Nowadays you can walk into a Sri Lankan shop in the London area and find boxes of Maliban biscuits for sale – it is available in the United Kingdom. The company was founded by Hinni Appuhamy and his family and has grown from strength to strength.
Vernon Corea was linked with Maliban biscuits when he presented the Maliban Show over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon in the 1960s. It was one of the top shows on Radio Ceylon. It was the X Factors of its day – a talent show which was extremely popular in South Asia. Vernon used to throw packets of biscuits to the audience in the hall and he travelled across the island of Sri Lanka with Radio Ceylon finding new talent. Vernon Corea pioneered the way with radio talent shows in the 1960s building up huge audiences for the station. We thank the Old Ceylon Facebook page for this information:
“Maliban Biscuits started off as a simple tea kiosk on First Cross Street in Colombo Fort.”
“When in 1935, its proprietor Mr. Angunugaha Gamage Hinni Appuhamy, who hailed from Akmeemana in the Galle District, opened the Maliban Hotel at No. 62 Maliban Street. had no idea at the time that it was Sri Lankan history in the making”
The first Maliban hotel and the 3 founders; Mr A.G.Hinni Appuhami, Mr A.G. Wickramapala, Mr A.G. Jinadasa and their accountant Mr. M.W. Abeynayake.