What Are We About?

Cargills is more than just a corporation; we are believers in empowering and uplifting the livelihoods of the people in our great nation, while being environmentally responsible, providing nourishing and safe food and encouraging the consumption of local produce to uplift the nation.

The Evolution of Cargills

  1. August 08th, 1844, Mr. William Milne and Mr. David Sime Cargill opened a general warehouse, import and wholesale business in Colombo, Fort now known as Cargills Ceylon PLC.

  2. The company title was changed to Milne, Cargill & Co., with Milne and Cargill as partners. However, with the retirement of Mr. Milne in 1860, the title changed to Cargill & Co.

  3. The House of Cargills officially became incorporated as a Public Limited Liability Company.

  4. Ceylon Theatres acquired controlling interest of Cargills and Mr. Albert A. Page was appointed as Managing Director and would go on to become the Chairman of Cargills the following year.

  5. Cargills established its first supermarket chain in Sri Lanka at Staple Street; it was once accessible only to the elite customer segment but then opened its doors to the masses.

  6. The company invested in the first manufacturing facility of Cargills Quality Foods, in Mattakkuliya which focused on the production of processed meat.

  7. Cargills obtained the franchise license of the vastly popular QSR, KFC, and opened it to the Sri Lankan market.

  8. In 1999, Cargills eliminated the middleman and initiated purchasing from the farmer directly, offering the best prices for their harvest, resulting in 10 collection centres with the first being established at Hanguranketha.

  9. Mr. Anthony Page and Mr. Ranjit Page were appointed as Chairman and Deputy Chairman, respectively.

  10. Cargills bought over Walls, investing in a dairy processing plant which resulted in the need to create a network of dairy farmers. Cargills also diversified into agri-processing with Cargills KIST in 2002.

  11. The Cargills Sarubima Fund was conceptualised and established to support the farming community for their untiring efforts towards growing our country's economy.

  12. Cargills bought over Kotmale from Janashakthi, and Diana Biscuits was acquired and rebranded as KIST biscuits.

  13. A domestic and offshore provisional banking license for the launch of Cargills Bank, was acquired from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

  14. Taking a step further in catering international cuisine to the nation, Cargills secured the franchise license for TGIF and commenced an outlet in Colombo, Fort. The Company also commenced operations of Cargills Square in Jaffna.

  15. Cargills Bank officially commenced business operations.

  16. Kotmale launched Sri Lanka’s first fully integrated dairy processing facility, in Banduragoda.

  17. Cargills unveiled its first gourmet specialty supermarket, Cargills Food Hall, at the Colombo City Centre Shopping Mall in Colombo 02.

  18. The “Cargills Foundation" was established to oversee the social development initiatives of the Group. Furthermore, the 400th Food City outlet was ceremoniously opened to the public in October.