Samaridu and Minindu from Nestlé Lanka win ‘Cannes Lions Young Marketer Competition 2022’

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Nestlé Lanka’s Samaridu Vitharana and Minindu Alles emerged first at the coveted Cannes Lions Young Marketer Competition 2022. Having won the local title, the duo will now represent Sri Lanka at ‘Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity’ set to be held in June. Organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) in partnership with Metal Factor for the ninth consecutive year, this year’ scompetition saw participation from 20 teams of talented marketing professionals from leading companies in the country. Testament to the calibre of its young talent, this is the third time a team from Nestlé Lanka won this prestigious title, a spokesman said.

“We are thrilled and humbled by this win. We are grateful for all the opportunities, learnings, and experiences gained throughout our careers at Nestlé Lanka, which helped us successfully compete against some of the country’s best young marketers. It is an absolute privilege to represent our country on a global stage. We hope to make the best out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and make Nestlé Lanka and Sri Lanka proud!” said Samaridu Vitharana, Senior Brand Executive – Ambient Dairy and Minindu Alles, Assistant Brand Manager – Milo Powder, Nestlé Lanka.

Cannes Lions Young Marketer Competition is one of the most recognised competitions in the advertising and creative communications indus try. It is part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which is considered the largest global gathering of advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators, and marketers. Teams from around the globe come together at the annual event to celebrate creative brand communication, discuss industry issues and network with one another, a spokesman said.

Nestlé has been in Sri Lankan for over 115 years. Doing good for communities, the company conducts many initiatives to empower the youth of Sri Lanka, helping them reach their potential, the spokesman said.