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G. P. de Silva and Sons wins export award

G. P. de Silva and Sons International, a producer and exporter of cinnamon and other spices, clinched the 'Best Exporter' award in the spices and allied products sector for 2010 and 2011 at the Presidential Export Awards (PEA) at the Nelum Pokuna recently.

Managing Director, G. P. de Silva and Sons International, Lal de Silva said, "We are delighted to have been recognized for our immense efforts and contribution to the export sector. This reflects well on our continuous drive to enhance and innovate on packaging, quality and brand value while sharing knowledge and experience among others in the industry."

The spices and allied product sector's exports rose to USD 319.45 mn in 2015 from USD 260.3 mn in 2014, according to EDB statistics. The major markets for 2014 were India, Mexico and the United States followed by Germany, Peru, Colombia, Spain, UK, Guatemala and Ecuador.

Founded by entrepreneur G. P. de Silva in 1955, the company dominated the domestic market during the period and in the late 1970s it ventured into global markets with its first shipment to Chile.

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