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MA’s Tropical Food Processing (Pvt.) Ltd, a leading food manufacturer in Sri Lanka for over 25 years last week broke ground to set up a self-sustaining food processing facility in Iyakkachchi, Kilinochchi on a 25-acre land. The company’s debut in the Northern Province has been facilitated through a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported VEGA/BIZ+ investment program, and reflects MA’s continuous commitment to ‘go beyond’ by fostering economic growth, and empowering the communities it engages with.

MA’s subsidiary North Lanka Family Foods (NLFF) will operate the facility, which will be Sri Lanka’s first food processing enterprise with a “sustainable circular economic business model” boosting the economy without creating waste. Not only will the use of all outputs to enrich the supply chain be planned, but every component is also being designed to leave a minimal environmental footprint.

In addition to a food processing centre, the complex will house a model organic farm, as well as residential training and conference facilities. Local farmers will benefit financially by having direct links to community collection centers, managed by local entrepreneurs and MA’s financial partners. It is a producer and marketer of quality food ingredients and condiments for retail consumers in Sri Lanka, as well as to larger corporate and export-oriented customers in the food industry. The corporation is based in Colombo with factories in Dambulla and Minuwangoda.