May 19, 2017 (LBO) – Ceylon Cold Stores said it is enhancing capacity with investments of 3.8 billion rupees in a new ice cream factory and 2.5 billion rupees in a new bottling facility for beverages.
Chairman of CCS, Susantha Ratnayake, delivering a note in the 2016/17 annual report, said the company will continue to pro-actively cater to changing consumer needs and lifestyles, creating value for customers.
Ratnayake said their fully owned subsidiary Jaykay Marketing Services Limited will also continue to rapidly expand its outlet footprint whilst constructing a new distribution centre at an estimated investment of 3.2 billion rupees.
“The new distribution centre will consolidate both dry and fresh produce, enabling the business to further improve its offering to our customers, achieve significant scale benefits as well as deliver operational excellence,” he said.
Ratnayake said the construction of the integrated resort “Cinnamon Life” by their associate company Waterfront Properties Private Ltd is progressing with pre-sales of both the residential and commercial space continuing to be encouraging.
In the twelve months to March, net profits at Ceylon Cold Stores rose 24 percent to 3.5 billion rupees reporting 37.38 rupees per share as basic earnings.
However, profits fell 15 percent to 824 million rupees in the March 2017 quarter from a year earlier, interim accounts showed.
“Despite the moderation in the growth rate of consumer discretionary spending in the last quarter we remain confident,” Ratnayake said.
“Evolving product range and the efficacy of our distributor network which ensures availability of our soft drinks and ice creams will continue to drive top line growth, supported by the contribution from the rapid growth in our conforming store model.”