The groundbreaking event of the new xylitol factory was held on 3 May 2019 in Lahti, Finland. Fazer currently employs nearly 600 people in the region of Päijät-Häme. When the production of xylitol from oat hulls is started in autumn 2020, 30 new jobs will be created in Lahti. Circular economy is central for the new factory.

Fazer has had operations in Lahti for over 60 years. The new factory will be built on Fazer's site on Kasakkamäki in Lahti, next to Fazer Mills and the Lahti bakery. The factory will be the first fully backward integrated xylitol manufacturing facility in the world. The overall size of the manufacturing facility is 4,000 square metres and it will be built by NCC Finland. 

Lahti is the eighth largest city in Finland. Fazer's new xylitol factory also supports Lahti’s goal of becoming the leading environmental city in Finland.

“Finland needs new innovations and exports. Circular economy is central for sustainable development and Finland’s welfare. Fazer is a forerunner. Thank you for being a part of making a change,” said the mayor of Lahti, Pekka Timonen, in the city’s welcoming speech.

The groundbreaking event was honoured by the presence of Kauko K. Mäkinen, Emeritus professor and the “father” of xylitol. He finds the whole factory project to be very patriotic. He compared xylitol to Jean Sibelius, Paavo Nurmi and sauna, and rejoiced its return to Finland.