Apeel Sciences has agreements with six avocado suppliers, and others with growers of asparagus, limes and apples. ( File photo )

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences has announced supplier partnerships that company leaders say will enable a year-round supply of Apeel avocados, limes, asparagus, and apples for U.S. retailers and consumers.

“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,” Gordon Robertson, chief revenue officer at Apeel Sciences, said in a news release. “We’re proud and honored to stand with this incredible network of industry leaders who are shaping the future of food.” 

Apeel’s supplier network partners are:

  • Avocados:
  • Del Monte
  • Eco Farms
  • Del Rey Avocado Co.
  • Horton Fruit Co.
  • RV Aguacates (Mexico)

Asparagus:

  • Alpine Fresh
  • Beta (Peru)
  • Farm Direct Supply
  • Agricola La Venta (Peru)

Limes:

  • SiCar Farms

Organic Apples:

  • Olympic/Sage Fruit Co.

The company, founded in 2012 by CEO James Rogers, said its expansion into asparagus, limes and apples builds on the company’s success with avocados at retailers including Kroger and Harp.

Apeel’s technology can cut food waste in half at the retail level, according to the release. In shipping trials from Peru to the U.S. and Europe, Apeel Asparagus dropped water loss in half in refrigerated and ambient temperatures, adding enough shelf life to make possible slower and cheaper transportation modes, according to the release.

“The ability to extend shelf life with Apeel is an incredible value-add that we see,” Walter Yager, CEO of Alpine Fresh, said in the release. “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.” 

Chuck Sinks, president of sales and marketing at Sage Fruit Co., said the plant-based coating delivers.

“This amazing product has the potential to extend the shelf life of produce, ultimately benefiting the consumer, retailer and the grower,” he said in the release.

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