Apeel

Apeel

Apeel Sciences

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What is Apeel Sciences?

Apeel Sciences is a company that’s fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing nature’s approach to preventing waste in the first place — a sustainable approach to the world’s growing food demands. Apeel’s plant-derived products help USDA Organic Certified and conventional fresh food growers, suppliers and retailers improve produce quality and slow spoilage, which minimizes food waste from the farm to the kitchen.

What is Apeel?

Apeel is a family of plant-derived coatings that fresh food growers, suppliers and retailers use to keep produce fresh. Produce with Apeel stays fresh two to three times longer, which promotes more sustainable growing practices, better quality food, and less food waste for everyone. For growers, suppliers and retailers, Apeel is the only postharvest solution that creates an optimal microclimate inside of every piece of produce, which leads to extended shelf life and transportability — without requiring refrigeration, controlled atmosphere, or preservatives. 

How does Apeel improve the quality of produce?

When produce is fresh, it not only looks better, but more importantly it tastes better and contains a higher density of nutrients. Apeel makes it possible for growers to optimize their practices and avoid harvesting before ripeness, allowing fruits and vegetables to develop full quality (from nutrition and delicious flavor to appearance and texture) before they embark on the journey to the grocery store.

What is Apeel made of?

Apeel is made of plant-derived materials — lipids and glycerolipids — that naturally exist in the peels, seeds and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat.

Apeel is edible, safe to eat, and fully compliant with all U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Because Apeel is made of widely used plant-derived materials — lipids and glycerolipids — that are commonly and naturally found in foods, it is designated FDA GRAS or “Generally Recognized As Safe.”

Apeel is colorless, odorless, and tasteless on produce.


Benefits

We use food to preserve food - We look to nature to help the global food system — and all who depend on it — improve quality, reduce waste and ensure an abundant future for our planet. 

Apeel forms an exceptionally thin “peel” of edible plant material on the surface of the fruit that naturally slows down water loss and oxidation — the factors that cause spoilage. 

Currently around half of all food grown ends up in a landfill. And we will soon reach a critical point in our ability to feed the world. We believe rather than devoting more land, energy, and water resources to food production, the key to abundance is in the building blocks of plants.


About the Company

Apeel Sciences develops plant-derived solutions to help organic and conventional fresh food providers increase produce quality and reduce food waste.  Apeel Sciences was founded in 2012 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, Apeel Sciences has developed products for dozens of USDA Organic Certified and conventional produce categories, and the company works with partners ranging from smallholder farmers and local organic growers to the world’s largest food brands to make better quality, more sustainable produce possible. Apeel's investors include Andreessen Horowitz, DBL Partners, Upfront Ventures, S2G Ventures, Powerplant Ventures, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation.


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