What Is Apeel?
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 supply chains, 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 every piece of produce, which leads to extended shelf life and transportability —with reduced reliance on refrigeration and controlled atmosphere.
How Does Apeel Keep Produce Fresh?
Apeel keeps moisture inside the 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.
What Is Apeel Made Of?
Apeel is made of plant-derived materials —lipids and glycerolipids —that exist in the peels, seeds, and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat.
Is Apeel Safe To Eat?
Yes! Apeel is composed of only food grade ingredients made from materials that exist in the peels, seeds and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat. Due to their long history of safe use and the fact that the ingredients in Apeel are consumed regularly as part of a normal diet, the ingredients in Apeel are designated as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by the FDA.
How is Apeel Applied?
Apeel is prepared as a powder and diluted with water prior to application. Due to the versatility of Apeel, the product may be applied via a variety of approaches, including: spray, dip, or brush on methods.
Can You Taste Or Smell Apeel After It’s Applied?
No, Apeel is colorless, odorless, and tasteless on produce.
What If I Have A Food Allergy?
Allergic responses can be triggered when the protein from an allergenic source is present in a food product. Apeel products are not protein-based, but rather lipid-based —and lipids are not a source of regulated allergens. We also conduct 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.
Is Apeel a GMO?
No. Our products are not derived from genetically engineered plant material.
Is Apeel Vegan?
The ingredients in Apeel are not derived from animal sources. This means that consumers who choose to follow a diet that does not incorporate animal products or products that have been derived from animal sources may consider Apeel to be in alignment with their dietary choices.
What Types Of Fruits And Vegetables Are Used To Make Apeel?
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 can include the parts of the plant that typically go unused after harvesting, such as the peels and seeds.
Can Apeel Sciences Products Be Used On USDA Certified Organic Produce?
Yes! Apeel Sciences has formulations that are OMRI Listed® for the growers and distributors of USDA Certified Organic produce. Apeel Sciences’ products help reduce post-harvest food waste, over-packaging, and costly controlled-atmosphere storage.
What Do You Mean by ‘Plant-Based Protection’?
Everything we do is inspired by nature’s own technology. That means using ingredients that are derived from plants—materials found in the seeds, stems, and skins—as the foundational elements in our solutions. We think of these materials as building blocks, restructuring them in a way that allows us to iterate on what nature created, making our solution into a coating that can be applied to produce. So while nature is our foundation and inspiration, innovation and technology are how we apply those ingredients—it’s the best of both worlds, really.
Are Fruits And Vegetables Cleaned Before Apeel Is Applied?
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.
Can I Wash Apeel Off?
You could likely remove some of Apeel with water and scrubbing, but it’s unlikely that you’d be able to remove all of it without damaging the fruit or vegetable. Apeel forms a barrier of edible material on the skin or peel, and it wouldn’t maintain the fruit’s natural freshness if it was easily removed. For that reason, we only use food ingredients to make Apeel, so it’s safe to eat along with the fruit. We work with our partner to ensure Apeel produce is labeled so you can make informed decisions. When considering what produce to buy, check the label and corresponding signage for the Apeel mark.
What Types Of Produce Are Treated With Apeel At This Time?
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 time-lapse video.
Can I Have A Sample?
Sorry! We don’t provide samples. 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!
How Can I Invest In Apeel Sciences?
Apeel Sciences is a privately-held company at this time. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, DBL Partners, Upfront Ventures, S2G Ventures, Viking Global Investors, Powerplant Ventures, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GIC, and The Rockefeller Foundation.