IFEAT Study Tour of Sri Lanka 2019



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IFEAT is pleased to announce that its 12th Study Tour will take place in Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” also known as “The Spice Island”, from 22nd to 31st July 2019.

Sri Lanka 22nd to 31st July 2019

IFEAT is pleased to announce that its 12th Study Tour will take place in Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” also known as “The Spice Island”, from 22nd to 31st July 2019. The island has diverse climatic zones facilitating the production of many aromatic and medicinal plants. The proposed itinerary includes visits to see the production and processing of a range of flavour and fragrance products including cinnamon and citronella in the southern coastal belt; and black pepper, cloves, nutmeg and sandalwood in the central hills.

IFEAT’s 12th Study Tour 

The Tour

Sri Lanka has a history stretching back thousands of years …

The study tour will visit various Sri Lankan essential oil, oleoresin and spice producing, processing and exporting companies dealing in a range of different products. In addition, a workshop will be held to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Sri Lanka’s F&F industry. Sri Lanka has a history stretching back thousands of years and while travelling around this beautiful island, delegates will be able to see diverse environments, alongside magnificent scenery and a rich heritage of traditional music, dance, crafts, costumes and cuisines.

Participation will be limited to a maximum of 46 participants, so IFEAT members are advised to book early, as previous recent study tours to Spain, Bulgaria and the USA were extremely popular and sold out very quickly. Registration will at the end of January 2019 and will be limited to one person per IFEAT member company.

The Study Tour Objectives

The Sri Lanka Study Tour has a number of objectives:


  • To view the field cropping of various spice and essential oil crops
  • To view traditional field distilleries
  • To view modern distillation and oleoresin extraction plants
  • To meet producers and exporters
  • To view a modern R&D complex
  • To meet up with other F&F industry people from a variety of countries. On recent study tours there have been participants from over 20 countries
  • Participants will learn about Sri Lanka’s rich history and heritage
  • Finally: the aim is to achieve these objectives in just over a week out of the office

The Route

The tour starts in Colombo – the capital city – with a welcome reception and tour briefing. The following day we journey south to the cinnamon growing areas, where we will spend two days looking at all aspects of cinnamon growing and processing alongside some other products. Then we visit the citronella production areas before driving up to the Central Highlands, where a range of essential oils and spices is grown and processed – nutmeg, cloves, black pepper and sandalwood. Some other spices and oils are produced here and there may be an opportunity to visit these and one of the spice farms. Besides seeing the range of aromatic materials available – the journey will enable delegates to see the physical beauty of Sri Lanka and its rich culture.

How much does the Study Tour cost?

The price for the Sri Lanka Study Tour is USD $5,200. This charge is per person and covers nine nights’ single room accommodation in good quality hotels; all programme meals and receptions, transportation and tour guides. IFEAT is not responsible for booking flights to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka; this is the responsibility of the individual delegate.

The Study Tour Team

Stephen Pisano

Study Tour Chairman

Peter Greenhalgh

IFEAT Study Tour Co-ordinator

Tina Carne

IFEAT Study Tour Co-ordinator

IFEAT Study Tours Sub-Committee

Chair: Stephen Pisano (Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd., USA)
Vice Chair: Ravi Sanganeria (Ultra International Ltd., India) a
Members: Michael G Boudjouk (Medallion International Inc., USA)
Catherine Crowley (Eucaforest, South Africa)
Zahra Osman Guelle (Neo Botanica, Somaliland)
David Tomlinson (Absolute Aromas, UK)
Michael Torre (F.D. Copeland Ltd, UK)
Winnie Yeung (Kallin Co. China)

Local Study Tour Committee

Chair: Dr Devapriya Nugawela (Link Natural)
D. A Perera (EOAS Organics)
H.D de Silva (HDDES Group)
Fazal Mushin (Trade Specialist)
Gayan Karunarathna Kahatota Liyanage (L.B. Spices)
Sepalika Jayawardhana (Plant Lipids)
Jaliya Wickramasuredra (P.T.C. Agro)
Ravindu Runage (Rathna Producers)
Sri Lanka Export Development Board
Gehan de Silva (HDDES Group)
Chamila Perera (EOAS Organics)
Chamari Wickramathilake (Link Natural)
Thakshila Gamage (Link Natural)
Chanaka Gunathilake (Link Natural)

IFEAT Study Tour Programme Coordinators

Peter Greenhalgh (UK)
Tina Carne (UK)

IFEAT Events Manager

Sarah Greenwood (UK)