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The Ceylon Chocolates Limited
Ceylon Chocolates Limited was incorporated in 1962 as a public Company. The company manufactures high quality chocolates & confectionery under the brand name of KANDOS, NEWGEN and DELTA. The manufacturing facilities are located in the hill country by the side of the Mahaweli River on 5 acres of land in Kundasale off Kandy. KANDOS is now the market leader in the domestic market and has embarked on exports.
The history of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd., dates back to the early part of 1962, when the company was incorporated under the provisions of the company's Act of Ceylon on 05/05/1962. The birth place of this public limited, unquoted Company was Kandy the hill capital of Sri Lanka. The initial Board comprised Mr. Sarath Wijesinghe as its, Chairman, Mr. Dodwill Berenger, Managing Director, Mr. Eardley Perera (Snr.) and Mr. Ashley de Silva, as its Directors. The main objective of the Company being the production of chocolates, it had to find a suitable plot of land to locate its factory. The climatic conditions in the hill country conducive for chocolate manufacturing and easy access to the main raw material, Cocoa Beans, were the main contributory factors to the decision of the Board to search for a land for the factory from Kandy area. The land where the factory is situated is part of an estate called Padiwatte, in the Kundasale village, which was purchased from the Church. M/s. Walker & Greig Ltd., built the factory on behalf of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd. Once the construction was over a German Chocolate expert Mr. Heinz Schaller was hired by the company to prepare the ground work for commencement of chocolates production. Mr. Schaller, with the help of the locally hired workmen installed all the machinery in the factory.
Brand Names
The production of chocolates commenced in 1965. Management invited suggestions from the public through a press advertisement to find a brand name for its products, but nothing was acceptable to the Board. Hence it was decided to form the brand name by adding first letters of the first names of the Board members.

"KAN" - from the word Kandy, since the origin of the company is Kandy.
"DO" - from the first name of the Managing Director – Dodwill.
"S" - being the first letter of the Chairman's name Sarath Wijesinghe.

Thus the brand name which later revolutionized the chocolate market in the South Asian region, the "KANDOS" was born. In 1965 full production of "Kandos" chocolates was started. The then existing market leaders in the chocolates industry were gradually pushed away from the market, thus gaining the market leadership. In 1970, with the demise of the Chairman, Mr. Sarath Wijesinghe, Mr. Philip Upali Wijewardane, who had then created a revolution in the local and the international business scene through his very efficient and flourishing business enterprises took over the full control of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd. With the expansion of his business into the international boundaries, "Kandos" became a very popular brand in the world over. By this time, "Delta" confectionery products were being manufactured by Ceylon Sugar Company - formerly Rajaram Confectionery Company Ltd., yet another business venture that was acquired by Mr. Upali Wijewardene in 1962. The production of "Delta" brand confectionery items were transferred to Ceylon Chocolates Ltd., in 1970. Upali Trading Company Ltd., which was established for the purpose of distributing and marketing the products of Upali Group of Companies throughout the country became the trading arm of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd. Subsequently the distribution operations handled by Upali Trading Company Ltd., was vested in Upali Food & Beverages (Pvt) Ltd. in July, 1997, and today this Company functions as the trading arm of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd.
Kandos Today
Ceylon Chocolates is a subsidiary of the prestigious Upali Group and is the leading Chocolate Manufacture and Marketer in Sri Lanka under the Brand name "Kandos", and "Delta" confectionery which is one of the most popular brands in the sugar confectionery category. Ceylon Chocolates Ltd. have recently modernized their chocolate manufacturing process using state of the art Technology and Machinery. "Kandos" chocolates are produced using 100% cocoa Butter, which comes from scientifically processed high quality cocoa beans retaining the natural cocoa flavour and nutritional value. "Kandos" chocolates are now exported to many countries under the brand name "Kanba". Upali Food & Beverages (Pvt) Ltd. the trading arm of Ceylon Chocolates has one of the most comprehensive Island-wide distribution net works comprising 46 distributors and one of the best sales forces in the country covering the Whole Sale, Retail, Industrial and Hospitality sectors. .
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