Announcing the Plant Protein Innovation Center's First Research Planning Meeting!  

Join PPIC's growing cohort of members, collaborators, and supporters at the upcoming Research Planning Meeting.
Monday, May 4, 2020 - 6:30pm

Join PPIC's growing cohort of members, collaborators, and supporters at the upcoming Research Planning Meeting, which will be held on May 4th, 2020.  

This event will bring together industry representatives and academics alike looking to assess the course of the PPIC and prioritize research goals to best address the most fundamental needs in the plant protein space. Your input at this event will help shape the top research priorities for the coming year. The PPIC's current research priorities can be found at this link.

The event will be divided into three blocks:

  • The first block will feature presentations mostly from industry speakers, who will speak to market trends, needs, and challenges. Speakers include: Julie Simonson, Schwan's Company; Dina Fernandez, ADM; Gabriela Perez-Hernandez, Kellogg; Clint Johnson, Conagra Brands; Mike Grusak, USDA ARS Edward Schafer Agricultural Research Center, Leza Besemann, Technology Commercialization at  the University of Minnesota; and tentatively Alec Hayes, Coca Cola. Additional event speakers and their talks will be announced on our website within the next couple weeks. 

  • The second block will be dedicated to an industry pitch session in collaboration with the Protein Highway; more details on this session to be announced soon.

  • The third block will focus on round table discussions, wherein attendees will have the opportunity to discuss research priorities to address the identified market trends, needs, and challenges.


There will be an optional networking dinner the evening prior at 6:30 pm at Axel's Restaurant in Roseville, and ample opportunity to network during the event.

For more information on this event, including hotel accommodations and registration information, please visit our event web page or email


We hope you are able to attend this PPIC event!