Doing Avocado-Eaters a Solid the World Over, Apeel Introduces Avocado Freshness Scanning System

The Spoon
By Michael Wolf
October 27, 2022

Today Apeel announced they would unveil new fresh­ness detec­tion tech­nol­o­gy for avo­ca­dos this week at the Fresh Pro­duce Asso­ci­a­tion Glob­al Pro­duce & Flo­ral Show.

The sys­tem, based on hyper­spec­tral imag­ing tech­nol­o­gy, starts by shin­ing a light that pen­e­trates sev­er­al mil­lime­ters below the skin. From there, it uti­lizes a sen­sor to mea­sure how much light is reflect­ed in the vis­i­ble and near-infrared spec­trum. Once scanned, the system’s AI pre­dicts the avocado’s fresh­ness and esti­mates shelf life by uti­liz­ing a “glob­al avo­ca­do ripeness mod­el” the com­pa­ny devel­oped using machine learn­ing based on “data on tens of thou­sands of avo­ca­dos through­out mul­ti­ple sea­sons, blooms, and coun­tries of origin.”

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