Topline Farms, a producer of greenhouse-grown vegetables, has joined forces with Apeel Sciences, a shelf-life extension technology firm, to introduce a new greenhouse-grown produce item. The latest addition to its successful partnership is the Apeel-Protected Mini Cucumber, a fresh and flavorful offering that will last up to three days longer than traditional mini cucumbers.
This development builds on the success of Topline Farms' previous collaboration with Apeel Sciences, where they removed the plastic packaging from English Cucumbers, saving the equivalent of nearly three plastic straws per cucumber.
The Apeel-Protected Mini Cucumber will last up to three days longer than traditional mini cucumbers.
Apeel Sciences' technology creates more time for produce through an edible, plant-based coating that extends the shelf-life of fresh fruits and vegetables by keeping moisture in and oxygen out, ultimately preventing waste. This plant-based protection allows consumers more time to enjoy the taste of a mini cucumber without worrying about spoilage.
"We are thrilled to partner once again with Apeel Sciences to bring another innovative produce item to the market," said Dino DiLaudo, VP of sales at Topline Farms. "Its technology makes a real difference in extending the life of fresh produce."
"Giving more time to fresh produce unlocks new opportunities for the entire industry, including new packaging and merchandising techniques that can enhance consumer experience and demand," said Lou Perez, SVP of innovation at Apeel Sciences. "We are already seeing this play out with plastic-free English cucumbers and are excited to see Topline eager to introduce new technologies to create a more sustainable food system."
Topline Farms and Apeel Sciences will showcase their new longer-lasting mini cucumbers at the Southern Exposure Produce Trade Show March 2-4 in Orlando, Florida, at booth #1006. "Debuting this product at the SEPC trade show is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of our partnership and to highlight the impact Apeel's technology is having on preventing food waste and increasing the shelf life of fresh produce," said Joseph Talbourdet, director of marketing at Topline Farms.
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