Oy Lahtis Bränneri Ab (Lahden Polttimo) was established as a spirits distillery in Lahti, Finland during the time of strict legislation on alcohol.
1888 Ferdinand Frigren started beer brewing.
1897 Yeast production started.
1919 Finland enacted prohibition.
1931 88 breweries in Finland, using 3 100 tons of malt.
1932 After a national referendum, the prohibition was ended due to increased smuggling, violence and crime rates.
Malt production started. Finnish breweries now used over 3 800 tons of malt.
1952 The first and so far the only Summer Olympics in Finland. Use of malt in Finnish breweries: 13 500 tons.
1959 Export of malt started.
1964 Use of malt in Finnish breweries nearly 18 500 tons of which approx. 12 000 tons from Polttimo.
1969 3rd Category Beer to grocery stores in Finland.
1970 Extension of Seeger Maltings in Lahti, Finland.
The first Finnish food industry company to invest abroad. Nord-Malt AB was established, maltings in Söderhamn, Sweden.
1978 Lausmann Maltings built in Lahti, Finland.
1979 Oy Maltax Ab was established.
1984 Maltax’s new malt extract factory started production.
1984 Oy Biofincon Ab was established.
1988 Finnish Yeast was established.
1989 Roastery built in Lahti, Finland.
1993 Finnish Yeast was the only yeast company in Finland after the acquisition of the Rajamäki yeast factory.
1993 Polttimo bought AS Saku Linnas, a malting house in Estonia (closed down in 1999).
1994 Nordic Yeast was established.
Finland and Sweden entered EU.
1995 Nordic Yeast bought 51 % of the shares in Rigas Raugs in Latvia.
1995 Polttimo sole owner of Finnish Yeast Ltd.
1997 Svenska Malt AB was established, maltings in Halmstad, Sweden.
1997 50 % of UAB Litmalt was acquired, maltings in Panevezys, Lithuania. Joint Venture with Svyturys-Utenos Alus (BBH).
1998 LP Research Centre was established.
1999 Euro introduced as the currency in Finland.
1999 Saku Linnas in Estonia was closed down.
2002 Viking Malt Oy was established. Maltings in Finland, Sweden and Lithuania.
2003 Nordic Yeast sold its shares in Rigas Raugs to its owners Polttimo and Jästbolaget.
Investment in new malt houses in Halmstad (Sweden) and Panevezys (Lithuania).
2004 Doubling of malt extract capacity at Maltax.
2005 Viking Malt malting house in Söderhamn (former Nord-Malt) closed.
2006 Finnish Yeast Ltd sold to Lallemand GmbH.
2007 Polttimo sold its shares in Rigas Raugs, Latvia.
2007 Polttimo sole owner of Biofincon after acquiring the shares previously owned by ICI.
2007 Viking Malt acquired full share capital of UAB Viking Malt (former UAB Litmalt).
2008 Polttimo bought Bonafiber Oy.
2008 Oy Maltax Ab, Oy Biofincon Ab and LP Research Center merged into Senson Oy.
Senson Oy started its operations in January 2009.
2011 Viking Malt bought Raisio Malt.
2012 In January the malting house in Raisio was closed down.
2013 Polttimo celebrates its 130 year anniversary.
2016 Viking Malt doubles its capacity by acquiring Danish Malting Group. Six sites in 5 countries operate under the Viking Malt brand.
2017 Polttimo Group uses 1 000 000 tons of maltable grain annually.