Laga Industries is committed to upholding highest degree of corporate governance and ethical standards.
Our principles are reflected in our conviction to protect the environment, foster community relations and our continued investment in our most prized assets, our staff.
Laga Industries is committed to ensuring that it meets or surpasses legal and regulatory requirements for environmental best practices. We invest in the latest technology, ensuring that the purchase of any new plant equipment or machinery is measured against any potential impact it may have on the environment. We apply eco-friendly guidelines and such as recycling of office paper, reuse of containers and tubs, repair & maintenance schedules to help minimise water wastage and other essential environmentally friendly policies to reduce damage to ecosystems and the environment.
We continue to work closely with the communities in which we operate. Gala Ice Cream is an iconic brand for many though out PNG as a result of this we constantly receive requests for donations. We regularly donate cash or products to organisations supporting disaster relief programs and those working with children, in hospitals and in a variety of sporting and church groups. Much of this effort is committed quietly, behinds the scenes, and attracts little, if any publicity for us.
Staff Training and Development:
Laga Industries is committed to the development of its citizen staff. We adopt a culture of equal employment and opportunity that seeks to promote citizens from within. There are some cases where expatriate staff are still required and in a majority of these cases, these positions have been filled by candidates that were born in the country and have a firm commitment not only to PNG but its people. Laga Industries is steadfast, and unwavering, in our pledge to build a strong, long term work force for the future.
Staff Training and Development:
Laga Industries is committed to the development of its citizen staff. We adopt a culture of equal employment and opportunity that seeks to promote citizens from within. There are some cases where expatriate staff are still required and in a majority of these cases, these positions have been filled by candidates that were born in the country and have a firm commitment not only to PNG but its people.
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Laga Industries mission is to be regarded as PNG’s premier consumer foods business by consumers, customers, distributors, suppliers and shareholders.
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1975: The Company was formed by Phil Frame and Harry Gotaha and was known as Goroka Softdrink Company Pty Limited.
1980: The Collins and Leahy Group acquired the Gotaha shares. This new partnership resulted in a name change to the current Laga Industries and the company began to diversify which saw the introduction of ice cream manufacturing.
1997: The Company was relocated from Goroka to West Taraka in Lae. The re-location to Lae was necessary for the future expansion and development as a truly nation-wide supplier of quality food products. The ultra-modern purpose built factory was opened in October 1997 at West Taraka.
2005: The Collins and Leahy group sold its shares to the Steamships Trading Company. The company acquired the adjoining property hence increasing land size to over 4 hectares and factory / warehouse floor space of over 6,500 square meters. Laga successfully commissioned a PET plant and 15 Litre jerry can machine to meet the growing demands of its business.
2007: Port Moresby depot was demolished to make way for a new warehouse. The latest in freezer technology and warehouse design was incorporated into the building. As we pursue methods to improve the standard of products and service delivered to the market place, we are continually learning, growing, and developing the business.
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