Sri Lanka Watawala Plantations creates new consumer products unit

Mar 26, 2010 9LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Watawala Plantations, which manufactures and sells branded teas, has decided to set up a fully owned subsidiary to sell its locally branded products, a stock exchange filing said. The new unit, named Watawala Marketing, will handle the firm’s fast moving consumer goods from April 1.

The firm, a unit of India’s Tata group, produces tea, rubber, and palm oil and is also into local retail marketing and exports of branded teas and palm oil.

Watawala chairman G Sathasivam has said the firm remained profitable despite wage costs rising last year, after unions wrested a wage hike, because of its diversified business portfolio.