Heritage

DCSL Touching lives for over a century…

Present in Sri Lanka for over a century, The Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC (DCSL), is one of the most profitable and well respected corporate entities in the country. Its proud tradition, rich heritage and proven credentials have made the Company a beacon of inspiration for others. Over the past 100 years, our corporate DNA has been strengthened with our values of experience, maturity, innovation, resilience and the determination to succeed.


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DCSL's roots can be traced back to 1913, when the Excise Department of Ceylon, which was initially created as the enforcement authority to distribute and sell liquor products in Sri Lanka, branched out into the distillation and manufacture of liquor products. In 1974, the State Distilleries Corporation was incorporated by statute, to take over this venture, while the Excise Department realigned its operations as a monitoring body. Thus, DCSL has the distinction of being the pioneer distiller in Sri Lanka.

In 1989, under a government policy decision, the State Distilleries Corporation was converted into a limited company. This transfer of ownership took place at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in 1992, making it the largest transaction in the history of the CSE.

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Under its new private management, the Company entered an era of modernisation that witnessed upgrading of machinery and equipment and the introduction of modern management systems and processes. Plant and machinery were upgraded to modern international standards and new technology developed by world renowned experts was introduced. Large investments have also been made in Research and Development (R&D) and in upgrading laboratories.

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These improvements have equipped the Company with top of the line facilities enabling it to produce beverages of international standard. Furthermore, storage facilities and product distribution systems have been upgraded to modern standards with fully computerised systems. A fl of modern vehicles ensures that customers in even the remotest areas are able to enjoy the best DCSL products delivered island wide. These improvements contributed towards higher production effi across the supply chain. Our people are regularly trained in the best international practices in locations famed for high quality alcohol, such as France, Scotland and Ireland.

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Over the years, we have not only grown to become Sri Lanka's largest distiller, but have been recognised as a leading corporate with the highest quality standards. Despite these achievements and our strong position of business leadership, we continue to look for ways to improve and grow. Since 1992, the Company has not only expanded production, but has also diversified into other non-alcohol related activities.

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Today, we are present in all parts of the country, operating under the principle of providing the highest standard of products and services for the people of Sri Lanka, imbued with a vision of uplifting the quality of life of our people. We aim to expand our presence into international markets to render our brand an internationally recognised one.

The newly installed ultra modern state-of-the-art fully automated plant will ensure that only products of the highest quality reach the consumer.



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