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IoT sensors from Strella Biotechnology

Startup measures ripeness to ensure perfect fruit

A novel sensor device, which measures the gas emitted by fruit as it ripens, is making inroads into ensuring that only peak-ripe produce makes its way to grocery shelves, ideally reducing food waste.

The USDA estimates that 30%-40% of the food supply isn't consumed. IoT sensors from Strella Biotechnology determine which pieces of fruit should be put up for sale and when — making it more likely that consumers will savor them, not toss them away.

Strella Biotech, a 3-year-old startup led by science prodigy Katherine Sizov, already works with half the nation's pear- and apple-packing houses, monitoring storerooms to recommend which fruits should be sent to market based on their maturity.

By working with large retailers, Strella has found "that just by changing the order in which they're sending product to the store, and the order in which they're receiving product, we're able to reduce the shrink — or food waste — on the store shelf by up to 50%," Sizov says.


Photo source: Strella Biotechnology


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