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Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences

Company that develops treatments to prevent spoilage of fruits and vegetables using molecules naturally found in peels which maintain moisture and keep out oxygen.

Apeel Sciences was founded in 2012 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by James Roger, who is CEO of the company and has a PhD in Materials. With a mission of decreasing food spoilage, the company created a barrier made out of edible plant materials that slow down the rate of spoilage. The barrier helps moisture stay inside and oxygen stay outside. Apeel uses a film of lipid molecules, which are found in cutin, the natural waxy coating that is on fruits and vegetables. This barrier can be sprayed on or fruit can be dipped in.

Apeel has developed products for USDA Organic Certified and conventional produce categories. The company also works with partners from smallholder farmers and local organic growers and large food brands to produce better quality and more sustainable produce. The Apeel barrier coating has been reported to double the ripeness window of avocados, which have been available at Costco. Apeels coating have also been used by citrus and asparagus suppliers.

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2012

Apeel Sciences was founded by James Roger.

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James Roger

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Inside the Science of Apeel, the Clever Coating That Saves Your Avocados

Matt Simon

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June 21, 2018

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Emma Taylor
December 10, 2019
Business Insider
The coating is tasteless, odourless, colorless, safe to eat, and sprayed onto the skin of the avocado to slow down the degeneration process.
Justin Jaffe
September 18, 2019
CNET
The company is also introducing its new, longer-lasting limes and asparagus.

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