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Artical 1 - Lassana Flora opens Sri Lanka’s first-ever Flower Collection Centre in N’Eliya

Colombo DAY DATE 2012. Lassana Flora recently opened Sri Lanka’s first ever Flower Collection Centre in Nuwara Eliya, thereby further expanding its service offering to its hundreds of suppliers in the upcountry region. It was inaugurated by the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya His Worship Mahinda Dodampe Gamage.

Strategically situated at the Nuwara Eliya Economic Centre, this Flower Collection Centre enables both growers and suppliers to bring their flowers to a centrally located point with the least possible expense on transportation. Strict guidelines will be adopted when accepting flowers to ensure that quality standards are met. The flowers are then packed in plastic containers preserving freshness before they are transported in cooler trucks.

“This Centre is undoubtedly a boost to the hundreds of small-growers and suppliers in the Nuwara Eliya district who find both difficult and costly to transport their flowers to distant locations such as Colombo. In the past, about 20% of the flowers received monthly, was discarded due to damage in transportation. We are now in an enviable position of collecting thousands of flowers with speed and convenience and thereby preserving their freshness and quality in the process. With the launch of this Centre we have also been able to reduce damage to flowers during transportation to almost 05%, in addition to giving our clients best quality flowers and floral arrangements, said Lassana Flora’s Chairman / Managing Director Dr. Lasantha Malavige.

“This Centre will also function as our main CSR project. Through this we will share our knowledge and expertise with suppliers on how to fine tune and further improve their growing skills and get the best possible produce. Newcomers on the other hand will be able to obtain advice and guidance on how to venture into the growing of flowers as a successful commercial business. Through this Centre we also want to encourage a greater number of small-time suppliers to commence growing flowers in their backyards. Given the salubrious and conducive climate, Nuwara Eliya and its surrounding areas have hundreds of such people. Given the proper guidance they can soon become successful entrepreneurs and thus earn an additional income”, Dr.Malavige added.

Artical 2- Lassana Flora blazes a Sri Lankan first with ‘printed’ flowers !

Colombo. Tuesday 05 February 2013. Sri Lanka’s leading florist, Lassana Flora has just revolutionised Sri Lanka’s floral industry with the introduction of printed texts and images on the petals of flowers. With this achievement it clinches yet another first by becoming Sri Lanka’s first-ever floral company to offer this unique service.

The Company's Managing Director Dr. Lasantha Malavige said, “This has indeed been a long felt need in Sri Lanka’s thriving floral industry and we at Lassana Flora are happy to give the lead as Sri Lanka’s first-ever florist to introduce printed flowers to the market. The possibilities are endless. We can now literally customise one’s flowers by printing beautiful designs and/or personalised texts or images”.

Dr. Malavige is confident that ‘printed flowers’ from Lassana Flora will soon be a hit among all levels of society. “This makes the perfect expression of one’s endearing sentiments for any, and all, special occasions that take place throughout the year. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day are in fact just a few in a very long list,” he asserted.

The state-of-the-art-printer is capable of printing vivid images and texts directly onto both natural and artificial flowers thereby taking Sri Lanka’s floral industry to the next level. This is a unique beautification strategy which literally allows the flowers to ‘speak’ to the receiver.

With branches at Nawala, Galle Face Hotel, Kandy City Centre, KZone Moratuwa and Negombo, Lassana Flora today enjoys top slot as Sri Lanka’s leading florist. Its rapidly expanding clientele spans a wide range of people ranging from diplomats and corporates to wedding couples, hotels, the general public and more.

Enjoying the reputation of being Sri Lanka's only, and South Asia’s only florist, to get ISO certification, Lassana Flora was crowned with the Gold Award in the SME category at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2012.

The Lassana Flora FaceBook Page, created in January 2010, has nearly 130,000 fans to date and has taken the success of its social networking endeavours to the next level. In fact it goes a step further and rewards its fans with special gifts and discounts on a regular basis. All these exciting offers and services can be accessed through its website www.lassanaflora.com and its recently launched Happiness Hotline 0112 001122.