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PPIC at the Minnesota State Fair

PPIC at MN State Fair

The PPIC team is elated to be featured in this year's CFANS exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The exhibit featured a virtual reality experience showcasing the journey of a pea from the field, to PPIC research labs, and finally to a family's dinner table. PPIC researchers volunteered at the exhibit throughout the State Fair to engage with fairgoers and answer their most pressing questions about plant-based protein. The exhibit also included a visit from Jeff Ettinger, Interim President of the University of Minnesota, Brian Buhr, CFANS Dean, and Goldy The Gopher. We are grateful to be part of such a dedicated and supportive college at CFANS!

Food | Ag | Ideas Event by Naturally MN

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Food | Ag | Ideas, led by Naturally MN and partners, is an annual multi-day series of speakers, events, tours, and demo showcases to highlight innovative ideas, make connections across the sectors, invite leaders to join Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem, and move our industry forward. 
In 2023, the theme of FAI is focused on the Future of Food + Ag Innovation: Healthy People, Healthy Planet. Centering the ways in which the food system operates is critical to ensure the future and sustainability of our value chain.  Come ready to learn and network on October 9th and 10th for the two days of panels at the Minnesota History Center, and don't miss out on the array of pre-conference events and experiences starting on October 3rd.

The Future of Protein Production Upcoming Event

The Future of Protein Production LIVE!

October 11-12, 2023 | Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands

Topics: Cell-Based | Plant-Based| Fermentation| Molecular Farming | Algae | Fungi | Meat| Dairy | Eggs | Seafood | Ingredients | Business

Europe's meeting place for accelerating the commercialization of alternative proteins.

With more than 500 delegates expected and +30 exhibiting companies, this in-person conference and exhibition will boast the same high-quality agenda that has made the annual Future of Protein Production Summit the industry’s preeminent virtual platform for showcasing the latest innovative breakthroughs to help accelerate the commercialization and scaling of alt proteins.

The senior executive-level conference presents an unbiased opportunity to explore and discuss this complex issue with world-leading experts. Discover a wide range of solutions to improve the taste, texture and nutrition of products while driving down production costs.

Stay up-to-date with the most recent solutions, technology, policy, and concepts across the food system. And get the best opportunities to meet key industry contributors.

As a PPIC member, get 20% off with this code: PPI20

Registration is Now Open for Bridge2Food's Course Americas in Minneapolis, October 18-19.

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The Program Continues to Build and Registration is Now Open for Bridge2Food's Course Americas in Minneapolis, October 18-19.

August 9, 2023 -- Bridge2Food is bringing together key research & development leaders who are working to drive transformation in the plant-based food and alternative proteins industry at its highly regarded Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Course Americas taking place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, October 18-19, 2023.

There are four blocks to participate in during the Course to cover the full spectrum of discussions and the value chain. Hear from University and industry experts on: Latest Insights on Plant Protein Nutrition, Functionalities, & Applications; New Alternative Protein Innovations; and Designing Your Plant-Based Foods. Finally, experience hands-on learning in small groups through workshops that showcase alternative proteins, plant-based food innovations, and process technologies.

“Our hands-on workshops are what sets this conference of learning apart from any other alternative proteins event. There’s a lot of innovative work happening and being able to see, taste, and feel the applications at work truly gives you next-level learning,” says general manager, Vincent Brain. “At this Bridge2Food Course, there is a unique opportunity to connect with those doing the research and development at each step of the value chain.”

The growing list of technical speakers at Course Americas include:

  • Jonathan Blutinger, Design Engineer for Redefine Meat
  • Kathy Greaves, Expert in Plant Protein Nutrition for Nutrition Outside the Box, LLC
  • Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University
  • Jessica Mannix, Application Chemist, Elementar
  • Bart Pennings, Global Sales Manager, Cosun Protein
  • Madeline Tucker, Application Specialist, GNT USA, LLC

Of course, making new connections is one of the most valuable benefits and one of the strengths of any Bridge2Food in-person event. On top of the welcome reception, networking dinner, and many informal moments available, we offer scheduled one-to-one business meetings so delegates can be sure to connect with clients and future business partners who are most relevant to their needs and goals. With two full days to network in the sector, key connections are made, and business gets done.

Find more information about Bridge2Food Course Americas 2023 and to register click here.

For any questions about Courses or Bridge2Food, please contact:

Ella Stephens, Marketing and Communications

[email protected]


About Bridge2Food

Bridge2Food’s driving force is to advance actions for a better food world and to help accelerate the protein transition through our global summits, courses and ecosystem. We are also proud members of four EU projects: ProFuture, HealthFerm, Giant Leaps, and Plenitude. Bridge2Food connects key industry professionals, researchers, and academics across three global markets: Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Our Summits grow ideas into actions, our Courses deliver hands-on education, and our EcoSystem provides a space for fostering innovation.

Bridge2Food is the trading name of Food Companions BV, a company registered in The Netherlands. Food Companions BV is part of the Arc Network. www.bridge2food.com

LUKE is PPIC's newest Supporter/Collaborator


We are delighted to announce the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) as Plant Protein Innovation Centre’s (PPIC) newest collaborator. Luke is the largest natural resources institute in Finland and brings a wealth of expertise in the field of natural resources and the bioeconomy. Together, we are poised to achieve significant progress in the pursuit of sustainable and innovative solutions for the future.