General meeting to establish Satakunnan Peruna Oy potato starch factory was held in Hämeenlinna, Finland, on 15.1.1942. The factory was built in Kokemäki. During the first fall about 2 500 tonnes of potatoes were processed and 500 tonnes of starch accumulated.
Mid 1970’s began the use of domestic potato starch in paper industry. Growing demand increased significantly the amount of manufactured potato starch.
Raision Tehtaat bought 2.10.1984 then Hämeen Peruna Oy.
Significant investment was made in the sewage treatment plant.
Raision Yhtymä founded Finnamyl Oy which consists of Kokemäki factory operations and majority of the shares of Lapuan Peruna Oy starch factory.
Manufacturing of organic potato starch began.
After various holdings Finnamyl Oy moved back to Finnish ownership on 30.9.2010. The owners are contract farmers, top management and some partners.
The most expensive investment in the companys’ history, protein separation factory, was made.
Liquid fertilizer, BioKali, was lauched and Organic Sago Pearls were lauched.
Export exceeded first time 6 milj. euros.
From family-owned company to a corporation owned by hundreds of farmers
Finnamyl Oy and its subsidiary Lapua Peruna Oy have manufactured potato starch also called as potato flour for decades. Potato starch manufacturing began in Kokemäki in 1942 and in Lapua in 1952, but they joined in the same corporation first at 1990. Factories were established to these locations because nearby there was a lot of soil applicable to potato cultivation and farmers interested in potato farming.
Before establihing factories potato starch was manufactured at home and used for thickening and baking. Through the industrial manufacturing potato starch became available as a raw material for food industry. Decades later, in 1970’s, potato starch was utilized in paper industry to improve the properties of the paper. Today, more than half of the starch produced by Finnamyl Oy is used for food and the rest is sold to be modified for the paper industry.
Finnamyl Oy is owned by contract farmers, top management, some partners and investors. There are more than 300 owners in total. This ownership structure is a result of many different stages. The factory was established in the 1940 's as a part of a family company, then the company was part of a big domestic food company and for a while also in a foreign ownership.
Now the company is proud to have local ownership and big part of potato supplying farmers involved in company's ownership. Manufacturing of Sago Potato Pearls started also in 1940’s. In Kokemäki manufacturing of Sagos began in early 1990’s.
Starch production from organic potatoes began in 1999. Contract farming of organic starch potatoes has grown strongly and Finnamyl Oy is today one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of organic potato starch. The majority of organic potato starch is exported to many continents. Since 2016 in Kokemäki has been manufactured also organic potato pearls.
For decades only starch was recovered from potatoes. Other fractions, such as fiber and from potato cells released liquid, so called fruit juice, had only limited value. Now it is possible to utilize potato much better since in 2015 potato protein production was initiated in the Finnamyl factory in Kokemäki. Potato protein has become an important part of business at Finnamyl. Development of side stream utilization is still continuing. Finnamyl Oy has developed from a potato starch factory to a whole potato utilizing bio refinery.
We act responsibly in the society as well as in using nature resources.
Food safety is an important part of production and supply chain in our factory. High and consistent quality of our products, fast and accurate deliveries and knowledgeable customer service will ensure that customers’ expectations are met.
We act responsibly in the society as well as in using nature resources. In product and process development, we strive to develop products and methods which are safe, based on renewable natural resources and promote recycling. We will do everything we can to reduce our environmental impact: reduce amount of waste and emissions and intensify utilization of raw materials and other resources.