Welcome to the Plant Protein Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying plant and alternative proteins.
The PPIC is proud to have 19 members at both the Partner and Associate level, which span the supply chain. Out of these 19 members, 14 were founding members who joined the Center within just over a year of its inauguration.
Join the 40+ companies, organizations, and educational institutions represented at the 2nd Annual Research Spotlight Meeting!
The Plant Protein Innovation Center's 2nd Annual Research Spotlight Meeting will be held virtually this year on November 17th! Representatives from 41 companies, organizations, and educational institutions are already registered to attend!
This year's agenda features a diverse array of speakers from national and international research programs and universities. Attendees will be able to interact live with all presentors. These presentations will include research overviews of the five projects funded through the Plant Protein Innovation Center. Networking breakout sessions will be interspersed throughout the day to faciliation connections across suppliers, customers, researchers, and potential hires. The event will be capped with e-poster presentations from students actively involved in plant proteins research.
Learn more about the event at our web page: Virtual 2nd Annual Research Spotlight Meeting
Or go directly to registration now! https://learning.umn.edu/portal/events/reg/participantTypeSelection.do?method=load&entityId=24288214Date posted:
For the past two years, PPIC Collaborator, the Forever Green Initiative, has hosted a comprehensive field day showcasing the research, processing, end uses and industry interest in winter camelina and pennycress, two novel oilseeds. The event attracts growers, processors, researchers, educators, legislators and industry representatives. The PPIC food science team has been proud to participate and educate the audience on how these oilseeds may serve as alternative protein sources. This year, the event was held virtually in late May and early June. Watch the PPIC segment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJR91dwmAXw&t=11sDate posted:
We are proud to announce Kraft Heinz has joined the PPIC at the Partner level as PPIC's 19th member. Julie Anne Grover, Principal Scientist of Technology Discovery & Development at Kraft Heinz, will be representing Kraft Heinz on the Center's Technical Committee. We are excited to build our partnership to accelerate research in the plant-based space.Date posted:
International Flavors and Fragrances has joined the PPIC at the Partner level, becoming the first flavor house to join. The PPIC is excited to have representation from the flavor industry and looks foward to working together with IFF and all PPIC members to advance fundamental flavor research in the plant proteins space.Date posted:
We 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
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.