SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA— Apeel Sciences, one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies and a CNBC 2019 Disruptor 50, today announced its supplier partnerships, enabling a consistent year-round supply of Apeel avocados, limes, asparagus, and apples for U.S. retailers and consumers. This growing network of innovative grower-packer-shippers are committed to using Apeel’s plant-derived technology to deliver longer-lasting freshness and less waste on retail shelves and in homes across the country.
Apeel’s supplier network partners include:
Horton Fruit Company
Farm Direct Supply
“Apeel’s supplier network allows us to connect with retailers and other companies who look to technology for solutions that deliver superior products, increase profits and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Gordon Robertson, chief revenue officer at Apeel Sciences. “We’re proud and honored to stand with this incredible network of industry leaders who are shaping the future of food.”
Apeel’s expansion into the asparagus, lime and apple categories builds on the company’s success with avocados at retailers including Kroger and Harps, and Apeel’s technology continues to demonstrate a greater than 50 percent reduction in food waste at the retail level. In shipping trials from Peru into the U.S. and Europe, Apeel Asparagus demonstrated nearly 50 percent less water loss in refrigerated and ambient temperatures, adding enough shelf life to enable new transportation modes. Apeel Limes’ performance results are equally compelling with an average shelf life extension of 3x and 60 percent reduction in mass loss.
Apeel provides its strategic suppliers with access to the company’s deep expertise in science and technology, sophisticated data about shelf-life extension, and a myriad of future supply chain solutions and in-store brand activations.
Produce suppliers and retailers interested in Apeel’s supplier network can get in touch via the Apeel business form.
Apeel’s Partners Say:
“Together, we have taken the idea of eliminating food waste and collectively engineered a comprehensive program that delivers on that mission, every day, while enhancing the consumer experience when it comes to enjoying ripe avocados,” said Mike Wise, President, The Horton Fruit Company. “We look forward to being a part of this evolution and providing shoppers with even more choices of fresh, Apeel treated produce, in the future.”
“The ability to extend shelf life with Apeel is an incredible value-add that we see,” said Walter Yager, CEO, Alpine Fresh. “In addition to bringing dollars and value per box for us and our retail customers, Apeel will allow us to provide a better product for our consumers.”
“The Sage Fruit/Olympic Fruit team is honored to collaborate and work directly with Apeel Sciences,” said Chuck Sinks, President of Sales & Marketing, Sage Fruit Company. “When two companies can work together at this level to provide the consumer with a great product, we feel that everyone wins. This amazing product has the potential to extend the shelf life of produce, ultimately benefiting the consumer, retailer and the grower. The impact that Apeel has on longer lasting fruit quality is outstanding.”
ABOUT APEEL TECHNOLOGY
Every plant on earth has a peel or skin that protects it. From oranges to apples to tomatoes and raspberries, the materials found in the skins and peels of plants are ubiquitous and consumed in the human diet in high quantities every day. Apeel’s plant-derived technology provides produce with a little extra “peel” that slows the rate of water loss and oxidation — the primary causes of spoilage. Apeel is made of plant-derived materials that exist in the peels, seeds, and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat. Apeel doubles to triples the shelf life of many types of fresh produce which reduces food waste from farm to retail shelf to home. Apeel is the only plant-derived end-to-end supply chain innovation that creates an optimal microclimate inside of every piece of fruit that travels with it from the farm through consumption. For more information, see the Apeel FAQ.
ABOUT APEEL SCIENCES
Apeel Sciences is a company that is fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing nature’s tools to prevent waste in the first place — a sustainable approach to the world’s growing food demands. The company’s plant-derived technology helps fresh food growers, suppliers, and retailers maintain produce quality and extend shelf life, reducing food waste from the farm to the retail shelf to the kitchen table.
Apeel Sciences was founded in 2012 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce postharvest food loss in developing countries that lack access to refrigeration. Today, Apeel’s technology is proven effective at reducing the rate of spoilage 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 and retailers.
Founded by CEO James Rogers, Ph.D., Apeel Sciences investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Viking Global Investors, Upfront Ventures, S2G Ventures, Powerplant Ventures, DBL Partners, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK Department for International Development, and The Rockefeller Foundation. The company is recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a Friend of Champions 12.3, one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2019, and recipient of a 2018 AgFunder Innovation Award. Apeel is a trademark of Apeel Technology, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.