Sri Lanka’s Leading Agriculturist and Exporter of Fresh Produce

story about us

The International Foodstuff Company, also known under the acronym of “IFCO”, is a dynamic group of companies excelling in producing, processing and exporting agricultural products that has reached international standards in quality, service and environmental ethics.

Under the Chairmanship of Sarath De Silva, the company commenced its operations in 1973 and boasts of a very humble growth. From a mere single company with a very small work force and moderate working capital, it engaged in business of seafood exports under the name of SS Gulf Marketing (Pvt) Ltd. Thereafter, diversifying its range of exports, it went to establish International Foodstuff Company and International Foodstuff Company Agri Bio-Tech (Pvt) Ltd.

IFCO over the past three decades branched out into a solid group, enjoying market leadership at home, premium exposure abroad and an escalating sales turnover. We now reach out with confidence to further enhance our world class excellence.

IFCO is an approved Board of Investment (BOI) company and it the only organization that has invested over 500 million of its earnings, back in to the Agriculture and Agribusiness in Sri Lanka, with having over 1000 Acres of cultivated land. IFCO has revolutionized traditional Agriculture of Sri Lanka in to Hi Tech growing in order to challenges of the 21st Century.

In order to keep to our motto “Farm to the Fork Within 24 Hours” all IFCO exports are grown locally, meticulously cared under strict controls ensuring authenticity, hygiene and freshness.

IFCO is quality & research oriented. Prompted by the quest for promoting excellence, IFCO continued its improvements by obtaining ISO certification for the processing factory competing to rigid international standards. IFCO’s state of the art processing & cool room facility situated in the Homagama Industrial Estate is ISO 9001:2008 certified and further certifications such as GAP (Good Agricultural Practice), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) are in progress.

Drawing on the dynamic experience and expertise of the Founder Chairman, Sarath De Silva backed by the resourceful and dedicated staff with zero, IFCO is prepared to meet the fast changing demands of challenging global agri markets and achieve the best.

Our Vision

To supply quality fruit, vegetable, food products and related services to the utmost satisfaction of our customers in Maldives, the Arabian Gulf and to the whole globe, with the latest thrust being in India.

Our Mission

We will accomplish our vision by sourcing high quality products from our farm network, adopting stringent quality control measures, continuously training our staff and upgrading our resources to meet the latest changes in technology.

Awards & Recognition

IFCO Group Achievements

  • 1981 – Presidential Merit Award
  • 2000 – Entrepreneur of the Year National Merit Award
  • 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Provincial Merit Award (Western Province)
  • 2002 National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Award of Merit for Non Traditional Agricultural Exports
  • 2003 National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Exports Silver Award for Non Traditional Agricultural Exports Traditional Agricultural Large Scale
  • 2007 National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Exports Gold Award for Non Traditional Agricultural Large Scale
  • Contribution to Freedom from hunger felicitation Taiwanese chamber of commerce & Industry
  • 2010 The India federation of chambers SAARC region award
  • 2011 National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, National Business Excellence Award Runner up for Agriculture & Plantations Sector
  • 2012 National Agri Business Council, Gold Award for Marketing (Export of fresh fruits & vegetables)
  • 2012 National Chamber of Exporters, Exports Silver Award for Agriculture Value Added sector
  • 2013 National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, National Business Excellence Award – Silver
  • 2013 Central Bank Governors award for Excellence in Global Commerce
Sarath De Silva Awards at IFCO Holdings