About Us

Our Story

RipeTime arose from the vision of a technology for ultra-high sensitivity and a cost-efficient measurement of fresh produce, to drive a new level of expectation in the food waste problem, a detrimental presence across the whole primary sector.

Initially a New Zealand company, Innovators Ltd, researched the science and the approach to the detection of Ethylene in the produce sector. It was through a relationship with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and an under-graduate study that lead Jon Lowy and the team at Innovators to form RipeTime.

About Computers

In October 2015, RipeTime implemented a trial in conjunction with SEEKA, one of New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit supply-chain operators. The trial was held at one of SEEKA’s cool-store environments in Te Puke, New Zealand. Two months later RipeTime passed a significant milestone; results from this trial on kiwifruit proved RipeTime technology was accurate and efficient. We were able to predict the level of ripeness across five pallets and rank them from worst to best. Our results were so significant, SEEKA applied our technology on a much larger scale for the 2016 season.

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Identified Problem

Ripetime identified a “problem” box of 20 soft kiwifruits in a 40,000 cubic metre space within an hour of accidental arrival

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Key People

  • John Shannon

    John Shannon

  • David Tanner

    Dr David Tanner

    Head of Education
  • Jon Lowy

    Jon Lowy

  • Michael V

    Michael Vuk

    Head of Sales & Partnerships
  • Nat-Torkington-Head-of-Software-1

    Nat Torkington

    Head of Software
  • Ben Wilson

    Ben Wilson

    Head Data Scientist
  • Ross Shannon

    Ross Shannon

    Head of Investor Relations
  • Jeffrey-Lai-Head-of-Legal-1

    Jeffrey Lai

    Head of Legal
  • Dunford

    Josh Dunford

    APAC Business Development
  • Alex

    Alex Mospanyuk

    Head of Marketing
  • Denton

    Mitch Denton

    Head of Web & SEO
  • Swanson

    Mitchell Swanson

    Head of Production

About Our Clients

To date, RipeTime have successfully executed early-stage trials on kiwifruit with SEEKA Kiwifruit Industries Limited, and apples with New Zealand produce giant, Turners and Growers Global Limited. Additionally, RipeTime has commenced first-stage testing on stone fruit at Melbourne based Cutrifruit, and conducted some in-house testing on New Zealand produced cherries.

RipeTime is also currently in discussions with South American produce growers, as well as various Australian and New Zealand produce companies in relation to implementing our technology in their supply chain.


As part of the RipeTime journey we have come in contact with a number of personnel and organisations that we would like to acknowledge and say thanks.

  • Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited — Kevin Halliday GM Post Harvest
  • T&G Global — Morgan Rogers Head of Quality & Innovation Pipfruit
  • Start Afresh — Dr David Tanner and Dr Abdul Jabber Malik
  • NZTE — Richard Barrand Auckland Office, Chile/ Taiwan offices
  • Cutrifruit — Gaethan Cutri
  • Diagnofruit —- Hector Garcia
  • AUT — Auckland University of Technology
  • Innovators