RipeTime arose from the vision of a technology for ultra-high sensitivity and an amazingly 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.
Innovators; a New Zealand company, researched the opportunity, 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 start the development of RipeTime.
In October 2015, RipeTime implemented their first ever trial on kiwifruit at one of SEEKA’s cool-store environments in Te Puke. 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.
Whilst attending and presenting at the Brisbane PMA conference in May, RipeTime gained interest from Melbourne based Cutrifruit; a company that grows and packs stone fruit. RipeTime attained permission to commence a small scale trial in early November with stone fruit products.
During this time RipeTime had begun the initial developments of the ‘Environmental Sensor’. In June 2016, field trials with the Environmental Sensors commenced, and to date have been performing extremely well in determining changes in coolstore and packhouse environments.
RipeTime continues to develop and enhance our technologies and are in the process of sourcing an external resource for materials, whilst continuing our research into food safety protocols and the potential application in other areas.
We believe our technology is efficient and accurate, and our results are proving this and more. Not only are we constantly pushing the limits of our technology, but the capability of our technology in terms of identifying multiple gasses in which are only visible to RipeTime technologies continues to impress us.