Food & Beverages

Sustainable Production in the Food & Beverages Industry

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The Food and Beverage industry is a very important sector of Sri Lankan economy as it contributes around 10% of the GDP. However, small and medium enterprises in the Food and Beverage industry in Sri Lanka are becoming less competitive. Cost of productions is increasing due to escalating cost of materials, energy and water. In addition, the industry is not fully complying with international standards and food safety regulations.

The SWITCH-Asia Programme "Sustainable Consumption and Production for SMEs in the Food & Beverage Sector" seeks to address this challenge. The project will facilitate the optimum usage of natural resources (raw materials, energy and water) and improved compliance with international food safety standards.

The main objective of the project is to improve the performance of the Food and Beverage sector in Sri Lanka through promotion of cost effective production techniques and best practices of sustainable production among Small and Medium Enterprises. The activities include:

  • Integrate Environmental Sustainability with Economic Growth and by promoting best practices of SCP among SMEs.Assist SMEs
  • to comply with International Food Safety Standards and improve the Enabling Conditions for successful implementation of Sustainable Policies in Sri Lanka
  • Conduct environmental assessments for collection of base line information for optimisation of resource utilisation and Networking among businesses through formation of Green Business Clubs


Duration: 1/2009 - 12/2012

Total budget: EUR 1,981,917 (EU Contribution: 80%)




Chandrarathna D Vithanag
Senior Assistant Secretary General
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
50, Nawam Mawatha
Colombo 02
Sri Lanka

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
CCC is a conglomeration of business houses representing a wide arena of sectors promoting national economic development. CCC is responsible for the management of the project and the technical support of partners and service providers, as well as training
IVAM is an expertise center in developing handbooks and guidelines on cleaner production and undertakes SCP training programmes. IVAM provides capacity building and training on SCP for project staff of CCC and other local partners.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
CII works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes. CII is to take care of training the project team on environmental management
Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) Industrial Technology Institute (ITI)
ITI is a Scientific R&D organization committed to elevating the country’s technological status. ITI acts as member of the SCP assessment team with specific technical expertise in water efficiency and recycling.
Industrial Services Bureau (ISB) Industrial Services Bureau (ISB)
ISB provides industrial, agricultural, business promotion, construction, environmental management, and other technical services. ISB acts as member of the SCP assessment team with specific technical expertise on energy efficiency.
Industrial Development Board (IDB) Industrial Development Board (IDB)
IDB encourages, promotes and develops industries in Sri Lanka by facilitating the demand driven quality services. IDB acts as member of the SCP assessment team.
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