Author Archives: Selynn Vong

Berries on Hold

Low-pressure storage chambers extend blueberry storage six weeks for Washington farm. By Kate Prengaman As the global blueberry industry develops into a year-round market, gaps still pop up.  Filling them can be highly lucrative, as Oasis Farms in Prosser, Washington, found out last season, with the help of a new postharvest storage technology.  “It was […]

“We’ll never get fresh hops without RipeLocker again!”

RipeLocker Prolongs Fresh Hop Lifespan; Empowering Craft Micro-Breweries to Thrive and Extend the Fresh Hop Beer Experience Beyond the Season  Seattle, WA, November 2, 2023 – RipeLocker, the innovative leader in postharvest low-pressure vacuum technology, continues to transform the brewing landscape by extending the availability of fresh hops for breweries. RipeLocker has facilitated the distribution […]

RipeLocker’s Journey to Tree House Brewing Company – Taking Wet Hop Beers to the Next Level 💯

Oasis Farms, Inc. Sells Entire Supply of Blueberries Stored in RipeLockers to High-End Retailer Seeking Quality Fruit during the Blueberry Shortage

Seattle, WA—October 9, 2023 — Demand for blueberries stayed high, but the supply of quality blueberries was at an all-time low after the Pacific Northwest harvest season ended in late summer.  The anticipated volumes from South America did not arrive as expected to fill the gap.  Reports revealed that this shortage was due to the adverse […]

Ag Tech Startup RipeLocker Raises $10M for Inventory, Trials

Bainbridge Island-based agriculture technology company RipeLocker has raised $10 million. With the funding, announced Monday, RipeLocker co-founder and CEO George Lobisser said the company plans to increase its inventory and continue efficacy trials around the world. He added that the company, which makes pallet-sized containers to extend the shelf life of perishables, is currently testing […]

GeekWire’s in-depth startup coverage tells the stories of the Pacific Northwest entrepreneurial scene: RipeLocker snags $10M to boost production of tech that preserves food and flowers

RipeLocker, a Seattle food-tech startup developing tech that preserves fruits, nuts, hops and flowers, landed $10 million for design upgrades and inventory. The company’s chambers, which are about the size of a pallet, preserve the shelf-life of the produce or flowers within the hardware by managing its atmospheric pressure and gas composition. The system’s tech […]

RipeLocker Angels Soar to the Challenge and Provide an Additional $10M Before Venturing out to a Series A Pitch

Seattle, WA, September 11, 2023 – Considering today’s startup climate, the RipeLocker Board and current investor group concluded it was best to postpone a Series A raise until revenue growth over last year could be demonstrated. Confident that 2024 revenue will exceed last year’s, the current investment group, along with some new investors, invested an […]

RipeLocker selected as Finalist in Geekwire Awards 2023 in Hardware/Gadget/Robotics Category

Congratulations to RipeLocker! Vote for RipeLocker on the GeekWire Awards’ event site. VOTE HERE   Here are the finalists in the category, chosen after a month-long community nomination and judging process and recognizing companies with amazing hardware, devices, and gadgets that will transform the world! —Robotic barista by Artly: Robotic coffee barista maker led by ex-AWS engineer […]

Roadhouse Brewing Co. Partners with RipeLocker on New Fresh Hops Tech

Jackson Hole, WY, November 17, 2022 – In a pioneering move for fresh hops brewing, Roadhouse Brewing Co. has teamed up with RipeLocker and Oasis Farms to take their top-selling flagship hazy IPA, The Walrus, to the next level. While most breweries are brewing fresh hops from the grower within 24 hours of receipt, RipeLocker has […]

‘Game Changer’ Found for Spotted Wing Drosophila Control in Blueberries

Parlier, CA, November 15, 2022 – USDA-ARS researchers evaluating the efficacy of a hypobaric system as a solution to control spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on blueberries have found they can achieve 100% kill in less than a week. USDA has been searching for a chemical-free alternative to reduce the time highly perishable items must remain at […]