Category Archives: Perishables

From Roses to Fresh Hops, RipeLocker can Double the Shelf-Life of Some High-Value Crops

From edible coatings and ethylene scavengers to modified atmosphere packaging, irradiation and cold plasma, there are multiple ways to extend the shelf-life of perishables, each with their pros and cons, says RipeLocker, which has a novel approach it claims can double the shelf-life of some high-value crops. Cofounded by George Lobisser and his son Kyle […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Promising Results in USDA Disinfestation Trials Using RipeLockers to Control Spotted-Wing Drosophila

Seattle, WA, September 6, 2022 – RipeLocker broadens the use of its innovative system for senescence control and decay suppressant of perishables, to eliminate invasive fruit flies without the application of postharvest fumigants such as methyl bromide or required cold treatments at the port of loading. Disinfestation trials are being conducted by RipeLocker’s research partners […]

RipeLocker Closes Its First Multi-Unit Sales Deal with The Queen’s Flowers to Prolong Freshness of Fresh Cut Flowers

Seattle, WA—June 14, 2022 — RipeLocker announces it has closed its first purchase agreement with The Queen’s Flowers, a floral importer and grower in Colombia and Ecuador with wholesale and distribution warehouses across the U.S. An early adopter of RipeLocker’s green technology, The Queen’s Flowers saw the immense value created during initial commercial trials conducted […]

Sorbatto Fresh to Scale Up RipeLocker Container Use – RipeLocker Containers Created Value from Otherwise Wasted Fruit

Seattle, WA—January 24, 2022— RipeLocker, an innovator in extending the postharvest life of perishables ramps up commercial sales of its containers to Sorbatto Fresh (formerly Blueberry Hill), an early adopter of the technology. As a heatwave hit Eastern Washington over the summer, it effected the blueberry harvest and flooded the market with fruit that yielded lower […]

RipeLocker Containers Hold Freshly Harvested Organic Blueberries in Pristine Condition for Eight Weeks

Efficacy Trials Recently Completed with Blueberry Hill; RipeLocker Containers Available for Commercial Use this Summer Seattle, WA—January 13, 2021— RipeLocker, a leader in extending the post-harvest life of perishables, today announced its RipeLocker containers recently held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. In the trial, the company used six of its […]