Marko Matilainen to lead the product development and manufacturing team

Marko Matilainen, a biotechnology engineer, has been appointed to lead the product development and manufacturing team at Lignell & Piispanen from 01.01.2022, after the retirement of the long-term head of product development at the end of the year. Matilainen will report directly to the CEO and will also be a member of the management team. Matilainen has previously worked as a Development Manager at Moilas Oy bakery, a Product Developer at Valio’s Suonenjoki’s jam factory, a Product Development Manager at Refresco Finland Oy and a Production Manager at the Wine Information Centre.

“Working for Lignell & Piispanen has been a long-time dream of mine. It’s an interesting company and in a way, it brings me full circle, as I was able to distil products at the Wine Information Centre early in my career using the same distilling pan that Lignell & Piispanen uses. I am also very excited by the opportunity to develop world-class products from which Lignell & Piispanen is known,” says Marko Matilainen.

“Lignell & Piispanen has a long history of developing high-quality, internationally award-winning products. I believe that with Marko’s diverse experience and new ideas, we will continue to successfully develop consumer-oriented products based on nature’s best raw materials. At the same time, I would like to extend my warmest thanks to Eeva Koivisto, who is retiring, for the past years,” says Kirsi Räikkönen, CEO of Lignell & Piispanen.

Further information: Kirsi Räikkönen, tel. 040-7700 804 and Marko Matilainen, tel. 050-3987 912.

170 years from forest to glass. Lignell & Piispanen, founded in 1852, is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. We are the third oldest family business in Finland still owned by the same family. We produce drinks in Kuopio in line with the “from forest to glass” philosophy. Our long history has taught us to focus on the essentials – unique flavours where you can taste the origin. Our best-known products include Loimu, Gustav Tillivodka, Gustav Metsä Gin, Marskin Ryyppy and Mesimarja and Lakka liqueurs.