Annual Highlights

PPIC One Year Anniversary

Since the Inaugural Meeting on November 28th, 2018, the Plant Protein Innovation Center has expanded its reach and made great strides in the right direction for the future of plant and alternative proteins. The PPIC currently has 12 industry members companies, including Cargill, Conagra Brands, The Hershey Company, ADM, Ingredion, Kellogg's, Saputo Dairy Foods, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nutriati, Benson Hill, and Motif Food Works. Among the PPIC's accomplishments within its inaugural year were a successful first round of RFPs that turned out the first two PPIC-funded research projects, two widely sought events, including the first "Protein Basics Short Course" and "Research Spotlight Meeting", and the acquisition of over one million dollars in funds with another one million pending in grants.


Awarded Grants in 2019

Pepsico- Protein Profiling and Characterization across Diverse Oat Lines

Land O’Lakes- Sensory and instrumental flavor analyses of Land O’Lakes enzyme modified cheese

Plant Protein Innovation CenterImpact of Cold Plasma Treatment on Pea Protein Structural and Functional Characteristics

Plant Protein Innovation CenterAn Interdisciplinary Strategy for Improving Hemp Protein as a Food Ingredient through Plant Breeding and Processing

Forever Green Initiative- Evaluating Camelina and Pennycress as Novel Sources of Plant Protein

Forever Green Initiative- Improving the commercial viability of intermediate wheatgrass (IWG) through the development of value-added ingredients and new products

Good Food Institute- Characterizing and texturizing proteins from pulses to form fibers with textures that mimic chicken


Conference Activities in 2019

American Dairy Science Association, Cincinnati- Chelsey Hinnenkamp presented a poster and participated in oral competition.

American Oil Chemists Society Annual Meeting and Expo, St Louis- Pam Ismail gave a talk

Cereals and Grains Annual Conference, Denver- Misen Luu presented a poster; Pam Ismail gave a talk

Emerging Meat Alternatives Conference, San Diego- Pam Ismail gave a talk

IFT19, New Orleans- Jenny Hayek, Sonia Han, Chelsey Hinnenkamp, Misen Luu, Rachel Mitacek, and Catri Tyl presented posters; Pam Ismail gave a talk

International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, Vienna, Austria- Catrin Tyl gave a talk and presented a poster

Plant Protein Innovation Center first Research Spotlight meeting, St. Paul, MN- Fan Bu, Laura Eckhardt, Lucy Hansen, Chelsey Hinnenkamp, Maneka Malalgoda, Rachel Mitacek, and  Vaidehi Narkar presented posters

Protein Trends and Technology Seminar, Chicago- Pam Ismail gave a talk


Awards in 2019

AACCI Travel Award - Misen Luu

Caldwell Award – Misen Luu

MNIFT Scholarships - Lucy Hansen, Jenny Hayek, and Chelsey Hinnenkamp

MNIFT Travel Awards - Lucy Hansen, Jenny Hayek, Chelsey Hinnenkamp, Misen Luu, and Rachel Mitacek

Oral Competitions - Chelsey Hinnenkamp was a finalist for the Dairy Division at IFT19 in New Orleans and at the American Dairy Science Association

“Thank a Teacher Certificate” For outstanding teaching and dedication to helping students learn in Food Analysis (FScN 4312), (Fall, 2019) – Pam Ismail


Workshops/short courses

Sep 2019- Ismail’s lab hosted a “Proteins Basics” short course


PPIC Launch

The Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC), first of its kind in the nation, was launched Nov 28 2018. The inaugural PPIC meeting was a success drawing over 120 representatives from 55 companies and organizations. The program was filled with a variety of speakers and engaging discussion sessions. Visit the PPIC website to learn more about the center and its activities, 


Grants in 2018

USDA ARS Pulse Crop Health Initiative grant: Flavor, Nutrition and Functional Properties of Pea Protein

Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation- Five year PPIC support in the form of Graduate fellowships

Healthy Foods Healthy Lives-  Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Pennycress Meal and Extracted Protein


Conferences in 2018

11th Protein Summit, Oct 2018, Lille, France- Pam Ismail gave a talk

AACC International Milling and Baking Technical Conference, Nashville, TN- Pam Ismail gave a talk

AACCI, London - Jenny Hayek and Misen Luu presented posters 

American Oil Chemists Society Annual Meeting and Expo, Minneapolis, MN- Pam Ismail gave a talk

Dietary Fibre18, Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Claire Boyle gave a talk

Effost, Nantes, France - Catrin Tyl attended and won trivia!:)

IFT18, Chicago - Claire Boyle, Misen Luu, Rachel Mitacek, and Catrin Tyl presented posters


Awards in 2018

AACCI Travel Award - Jenny Hayek and Misen Luu

Completed Dietetic Internship - Amy Mathiowetz

IFT Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship - Jenny Hayek

MNIFT Travel Awards - Claire Boyle, Lucy Hansen, and Misen Luu

MNIFT Scholarships - Claire Boyle, Lucy Hansen, and Jenny Hayek

National IFT Dairy Foods Technology Scholarship - Chelsey Hinnenkamp