universities (Peradeniya University, Sri Jayawardenapura University, UvaWellassa University) to collate expert knowledge and provide the healthiest products to consumers. Our focus is to utilize fresh Sri Lankan milk and natural fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals & fiber in our product range as much as possible.

  • All our dairy products are manufactured using local fresh milk which is a rich source of several essential nutrients, including protein, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.
  • Our products contain real fruits which are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber as key ingredients. Kotmale drinking yoghurt is flavored with real fruits and we also carry range of Kist brand products made out of real fruits.
  • Our Kist Knuckles spring water is bottled at source to retain all natural elements the water from the pristine mountain with unpolluted environment.
  • Out Kotmale set and drinking yoghurt contain probiotic which help to improve gut health.
  • Our Kotmale natural cheese contains high- quality protein & amino acids which provides the essential building blocks for strong muscles and calcium for strong bones & teeth.

Nutrition fortification

Jams are fortified with vitamin A & D

Micronutrient malnutrition is a wide spread problem throughout the world. In the last national survey on vitamin A status of preschool children (MRI, 1995), prevalence of sub clinical vitamin A deficiency was identified as 35%, indicating a public health problem in Sri Lanka. Our Selected products range targeting children are fortified with vitamins A & D as per the policy guidelines for fortification of food in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition 2008.

Responsible Labeling & Marketing

We are fully committed to provide adequate information on nutrition and ingredients of our products to enable our customers to make informed decisions about their purchases.

We follow “Cargills Nutritional Information Table” format in our labeling which give nutritional information (Energy, Protein, Total Fat, Saturated fat, Carbohydrate, Sugar & Salt) per serving as well as per 100g / 100ml.

We also ensure our products, ingredients, labelling and claims are safe, factual and endorsed by scientific evidence and consistently comply with the Sri Lankan Regulations (Food Act).

Food Safety & Quality

We guarantee the quality and safety of products through the implementation of appropriate schemes to control the food supply chain, ensuring a high level of protection and consumer confidence.

At Cargills we ensure that all products meet or exceed stringent safety and quality standards and use only ingredients that are safe and approved by applicable government and regulatory authorities.

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Dr. Nelum Vithana
Manager Corporate - Product Research & Development