Welcome to the PPIC

Welcome to the Plant Protein Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying plant and alternative proteins.

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The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) team is thrilled to announce that Coca-Coca will be joining the Center as an associate member. We look forward to continued collaboration and innovation with Coca-Cola and all of our partner and associate members.

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 3:15pm

The Plant Protein Innovation Center welcomes Nutriati, Inc. to the team! The PPIC looks forward to a collaborating with Nutriati, along with all of the PPIC's partner companies, to push the boundaries of innovation! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17th! The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) is proud to announce our First Annual Research Spotlight Meeting!

The PPIC's First Annual Research Spotlight Meeting will feature ongoing research by Center researchers. Read more about the PPIC's diverse expertise set here: https://ppic.cfans.umn.edu/expertise/researchers

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

Take advantage of our promotion to receive 20% off of the membership price! This offer has been extended and will now expire December 31st, 2019. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:45am

PPIC welcomes Ingredion as the most recent partner to join the PPIC Team! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

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Contact Info

PPIC's research efforts are headquartered within the Food Science and Nutrition Building on the U of M's Saint Paul campus.

1334 Eckles Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108, ppic@umn.edu

For more information, contact the center director, B. Pam Ismail.

bismailm@umn.edu, 612-625-0147

Coca-Cola Joins PPIC as Associate Member

The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) team is thrilled to announce that Coca-Coca will be joining the Center as an associate member. We look forward to continued collaboration and innovation with Coca-Cola and all of our partner and associate members.

Current PPIC Members

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Friday, August 23, 2019 - 3:15pm

Nutriati Joins PPIC as Associate Member!

The Plant Protein Innovation Center welcomes Nutriati, Inc. to the team! The PPIC looks forward to a collaborating with Nutriati, along with all of the PPIC's partner companies, to push the boundaries of innovation! 

Ingredion to Partner with PPIC for Next 3 Years

PPIC welcomes Ingredion as the most recent partner to join the PPIC Team! 

PPIC's First Annual Research Spotlight Meeting to occur on October 17th!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17th! The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) is proud to announce our First Annual Research Spotlight Meeting!

The PPIC's First Annual Research Spotlight Meeting will feature ongoing research by Center researchers. Read more about the PPIC's diverse expertise set here: https://ppic.cfans.umn.edu/expertise/researchers

20% Discount for Membership Extended!

Looking to join the PPIC at either the associate or partner level? Take advantage of our promotion to receive 20% off of the membership price! This offer has been extended and will now expire December 31st, 2019. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:45am

First round of RFPs open to PPIC researchers: Apply by July 1st

The PPIC will fund two one-year projects for up to $50,000 each. This opportunity is available only to PPIC researchers. Proposals are due July 1st and will be awarded August 15th, 2019. 

The PPIC Team Announces the First PPIC Short Course!

The Protein Basics Short Course will be held Sept. 5-6, 2019 on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus and will feature a diverse set of speakers from industry and academia and hands-on experiences. Early bird discount is available through July 21st! Register here now -- space is limited!

The PPIC welcomes Conagra Brands as the most recent partner

PPIC Members

We are proud to announce Conagra as a partner of the Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC)! Conagra joins the ranks of Cargill, The Hershey Company, and ADM in partnering with the PPIC and building the foundation for collaborative, innovative research within the plant proteins space. Our members are invaluable to the success of the Center.

Our Mission

Chelsey2We are striving to be first. The plant protein innovation center (PPIC) will be the first center of its kind in the nation for plant and other alternative proteins. The PPIC will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and industry partners to produce and study nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients for food applications. The PPIC will address industry-identified plant-protein challenges and opportunities to develop a wealth of interdisciplinary research that will bring to the supply chain new nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients and products, working all the way from breeding and genetics to processing, formulation, and marketing.

 

 

Coming Together to Grow Research

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While there has been some research done on novel proteins, the information is far from being comprehensive and is done in isolation. Some scientists are researching the nutritional quality of peas, others are breeding new dry beans varieties, while others are investigating processing methods for canola. By combining individual efforts and ideas, we can do more and reach attainable goals faster. The PPIC will invite scientists both internal and external to the University of Minnesota to be part of a research cohort.  Collaboration will empower plant-based protein research by allowing scientists to come together to think beyond their area of focus. Working together will facilitate cross-lab use of high-end instrumentation that can uncover more information than ever before, and will open up larger grant opportunities. Partnering with industry is essential. The PPIC requires the support of key industry players, who are driven to work together towards a better future. Industry partners, will be protein suppliers, producers, and users, but all having common interests. In addition to individual researchers coming together with industry, partnership with international entities such as the Canadian Consulate and their associated Protein Highway Initiative, other research institutions/centers, commodity groups, entrepreneurs, and government agencies are imperative to the mission and success of the Center. These partnerships will ultimately provide research diversity and unique perspectives that lead to innovative solutions to real-world problems.