Apeel Sciences is a company based in Goleta, California whose edible coating product Apeel[1] can make avocados, citrus and other types of fruit last twice as long as usual by using a tasteless edible coating made from plant materials.[2][3] The coating's formulation can be modified for strawberries, mangoes, apples, bananas, kumquats, citrus, and asparagus.[3][4]

Apeel Sciences
Founded2012 Edit this on Wikidata
FounderJames Rogers
HeadquartersGoleta, California

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Apeel was founded in 2012 by James Rogers,[3] after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce post-harvest food waste in developing countries that lacked refrigeration infrastructure.[5][6][7]

After the initial grant, backing has been provided by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz, and ATEL Capital Group.[8] Apeel has raised $110 million in financing to date.[9]

In June 2018, Apeel was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.[10] In August 2018, Apeel announced the appointment of former Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb to its board of directors.[11]

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  1. ^ "Apeel-coated produce is poised to take over grocery store shelves". Fast Company. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ "New Produce-Protective Coating Promises to Double Food's Shelf Life". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Solon, Olivia (19 June 2018). "Edible coating allows avocados to stay ripe for twice as long". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ "UPDATED: Apeel offers longer shelf life for citrus". The Packer. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Apeel Sciences is combating food waste with plant-derived second peels". TechCrunch. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ "This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Apeel's Invisible Coating Could Be A Game-Changer". Forbes. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Portfolio Companies". ATEL Capital Group. Archived from the original on 2023-09-09. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  9. ^ "This simple step can double the shelf life of fruits and vegetables". CNN. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ Vanham, Peter (2018-06-21). "Meet the 2018 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers". World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 2023-05-10. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  11. ^ Masek, Michelle (2018-08-01). "Apeel Sciences Closes $70M Round As Apeel Produce Hits U.S. Retail Shelves". PR Newswire. Archived from the original on 2023-06-03. Retrieved 2023-09-14.

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