"Kyrö Distillery LEAN path and pandemic survival pivot utilizing LEAN principles" 16.02.2023.

"Kyrö Distillery LEAN path and pandemic survival pivot utilizing LEAN principles"
 Jani Kujala and Miko Heinilä

16.02.2023. from 10:00 - 11:30

Kyrö Distillery Company produces finest single malt rye whisky and rye gin in an old dairy in Isokyrö, Finland.
The idea for Kyrö, a Finnish all-rye distillery was dreamed up in a sauna, fueled by a sip of rye whisky.
Founded by five friends, Kyrö Distillery Company has been in commercial production since April 2014. Kyrö currently exports to around 30 countries.
Kyrö Napue gin was selected as the best gin for G&T in 2015. Kyrö Malt rye whisky was awarded a gold medal at IWSC in 2020.
Kyrö whiskies are one of the world's admired whiskies (Drinks International - The World's Most Admired Whiskies Top 50, 2021, 2022)
Kyrö has sales offices in Helsinki, Berlin and in London.


Jani Kujala
Head of Development at Kyrö Distillery Company

A mechanical engineer with 19 years hands on LEAN development background from a manufacturing industry. 

2003-2017 Jani worked for a technology company called Danfoss (Vacon) in Vaasa Finland and moved to Kyrö Distillery in 2017.




Miko Heinilä
Co-founder at Kyrö Distillery Company

A farm boy from Isokyrö who headed to Vaasa University to study leadership. 

He worked 10 years in an energy company called Wärtsilä with people and processes and then ended up to a sauna with a couple of friends. 

In that sauna an idea of a rye whisky distillery came up.  

Jani has been working in various development specialist and management roles during his career. 

Currently he works as a Head of Development role at Kyrö Distillery Company taking care of Lean process development, supplier management and manufacturing partnerships.


Miko was starting up the visitor centre and in two years moved to be a Distillery Manager for 6 years.

Now he has moved to sales and runs European rising markets and promotes the love for rye spirits.




- Managers, leaders,  improvement coaches
- Everyone interested in Lean.


To share experiences with members and others.

Kyrö started its LEAN path from scratch in 2017. They started to train their people, made organizational changes and implemented lean management principles. They evaluated, and enhanced the processes and the most important; they set continuous improvement Kaizen principles in place. This all took around three years. 

In spring 2020 a worldwide pandemic started and everything collapsed when 80% of the Kyrös sales disappeared overnight. How did Kyrö survive? 

As William Edwards Deming said back in the days: "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory".

In spring 2020 people in Kyrö realized; they need to change everything to survive.

BEA members and experts: Free

For others: 55 EUR + VAT

Please apply by January  15, 2023.

Event language - English


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16.02.2023. from 10.00 - 11.30

Online meeting in the "ZOOM".

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

Anita Stukāne
e-pasts: info@efektivs.lv
Mob. tālr.: +371 26466262

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