MBOLD Managing Director Named to Protein Highway Board of Directors

JoAnne Berkenkamp to collaborate with U.S. and Canadian stakeholders on plant protein innovation

Minneapolis, January 26, 2022 — MBOLD, a Minnesota-based coalition accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges facing food and agriculture, announced today that its Managing Director, JoAnne Berkenkamp, has been named to the Protein Highway board of directors.

“Plant proteins are key to the future of our food system and our environment,” Berkenkamp said. “As the global population grows toward 10 billion people by 2050, plant proteins are vitally important for meeting growing demand for healthy proteins within planetary boundaries. I’m delighted to join Protein Highway and help drive innovation in the plant protein industry with collaborators in the U.S. and Canda.”

Protein Highway is dedicated to enhancing cross-border collaboration in the plant protein industry among businesses and researchers across the Canadian Prairies and U.S. Midwest-Great Plains region. Its mission is to support and facilitate bilateral, precompetitive initiatives that unite industry, academia and government in advancing the North American plant protein sector.

Berkenkamp will work together with Protein Highway collaborators to help advance the plant protein industry in the U.S. and Canada through development of value-added plant proteins for domestic and international markets.


MBOLD is a coalition of Minnesota-based food and agriculture business, academic and entrepreneurial leaders working collaboratively to accelerate solutions to the most pressing challenges facing food and agriculture, particularly our changing climate and other natural resources challenges, and growing global food demand. MBOLD member companies reach consumers in more than 125 countries around the world.  Collectively, revenues of MBOLD members exceed $250 billion per year. MBOLD is an initiative of the GREATER MSP Partnership.


GREATER MSP is the economic development partnership for the 15-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region. Over 300 leading businesses, universities, cities, counties, philanthropies, and others are working together to accelerate the competitiveness of the regional economy and drive inclusive economic growth through job creation, capital investment and the execution of strategic initiatives. For more information go to greatermsp.org.

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