Apeel Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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.

Apeel keeps moisture inside produce and oxygen out, which dramatically slows the rate that produce spoils. By maintaining moisture and reducing oxidation, Apeel supports the plant's natural abilities to protect against environmental stressors.

When produce is fresh, it not only looks better, but more importantly it tastes better and contains a higher density of nutrients. Apeel make 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.

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.

Yes! 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."

No, Apeel is colorless, odorless, and tasteless on produce.

From a dietary perspective, consuming Apeel contributes a negligible amount of fat to your daily diet. For example, if your diet consisted exclusively of Apeel fruits and vegetables, you'd be consuming less than one additional calorie per day!

For people who have food allergies, allergic responses can be triggered when protein from an allergenic source is present in a food product. Apeel's products are not protein-based, but rather lipid-based — and lipids are not a source of regulated allergens. We are committed to the purity of our products and our manufacturing process is designed to ensure compliance with the highest safety standards mandated by food safety regulatory authorities wherever Apeel produce is sold. For us, this includes testing to confirm the absence of regulated allergens. That said, if you have a known allergy or sensitivity to a fruit or vegetable, you should continue to avoid it whether or not it is an Apeel fruit or vegetable.

Because the materials needed to make Apeel exist in all fruits and vegetables, it can be made from any kind of fruit or vegetable — although some fruits and vegetables are richer sources of lipids than others. This includes the parts of the plant that typically go unused after harvest, such as the peels and seeds.

Yes! Apeel Sciences has formulations that are OMRI Listed® for growers and distributors of USDA Certified Organic produce. Apeel Sciences' products help reduce post-harvest food waste, over-packaging, and costly controlled-atmosphere storage.

Apeel can be applied in a variety of ways, including widely-used rinse or dip methods, which makes it easy to integrate into established workflows.

All fruits and vegetables that use Apeel are subject to food safety laws of the United States as well as the country where the produce was originally grown.

Apeel is made of materials found in every single bite of fruit we eat and is intended to be consumed with the fruit!

Apeel avocados are now available at major U.S. grocery stores! But that's just the beginning — Apeel has been proven effective at improving the quality and shelf life of more than two dozen types of fruits and vegetables. You can see what we mean by watching our timelapse video.

We don't provide samples — sorry! However, you can now buy fruits and vegetables with Apeel at major U.S. grocery stores. Can't find the Apeel produce section at your local store? Ask your local grocery store manager to carry Apeel fruits and vegetables!

Apeel Sciences is a privately-held company at this time. 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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