• ‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    ‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

    EDB chairman Bandula Egodage addresses the “Promotion of Value Added Tea Exports” session held on 10 July at EDB.

    A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. “Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues came from value added while other 50% is from raw tea exports” revealed Bandula Egodage (Chairman & CEO-EDB) on 10 July.

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  • Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    09/07/2015 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Over 10,000 buyers expected at Facets 2015

    SLGJA Chairman A.P. Jayarajah, Facets Sri Lanka 2015 Chairman, Juzar Adamaly, Export Development Chairman Bandula Egodage and Foreign Promotions Chairman Armil Sammoon.

    Sri Lanka’s largest gem and jewellery Facets 2015 will pave the way for local gem and jewellery dealers to showcase their products for international markets.

    This will also enable small players in the industry to enter into the international arena. “We are expecting over a 10,000 participants this year throughout the four days of the exhibition. A large number of buyers from China have confirmed whilst over 100 international buyer delegation are expected to attend the show from several countries, Chairman Facets Sri Lanka Juzar Adamaly to the media conference held at Cinnamon Grand hotel. The event will be hosted by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and the SME pavilion from the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB)

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  • Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

    08/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut flour - a healthy choice in baking

    A natural by-product of coconut milk production, coconut flour is made out of dried coconut meat and is gaining grounds in international markets as a gluten and wheat free, high fibrous alternative to grain-based flour products.

    The scraped white kernel of the coconut is used to extract coconut milk and the left-over is dried in low temperatures and is grounded into a soft powder to make coconut flour, popular among the health conscious and those adhering to a wheat free diet.

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  • Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

    08/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Multiple uses of coconut shell activated carbon

    With an ideal pore structure to trap contaminant molecules, Coconut shell activated carbon is one of the most preferred filters in the industrial world today.

    Unknown to most of us, activated carbon plays a large role in our lives today. Humans drink water purified with it, breathe the air that has been scrubbed clean with it, eat food purified from it, wear clothes made with the help of it, go to war with it and heal ourselves with it.

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  • Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Vanilla cultivators and suppliers are catering to a growing global demand

    Once a jealously-guarded secret of the North Mexican Totonac tribe, who believed in a divine connection between the Vanilla orchid and their tribal deities, vanilla was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquistadors, who are also ironically credited with the introduction of chocolate.

    Until the 19th century the global vanilla demand was exclusively met by the Mexican as the first attempts at growing vanilla outside Mexico proved ineffective due to the symbiotic relationship between the vanilla orchid and its natural pollinator, a local species of bee.

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  • Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

    Pure Ceylon Cinnamon or true cinnamon, as it is known across the world today, carries many health benefits backed by scientific and medical research.

    Among its most celebrated health benefits is the cinnamon's ability to control blood sugar. According to the latest medical research cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon is capable of reducing the blood sugar level by 3-5%, similar to the early generation of diabetes medication. A combination of Ceylon Cinnamon, healthy diet and regular exercise is recommended as an ideal pre-diabetic life style to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes.

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  • More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    More value addition will drive the growth of Sri Lankan Coir industry

    Sri Lanka is the world's largest exporter of coir fibre and coir fibre based products, exporting a multitude of raw coir fibre and value added coir products to industries ranging from agricultural and horticultural developers to auto-mobile producers across the globe.

    Since the introduction of industrial coir manufacturing in the country in 1900's, Sri Lankan coir manufacturers have been the main suppliers of raw coir fibre and coir fibre based products to the global coir market.

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  • Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

    07/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut milk and Cream : offering the core nutrients for life

    Coconut and coconut based food products has been oscillating between good fat and bad fat groups for the last few decades and have finally proven to do more good than bad to the human body.

    Made from the soft white kernel of the coconut, coconut milk has been a necessary part of Asian cooking for thousands of years and has been a major source of protein and fatty acids to Sri Lankans, Indians and inhabitants of Pacific Islands.

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  • ‘Well documented scientific evidence vital for Ayurveda industry boom’: Rajitha

    04/07/2015 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    ‘Well documented scientific evidence vital for Ayurveda industry boom’: Rajitha

    Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne, stressed the need for proper documentation and scientific evidence to exist within the practice of native alternative medicine in order for it to be shipped to international markets.

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  • Sri Lanka joins China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    03/07/2015 news.lk

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka joins China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Just as Sri Lanka vies for China’s booming export market, imports from China-and Sri Lanka is an ‘important location’ in China’s strategic Silk Road Economic Belt project and China’s new “World Bank”, as revealed by Xiong Yan (Director-Yunnan Daily Press Group International Communication Center) on 02 July in Colombo..”Sri Lanka is an important link in China’s $40 Bn Silk Road Economic Belt, which is a mutually beneficial project for both Sri Lanka and China. We also are pleased of Sri Lanka joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) this June” he further said.

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  • Sri Lanka’s ’15 Kunming take surpasses $2M

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka’s ’15 Kunming take surpasses $2M

    EDB Chairman & CEO Bandula Egodage addresses the press Kunming Fair briefing joined by Jeevani Siriwardene (ADG-EDB-far left), Dr Yousuf Maraikkar (ED-EDB, second from left) and Himali Jinadasa (Acting DG-EDB-third from left) on 30 June at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo.

