"We propose that a case study be developed about Cargills which highlights
the information supply and
technical support networks which have been developed to benefit smallholders,
consumers and Cargills
alike. Special attention will be given to the multiplier impact that Cargills
has had on the broader
agricultural sector in Sri Lanka. Lessons will be drawn from this country-wide
success story for the
benefit of private and public sector initiatives in both South Asia and
Source: Building Pathways out of Rural Poverty through Investments in Agricultural Information Systems, February 2008, WorldAgInfo Project Final Report, Project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by A.R. Mann Library, Cornell University
"Another example of a leap-of-faith goal comes from Cargills Ceylon PLC,
the biggest producer and
retailer of food in Sri Lanka. Under the leadership of CEO Ranjit Page, Cargills
has embarked over the last
decade on an innovative approach to building up the capacity and profitability
of the farming
community in Sri Lanka."
Source: Reinventing Management: Chapter 5, Julian Berkinshaw, London Business School, August 2012
"The model pioneered by Cargills (Ceylon) Limited in Sri Lanka deserves
further study, as it may be one
of the more successful firms in partnering with smallholder farmers, and also
trains professionals in the
modern food business."
Source: Supermarkets and beyond, D. Tschirley, Michigan State University, August 2007
"Cargills Food City, a chain of supermarkets in Sri Lanka, improves its
competitive context by working
closely with farmer communities that supply fruits, vegetables, spices, and rice
to the chain. It typically
pays 20% more than the market does, and importantly, guarantees a minimum,
threshold price in order
to cushion downward price movements in the market. Process inputs such as drip
irrigation systems and
collection centers are provided by Food City. Moreover, it underwrites loans
granted by banks, and
facilitates collaborative arrangements a number of NGOs have with the farmers,
in setting up cleaning
and packaging centers. Clearly, these CSR efforts benefit rural communities, as
much as they help the
company to improve its competitive context."
Source: Strategy and Society: From CSR to SRB, Sri Lankan Journal of Management, the late Professor Uditha Liyanage, Ph.D.
“We like to say our goal is to be helpful in the feeding of people from the farm
to the fork … or from the
countryside to the chopsticks, but no one is doing that as completely as you…”
Source: the late Dr. Tom Haggai, former Chairman of IGA on his visit to Cargills in May 2010
Cargills (Ceylon) PLC was recognized as One of the Top 10 Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka at the annual Most Admired Companies Awards ceremony organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Daily FT.
Cargills FoodCity wins the SLIM Nielsen People's FMCG Retail Brand of the Year! Thank you for your continuous support!
Cargills was recognized at the SLIM Restart Resilience Awards 2020 Ceremony in the Service Sector Large Organization category on the 22nd of January. This was in recognition of the outstanding efforts of Cargills towards withstanding and overcoming the challenges resulting from the pandemic and continuing to serve the needs of the Sri Lankan people.