Buyers’ Guide

The local ‘kade’ stocking everything from Marmite to light bulbs may not lose out to supermarkets just yet, as brand loyal Sri Lankans would rather switch shops than swap brands. The local ‘kade’ stocking everything from Marmite to light bulbs may not lose out to supermarkets just yet, as brand loyal Sri Lankans would rather switch shops than swap brands. Small and medium stores open on a daily basis in some parts of Sri Lanka, with traditional grocery stores still clocking up 87 percent of retail trade.

Just 13 percent of retail business’s in supermarkets and convenience stores with 329 stores around the island, expected to grow at least in Colombo and the rich Western Province.

Milk powder, biscuits, toilet soap and malted food share a following in both supermarkets and grocery stores, with brands like Anchor and Sunlight leading the way.

But as many as 65 percent of SriLankan shoppers said they would swap stores if their preferred brand was not available, findings in ACNielsen’s new Retail Index of Modern Trade Services, shows.

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