    Sri Lankan biz, facilitated by EDB strongly raged at the recent Kunming international fair in China notching initial an income surpassing $2 Mn-and some eager Lankan firms are still continuing in the mainland having been asked by keen Chinese firms to stay back and conclude initial agreements for future biz, as revealed on 30 June.

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  • Ceylon Spice Condiments - the Exotic Taste of the East

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Spice Condiments - the Exotic Taste of the East

    Sri Lanka, India and many other Asian countries have a history of concocting spice condiments with home-grown spices to enhance the flavour of their ethnic dishes. Made mainly with fresh ingredients, these spice mixtures include numerous curry powders, curry pastes and sauces, made to a time-tested recipe.

    Most of Eastern curry powders are made by grinding coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, dill, sweet cumin, chilli, ginger, curry leaf, mustard, garcinia, clove, black pepper, garlic, screw pine, lemon grass and cardamom into a mixture, and are usually used in preparation of vegetables, lentils and yams.

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  • Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Discover 8 ways pure Coconut Oil improves your health

    Hailed as a 'superfood' in the truest sense of the word, coconut oil boasts a unique combination of fatty acids that lead to effective fat burning, better cognitive function along with a range of other health benefits.

    1. Coconut Oil contains fatty acids with potent medicinal properties

    Coconut oil is one the richest sources of 'staurated fat' known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being staurated. Due to the same fact, it wasn't long ago that coconut oil was blamed as a principal cause of heart problems.

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  • The History of pure Ceylon Cinnamon, the Spice of Life

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    The History of pure Ceylon Cinnamon, the Spice of Life

    Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, known as the spice of life, has been an important part of human life since the beginning of history and Sri Lanka as the source of the world's best cinnamon has been wrapped in Myths and legends

    The first records on sweet cinnamon or Pure Ceylon Cinnamon in History appears in the Hebrew Bible as an essential ingredient in consecrated incense and even the new testament mentions cinnamon's fragrance in proverb 7:17, "I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon ".

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  • Sri Lanka Supplies Top quality Cardamom to the World Spice Market

    02/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Supplies Top quality Cardamom to the World Spice Market

    Cardamom, the queen of spice, with a sweet mixture of aroma and flavour, is the third most expensive spice in the world spice market second only to saffron and vanilla.

    Part of the ancient family of spices, cardamom was used as a tooth cleaner by ancient Egyptians, while the Greeks and Romans used cardamom as a source of fragrance in perfumes and air fresheners. Ancient Chinese and Indian herbal medication also involved cardamom as a main ingredient and were among the main cultivators of cardamom.

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  • Ceylon Pepper Hailed as the 'King of Spices'

    30/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Pepper  Hailed as the 'King of Spices'

    Considered one of the most important spices since the beginning of known history, Pepper trade controls nearly 20% of the global spice market today, and Sri Lankan Pepper exporters have the potential to expand into a market that is as lucrative as gold.

    Pepper has been in global use since the fourth century BC mainly among the Eastern civilizations and the most ancient archaeological record of pepper has emerged from the tomb of Ramases II, inserted into the nostrils of mummified Pharaoh during mummification.

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  • Amazing Uses of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon in Beauty Care

    30/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Amazing Uses of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon in Beauty Care

    The newest addition to cinnamon's medical and health benefits include its innumerable beauty benefits to skin, teeth and hair.

    Ceylon Cinnamon has proved to be more than just a tasty spice and with the lowest amount of coumarin, Ceylon cinnamon has been proven to have a wide spectrum of health benefits ranging from anti-cancer, antibacterial, antioxidant action to improvement of memory, alertness and reducing blood sugar and stress.

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  • Ceylon Cinnamon Tea : A potent cure for numerous health problems

    29/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Cinnamon Tea : A potent cure for numerous health problems

    The combination of Sri Lanka's two export super brands, Pure Ceylon Tea and Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, concocts a tasty flavoured tea with a number of added health benefits

    While Ceylon Tea is a rich source of anti-oxidants, Ceylon Cinnamon is a list topper for the highest density of anti-oxidants per 100g, recording an Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) of 267,536 TE per 100g.

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  • Sri Lanka produces and supplies top quality essential oils to the global market

    29/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka produces and supplies top quality essential oils to the global market

    Extracted from herb and spice plants and flowers, the uses of herbal oils in medicine and cosmetics has been a common practice among Eastern civilisations until the trading sailors took these fragrant secrets with them to Europe between 11th and 13th centuries revolutionising the world's medical and beauty habits.

    Essential oils derived from spices, herbs and flowers have been an essential part of Sri Lankan life style since as early as 2000 BC. The indigenous medical records of early Sri Lanka recommend the use of cinnamon oil extracted from the cinnamon leaf to relieve the pain caused by arthritis while cinnamon oil extracted from the cinnamon bark has been used for aromatherapy, to cleanse polluted air and to keep away various insects in households and in paddy fields.

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  • Fair-Trade Organic Ceylon Tea : a change for the better

    24/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Fair-Trade Organic Ceylon Tea : a change for the better

    Ceylon Green tea has proven to be more than just a refreshing drink, but does it hold all the health benefits as claimed?

    Although most of Ceylon tea products, in the global market, originate from large scale tea plantations, a growing number of tea small holders are seeking to carve their own niche in producing the world's best fair-trade organic tea.

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