May 21, 2021

Permission to be granted to open two new liquor distilleries ?

The Finance Ministry is in the process of granting  permission to set up two new distilleries, sources said.
The two distilleries are to be commissioned by two companies who have already gained permission to produce liquor in Sri Lanka.
However, Excise Commissioner General M.J. Gunasiri has stated that his department has received four applications seeking approval to produce beer.
He has said the decision on granting permits to produce liquor is empowered with the Finance Minister and the Excise Department only makes recommendations on them.
However,he added that so far no decision has been taken on this.