December 2021 Virtual Meeting

Programming Committee

Thursday, December 2, 2021


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Overview: “Global Challenges in Food Security and Novel Technologies to Overcome Them” will cover the current challenges in global food security due to expected world population growth of 10 billion by 2050. Her talk will also include novel technologies to create abundant and safe food from nutrient-rich plants and covert alternative protein rich products that can sustainably nourish current and future world population.


Julie Mann
Chief Innovation Officer, PURIS Holdings, LLC

Julie is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at PURIS Holdings, LLC. Her responsibilities include managing the innovation process, while developing and executing new technologies and finished food and beverage products. Julie is also responsible for identifying new business opportunities and innovation strategies in the growing market of plant-based foods. The integration of this role leads to new capabilities, new architectures with partners, new business models and new industry structures to educate and serve those opportunities-all while driving the growth of the plant-based arena.

Previously, Julie led Ingredion’s global plant protein strategy and innovation program. This role was essential to Ingredion’s future growth in plant protein and pulse-based ingredients. Mann was tasked with identifying, building, and maintaining strategic relationships with partners and customers in the global plant protein landscape and driving internal go-to-market and technical teams to achieve global leadership and breakthrough innovation in plant protein.
Before taking the position at Ingredion, Mann spent 20 years at the Hershey Company. Her most recent role there was as senior manager of protein research and technology in the snacks division. She holds five U.S. patents, with one additional patent pending approval. In addition, she is a founding member of Protein 2040, an initiative to feed the growing world population with sufficient protein by 2040.

Julie has a master’s degree in food science and nutrition from Penn State and Drexel University.


On-line credit card payment is required. Reservations will stay open all the way to the end of the event, December 2nd at 1:00 PM. If you have additional questions, please email Muthu Muthukumarappan at

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

12:00 – 12:15 PM Networking
12:15 – 12:45 PM Julie Presentation
12:45 – 12:55 PM Discussion / Q&A
12:55 – 1:00 PM Closing Remarks


Members: $5
Students: FREE

***The revenues for this lunch meeting will go towards future hybrid event expenses and MNIFT student scholarships.

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