Empowering Sri Lankan Dairy Farmers for three decades

Location: Sri Lanka

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated December 2014

Empowering Sri Lankan Dairy Farmers for three decades
LOCALLY SOURCED:Nestlé Lanka uses 100% local fresh milk in its dairy-based products.

Achieving self-sufficiency in local dairy production is a key national priority for Sri Lanka. The country remains dependent on milk imports due to domestic milk production falling short of meeting the daily milk requirement of Sri Lankans. Developing the local dairy industry will not only help a vital commodity such as milk become more affordable and accessible to Sri Lankan consumers, but will also serve as an engine for economic growth and rural development.

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In 2014, Nestlé Lanka announced the 100% utillisation of locally procured fresh milk for the production of all its dairy-based products such as Nespray Everyday, Milkmaid, Milo, Nestomalt, Nescafé and Nespray Milkshakes ready-to-drink beverages – a significant milestone for the company.

CSV dairy logo

To signify this achievement, and as an added assurance of the high quality standards that Nestlé strictly maintains during its production process, the company officially launched an ‘Empowering Sri Lankan Dairy Farmers’ CSV dairy logo that is currently being utilised across its entire dairy packaging.

Nestlé’s stringent quality checking starts at the point of procuring fresh milk from the farmers, where Nestlé dairy representatives ensure that the supplied milk undergoes repeated quality tests for density, fat and foreign bodies. The milk transportation process from chilling centres consists of many more quality checks en route before the milk is finally accepted for production at Nestlé’s factory in Pannala, Kurunegala.

Value to Society

woman pouring milk
HIGH QUALITY: From farm to finished product.

As Sri Lanka’s largest private buyer of fresh milk, Nestlé plays a significant role in the development of the local dairy industry, which commenced its partnership with local dairy farmers in 1984 with the establishment of its production factory in Pannala, Kurunegala. To date, the company purchases over 200,000 kilograms of fresh milk on a daily basis from 18,000 dairy farmers, making a significant impact on the rural economy. Nestlé also has the largest network of milk chilling centers in the country and 1,200 milk collection points based across the island, providing convenient access to the farmers to sell their milk to the company.

The company’s efforts to support and develop the local dairy industry positively impact the lives of its dairy farmers every day, helping them generate their own income and have a better quality of life.

Value to Nestlé

For Nestlé, the successful conversion of fresh milk into high quality finished products is celebrated whenever a consumer purchases any of Nestlé’s products bearing the ‘Empowering Sri Lankan Dairy Farmers’ CSV dairy logo, assuring them that they are giving their family nothing but the best.

Significantly, Nestlé Lanka also celebrated three decades of empowering local dairy farmers this year, by recognizing 1,200 of its farmers for their outstanding contribution towards the development of Sri Lanka’s dairy industry.


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