Novel approach: The first of its kind in the nation, the Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) brings together interdisciplinary researchers and industry partners to produce and study nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients for food applications.Through pre-competitive research, the center focuses on fundamental science that addresses basic needs and challenges of the industry. This work requires the collaboration of key industry players who are driven to work together toward a better future, financially and ecologically.
Impact from Schwan's: Through support from the Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation for fellowships and student opportunities, the Plant Protein Innovation Center is able to attract top talent and offer financial support to PPIC students. A longtime collaborative relationship with Schwan’s has also enabled the center to address industry-identified plant protein challenges and advance innovations that bring new nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients to the supply chain.
More sustainable systems: This leaves a positive environmental impact, directs revenues to farmers, provides additional sources of protein for a growing population and helps to address consumer demand for nutritious and healthy foods, building healthier and more sustainable food systems for all.