Varna Limited

Packaging the Future

Incorporated over five decades ago in 1961, Varna Limited is the very first flexible packaging company to be established in Sri Lanka. The company was founded by Sri Lankan entrepreneur and press tycoon Esmond Wickremesinghe, the Chairman of the Lake House, home to the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon, the country’s oldest publication company.

Varna commenced operations by introducing Rotogravure printing of wrappers for the local confectionery and biscuit industry for the first time in Sri Lanka. Toffee manufacturing, in particular, was a booming industry at the time, but manufacturers were dependent on imported cellophane wrappers for the conventional twist wrapping of toffees. Varna ventured into the picture, competing as a low-cost, superior quality alternative to imported items that were entering into the country at that time