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Frequently Asked Questions

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We're revolutionizing food protection. Apeel is a team of scientists developing new organic and natural agricultural technologies. We take the unused parts of plants — the parts you don't eat — and recycle them to create a natural formula that we can use to protect food crops and keep produce fresher longer. This improves the product for consumers while helping to reduce food waste... which also means less water and energy use and reduced reliance on pesticides and chemical preservatives.

We've successfully tested our postharvest protection product, EdipeelTM, with organic growers, and Edipeel will be used commercially by selected producers beginning in 2017. Our pre-harvest product, InvisipeelTM, is still in R&D stages as of 2017. Invisipeel will be available after completing successful field and commercial trials and USDA and FDA approval processes.

Yes, our natural products are OMRI Listed® for growers of USDA Certified Organic produce. Our plant-based formulas work with organic and conventional produce, and may eliminate the need for non-organic preservation methods, over-packaging, and costly controlled-atmosphere storage.

Yes, the plant materials that we use for our products are in the fruits and vegetables you eat every day. We take the edible oils that form the protective peel or skin of the fruit — the natural lipids and glycerolipids — and simply re-purpose that natural plant material to make our formulations. Lipids and glycerolipids are naturally-occurring fatty molecules that exist in all plants on Earth, so we can make our formulas from almost any kind of plant, including agricultural products that typically go unused such as grape or tomato skins and leaves.

Our current products are optimized for use on avocados, mangos, and citrus, and we're in the process of releasing Edipeel for bananas, strawberries and blueberries. Due to the wide variety of factors that are unique to each fruit and vegetable, our products are formulated for each produce type to ensure the best quality and performance. Contact us to let us know what fruit you'd like to see us work on next!

Our natural protective formulas can be applied in a variety of ways, including widely-used rinse or dip methods, which makes it easy to integrate Apeel products into established workflows. For large-scale operations, the Apeel Fruit Portal, a mobile enclosed application system, rinses and dries the fruit before packing.

No, our natural protective formulas are clear, odorless, tasteless and completely undetectable.

We presently have USDA and FDA approval in the United States and regulatory approval in Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Japan and South Korea. Our team is working diligently to navigate the regulatory process in many other regions, and we hope to serve producers and growers in all parts of the world soon. See our Blog and subscribe to get the latest updates.

With most fruits, we are able to achieve an average extension of twice the typical edible shelf life, although it varies for specific produce varieties.

When produce is fresh, it not only looks better, it also tastes better and contains all of its nutrients. Harvested fruits and vegetables immediately begin to dry and decay, becoming less tasty and juicy as well as less nutritious. Our natural Edipeel formula reduces the need for chemical preservatives, and just as importantly, growers can avoid harvesting too early, allowing fruits and vegetables to develop full nutrition and flavor.

Pre-harvest protection relies heavily on a variety of agrochemicals, but few options exist today for keeping harvested produce fresh. These are mostly limited to costly refrigeration, wax coatings (which are largely petroleum-derived), and special packaging like shrink-wrap plastic and modified-atmosphere packages. Our patented natural peel reinforcement approach is unique, making use of plant-derived ingredients to protect produce before and after harvest without refrigeration.

Two of the leading causes of produce spoilage are water loss and oxidation. By creating an ultra-thin barrier on the outside of the produce, we help keep moisture inside while protecting it from air and microbial activity, dramatically improving the shelf life of fresh produce.

Apeel products are only handled by our Solutions Team to ensure proper application and quality control. To achieve optimal benefits throughout the chain — farmers to consumers — we currently only provide our solution as a service for selected growers. However, if you are a producer of avocados, mangos or citrus, you can contact us to find out when we can schedule trials on your fruit.

By 2050, we'll need to feed about 2.3 billion more people. With more than half of all produce grown in the developing world lost to spoilage, the ability to extend the shelf life of harvested produce has never been more important. Even in the United States, over one third of all the food we grow is lost to spoilage before we eat it. Reducing food loss will help to create abundance for everyone while preserving our natural ecosystems.

Apeel is a privately-held company and does not offer stock for public purchase. However, you can contact us to be added to our mailing list. We'll give you periodic updates about our progress and let you know if our investment status changes.

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